Govt. works with private sector to increase production of goods


Caracas, 16 May. AVN.- The Bolivarian Government announced that next Monday, 12 working groups will be set up with private sector companies to discuss adjustments to legal and financial matters and take steps to increase the production of goods and services in the country.

On Wednesday, the Finance Minister Nelson Merentes, led a second meeting with representatives of 400 companies from 24 sectors of the economy, which was held in the premises of the Central Bank of Venezuela.

"They expressed problems of various sectors and I can say that in the case of delivery of currencies for this sector waiting times were reduced to almost zero. More than 1,500 entrepreneurs (small and medium industry) already have their situation normalized," he said at a press conference after the meeting.

On Friday companies will electronically receive work schedule, depending on the sector in which they play, which includes topics such as currency flows, permits, customs, supplies, prices, labor and financial-related aspects, among others.

Merentes said that if necessary laws and regulations that are required to boost economic activity will be adapted, and they will also discuss the adequacy of national ports and airports for companies to have export facilities.

He also announced that the government will create special economic zones aimedat increasing both economic activity internally and export of goods, particularly to countries associated with the Unitary System of Regional Compensation Sucre (Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Cuba), to nations belonging to the Latin American Integration Association (LAIA) and to the Southern Common Market (Mercosur).

In addition, the Executive will discuss with the companies registered with the Superintendency of Foreign Investments (Siex) requiring currency on the payment of dividends.

"Much of that dividend may be invested in Venezuela, we have told (to businesses) how much of that dividend can be reinvested, each with their own business, and after we agree, we will seek the payment (such dividends)," he said.

In this regard, he said that the information of databases Sicat, Simet and Cadivi, will be crossed to identify which companies that requested foreign currency, have real economic activity.

"That person (entity) that is not able to demonstrate real economic activity, whether of commerce or any activity, is not invited to this meeting, and will be investigated, because he was given a dollar amount," he said.

The meeting was also attended by the President of the Central Bank of Venezuela, Edmee Betancourt, the president of Cadivi, Eudomar Tovar, Bandes president, Temir Porras and Ministers of Food, Felix Osorio; Public Bank's Rodolfo Marco Torres, Agriculture's Ivan Gil, and Trade's Alexander Fleming.

During the meeting it was reported that the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands directly leads the workshops with the primary sector in charge of food production.

The next meetings with private companies will be held in Caracas and in other regions of the country.

"Now we are in a phase of approach to the private sector without neglecting the new socialist economy," he added.

16/05/2013 - 12:28 pm