Although the country is in a period of strong economic growth and is an active participant in international trade, the U.S. State Department notes that the Venezuelan government "dominates the economy" by way of its control of the state-owned petroleum and electricity sectors as well as "important parts of the telecommunications and media sectors. Cement and steel production was nationalized in spring 2008, as were some companies in the milk and meat distribution sectors. The consequence of these and other developments is, the State Department cautions, "reduced space for the private sector and low levels of private investment.

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