The investment to improve the ports on the Paraguay-Parana waterway and the bi-oceanic railway in Bolivia already exceeds the $US500 million, said the Public Works Minister, Milton Claros.
Bolivia has a long history with the oil and gas industry, with the country’s first liquids production commencing in 1925. Today production is dominated by gas, a commodity that has become vital to the country’s economy.
Natural gas has played a key role in Bolivia’s economy, notably over the last 15 years where production has more than doubled from 2003 levels to reach 1654mmscf/d in 2017.
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A total of $US 4.8 million from the South Korean cooperation have been invested in research and seed production projects in Bolivia. A delegation of the Korean Cooperation (Kopia) visited the facilities of the National Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Innovation (INIAF) to evaluate the investment. The director of the Kopia expressed his satisfaction with the implementation of the implementation of the projects.
The prize of gas that Bolivia export to Brazil and Argentina has increased by 43% from $US4.2 for million BTU (British Termic Unit) at the end of 2017 to $US 6 for million BTU for the last quarter of this year, according to the Ministry of Hydrocarbons. Bolivia is renegotiating with Brazil a new contract for gas exports and also is negotiating with Argentina an adjustment to the current contract.
Bolivia looks to guarantee that it has enough cobalt reserve to ensure the production of lithium batteries in the country. Cobalt, next to lithium, is a key component for the production of lithium batteries. Government representatives have recently inspected San Luis Mine in Potosi to ensure that the country has enough reserves of cobalt, so the production of lithium batteries in the country can go ahead.
The Governors assembly of the Financial Fund for the Development of the River Plate Basin (Fonplata) approved the modification of its charter to enable the transition from a financial fund to a development bank. The change will allow the incorporation of new partners and the establishment of strategic alliances with other development agencies and banks.
“2018 will close with a “”solvent”” financial system with bad loans representing only 2% -one of the lowest in Latin America- declared the director of the Supervisory Authority of the Financial System (ASFI), Ivette Espinoza.