Bolivia expects to sign new gas contracts with Brazilian firms, announced the Hydrocarbons Minister, Luis Alberto Sanchez. According to Sanchez, the new contracts will generate more profits than the current one with the state-owned Petrobras. He added that Bolivia will continue to export gas to Brazil and Argentina even at better prices. However, both Brazil and Argentina states have announced that they need fewer volumes of gas.
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With 20 projects, Bolivia continues to occupy the second place in financial education in Latin America, according to the Latin American Bank Federation (Felaban). Argentina ranks first while Colombia and Paraguay are in third place. Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic are the countries that show the lowest numbers of financial education initiatives.
Bolivia proposed to strengthen Mercosur to confront the global economic crisis and minimise the impact of trade wars. Within this context, the country seeks the creation of a regional commision to project futures scenarios and to combat problems such as extreme poverty. President Evo Morales arrived this Tuesday in Montevideo, where a summit of the regional integration group is taking place, to raise the proposal. He stated that “n these times where economic problems arise, Mercosur must be more united.”
The mining sector will grow 26% this year and the royalties will reach $US182 million, which will have a positive impact on future investments, stated the Mining Minister, Cesar Navarro.
The second year-end bonus has to be cancelled by 29 March 2019 in the private sector, established the decree 3747 approved by the Bolivian government. Workers who earn up to Bs15,000 ($US2,173.7) will receive the benefit.
15% of the second year-end bonus have to be used to buy national products, established the supreme decree that regulates the payment of the benefit. According to the decree, a mobile wallet system will be established to allow the workers to buy national products, but the will have to provide their mobile numbers. The system will be optional for the private sector but the companies will need to negotiate an optional system with their workers.
Almost three years of signing a contract with the Chinese Sinosteel, Bolivia’s government expects the first disbursement to finance the construction of a steel plant in Mutun. The project was announced in 2016, and it should be funded with a Chinese credit. The Mining Minister announced that in the next days the first disbursement should be in place.
YLB & ACI Systems were created yesterday by the representants of Bolivia and Germany. Through the joint venture agreement, Bolivia will provide the lithium commodity while the German company will provide the technology to create lithium batteries. The operation will only cover 0.4% of the total area of the Salar de Uyuni that reaches 10,000 square kilometres.
UN demanded a preservation to the vote in Bolivia and asked the celebration of free and transparent elections. Without mention, the judgment of the Electoral court that allows President Evo Morales to seek a fourth consecutive term, the UN representant in Bolivia asked for the respect of democratic values in Bolivia. The UN’s pronouncement takes place after 20 presidents of 12 Spanish American nations asked the Organisation of American States (OAS) to adopt measures to condemn and reject the actions that allow Morales to seek a fourth consecutive term. Meanwhile, the Bolivian president affirmed that democracy in Bolivia is stronger than ever.
The political uncertainty in Bolivia is impacting investments, warned an important think tank in Bolivia. According to the Center of Studies for Labor and Agrarian Development (CEDLA), the current pre-electoral uncertainty has already put a brake to economic initiatives in the private sector and it is expected that the trend will continue in 2019, due to the politicised environment in the country.