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Delcy Rodríguez: despite the pandemic, food distribution increased

The Executive Vice President of the Republic announced on Tuesday that during 2020 the country increased the distribution of food for the country, in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, increased the distribution of gasoline to 11 million, and increased the system of missions 517 million bonds that benefited 14 million people.


In accordance with article 244 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Executive Vice President of the Republic, Delcy Rodríguez, accompanied by the 33 ministers of the country, attended this Tuesday the National Assembly / AN), in order to provide the Report and Account of its management during 2020.

“We have come here as requested by the President, to give an account of what we have done for the people, they are not numbers, they are facts. It is an urgent need to know the roots of history to know what has been done for the country. We have to look at the past, as Commander Chávez said 22 years ago in this same space, ”Rodríguez said.

The official began her presentation by assuring that 53 salary increases have been made during the administration of the government, “not only due to economic necessity but also because of the permanent concern of the Executive and the President to defend the people from the economic war, since 2020 it was the year of cruelty against Venezuela. 

He stressed that the importance of today’s figures are reflected in the recent history of the country, “here we show substantial differences in basic areas for the Venezuelan, here we see what Puntofijismo did and what the Revolution continues to do, figures supported by the Institute National Statistics ”.

He highlighted the importance of the role of the national Executive in the face of the arrival of Covid-19 in the country, “more than 19 million people were consulted through the National Card, about the application of effective methods. Venezuela has set an example of comprehensive care for the population in the face of the worst pandemic in the history of humanity and the worst economic aggression against our country.

He assured that despite the economic asphyxia, the country has emerged victorious over the covid pandemic19, compared to the countries that attack Venezuela. 

“It was a year of attack that sought to go to the heart of national political life. For the first time in history, oil in the world showed negative numbers, and Venezuela also experienced the worst aggression from the United States. The year 2020 was the year of cruelty at its finest, a multiform war that worsened during this period ”, he insisted. 

“As the world fought against Covid-19, economic sanctions intensified in Venezuela, making the fight even more difficult,” he commented.

Here is the seriousness of what this economic attack against Venezuela has meant, he said after mentioning the figures for the contraction of the Gross Domestic Product comparing it with countries that have suffered bomb attacks in hand-to-hand wars, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1987, Germany in 1945 during the Second World War, where 1.5 million tons of bombs were dropped; as well as France in 1940 and the US economic depression in 1930, versus the new soft war that seeks to suffocate countries with strategies of economic suffocation through sanctions and blockades.

He stressed that in 2020 they sought from the United States to suffocate the economy of oil production. “2020 was the year of dispossession of our assets, all this in the midst of the pandemic, it was a year of attacks, sabotage, a year that sought to end the national economy.

He explained that in 2013, Venezuelan oil production stood at 2.368 barrels / day and since January 2016 it began to decline after crude prices fell to $ 30 per barrel. 

“In 2015, oil production was 2 million 800 thousand barrels per day, in 2020 there were one hundred and two billion dollars in revenue and a loss of 2 million barrels,” Rodríguez reiterated.

The decline was exacerbated amid suffocation until January 2017 when the Trump administration imposed illegal coercive measures to put production just above 1.400 barrels / day.

Then, in January 2019, once again the government of former President Trump applied illegal sanctions, this time against the state oil company PDVSA, which led the country to close 2020 with a production of only 339 thousand barrels / day. 

This meant that foreign exchange earnings to the country went from 65 thousand 607 million dollars in 2018 to only 743 million dollars in 2020. 

This variation in foreign exchange earnings in the country affected the growth of the real Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which went from 2017 percent to -0% at the end of 23 since 2020.

The vice president recalled that due to the blockade and sanctions imposed by the United States, eight children who were part of the Citgo transplant program lost their lives this year 2020 due to lack of treatments that were impossible to acquire due to the imperialist policies that stripped the country of Citgo .

“Eight children lost their lives because the Citgo program of transplants for children who needed urgent health care was stripped from Venezuela, we owe these children the need to overcome and overcome the blockade; fight without rest, “he said.

Citgo resources, through the Simón Bolívar Foundation, were originally intended for patients with chronic diseases, whose medical technology or treatments require attention abroad due to their severity, with prior mediation by the PDVSA Health Commission.

He reiterated that in 2013, Venezuelan oil production stood at 2.368 barrels / day and since January 2016 it began to decline after crude prices fell to $ 30 per barrel.

The decline was exacerbated amid suffocation until January 2017 when the Trump administration imposed illegal coercive measures to put production just above 1.400 barrels / day.

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