Month: Jan 2019

International reserves fell 42% since 2014

Bolivia’s international reserves reduced 42% since 2014, from $US15,478 million to $US8,946 million, according to the Bolivian Central Bank (BCB). Although the sharp fall, President Evo Morales insisted that the international reserves are still the highest in South America as a percentage of the Gross National Product (GNP). They represent 21.4% of Bolivia’s GNP, against 21.2% in Peru and 17.8% in Brazil.

Bolsonaro and Macri agree to revive Mercosur

The leaders of Brazil and Argentina resolved yesterday in Brasilia to promote a free trade agreement with the European Union (EU). Bolsonaro, who came to power on January 1, underlined his desire to “strengthen” ties with Argentina, one of Brazil’s main economic partners, and expressed his conviction that relations between the two countries will continue on the right track.

Heavy rain causes damages to thousands of hectares of crops in Bolivia

Eight municipalities in Santa Cruz are affected by heavy rains that have been registered in the department for weeks. These climatic problems are hitting hard the agri-sector, since they are already around 3,705 hectares of crops of corn, sorghum, peanuts, among others that are already harmed, according to the report of the Association of Municipalities of Santa Cruz.

Bolivia and the Netherlands agree to rehabilitate Water Treatment Plant

The Ministers of Development Planning and Environment, Mariana Prado and Carlos Ortuño, respectively, and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Wiebe de Boer, signed a donation agreement of 3.3 million euros for the rehabilitation of the Pampahasi Water Treatment Plant. The donation is part of the Financing of Projects for Social Development, with funding from the Netherlands for the construction of public infrastructures in the sectors of food security, water, climate, health and reproductive rights.

The government announced signs of significant gas reserves

There are signs of significant gas reserves in geological formation of Huamampampa in the regions of Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca and Tarija, announced the government. Hydrocarbons Minister, Luis Alberto Sánchez, said that after having exceeded the 7,800 meters of drilling there are strong indications of the existence of a “sea of gas”. However, gas analysts warned that at that depth the results of production tests should be expected to determine profitability.