The implementation of Plan País will allow Venezuelans to overcome in two weeks the gasoline crisis affecting them due to the destruction of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), said Yon Goicoechea, technical coordinator of the energy area of the national reconstruction project promoted by Parliament and organized civil society.
Goicoechea explained that in a period of 15 to 20 days the emergency will be dealt with by activating 700 service stations throughout the country, which will be supplied with gasoline from Citgo and Venezuela’s partners who already support democratic change.
“Citgo is free, it is on its feet and belongs to the Venezuelans thanks to the efforts of President Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly,” stressed the technical coordinator of Plan País, emphasizing that actions to recover the Venezuelan economy are already underway.
On December 18th, the president of the National Assembly and acting president of the Republic, Juan Guaidó, presented the latest advance of Plan País, which includes a series of measures agreed upon by professionals, technicians and experts to relaunch the hydrocarbon sector.
Point 22 of the document – which is available at https://www.planpaisvzla.com/ – states: “Given the level of destruction of PDVSA, it will be restructured and resized for its consolidation as a public and competitive company focused on the hydrocarbon sector. It will significantly attract national and international private investment in the hydrocarbon sector, especially to allow exploration and exploitation activities to be carried out directly by international and private capital companies”.
Goicoechea emphasized that the Plan País “does not propose the privatization of PDVSA, but rather its resizing and reorganization, along with an opening of the energy sector.” The technical coordinator indicated that the democratic government “is going to open up, offer confidence, generate stimuli and welcome the capital that comes to Venezuela to produce employment and oil” for the development of the Republic.
“The PDVSA that existed before Chavism will not exist anymore because they destroyed it, about 19,000 oil wells are in decline in Venezuela and production went from 3.4 million barrels per day to about 630,000 barrels,” denounced the leader of Voluntad Popular, who said that the dismantling of the industry has brought about the economic collapse and complex humanitarian emergency that Venezuelans are suffering.
Goicoechea explained that Plan País proposes the reform of the Organic Law of Hydrocarbons and the subsequent creation of a new legal framework to increase production by 600,000 barrels of oil in the short term. “The new legislation will stimulate the world to continue investing in Venezuela,” said the spokesman.
“Just as it intends to maximize the production of oil and gas, guaranteeing the greatest benefit for the nation, the Plan País designs an oil policy aimed at building a new relationship between the citizen, the State and oil in order to overcome the dynamics of the Petro-State, through mechanisms that allow the Venezuelan to be empowered in his relationship with oil”.
Goicoechea emphasized that the reactivation of an oil industry free of mafias will inject the resources needed to improve hospitals, schools, housing and public services that are indispensable for raising the quality of life of Venezuelans.