The United States reiterated its request for a run-off between the two most-voted candidates: Evo Morales of the MAS (47.08%) and Carlos Mesa de CC (36.51%). A statement was read on behalf of Secretary of State Michael Richard Pompeo that said:”The Bolivian people have the right to elect their leaders in free and impartial elections. This right is enshrined in the Inter-American Democratic Letter and in Bolivia’s Constitution.”
With the new Land Use Plan (PLUS) map that gives way to a new extensive agricultural production model, sanctioned by the Beni Departmental Assembly, the region not only aspires to become the country’s largest grain producer it also projects a $1 billion dollar contribution over the next decade to Bolivia’s economy over the next decade.
Bolivia is a country where six out of ten retirees are still working; where small businesses are closing due to high labour costs; where export revenues are continuing to decrease; and where government spending is continuing to increase and leaving a financial hole according to official figures, of more $ 3 billion dollars per year. Bolivia, where the economic slowdown is so notorious and international qualifiers, such as Fitch Ratings, predict growth of 2.8% by 2020. Exports dropped to approximately 30% during the last four years. As of August 2019, the trade deficit reached $772 million dollars. According to economist James Dunn, all these points must be addressed and included on the government’s 2020 economic agenda. He states that all the economic problems Bolivia are facing are a result of the economic model the government introduced in 2006, which needs to be updated since the plan no longer reflects today’s reality.