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Business in Venezuela, Caracas

Syllabus of the Subject: Foreign Trade and Business in Venezuela. Caracas

  1. Introduction to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
  2. Venezuelan Economy
    1. Venezuelan petroleum
    2. Economic Profile of the States of Venezuela
  3. Venezuelan international trade: Imports and exports
    1. Accession of Venezuela to the MERCOSUR
  4. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Venezuela
  5. Doing Business in Caracas
  6. Case Study: Venezuelan Companies
    1. Petroleum of Venezuela (PDVSA)
    2. National Telephone Company of Venezuela
  7. Access to the Venezuelan Market
  8. Business Plan for Venezuela

The purposes of the subject “Foreign Trade and Business in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Venezuelan Economy and Foreign Trade (Import, Export, FDI)
  2. To know the business opportunities in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
  3. To explore the Venezuelan trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know the Venezuelan Free Trade Agreements
  5. To examine the profile of Venezuelan Companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Venezuelan Market

Sample - Doing Business in Venezuela:
Venezuela petrol sector

The Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Venezuela” belongs to the following Online Higher Educational Programs taught by EENI Global Business School:
  1. Masters: Business in America, International Business, Foreign Trade
  2. Doctorates: American Business, World Trade
  3. Course: Business in the Andean Markets

Online Student (Master International Business Foreign Trade)

Learning materials in Courses, Masters, Doctorates in International Business in English (or Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Venezuela Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Venezuela Study, Master in International Business in French Venezuela)

  1. Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Venezuela”: 1 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: one week

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Description: Foreign Trade and Business in Venezuela

Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Dominica, Honduras, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda

Hubs in Latin America (Course Master)

Association of Caribbean States (ACS) Caribbean Expanded Economic Space

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (America):

  1. Venezuela consists of twenty-three federal states and a capital district (Caracas)
  2. Borders of Venezuela: Brazil, Guyana, and the Republic of Colombia
  3. Venezuelan official language: Spanish
  4. Venezuelan Population: 27.3 million people
  5. Area of Venezuela: 16,445 square kilometres
  6. Independence of Venezuela from Spain: 1810
  7. Venezuelan Currency: Bolivar (VEF)
  8. Abolition of Slavery in Venezuela: 1854
  9. African Diaspora in Venezuela: 0.8 million people (2.8% of the Venezuelan population)
  10. Deep social, political and economic crisis

Religion in Venezuela: Christianity (Catholicism: 27 million)

Venezuela belongs to the Latin American Economic Area of the Western Civilisation

Venezuelan Economy (Master, Course)

Venezuelan Economy

  1. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is rich in mineral resources, whereas Venezuela is more known for its hydrocarbons: ranks fifth in the World in petroleum reserve and seventh in natural gas
  2. The main Venezuelan economic activity is the exploitation of petroleum refining for export
  3. The Venezuelan Petroleum is processed by the State Petroleum Company: Petroleum of Venezuela (PDVSA)
  4. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is rich in agricultural, animal husbandry, fishing, and forestry resources
  5. Top trade partners of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela are United States, Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil


  1. With a population of two million people, Caracas is the political and economic capital of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
  2. In Caracas are concentrated the core functions of the Executive, legislative and judicial branches of Venezuela
  3. In Caracas, all kinds of activities are located (educational, financial, commercial, industrial and services)
  4. A large majority of the workforce is employed in the public sector related activities
  5. Industrial activity is also crucial in Caracas
  6. Caracas is the seventh largest financial centre of Latin America (behind cities like São Paulo, Bogota, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro)
  7. Caracas generates 19% of the gross domestic product in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
  8. Important Venezuelan companies like “Petroleum Venezuela” or CANTV, has its headquarters in Caracas

Foreign Trade and Business in Venezuela

Economic Profile of the States of Venezuela.

  1. Maracaibo (Zulia state capital) has a population of three million people (second largest city in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela).
    1. Maracaibo is one of the largest cities in Venezuela.
    2. It is home to largest companies, such as Banco Occidental de Descuento.
    3. One of the main economic activities of Maracaibo is the petroleum exploitation (sites in the Basin of Lake Maracaibo)
  2. The Carabobo State is one of the most vibrant of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
    1. The industry and agricultural production of Carabobo are among the largest in Venezuela.
    2. The main economic activity of the Carabobo State is industrial manufacturing (automotive, metalworking, chemicals, agribusiness, food, and consumer products)
  3. La Guaira (Vargas State) is the largest gateway to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; the Port of La Guaira is one of the largest Venezuelan ports
  4. Barcelona is the capital of Anzoategui state, has a population of 620,000 inhabitants and with Puerto La Cruz, Lecheria, and Guanta forms one of the largest metropolitan areas of Venezuela (1 Million people). There are several industries: petroleum complexes and automotive factories
  5. Barquisimeto (Lara State) is a major city strategically located, being a significant area in public service, trade, banking, and logistics.
    1. There are largest industrial companies (metallurgy, agribusiness, textiles, cement, etc.).
    2. MERCABAR, the largest wholesale market in Venezuela is in Barquisimeto
  6. Valencia (1.5 millions inhabitants) is regarded as the industrial city of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Venezuelan Companies.

  1. Petroleum Venezuela,” the state-owned corporation of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is the responsible for the efficient, profitable, and dependable exploration, production, refining, transportation, and hydrocarbons distribution. The company keeps a strong presence abroad through five offices situated in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands
  2. Telephones of Venezuela is the leading integrated telecommunications services provider in Venezuela. Telephones of Venezuela had 3.6 million lines in service, 8.2 million mobile subscribers, and 528,000 broadband subscribers

Venezuela Economy States (Master)

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