The yield of Bolivian quinoa is up to 84% lower than in countries like Peru, Ecuador or Chile and its price has been reduced by 80%. The coordinator of the Quinoa Research Center (CIQ), Roberto Quispe, said that between 2013 and 2015 producers received Bs. 2,000 ($289.62) for a quintal of quinoa from companies that exported the grain. Currently, they only achieve between Bs.350 ($50.68) and Bs.400 (57.92).
President-elect Luis Arce said that overcoming Bolivia's economic crisis will take between a year and a half and two and a half years. According to the President-elect, the projection of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2020 is between minus 8 and 11%. He also added that unemployment exceeds 30%.
The Official State Gazette published the Exceptional Law on Rentals (No. 1342), which establishes a 50% discount on rental fees, as part of the measures to mitigate the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in Bolivia. The new norm also condones the payment of the monthly tax of the Complementary Regime to the Value Added Tax (RC-IVA), with the intention of also favouring the owners.
Work has resumed at Centre for Nuclear Research and Technology (CNST) under construction in Bolivia, following the election of a new government in October. Former President Evo Morales allocated $351 million for construction of the centre.
In order to improve their services and promote business unity, the National Chamber of Industries (CNI) and the National Chamber of Commerce (CNC) will carry out an institutional merger process. The new merged entity will represent more than 40% of the generation of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), while 43% of the country's jobs will be in the areas that the new entity will represent, as well as 47% of the payment of taxes to the Tax Service (SIN).