The industry lost 70,000 jobs and saw a wage increase as unfeasible

The industry lost 70,000 jobs last year due to the economic crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and claims that companies are not in a position to meet a wage increase this year. According to the National Chamber of Industries, inflation last year was less than 1%, and workers did not lose purchasing power in their wages. Many industries are in crisis.

Within a $109 million budget support from France, an agreement signed to integrate alternative energies into the SIN

A tripartite technological alliance agreement was signed in Cochabamba between the National Load Dispatch Committee (CNDC), the French grid management operator RTE International (RTEi) and the French Development Agency (AFD) to integrate alternative energies into the Bolivian National Interconnected System. The agreement will receive a grant of 700,000 euros ($847,000), which is part of the AFD's 90 million euros ($109 million) budget support dedicated to promoting renewable energy, support for energy efficiency and institutional strengthening of the electricity sector.

Santa Cruz opens the Santa Cruz-Warnes viaduct costed $8m investment

The viaduct on the Santa Cruz-Warnes dual carriageway, which cost Bs 55.5 million ($8 million), is now a reality. The structure will free the vehicular traffic of more than 22,000 vehicles per day on the Red Vial Fundamental. It comprises three sections of 25.6 metres in span, each supported by piles. It has a total length of 1,040 metres from north to south. Its structure is 732 linear metres long, each access ramp is 321 metres long, and a bridge is 90 linear metres long.

Blockades halt exports of $2.5 mn a day

While the national government, together with soybean producers and the oil industries of Santa Cruz, continue to analyse the validity of the price band for soybean meal, the blockades on the highways connecting Santa Cruz with Cochabamba and Beni reached their third consecutive day yesterday, causing a loss of 2.5 million dollars a day for exports that are not carried out.

Exports fell 10.3% and imports dropped 27.7% in January

Exports reached $692.6 million in January, 10.3% less than in the same month of 2020, when sales abroad reached $772.1 million. The fall is due to negative variations in economic activities such as hydrocarbon extraction (-37.3%), agriculture, livestock, hunting and fishing (-6.2%) and manufacturing industry (-1.2%). The National Institute of Statistics also reports that imports in January reached $565.4 million, 27.7% less than in January last year.

Results in Vaca Muerta warn that Argentina will stop using Bolivian gas

The return of gas exports from Argentina to Brazil due to the development of Vaca Muerta, the world's second-largest unconventional gas field, is a sign that in at least three years, Argentina will no longer need Bolivian gas to cover its domestic demand. Private companies operating in Vaca Muerta have a strategy to supply gas to northern Argentina and Chile in the next three years. Northern Argentina is the region that demands Bolivian gas. The fifth addendum to the contract signed on 31 December 2020 establishes 8 million cubic metres per day (MMm3d) in summer and 14 MMm3d in winter.

Four municipalities generate 42% of the nation’s wealth

The country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) productive contribution is 42% in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, La Paz, Cochabamba and El Alto, four municipalities on the central axis, while 328 municipalities generate 45% of the country's wealth. There are 44 poorer municipalities in the country that produces only 2% of GDP. Analysts note that they must change the productive matrix to overcome inequalities.