Month: Nov 2018

The oil & gas, electricity and lithium industries received $2.5 billion from the government in 2018

During the presentation of the book “12 years of Economic Stability Bolivia,” held yesterday at the Udabol, the Deputy Minister of Budget and Fiscal Accounting, Jaime Durán, reported that this year’s investment was $ us 6,300 million of which 40% ( $ 2,520 million) was directed to the three hydrocarbon sectors, electricity and the lithium industry to produce batteries for electric vehicles.

Gold is being illegally exploited in the river Beni

An ANF investigation discovered that Chinese and Colombian companies exploit gold illegally in the Amazon, in the northern department of La Paz and its confluence with the Beni. To do this they partnered with local cooperatives that gave them their extensive land concessions or grids of 25 hectares in exchange for 20% or 30% of what they will obtain from the exploitation.

Tarija seeks US$400 million for the production from Margarita-Huacaya

The split of revenues from the gas industry in the Margarita-Huacaya field is source to a new interdepartmental conflict, between Tarija and Chuquisaca. The Government of Tarija claims that they did not receive US$ 400 million from the proceeds of royalties and the Direct Tax on Hydrocarbons (IDH) because YPFB did not take into account the interdepartmental limits.

Morales: Bolivia does not depend on gas

President Evo Morales stated that the Bolivian economy does not depend on gas exports. He added that the engine of the economy is the internal demand. Morales attended the presentation of the book “12 years of economic stability in Bolivia”, edited by the Economic ministry. Although the president is optimists, economic experts warned that Bolivia still depends on hydrocarbons, the economy needs to diversify, and the fiscal deficit needs to be tackled. Economists  José Gabriel Espinoza and Germán Molina said that the fiscal deficit in 2018 would be around 8% or more due to the high level of state indebtedness.

Crisis in the chestnut sector in Bolivia

The chestnut sector in Bolivia is suffering a crisis due to a reduction in prices and a decrease in production. Moreover, the state initiatives are not helping the small producers. According to the Farmer Unions in the Madre de Dios region, in Beni, the creation of the state-owned Empresa Boliviana de Almendras (EBA) did not help small producers, as the company is paying worse than private distributors. Eslimer Tirina, conflict secretary of the farmer unions at Madre de Dios, said that prices went down to Bs.120 per 24 kilos of chestnuts from Bs.300, and production decreased by at least 30 per cent.