Venezuelan traders demand resolution of public services crisis

Foto de uma cabine telefônica da Compañía Anónima Nacional Teléfonos, em Caracas, em 2020.
Photo of a telephone booth of the Compañía Anónima Nacional Teléfonos, in Caracas, in 900.| Photo: EFE/ Rayner Peña

The National Council of Commerce and Services (Consecomercio) of Venezuela demanded this Thursday (02) that the State improve public services to avoid constant power, water, telephone or internet cuts, among others, that prevent them from carrying out their work normally.

In a statement, the union highlighted recurring electricity failures, internet connection problems, excessive administrative procedures and high municipal taxes. The Large Financial Transactions Tax (IGTF), for example, is levied at 3% on payments made in foreign currency.

Faced with the obstacles caused by these problems, the president of Consecomercio, Tiziana Polesel, recognized the effort of the private sector to “contribute with its grain of sand within the productive apparatus”.

On the other hand, Polesel criticized that citizens do not have credit for willingness “to replace your appliances, whether it’s a damaged air conditioner, product of the blackouts, or a stolen cell phone.”

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