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President Ch?vez affirms commitment to Venezuelan businesses

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, affirmed his commitment to continue supporting and funding projects in Venezuela’s business sector.

Business leaders from small and medium firms will meet with the President to discuss the government’s investment policies, the President announced on Thursday. The meeting will take place at noon on Friday at the Teresa Carreño Theater.  President Chávez affirmed that the executive branch is committed to financing national production.

“Despite the fall in oil prices, the financing of national production will continue and continue.  The topic of loans, interest rates which will remain low, current accounts, [and] government purchases,” will all be discussed, the President said.

The meeting will be an opportunity to discuss every project and program that has had a significant impact on the economy, and “that [the government] will continue working with Venezuelan businesses,” President Chávez explained.

“With true businesspeople, not with suitcase businesspeople or corrupt ones who look for dollars without justification; what they are doing is playing politics and trying to create shortages in the country,” he noted.

The President announced that on Friday a fish processing plant will be inaugurated in Cumaná: “A new factory.  We are also going to inaugurate a mega-Mercal [Mercal is a government run store that sells subsidized food] for vegetables in the state of Aragua.  Here we will not even rest for one day of the week.” 

Prensa Presidencial, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / February 6, 2009

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