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Venezuela presents 2016 budget based on a US$40 per barrel estimate

Wednesday, October 21st 2015 - 06:35 UTC
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“This budget will allow us to return to the path of economic growth” said Finance minister Rodolfo Marco. He did not mention inflation or GDP growth “This budget will allow us to return to the path of economic growth” said Finance minister Rodolfo Marco. He did not mention inflation or GDP growth
The government said that GDP contracted 4.0% in 2014, and President Maduro recently announced that inflation this year would close at around 80% The government said that GDP contracted 4.0% in 2014, and President Maduro recently announced that inflation this year would close at around 80%

Venezuela's proposed 2016 government budget is based on an estimate of $40 per barrel for the OPEC nation's oil exports, Finance Minister Rodolfo Marco said in a presentation to congress on Tuesday.

 The budget calls for spending of 1.55 trillion Bolivars, Marco said, equivalent to $247 billion at the strongest official exchange rate and more than double the amount budgeted for 2015.

Low oil prices and an increasingly dysfunctional chaotic economic model have left Venezuela struggling with chronic product shortages, soaring prices and a contracting economy.

“This budget will allow us to return to the path of economic growth,” said Marco. He did not say what estimates of inflation or GDP growth were used as the underpinnings of the budget.

The government said in a securities filing this month that GDP contracted 4.0% in 2014, though some economists said the data referred only to the first three quarters of last year.

The central bank this year has not published any official inflation or economic growth figures, which has further spurred investor concerns of a potential default on foreign debt.

Marco dismissed such concerns as rumor-mongering by political adversaries.

He sought to assure lawmakers that the government has the resources to pay down state oil company PDVSA's $1.41 billion 2015 Bond, which matures on Oct. 28, and to pay a $2.05 billion amortization on the PDVSA 2017 bond.

President Nicolas Maduro last week said inflation would close 2015 at around 80%, though estimates by IMF, World Bank put this figure well above 100%.

Maduro claims Venezuela's economic problems are the result of an “economic war” carried out by business leaders with the support of opposition politicians. His critics point to price controls, currency controls and inefficient state-run companies as the principal culprits.

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  • ChrisR

    U$D 40 per barrel for the shit they have to sell looks overpriced.

    Pity Uruguay are paying two and half times that due to our now Veep signing stupid contracts with Chubby and then MADuro when he was head of ANCAP 'just in case the price goes up' he claimed in his pathetic attempt at justifying this action.

    Reality is he takes a nice little earner from it all and ANCAP have still to “find” the U$D 300M that 'went missing' under his “rule”.

    The commie shit for brains Tupas do love to “rule” us.

    Oct 21st, 2015 - 07:52 pm 0
  • Chicureo

    The Iranian Oil Minister alone has vowed to increase output by 1 million barrels a day once sanctions are removed. That along with China's recession indicates sub-40 prices.

    Oct 22nd, 2015 - 12:03 pm 0
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