Bolivia’s mercury imports rise 12 times

An investigation by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, based in Amsterdam, in coordination with the Center for Documentation and Information Bolivia (CEDIB), reports that Bolivia imported in the last four years, between 647 and 1,366 tons of mercury (there are no current, reliable figures from the Government, the source is suppliers from Mexico that handle the two numbers above). Imports of this mineral until 2014 were at a rate of 15 tons per year. Bolivia signed the Minamata Convention in Japan in 2013, committing countries to gradually reduce the import and use of mercury in their respective territories.

The savings from importing liquid derivatives will be $550 mn.

The fall in oil affected the sale of gas to the external market, but also reached the import of liquids that the country promotes for the domestic market. The savings from the import of hydrocarbons liquids, including gasoline, will be approximately $550 million. Therefore, the prices of fuels, such as gasoline and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), will maintain their prices.

Until February 2020 Bolivia received $180 mn in family remittances from abroad

Between 2006 and 2019, remittances received exceeded $15 billion. In 2019 Bolivia received $52 million less compared to 2018. By February 2020, more than $86 million came from Spain, followed by the United States and neighbouring countries such as Chile, Brazil and Argentina. Workers' remittances were mainly sent to the country's backbone, $180 million.