Venezuela getting new currency

Venezuela will introduce a dual currency to alleviate pressure from a devalued bolivar and record-high inflation, a government financial adviser said.

Venezuela getting new currency
"The intention is to finish with the parallel market and instead allow the dollar to trade through a global bond on the local stock market, transparently and freely," said an adviser to the Venezuelan finance minister on condition of anonymity.

The bolivar was devalued about 100 percent against the dollar in 2007, which in turn prompted a 22.5 percent rise in inflation during the same period, The Financial Times reported online Monday.

"Basically we are getting into a dual currency, thus avoiding having to announce a devaluation," said Finance Minister Rafael Isea.

Last Mod: 01 Nisan 2008, 14:36
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