Chávez blamed the current worldwide financial crisis partially on international finance institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which released a report on economic prospects of Latin America recently. He said the IMF should "disappear from the world."
One section of the IMF report predicted oil revenues in Venezuela and Ecuador would lighten the impact of the world financial crisis on these countries.
Chávez also announced Wednesday that Russia supports Venezuela's proposal for an international petroleum bank to fund development in petroleum producing countries.
Inflation in Venezuela was 2% in September, slightly higher than in August. The lowest inflation occurred in the prices of transportation, communications, housing services, clothing, and health care, while inflation was the highest in foods and educational services.
This brings total inflation in 2008 to 21.8% nation-wide. The government had originally projected 19.5% inflation for 2008. It later changed the estimate to 27%, as the country completed its 20th quarter of uninterrupted economic growth.