Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has mandated that the country’s oil-backed cryptocurrency, the Petro, must be used to fund the ‘Great Housing Mission Venezuela’ social housing program.
Ildemaro Villarroel, the minister of popular power for habitat and housing – the department overseeing the housing project – confirmed that the program will be funded using the Petro. In an announcement posted on the department’s website, the minister described the financing mechanism as offering greater guarantees that the scheme’s outcomes will be achieved:
“We tell President Nicolás Maduro that we continue to follow his instructions, moving forward and giving concrete samples when delivering homes, and the next milestones will be with Petro and the homes will be more protected by this mechanism.”
Joselit Ramirez, Venezuela’s superintendent of virtual currency, praised the department’s confirmation that it will adhere to the Petro Incentive plan, describing the department as “a bastion of transformation of the entire national economy.”
Ramirez stated that the program will allow private investors to finance the construction of public housing through the stock market, with 4,000 houses planned for construction.
The announcement comes 15 months after the Venezuelan government’s desire to finance public housing using the Petro was first reported.
Housing Comprises Venezuela’s Latest Attempt to Drive Petro Adoption
The Petro, a state-backed cryptocurrency, was launched in February 2018. Later that year, the Venezuelan government issued the Sovereign Bolivar and announced it would be linked to the Petro. | Image: Shutterstock
The financing initiative for the housing program is the Venezuelan government’s latest attempt to cultivate Petro adoption via executive mandate.
Earlier this month, the Bank of Venezuela launched an online portal to facilitate Petro wallet registrations.