The government announced that it would inaugurate at the end of March the Centre for Research in Science and Technology of Materials and Evaporitic Resources. The Centre built in La Palca, Potosí, had an investment of Bs 57.1 ($8.19 mn). The equipment will require an investment of more than $5 million to acquire high-tech equipment for research, development and innovation of cathode materials, electrolytes and chemical elements for the industrialisation of Bolivian lithium and its derivatives.
Activities on the Bolivian Stock Exchange were maintained despite the pandemic, becoming 100% electronic and growing by 12% compared to 2019, reaching $13.33 billion in total. New issues of registered securities reached $1.65 billion.
According to a statistical report by the Tarija government, revenues from oil revenues, including the Direct Hydrocarbon Tax (IDH) and royalties, have been gradually reduced in six consecutive years. In 2016, revenue fell 46.01%; in 2017, 24.2%; in 2018, 19.53%; in 2019, 19.78%; in 2020 it rose slightly by 1.9% and is projected to fall by 19.3% in 2021.
In February 2021, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) registered a positive variation of 0.16%, concerning January, according to INE data. The accumulated variation to February was positive by 0.63%, and at twelve months, it reached a positive variation of 1.40%. The variation registered in February 2021 is mainly explained by the increase in prices in the education and communications divisions.
In January 2021, according to INE data processed by IBCE, Bolivian exports fell by 11% compared to the same month last year, reaching $702 million. The country's imports registered a more considerable year-on-year decrease of 28%, reaching $565 million. These figures leave a trade surplus balance of $136 million.