Revengefull Hugo Chavez punishes trade with Peru.
President of Peru Alan Garcia joked with Hugo Chavez, and the Colonel did not like it.
When the President of Peru Dr. Alan Garcia made a joke to Hugo Chavez in August 2009 during a summit of South American Nations Union (UNASUR) , it was unlikely that the apparent revenge of the Venezuelan Colonel come many months later. This time, the Peruvian recalled that the U.S. did not need to sign the military agreement with Colombia, in order to seize power in the region, as suggested by Chávez as Venezuela sells billions of dollars in oil to the U.S.
But rarely Chávez easily forget, and eight months after the joke of President Garcia, Chavez has decided to close its trade borders with Peru and prohibit the importation of products like textiles, clothing and footwear, which will hurt some 614 Peruvian companies.
The Lima Chamber of Commerce (CCL) said Wednesday that the National Autonomous Service for Standardization, Quality, Metrology and Technical Regulations (Sercamer) of Venezuela has been in charge of imposing new restrictions for 2010 as it is a process which must be renewed each year. For this year, Peru has been removed from the register of exporters, which in the past also had happened to Panama and Colombia.
Alan Garcia has reacted to this new action of Chavez, by saying that Chavezx action is against what the venezuelan preached about the “union of the Latin American peoples.” Peruvian President Garcia has suggested that Chavez “would have expected to meet deadlines for their departure from the Andean Pact which would be mid-2011 to close the borders and no longer have with us a free flow as originally had with members of Andean Pact. ” Furthermore, Garcia said that “the economic model in Venezuela that applies Chavez is not the best. It has inflationary problems, lack of investment, weak employment generation, lack of technology, there are blackouts and then also the industry (Venezuela) begins to suffer internally. “