Considerations on the economic aid for the health sector announced by the president in charge, Juan Guaidó, and access to the Republic’s resources abroad by the interim government.
As is public knowledge, President (E) of Venezuela Juan Guaidó announced that he will give economic support to the amount of one hundred (100) US dollars per month for three (3) months to nurses, doctors and employees of the public health sector, in support and recognition of their hard work in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Said resources shall come from the Fund for the Liberation of Venezuela and Care of Life Risk Cases, which was approved by the National Assembly, with a maximum limit of eighty (80) million dollars available in Venezuelan accounts abroad, which shall be allocated to the various programs approved and announced by the Legislative Branch, including the aforementioned program of assistance for health personnel.
3. A large part of the resources and assets of the State abroad have been protected from corruption thanks to the work of the Legitimate Government of Venezuela and the National Assembly, while another part of the assets have been frozen by international authorities for money laundering, drug trafficking and other illegal activities. Of all the money abroad, the interim government has only been able to access the resources left in bank accounts within the United States that were not embezzled by the regime. We therefore reiterate that it is absolutely false that the Interim Government has access to or control over all the resources that are abroad. This is verifiable by all governments in the world: those who claim otherwise are only seeking to deceive the people and favor the dictatorship.
4. The Central Bank of Venezuela, through the ad-hoc administrative board appointed by the President (E) of Venezuela, has managed to recover three hundred and forty-two (342) million dollars, which are currently protected in the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States. The BCV board, within the autonomy granted to it by the Constitution, may define the terms under which these resources may be used to cover the eighty (80) million dollars belonging to the Fund for the Liberation of Venezuela and Attention to Cases of Vital Risk, including the support program of $100 for 3 months for the heroes of health. Likewise, the BCV board has disposed of the use of those resources for the litigation fund, in relation to public debt litigation, as authorized by the National Assembly, for the defense of the assets of the republic abroad that are at risk due to the illegal actions of the regimes of Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro.
5. In order to make use of these resources, a rigorous process of controls and authorizations must be passed by the National Assembly and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, who must validate that said money does not have any special conditions that determine that it cannot be used because it is subject to investigations, irregularities or any other detected special condition. Therefore, to date, and in accordance with the authorization given by the National Assembly, the legitimate government only has access to the resources approved for the Liberation Fund (80 million) and the Litigation Fund (20 million), out of the three hundred and forty-two (342) million that are in the United States.
6. While Maduro’s dictatorship maintains secret accounts of one billion dollars that hide from the people and public opinion, President Guaidó managed to free funds abroad, which were previously used to repress and enrich the dictatorial leadership, so that today they are destined to those first affected by the COVID-19 pandemic: our doctors and nurses. With less than 0.01% of the dictatorship’s resources, we will do more than all they have done for the protection of our people.
7. Similarly, from the Legitimate Government we have raised the need to provide support of $100 per month to all Venezuelan families in order to survive this quarantine. Our country needs an approximate support of six thousand (6,000) million dollars to execute the José María Vargas National Emergency Plan that will allow us to save Venezuela.
8. As it is public and notorious, the dictatorship does not have and cannot obtain such an amount of resources since it broke the productive income apparatus of the Republic and cannot obtain international financing either: nobody lends money to a leadership led by a drug trafficker and involved in international criminal accusations.
9. Therefore, in order for all Venezuelans to have access to the $100 per month needed to survive during the quarantine, as well as to be able to prepare and recover the country from the serious social, economic and humanitarian crisis that we are suffering, we need international financing that can only be obtained by a National Emergency Government recognized by the nations, which is made up of Venezuelans of all political tendencies who are not accused of drug trafficking, and which can give confidence to international banks and international financial organizations.
We reaffirm the commitment of President (E) Juan Guaidó and of the entire interim Government to do everything possible with the resources available to address the pandemic, to collaborate with any measure that serves to provide solutions to our people and, above all, to achieve the prompt formation of a National Emergency Government that can save Venezuela.