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Bolivia and the Netherlands agree to rehabilitate Water Treatment Plant

The Ministers of Development Planning and Environment, Mariana Prado and Carlos Ortuño, respectively, and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Wiebe de Boer, signed a donation agreement of 3.3 million euros for the rehabilitation of the Pampahasi Water Treatment Plant. The donation is part of the Financing of Projects for Social Development, with funding from the Netherlands for the construction of public infrastructures in the sectors of food security, water, climate, health and reproductive rights.

World Bank reduces global growth forecast to 2.9% in 2019

The World Bank sent a bleak message about the global economy, reducing its growth forecasts to 2.9% in 2019 and 2.8% in 2020, amid the attenuation of international trade and growing financial pressures on emerging markets. In Latin America, the recovery is losing steam, weighed down by the contraction in Argentina and the persistent uncertainty in the two largest economies in the region: Brazil and Mexico.

Government of Brazil will privatise or liquidate 150 companies

Brazil’s Minister of Infrastructure, Tarcísio de Freitas, reported yesterday that President Jair Bolsonaro will privatize or liquidate at least 150 companies belonging to the State. De Freitas pointed out that these are companies that, according to their criteria, are not important within the Brazilian economy and will be phased out by 2022.

US firms could invest up to US$20 bn a year in Argentina

US private sector firms could invest up to US$20 billion per annum in oil, gas, fracking, as well as renewables and electricity. Argentina is aiming to attract up to US$140 billion of investment by 2030 from the US. In addition, France will also be investing in the energy sector over the next couple of years.