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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

U.S.-VENEZUELAN BUSINESS TIES ALIVE AND WELL

Fortalecen relación Washington y Chávez
Buenos Aires, Argentina-Pese a sus mutua retórica confrontativa, Washington y Caracas ahondaron sus lazos comerciales con el plan de inversiones por 500 millones de dólares para 2006 anunciado por la empresa Citgo, la filial estadounidense de Pdvsa, para mejorar sus refinerías en los Estados Unidos. The full story is in today's Reforma, of Mexico.
P.S.: A week ago we reported in my column that Venezuela's exports to the U.S. soared from $15.2 billion in 2001 to $34 billion in 2005. And it wasn't just oil: Venezuela's exports of iron, steel and vehicles to the U.S. grew as well.

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Blogger VenePana.com said...

Unfortunately, a $480 three month subscription to reforma.com is not tax-deductible.

Chavez will continue to take advantage of our free trade policies to float his totalitarian government for years. Chavez needs money pumped into the Venezuelan economy to fund his socialist programs. He is just re-writing some of the pages in Castro’s playbook.

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Blogger Camilo Pino said...

Hugo Chavez wants Venezuela to separate from the U.S., but breaking relations with a country that is your main revenue generator is not simple. That doesn’t mean that Venezuela is not setting the ground for an eventual breakup. There is evidence showing that Chavez may be moving faster than analysts think:

-The latest data from the Energy Information Administration shows Venezuela moving down from fourth to fifth place in the U.S. oil suppliers ranking. Venezuela is selling 182,000.00 barrels a day less to the US than a year ago, that is a 11% decrease.

-Venezuela is selling one of its U.S. based CITGO refineries for US$ 4.5bn. The refinery processes 268,000 barrels a day.

-Venezuela is aggressively investing in new refineries based in politically friendly markets. For instance, last week Cuba and Venezuela announced the reactivation of Cuba based Cienfuegos refinery.

-Venezuela has offered wide access to its oil reserves to energy thirsty China.

What is the earliest Venezuela can afford breaking relations with the U.S.?

An educated guess is early 2007, just after Chavez’s re-election. In that way he could radicalize his political project without a U.S. Ambassador making troubles at home.

However, Chavez is full of surprises. With US$ 25bn in his current account and US$ 21bn in foreign reserves he has enough cash for the country to afford a sabbatical. A breakup with the U.S. could generate political dividends for a leader skilled at leveraging Anti-Americanism. If Chavez is willing to use his piggy bank the breakup could happen anytime.

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Blogger leftside said...

A trade relationship with the US benefits both sides, and Chavez knows this. If anything is in the works it is diversivication, something any financial analyst would tell them is a good idea. If anything, a rupture would come from the US side, which is why Chavez is smart to not have all the eggs in one basket.

But the theory of an imminent Venezuelan break is upset by the announcement yesterday of a $500 million investment in its US refinaries. Funny that it takes a Venezuelan company to do something that the US companies are hesitant to do (though under capitalism we can understand why the US companies don't want more refinement and production).

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I had to "triple" check this, as it appears that said "immigrants" article is partially in Spanish. I will check back tomorrow, to see if said "immigrant" has mistakenly placed some Spanish in an "American" blog, or as i strongly suspect, said "immigrant" has arrogantly placed Spanish in said "American" blog.

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Anonymous Mousqueton said...

Sorry Andres; I don't think I have the stomach to pay for a subscription to "La Reforma". Good try though.

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Blogger VenePana.com said...

Lowell Ponte writes:

...as happened in Castro’s Cuba, the utopian illusion that Chavez is creating a Worker’s Paradise in Venezuela is rapidly giving way to ugly reality. The country’s poverty, instead of decreasing with purported socialist redistribution of wealth, has “risen to more than 50 percent” since Chavez took power, reported the left-leaning Toronto Star.



This has happened in part because Chavez is diverting his nation’s oil wealth away from Venezuela’s workers and poor and giving it to his ally Fidel Castro, to the Marxist Sandinistas in nearby Nicaragua, and using that wealth in other lands to foment Marxist revolution and buy allies. Chavez is also acquiring weapons and technology he to turn Venezuela into an aggressive militarized state.

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