Dialogue is urgently needed in Venezuela: a petition reiterated by President Nicolás Maduro’s government which is showing the first signs of being met, though the most radical sectors of the right are ignoring the call.
The repeated calls of Maduro to find reconciliation and a road to peace in order to set a sure economic path for the country and solve so many other problems of concern to the people is undeniable.
On many occasions, he has called upon opposition representatives to join the political debate and upon sectors of the business community to resume dialogue with the government and hence put an end to the smuggling, price manipulation and all the speculative activity that is creating uncertainty for Venezuelans. Venezuela must strive to forge peace to deal with problems and to lay the foundations for economic growth, a feat which will only be achieved by developing the great potential that exists within the country: not only in terms of oil, but also in terms of the abundance of wealth expected because of the opportunities that are available and the conviction of people to convert them.
“We’re faced by a huge challenge: that of forging peace along with equality and freedom; with active, sharp, engaged people playing a major part; with a happy society; and above all with prosperity and real economic growth in the Venezuelan Heartland,” Maduro underlined during a plenary session of the Federal Governing Council on May 28.
Even before gaining re-election in the May 20 elections, the president had called upon all sectors to strive for a climate of entente. “With peace we can build and lay the foundations of Venezuelan power,” he said in appealing to his compatriots to unite under a common goal.
After this meeting, Maduro met with the president of the Foreign Relations Committee of the United States Senate, Bob Corker, in an effort to re-establish bilateral relations and improve negotiations regarding peace.
After this recent visit of Corker and as a gesture of good will by the Venezuelan authorities, Joshua Holt, a US citizen who was facing charges related to offences against Venezuelan national security, was released.
Of note is the fact that since 2014, Maduro has resorted to debate as a instrument for solving problems of a political, economic and social nature, serving as a strong response to the destabilizing actions of government opposition groups.
However, this approach is not confined to the leader. Other figures such as the first vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, are demonstrating their support for the president’s calls and signalling their hope that this will make the opposition reflect.
“When the President opens the door to peace, let’s hope that sectors of the Venezuelan right make use of it,” Cabello said at a press conference on May 28. As a sign of the progress and goodwill of the parties, on May 29 the government and the Venezuelan Banking Association agreed to come up with a new date for the monetary reconversion proposed initially for June 4 – an issue that had kept the people, banks and manufacturing sectors on tenterhooks.
This step was agreed during a meeting – which accords with the government’s approach of establishing economic dialogue in this way, led by President Maduro, to mitigate the actions imposed by America’s powers-that-be and those of their allies on Venezuela and that have resulted in a financial blockade of the country.
The president of the Venezuelan Banking Association, Aristides Maza, suggested to the government that they delay the conversion by at least 90 days.
This is in order to carry out technical tests in conjunction with the Central Bank of Venezuela on the country’s financial institutions with the aim of ensuring a successful reconversion.
Everything seems to indicate that this dialogue is yielding results, not only in the political arena, but in other areas that may make Venezuela an emporium of well-being and tranquillity for its inhabitants. (PL)
(Translated by Nigel Conibear – DipTrans IoLET MCIL – firstname.lastname@example.org)