Venezuela, introduction of new currency…Suspicion linked with Petro

he Financial Times (FT) reported to the U.K. on Tuesday (local time) that Venezuela has introduced a new currency that has depreciated its value by about 95 percent in its currency.

The official name of the new currency is Bolivar Soberano. The previous 100,000 Bolivar was replaced with 1 Bolivar Soberano, and five digits of the back of the coin were removed.

Also, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro supported the encryption currency, saying, “The new currency works with the Crypto currency ‘petro.’

Experts criticized Venezuela’s oil reserves-based Crypto currency petro as it has no connection to any trading platform and can be issued as the government want

Meanwhile, there were suspicions that illegal money laundering was carried out through ‘Venedu Holdings(’ of PDVSA notes that the Venezuelan government recruited as Petro. 

Steve Hahnke, a price expert at Johns Hopkins University, said to the FT, “The hyperinflation will not be caught until Maduro accepts the U.S. dollar as a legal currency or adopts the Currency Board.”

The FT said the government will also implement measures to raise the minimum wage by more than 3,000 percent following a devaluation of the currency.

Currently, the annual inflation rate in Venezuela exceeds 80,000 percent and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts that the inflation rate will reach 1 million percent this year.

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Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News.  She covers politics and the economy.

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