Upon his arrival from the United Nations General Assembly in New York City yesterday, Maduro headed to the Miraflores Palace to provide a summary of his visit to the United States, and made a number of announcements.
Maduro laid out the theoretical framework for the Plan de la Patria 2030, a vision for the direction Venezuela needs to take on key issues heading into the year 2030. Maduro’s plan extends a similar path laid out by Chavez in 2012, which set a course for the country looking forward until 2019.
Maduro formally announced his vision by saying:
We should be an instrument for you, the youth, to build the “Plan de la Patria 2030“, which I’m launching today, September 30 2015. Plan de la Patria 2030, to build socialism, and the independence and happiness of the people.
Below, a short video showing part of Maduro’s speech last night from the Miraflores Palace:
Maduro: We have to establish a productive country. That’s the foundation. Look, I’ll demonstrate it using two examples. First, production: creating and expanding Venezuela’s productive base. And raw materials. We’ve made a lot of progress on that. Commander Chavez left us with a national production vision for nutritional sovereignty and security. Now, going from vision to action costs a lot. It’s a complicated process, but we’re going there. Look at what we signed with Vietnam. In the next few days, productive forces from Vietnam will arrive, with their experience [it sounds like he’s saying “milenaria”, which means “ancient”] to help us improve working methods through three big pilot projects. First, production – and distribution, sure, that gets added in – and the distribution is a bridge to the second [example]: a system of guarantees for distributing and satisfying our people’s consumption necessities. And, on that point, we have to work really hard to recover the original spirit of the nutritional vision.
While the details of the plan were not made entirely clear, Maduro was optimistic that it would be a success:
When we commemorate our eternal commander on December 17 [the day Simon Bolivar died] alongside our people in 2030, we should say, “Liberatdor [Bolivar], we achieved 2030!
The Plan de la Patria is the overarching philosophy that guides the Venezuelan government. It consists of five broad goals:
- Safeguard, expand and consolidate national independence.
- Continue to build socialism.
- Make Venezuela a world power in social, economic and political terms.
- Develop a new international geopolitical framework.
- Contribute to the preservation of life on Earth.
Maduro: Colombia Border Should Remain Closed
During the same speech, Maduro said that the closure of the border into Colombia along all of its official crossings “should remain as it is” in order to ensure that “mafias” do not cause further disruptions to the Venezuelan economy. Maduro said:
Paramilitary groups are bringing in mafias as reinforcements to buy whole harvests (…) and they’re taking them away, buddy. That’s why the border should remain as it is, as it is today: controlled, totally controlled.
Maduro’s comments are at odds with the publicized results of Maduro’s meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on September 21. After that meeting, the Venezuelan government announced that the two countries had agreed to “normalize” border relations.
On the issue of bachaqueo – buying regulated products in supermarkets and selling them on the street at a premium – Maduro said:
We have to take radical measures about this (…) I hope to announce some in the next hours, the next days — radical measures to clean up bachaquerismo definitively from our big supermarket chains, and the private ones as well.
Maduro Announces Coffee, Corn Price Adjustments
[I’ve approved] an important decision for the coffee industry (…) [I’ve] adjusted the prices starting October 1, 2015, for green coffee for producers and toasted ground coffee for coffee-roasting plants.
Maduro also announced that corn delivered to silos will now cost Bs. 14.60 per kilogram, and that he had approved Bs. 15.896 million in subsidies for the sugar, corn and rice industries for this year’s winter harvest.
Cabello: Right Wing Murdered Robert Serra
National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello presided over a special National Assembly session today in honour of slain PSUV Deputy Robert Serra. Serra was murdered along with his partner at their home in Caracas in October of last year.
During the session, Cabello blamed the Venezuelan right-wing for murdering Serra, but provided no evidence to support his claim. Cabello also said:
The right wing are experts at assassinating our ranks, but with Robert Serra’s fall, millions of young people have risen up across the homeland with the revolution’s charisma.
Last night, Cabello also spoke on the progress of lawsuits he claims to have launched earlier this year against national and foreign media outlets for their reporting of a story that named him as a suspect in an international drug trafficking case. Cabello suggested that media outlets in the United States and Spain would soon be served with legal documents from his lawyers, saying:
Last night, actually, they [the media] came out with another little campaign against Felicia’s son. Spain, again. The same reporter, the same newspaper. Don’t worry – in a few days some lawyers will knock on their doors in Spain and the United States, saying, “I’m here on behalf of Mr. Diosdado Cabello.” Knock knock. Who’s there? I’m here on behalf of Diosdado Cabello.
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