Chávez is intent on turning Venezuela into Zimbabwe: As $3.5 billion in direct foreign investment has left the country in 2009-2010,
Chávez Takes Steps to Exit Global Forum
Pullout From World Bank Unit Would Fit a Nationalistic Bent
President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela has taken steps to pull out of the global forum most used to settle investor disputes, where Caracas faces more than $40 billion in claims for nationalized properties.
Documents show that Mr. Chávez, shown in August, is moving to avoid financial sanctions from abroad.
Venezuelan officials have drawn up plans, at Mr. Chávez’s order, to withdraw from the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, or ICSID, a unit of the World Bank in Washington, according to recent documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
Venezuela’s withdrawal from the ICSID also would fit well the nationalistic bent that has led Mr. Chávez to expropriate 988 companies, 401 so far this year, according to Conindustria, a Venezuela industry chamber.
Here are the claims they’re talking about,
The WSJ quotes Dietmar W. Prager, a lawyer with the New York firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP who has represented investors with ICSID disputes with Venezuela, in what may be the understatement of the week,
A withdrawal would send an unfriendly signal about Venezuela’s policy towards foreign investment
You can say that again.
In other Latin American news, Mario Blejer, a former Bank of England adviser who took the reins of Argentina’s central bank after its 2001 default on $95 billion, is telling Greece to ‘Default Big’ to Address its Debt Crisis.
Well, at least he didn’t advise them to plunder private pensions.