Nicolas Maduro’s regime was responsible for wiping out all the country’s industries, leaving a nation without electricity, drinking water, gas or food.
In addition to directly affecting Venezuelan homes, businesses are also in crisis because they cannot produce or sell their merchandise.
The Vice President of the Valencia Chamber of Commerce, Lorenzo Araujo, explained that the failures in public services plus the increase in municipal taxes, worsens the businesses’ crises. Additionally, he explained that sales have decreased significantly.
“In the case of the Municipal Institute of the Environment, which charges payment for urban clean up (and waste disposal), it has set very large increases, which is very difficult to afford at this time when commerce is looking for ways to survive,” said Araujo.
The representative of the Chamber explained that in recent weeks, urban clean up increased 300%.
He also explained that food businesses, such as bakeries and restaurants, have decreased their commercial activity due to the lack of gas and electricity.
Araujo said that state authorities are rationing public services in stores in order to deliver the service to homes.
“We understand that households also need their gas supply but this is a basic need to operate any type of business,” he added.
He also reported that 90 percent of food businesses have been out of gas service for months.