|Look, indicators are in deep red but we are groovy!|
To make sure you do not think I am making up what follows then, I will take my sources from two pro Chavez papers, Ultimas Noticias and El Universal. Also I am not going to comment on this as a financier which I am not but as a business person at ground zero.
The first thing that even Ultimas Noticias notes is that JVR was careful not to ask about Inflation, GDP drop or shortage index. Thus the interview was going to be all good news...
- "Hay garantías de que nosotros vamos a mantener, de verdad, ese sistema cambiario de forma tal de cubrir todas las necesidades del país. No está planteada ninguna devaluación. Seguiremos trabajando con el 6,30 (bolívares por dólar ), con el Sicad I y el Sicad II".
There are guarantees [!?] that we are going to maintain, truly [I kid you not], that foreign exchange system in a way to cover all the country's needs. No devaluation is in the works. We will continue to work at 6.3 to the dollar and SICAD I and II.
Back from Europe I KNOW that 6.3 is unsustainable. A little bit as if Obama were to decree that with a quarter you get now 2 euros... I need no MBA for that, just to pay my bills.
- “Estamos efectuando reuniones con el sector privado, con el empresariado, vamos a las empresas a ver las debilidades y fortalezas, esto nos permitirá fortalecer productividad, no con el sector especulador, acaparador (...) Vamos a direccionar las divisas para el sector productivo para el 2015”.
We are holding meetings with the private sector, with businessmen, we are going to businesses to look at their weaknesses and strengths, this will allow us to reinforce productivity, not with the speculating, hoarding sector ... We are going to directionate [chavez-speak, even more grating in Spanish] currency to the productive sector in 2015.
Where do I start?
That Marcos Torres does not know the difference between production and productivity?
That I am one of the business that has been visited, inspected, gathered, suggested, passed all trials, approved, promised to, encouraged to ask for more CENCOEX, and yet the regime is holding more than 2 million dollars against our providers, some from February already?
That most business are limiting their importations of raw material because the refusal to allow us to pay our debts has brought us to a dangerous level of debt in case the regime would devaluate suddenly in a retroactive way as it has already happened in the past?
That without raw material there can be no production and even less productivity?
That if speculation may still be possible (and encouraged through black market) hoarding is impossible because, well, there are not enough stuff to hoard?
It is quite impressive that in a single grammatically incorrect sentence Marcos Torres reveals such an amount of bad faith and/or ignorance.
-"Ya el presidente Nicolás Maduro nos ha dado una instrucción de que manejamos diferentes escenarios. Tenemos excelentes previsiones". Already president Maduro has given us instructions that we deal with different scenarios. We have excellent prognostics.
He needs to receive instructions from Maduro? Is it not his job to present options to the president without having to be told? Does he not realize that the need to admit that they handle different scenarios is a confession of parts that none of them is "excellent"?
The next one was perhaps the best one...
"Nosotros le decimos a los inversionistas que cuenten y confíen en Venezuela porque nosotros seguiremos honrando y cumpliendo con nuestros compromisos internacionales como lo demostramos durante todo el año 2014 y específicamente en el año 2013, donde pagó la República y pagó Pdvsa ". We tell investors that they can count on Venezuela because we keep honoring and keeping up with our international engagements as we showed through 2014 and mostly 2013, were the republic paid and PDVSA paid.
I am passing on yet another grammatically incorrect sentence, after all is just another loutish general. But I will note that his need to stress 2013 over 2014 is yet another subconscious betrayal that 2014 was not all that it was cracked up to be debt payment wise. What is graver there is that PDVSA may have paid but that is not what makes the economy work: what makes the economy work is either to pay me, who produces, or have the honesty to tell me that I will not receive dollars ever again so I can close shop once and for all.
Or put it in another way: the regime is afraid of Wall Street but not afraid of inflicting final damage to production inside Venezuela.
I need not go further, I am sure the reader gets the point. This is electoral propaganda of the worst kind, piling up lies.