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Venezuela sells $570m from gold reserve despite sanctions

Venezuela sells $570m from gold reserve despite sanctions

Mon May 20 2019

 

The central bank sold about 9.7 t of gold on May 10 and an additional 4 t three days after, the people said, driving its reserves down to a 29-year low of $7.9-billion. The proceeds will be partly used to fund imports through the country’s foreign trade office, according to one of the people.

 

A central bank press official didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on the sales.

 

Venezuela has sold 23 t of gold since the beginning of April, defying an economic blockade meant to stop the lucrative trading Maduro has been using to keep the military loyal to his regime. Last month, the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control included the Venezuelan central bank in its list of sanctioned entities.

 

uro has been selling gold to firms in the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, as sanctions increasingly cut off his authoritarian regime from the global financial system. While he maintains a stranglehold on power on the ground – including the military and government bureaucracy – opposition leader Juan Guaido is using support from dozens of countries to slowly seize Venezuela’s financial assets abroad.

 

Gold makes up the bulk of Venezuela’s reserves. That includes $1.2-billion worth of the precious metal with the Bank of England, which has recently blocked Maduro’s repeated withdrawal attempts.

 

Source: https://m.miningweekly.com/