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    Venezuela Econom�a 2000

      Econom�a - descripci�n: Venezuelan officials estimate the economy contracted 7.2% in 1999. A steep downturn in international oil prices during the first half of the year fueled the recession, and spurred the CHAVEZ administration to abide by OPEC-led production cuts in an effort to raise world oil prices. The petroleum sector dominates the economy, accounting for roughly a third of GDP, around 80% of export earnings, and more than half of government operating revenues. Higher oil prices during the second half 1999 took pressure off the budget and currency; the bolivar is widely believed to be overvalued by as much as 50%. Despite higher oil prices, the economy remains in the doldrums, possibly due to investor uncertainty over President CHAVEZ's reform agenda. Implementing legislation for the new constitution will not be passed until the second half of 2000, after a new legislature is elected. With the president's economic cabinet attempting to reconcile a wide range of views, the country's economic reform program has largely stalled. The government is seeking international assistance to finance reconstruction after massive flooding and landslides in December 1999 caused an estimated $15 billion to $20 billion in damage.

      Producto Bruto Interno (PBI): purchasing power parity - $182.8 billion (1999 est.)

      PBI - Indice de Incremento real: -7.2% (1999 est.)

      PBI - por capital: purchasing power parity - $8,000 (1999 est.)

      PBI - Composici�n por Sector:
      agriculture: 4%
      industry: 63%
      services: 33% (1997 est.)

      Poblaci�n bajo linea de pobertad: 67% (1997 est.)

      Ingreso en casa o porcentage de consumci�n:
      lowest 10%: 1.5%
      highest 10%: 35.6% (1995)

      Indice de Inflaci�n (precios del consumidor): 20% (1999)

      Fuerza Laboral: 9.9 million (1999)

      Fuerza Laboral - por ocupaci�n: services 64%, industry 23%, agriculture 13% (1997 est.)

      Indice de desempleo: 18% (1999 est.)

      Presupuesto:
      revenues: $26.4 billion
      expenditures: $27 billion, including capital expenditures of $NA (2000 est.)

      Industrias: petroleum, iron ore mining, construction materials, food processing, textiles, steel, aluminum, motor vehicle assembly

      Industrial production growth rate: 0.5% (1995 est.)

      Electricidad - Producci�n: 70.39 billion kWh (1998)

      Electricidad - producci�n por fuente:
      fossil fuel: 25.46%
      hydro: 74.54%
      nuclear: 0%
      other: 0% (1998)

      Electricidad - consumci�n: 65.463 billion kWh (1998)

      Electricidad - exportaciones: 0 kWh (1998)

      Electricidad - importaciones: 0 kWh (1998)

      Agricultura - productos: corn, sorghum, sugarcane, rice, bananas, vegetables, coffee; beef, pork, milk, eggs; fish

      Exportaciones: $20.9 billion (f.o.b., 1999)

      Exporationes - comodidades: petroleum, bauxite and aluminum, steel, chemicals, agricultural products, basic manufactures (1998)

      Exportaciones - socios: US and Puerto Rico 57%, Colombia, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Italy (1999)

      Importaciones: $11.8 billion (f.o.b., 1999)

      Importaciones - comodidades: raw materials, machinery and equipment, transport equipment, construction materials (1999)

      Importaciones - socios: US 53%, Japan, Colombia, Italy, Germany, France, Brazil, Canada (1999)

      Deuda - externa: $32 billion (1999)

      Ayuda economica - recipiente: $35 million with more assistance likely as a result of flooding (1999)

      Moneda: 1 bolivar (Bs) = 100 centimos

      Indice de intercambio: bolivares (Bs) per US$1 - 652.333 (January 2000), 605.717 (1999), 547.556 (1998), 488.635 (1997), 417.333 (1996), 176.843 (1995)

      A�o Fiscal: calendar year

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