Venezuelan Minister of Commerce Alejandro Fleming told state-run AVN News that the government would respond by “saturating the market” with 50 million rolls of imported toilet paper, in hopes of calming the populace. However, CNN noted that he also said Venezuelans go through about 150 million rolls of toilet paper every month, so it’s not clear how far such a gesture will go toward stemming the tide of discontent.
President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday agreed to stop attacking billionaire Lorenzo Mendoza, the president of the nation’s largest company, for failing to spend his money to help the people, offering instead to start working with him on ways to increase consumer production. The public hatchet-burying came less than a week after the president was parading with Brazilian officials who pledged confidence in Maduro’s presidency and increased trade between the two nations.
Lower-level socialist bureaucrats are also scrambling to set up business roundtables to discuss how more goods can be produced locally, according to AVN News. Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Arreaza also announced on Wednesday that a tax on the import of capital goods had been waived.
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