Brazil is studying the construction of a bi-national hydroelectric plant with Bolivia on the Mamoré river (northwest of the country) at a cost of $5 billion, said the Brazilian general director of Itaipu Binacional, general Joaquim Silva e Luna. In the next three years, Itaipú Binacional will have its debt settled for the construction of its plant, which will release about $2 billion annually, half for Paraguay and half for Brazil, which can count on this money to invest in the construction of the new power central, he said.
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Authorities in Bolivia said Thursday they have arrested a woman with suspected links to drug traffickers who amassed an inexplicable $150 million fortune within just a few years. Interior Minister Arturo Murillo told the Unitel television station that Dora Vallejos, 36, turned herself in the night before.
Sales to Bolivia from the Iquique Free Zone (Zofri) in northern Chile fell by 20% in 2019. Data published by Zofri on its website shows that, in 2018, Bolivia bought goods worth $617 million, while last year sales reached $494 million.
The Government set for this year, a contribution of between 2% and 4% of the profits of the financial institutions to the Guarantee Funds for productive loans and social housing. Within this framework, these funds already have $US 427 million. By 2020, commercial banks will contribute with 2% of their 2019 profits and SMBs banks will contribute with 4%.
Telephone company Nuevatel invested Bs210 million ($30.4 million) to renew its operating licences for the provision of mobile and internet services. This investment is in addition to others made in 2019, such as the deployment of a LTE network for home internet, in addition to the LTE service of Nuevatel which covers at least 170 municipal capitals, reported the company.
The National Chamber of Industries (CNI) proposed the Government to increase the basic salary by 1.47% and to freeze the national minimum wage at Bs.2122 ($307.06). CNI’s economist explained that the proposal to freeze the minimum wage is because of the lost of competitiveness in Bolivia’s companies, while the increase on the basic salary is be in line with 2019’s inflation.
Bolivia’s external debt reached $11.056 billion as of November last year, which represents 26% of Bolivia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). According to the president of Bolivia’s Central Bank (BCB) the current ratio is under the international standards. Bolivia’s external debt increased from $2.269 billion in 2007 to the mentioned $11.056 billion in November.
A technical commission from Bolivia is in Argentina to start negotiations for the signing of a new addendum to the gas purchase agreement and to stabilize the volumes demanded by the neighbouring country. Bolivia’s YPFB president, Herland Soliz, explained that the current contract addendum establishes export volumes of Bolivian gas of between 16 and 18 million cubic meters per day (MMmcd) in winter and from 10 MMmcd to 11 MMmcd in Summer.
As of January 9, 2020, Bolivia’s net international reserves reached $6.429 billion, said the president of the Central Bank of Bolivia, Guillermo Aponte. According to Aponte, international reserves reached $15.1 billion in 2014, but have gradually declined since then due to external factors and falling exports.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office in La Paz froze Bs.44 million ($6.4 million) from the accounts of Petróleos de Venezuela S. A. (PDVSA), reported Public Prosecutor Marco Villa. The measure is part of a legal process against former Minister of the Presidency, Juan Ramon Quintana.