No. 02



Chavez Names Silva As Venezuelas New Oil Minister As Rodriguez Assumes OPEC Post

Venezuelas President Hugo Chavez on 27 December named Alvaro Silva as the countrys new Energy and Mines Minister, to replace Ali Rodriguez, who on 1 January became Secretary-General of OPEC. Mr Silva, who is 71, is a lawyer with long experience in energy, most recently as deputy to Mr Rodriguez with responsibility for the mines portfolio and a non-executive director of the...