Protests and road blockades have caused an economic loss of $2 billion, Bolivia's National Chamber of Commerce, Rolando Kempff.
The president of the National Council of Producers and Merchants of Bolivia (Conprobol), Javier Flores, denounced that the mobilisations hurt at least 100,000 business people from sectors such as textiles, shoe-makers, artisans, merchants and others, in the city of El Alto, Bolivia.
Basic products are scarce and some cases prices increased by 400%. The high prices and scarcity are due to social and political unrest in the country.
Ensuring fuel supply, but above all, renegotiating Bolivia's natural gas export contracts with Argentina and Brazil are the main challenges that the new president of the state-owned YPFB, José Luis Rivero is facing.