The country’s private universities record a 35% dropout rate in the first semester, due to the impossibility of maintaining internet payments for virtual classes. The National Association of Private Universities (ANUP) reports that 29 of the 36 affiliates had to take out bank loans to pay salaries, virtual classroom licenses and other expenses. Failure to comply with these obligations would mean stopping the training of more than 200,000 university students in the country.
An economic injection of Bs 44 million ($6.3 mn) for the reactivation of the cooperative mining productive activity was announced on Monday by the Government. To date, 1,732 mining operators have restarted their operations.
In 2019, tourism income reached $797 million, 2% less than in 2018, equivalent to $19 million, due to the political and social conflicts that stopped the country in October and November. 24% of tourism expenditure was in food and beverages, 17% to internal transportation and 16% to recreation. In the first quarter of 2020, Bolivia registered 7% less international visitor arrivals, compared to the same period in 2019, mainly from China and India by more than 50%; exceptionally there was an increase of visitors from Israel by 54%.
The Forestry and Lands Authority (ABT) revealed the preliminary results of an operation in Cochabamba that reported illegal trade in precious woods valued at more than $15 million.
The Government announced the temporary cancellation of tariffs on imports of newsprint in response to efforts by the National Press Association (ANP) to address the plight of the print media throughout the country.
On Tuesday, the Forestry and Land Social Control Authority (ABT) presented a package of seven measures to reactivate and boost the development and sustainability of the country’s forestry sector. With these measures, we will protect 90,000 families that live directly from the industry and 180,000 families indirectly.
As the virus becomes more invincible and lethal, the prices of essential or recommended drugs to combat Covid-19, whether due to high demand or shortages, reach extreme values. The blister of 10 tablets of aspirin rose from $0.71 to $1.43; azithromycin of 500mg rose from $0.71 to $2.15 per tablet; ivermectin from $1.43 to $0.31; prednisone 20mg rose from $0.28 to $0.71; dexamethasone from Bs 0.71 to $1.43; and the cheaper chinstraps from $0.14 to $0.71.
Bolivia, which has been free of foot and mouth disease since 2014, obtained international certification from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that places the country on the list of nations with negligible risk status for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), which will allow the beef export market to expand.
The investment reached $69.7 million. The works reached 5,300 meters of the 6,000 that had been planned, and the result was negative, so, the company Shell Bolivia decided to withdraw its machinery from next month.
The sorghum crop registered the highest growth with 435,000 hectares planted, representing a 12% increase over the previous winter, while the chia decreased to 19,000 hectares, 24% less than last winter’s cycle. The sector estimates to cover 1,128,000 hectares with the crops of sorghum, sunflower, wheat, corn, chia and soybean, 5% more than the area sown in the previous winter cycle.