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businesses of Alex Nain Saab Morán and Álvaro Enrique Pulido Vargas with the
Venezuelan Government extend and diversify behind the screen of Group Grand
Limited. The company related to these Colombian entrepreneurs, registered in
Hong Kong and with no trace in Venezuela, not only sells millions of boxes with
food from the program of the Local Committee for Supply and Production (Clap) to
the Government of Nicolás Maduro, but is also one of the intermediaries chosen
by the Venezuelan leadership to buy medicines in India.
fact that it is almost a dummy company has not prevented Group Grand Limited
from achieving a millionaire shower of contracts that based on last year’s
documents reveal that the company acts as a supplier of medicines for the
Ministry of People’s Power for Health (MPPS), endorsed by the state-owned
Venezuelan Foreign Trade Corporation (Corpovex), which centralizes public
imports, headed by Major General Giuseppe Yoffreda Yorio.
March 2017, at least three contracts for the purchase of medicines, amounting to
just over 213 million dollars and identified with the numbers 0026, 0030 and
0050 were entered into between Group Grand Limited and Corpovex. The first one,
for a value of 70.9 million dollars, set the exchange rate at - the now extinct
- 10 bolivars per dollar "under exchange agreement No. 35 of March 9, 2016;"
preferential dollars that local pharmaceutical companies have not seen for
years, suffocated by the exchange rate trap that has led to a 60% collapse of
the pharmaceutical market since 2014 and a nearly 90% shortage of medicines in