the president of Venezuela, Nicholas Maduroreturned to Caracas this Saturday after an eleven-day tour of countries in Eurasia and Africa, where, he assured, he achieved “great investment agreements”.
“We bring in our hands great agreements in terms of investment in oil, gas, agriculture, food, tourism, air transport, connection and (…) in science and technology,” he said in a mandatory radio and television broadcast.
Maduro began a tour on June 7 that took him to Turkey, Iran, Algeria, Kuwait, Qatar and Azerbaijan in search of new investments for Venezuela at a time when, he assures, there is an “economic recovery” after years of acute crisis that collapsed 80% of the economy.
The president said that he awaits the arrival in the “next few weeks” of businessmen from all the countries he visited to sign “specific investment agreements in gas, oil, petrochemicals, refining, food production in Venezuela.”
His tour coincided with the start of the Summit of the Americas in the United States, from which Venezuela was excluded along with Nicaragua and Cuba, countries branded by Washington as dictatorships.
The Maduro administration has sought, after US sanctions in recent years, to deepen its economic alliances with countries such as Turkey, China or Russia. The president has said that it is time to open up to a “new world”.
Vice President Delcy Rodríguez will visit other countries that she did not specify to continue consolidating agreements.