Venezuela imposes gasoline hike, currency devaluation

16:44 | 29/02/2016 Global Economy

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro recently said he would raise the price of gasoline and devalue the bolivar currency, as he faced growing pressure to ease an economic crisis.

Venezuela imposes gasoline hike, currency devaluation

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks at Miraflores Palace - Reuters pic

The socialist leader said he would raise the pump price of premium gasoline from its current super-low level of US$0.01 (4.16 sen) per litre to the equivalent of US$0.95 (RM3.95) at the fixed official exchange rate.

The move risks sparking protests in a country where citizens are struggling with soaring inflation and shortages of basic foods and goods.

“This is a necessary action, for which I take responsibility,” Maduro said in a televised address.

Venezuela has the biggest known oil reserves in the world, but has suffered from the plunge in world oil prices over the past year and a half.

With the previous subsidies, a Venezuelan could fill a car with gasoline for the equivalent of less than a US dollar at the state-fixed exchange rate.

A similar gasoline price hike in 1989 sparked deadly riots in the volatile nation.

Maduro also said the government would “simplify” the country's complex exchange rate regime from today.

The current three-tier system of exchange rates will be slimmed down. 

From today there will be just two rates: A protected official rate for food and medicine imports and a parallel “floating” rate for other transactions.

Under the rate for food and medicine, the bolivar will weaken by 37 per cent from 6.3 to 10 bolivars to the dollar.

Analysts will be watching closely to see what levels the bolivar reaches against the dollar at the floating rate. — AFP

- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/venezuela-imposes-gasoline-hike-currency-devaluation#sthash.ZiVfAnsb.dpuf

The socialist leader said he would raise the pump price of premium gasoline from its current super-low level of US$0.01 (4.16 sen) per litre to the equivalent of US$0.95 (RM3.95) at the fixed official exchange rate.

The move risks sparking protests in a country where citizens are struggling with soaring inflation and shortages of basic foods and goods.

“This is a necessary action, for which I take responsibility,” Maduro said in a televised address.

Venezuela has the biggest known oil reserves in the world, but has suffered from the plunge in world oil prices over the past year and a half.

With the previous subsidies, a Venezuelan could fill a car with gasoline for the equivalent of less than a US dollar at the state-fixed exchange rate.

A similar gasoline price hike in 1989 sparked deadly riots in the volatile nation.

Maduro also said the government would “simplify” the country's complex exchange rate regime from today.

The current three-tier system of exchange rates will be slimmed down. 

From today there will be just two rates: A protected official rate for food and medicine imports and a parallel “floating” rate for other transactions.

Under the rate for food and medicine, the bolivar will weaken by 37 per cent from 6.3 to 10 bolivars to the dollar.

Analysts will be watching closely to see what levels the bolivar reaches against the dollar at the floating rate. — AFP

- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/venezuela-imposes-gasoline-hike-currency-devaluation#sthash.ZiVfAnsb.dpuf

The socialist leader said he would raise the pump price of premium gasoline from its current super-low level of US$0.01 (4.16 sen) per litre to the equivalent of US$0.95 (RM3.95) at the fixed official exchange rate.

The move risks sparking protests in a country where citizens are struggling with soaring inflation and shortages of basic foods and goods.

“This is a necessary action, for which I take responsibility,” Maduro said in a televised address.

Venezuela has the biggest known oil reserves in the world, but has suffered from the plunge in world oil prices over the past year and a half.

With the previous subsidies, a Venezuelan could fill a car with gasoline for the equivalent of less than a US dollar at the state-fixed exchange rate.

A similar gasoline price hike in 1989 sparked deadly riots in the volatile nation.

Maduro also said the government would “simplify” the country's complex exchange rate regime from today.

The current three-tier system of exchange rates will be slimmed down. 

From today there will be just two rates: A protected official rate for food and medicine imports and a parallel “floating” rate for other transactions.

Under the rate for food and medicine, the bolivar will weaken by 37 per cent from 6.3 to 10 bolivars to the dollar.

Analysts will be watching closely to see what levels the bolivar reaches against the dollar at the floating rate. — AFP

- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/venezuela-imposes-gasoline-hike-currency-devaluation#sthash.ZiVfAnsb.dpufThe socialist leader said he would raise the pump price of premium gasoline from its current super-low level of US$0.01 (4.16 sen) per litre to the equivalent of US$0.95 (RM3.95) at the fixed official exchange rate.The move risks sparking protests in a country where citizens are struggling with soaring inflation and shortages of basic foods and goods.

The socialist leader said he would raise the pump price of premium gasoline from its current super-low level of US$0.01 (4.16 sen) per litre to the equivalent of US$0.95 (RM3.95) at the fixed official exchange rate.

The move risks sparking protests in a country where citizens are struggling with soaring inflation and shortages of basic foods and goods.

- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/venezuela-imposes-gasoline-hike-currency-devaluation#sthash.ZiVfAnsb.dpuf

The socialist leader said he would raise the pump price of premium gasoline from its current super-low level of US$0.01 (4.16 sen) per litre to the equivalent of US$0.95 (RM3.95) at the fixed official exchange rate.

The move risks sparking protests in a country where citizens are struggling with soaring inflation and shortages of basic foods and goods.

“This is a necessary action, for which I take responsibility,” Maduro said in a televised address.

Venezuela has the biggest known oil reserves in the world, but has suffered from the plunge in world oil prices over the past year and a half.

With the previous subsidies, a Venezuelan could fill a car with gasoline for the equivalent of less than a US dollar at the state-fixed exchange rate.

A similar gasoline price hike in 1989 sparked deadly riots in the volatile nation.

Maduro also said the government would “simplify” the country's complex exchange rate regime from today.

The current three-tier system of exchange rates will be slimmed down. 

From today there will be just two rates: A protected official rate for food and medicine imports and a parallel “floating” rate for other transactions.

Under the rate for food and medicine, the bolivar will weaken by 37 per cent from 6.3 to 10 bolivars to the dollar.

Analysts will be watching closely to see what levels the bolivar reaches against the dollar at the floating rate./.


Source: themalaymailonline/AFP



The socialist leader said he would raise the pump price of premium gasoline from its current super-low level of US$0.01 (4.16 sen) per litre to the equivalent of US$0.95 (RM3.95) at the fixed official exchange rate.

The move risks sparking protests in a country where citizens are struggling with soaring inflation and shortages of basic foods and goods.

“This is a necessary action, for which I take responsibility,” Maduro said in a televised address.

Venezuela has the biggest known oil reserves in the world, but has suffered from the plunge in world oil prices over the past year and a half.

With the previous subsidies, a Venezuelan could fill a car with gasoline for the equivalent of less than a US dollar at the state-fixed exchange rate.

A similar gasoline price hike in 1989 sparked deadly riots in the volatile nation.

Maduro also said the government would “simplify” the country's complex exchange rate regime from today.

The current three-tier system of exchange rates will be slimmed down. 

From today there will be just two rates: A protected official rate for food and medicine imports and a parallel “floating” rate for other transactions.

Under the rate for food and medicine, the bolivar will weaken by 37 per cent from 6.3 to 10 bolivars to the dollar.

Analysts will be watching closely to see what levels the bolivar reaches against the dollar at the floating rate. — AFP

- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/venezuela-imposes-gasoline-hike-currency-devaluation#sthash.ZiVfAnsb.dpuf



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