Russ Dallen, a legal and financial analyst with Caracas Capital in Miami, was quick to criticize the private investment campaign, calling it a “Potemkin village … masquerade.”

“Having run out of other people’s money, Venezuela is now trying to lure new investors,” he said.

Even if the Maduro regime wanted to, Dallen said, it has little money to even begin paying back debts and no real prospects to begin servicing them any time in the near future.