The manager of the National Telecommunications Company (Entel), Mauricio Altovez, announced that it is expected to lower internet and mobile tariffs in a “substantial” way from September of this year, by using fibre optics through Peruvian territory. Entel’s manager explained that having a sovereign fibre optic over stake will allow the state-owned company to negotiate directly with international operators to purchase internet services, which will have an impact on a fee reduction in favour of its users in the country.
The Government, through a bi-ministerial resolution, issued the Certificate of Internal Supply and Fair Price which gives full, quota-free freedom to soy producers to place 1.6 million tonnes of grain (for human consumption or raw material) and 60,000 tonnes of soybean seed to overseas markets.
The unconventional exploitation of hydrocarbons in the geological formation of Vaca Muerta, Argentina, this week added a new record of fracture stages, which accelerated its gas production, lowered its costs and, in the future, will force Bolivia to compete in the market with lower prices according to expert analysis.
After the waiting compass set out on Friday and nine days of blockades, soybean-producing organizations in the region open dialogue with staff of the Financial System Supervisory Authority (ASFI) and financial entities (Banco Unión and BDP) to reschedule and refinance credits.
Since 2012, Santa Cruz has deforested 1,070,151 hectares of forest, according to data from the Forest and Land Social Control and Control Authority (ABT). Records show that 64% of that clearing -691,701 hetares- was made illegally. The figure corresponds to five years of clearing for the expansion of agricultural and livestock activity. The expansion of the urban spot is another cause for indiscriminate felling.
Bolivia’s international reserves grew to $8.3 billion thanks to Brazil’s $55 million payment for the concept of gas sales, report Bolivia’s Central Bank (BCB). BCB’s president, Pablo Ramos, said that the country’s net international reserves are largely nourished by natural gas exports, but also from other sectors, such as gold, whose price recorded an increase in the international market.
The gas plant of Incahuasi, located in the province of Cordillera de Santa Cruz, increases today its production capacity of 8 million cubic meters per day (MMmcd) to 11 MMmcd thanks to the execution of three projects, whose cost was $78.7 million.
On Sunday, the Brazilian offshoot of the online news site the Intercept disclosed old private messages between now-Justice Minister Sérgio Moro and the task force of “Operation Car Wash,” the wide ranging corruption probestarted in 2014 that led to the conviction and jailing of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, among many other high-profile figures. The messages show clear collusion between a judge and prosecutors to convict those involved in the operation. Beyond the immediate implications — such as the possible reversal of convictions and the political impact to Moro and to President Jair Bolsonaro’s plans to appoint him to the Supreme Court — it remains to be seen how Brazilians will react.
The dialogue between soybean producers and oilseed companies ended without an agreement on prices. Divisions and differences arise between small and large producers. The Santa Cruz-Beni road is totally blockaded, with eight points of conflict.
Workers took the Perembaise camp in a protest against China Railway Construction Corporation. The camp is located four kilometres from the road Rurrenabaque-Riberalta. Blockades were also recorded on the road. Workers demand that the Chinese company comply with Bolivian labour laws, and denounce the continued mistreatment of the Chinese personnel against Bolivian workers.