Category: Macroeconomy/Finance

Information regarding Bolivia’s productive sector and the country’s macroeconomy.

YPFB loses $60 Mn per year at LNG plant

State oil company YPFB loses about $60 million per year from the operation of the natural gas liquefaction plant (LNG), according to estimates made by the consultancy Gas Energy Latin America (GELA). To date, the infrastructure operates on average 10% of its installed capacity. It is a 10 million cubic foot (MMpcd) liquefaction plant (MMpcd) and 33 regasification stations in remote populations in Bolivia, costing about $250 million.

Bolivian Stock Exchange: total transactions amounted to $11.8 bn in 2019

he Bolivian Stock Exchange (BSE) moved $1.8 billion in 2019, a figure lower than 30% than in 2018, due to the uncertainty generated by the cancelled elections of October 20 and more inferior liquidity in the market. However, demand for companies seeking to finance the public stock exchange grew; $550 million placed in new broadcasts in 2018 and $750 million in 2019. The outlook for 2020 is to reach $12 billion traded.

Gas, gold and zinc reached 66% of exports in 2019

Natural gas, gold and zinc accounted for 66% of Bolivia’s exports in 2019; between the three added sales worth $5.8 billion of the total traded, according to the Bolivian Institute of Foreign Trade (IBCE), based on data from the National Statistical Institute (INE). This year, the country expects to improve domestic foreign trade with the export liberation of agricultural products and their by-products.

Government launches Financial Program 2020

The Program projects a growth rate of 3.5% and inflation of 3.4%. Its objectives are to maintain macroeconomic stability, to boost the domestic market, to encourage investment and to support the development of productive activities. The programme envisages a downward trajectory of the deficit until 2022, maintaining an appropriate balance between fiscal sustainability, economic growth and the preservation of social protection mechanisms.

Bolivia closed 2019 with annual inflation of 1.47%

Bolivia closed past management with annualized inflation of 1.47%, the lowest rate of the last decade, underpinned by a negative record in December of 1.54% compared to November. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded a negative change of 0.03% in January compared to December 2019. Prices fell, mainly from the food and non-alcoholic beverages division, closed 2019 with annual inflation of 1.47%