The deputy to the National Assembly, Alfonso Marquina, presented five proposals to the National Assembly to fight the coronavirus crisis that is affecting all Venezuelans.
“In these moments of tragedy, it is not the time to look for culprits, but to give solutions, and in Venezuela we have a situation where there is a legitimate president who is Juan Guaidó, but there is also a regime that keeps usurping functions, maintaining control of institutions and the national territory. It is time for all of us to make common efforts to attend to the people of Venezuela,” Marquina explained before presenting the proposal.
Marquina said that these proposals prepared by the Permanent Commission on Finance and Economic Development of the National Assembly “can be applied immediately, to alleviate the terrible burden that weighs at this time on the people of Venezuela.”
The first proposal is “the massive transfer of resources to the Venezuelan people, direct subsidies, which are in the order of one million or the equivalent of 15 dollars, so that those Venezuelans, especially, half of the country who live from the informal economy and eat what they produce daily are taken care of, since without the necessary support, they cannot be asked to stay in their homes. That is why the massive transfer must be implemented immediately so that the Venezuelans can comply with the quarantine.”
Marquina explained that the second proposal of the National Assembly is that “those companies that have to close their doors due to the crisis should keep their employees on the payroll and have their salaries paid accordingly, but for that purpose the state has the obligation to extend or defer the payment of national and municipal taxes, including VAT, including income tax. This deferral for the duration of the crisis will allow companies to use that money to pay the payrolls of workers who must now stay at home.”
The third proposal consists of “the exoneration of taxes and tariffs fundamentally for the import of supplies, the primary material of the national industry, specifically of the food industry, medicines and supplies for personal hygiene”.
The fourth proposal consists of “the need to reestablish credit in Venezuela, which is why we propose that the 100% legal reserve that has forced the Venezuelan banking system to be unable to comply with the corresponding financial intermediation to be eliminated or relaxed immediately. This would allow the private sector banks to once again serve as financial leverage, to once again provide credit so that small and medium-sized industries can have access to financing to keep their doors open and not fall into bankruptcy or insolvency. It would also allow the private financial system to increase and implement again credit cards so that the Venezuelan people who have access to this financial instrument can access goods and services through the credit of their cards.”
Finally, Congressman Marquina revealed that the fifth proposal is to “eliminate all bureaucratic procedures that prevent or delay the normal development and distribution of food in Venezuela. To eliminate all those mechanisms that have ended up being corruption scams. This would serve to allow food and medicine trucks to circulate rapidly throughout the national territory. But it is also necessary to guarantee them a timely supply of fuel. It is not possible that today all the fuel in Venezuela is given only to the state security agencies. It is necessary that the transporters be guaranteed fuel in a timely manner and that it be understood that the fuel must reach all the health personnel so that they can fulfill the functions that all the Venezuelan people demand of them.”
“These five proposals are sent with the understanding that despite the fact that there is a legitimate president, Juan Guaidó, there is a government of usurpation that can implement these measures immediately and give a timely response to a people that sees its means of subsistence and family nutrition more complicated every day, because this measure comes to aggravate the humanitarian crisis that we were already living in the country,” he ended.