The European Parliament became the first institution to openly back Juan Guaido as interim President of Venezuela, siding with him against Nicolas Maduro. The institutions urged the rest of the Europan Union to proceed in the same way.
On 2012, 2013 and 2015, Bolivia maintained a score of 34 in the perception of corruption; while in 2014 achieved its highest historical score reaching 35. However, the situation deteriorated by 2016 and 2017 with 33 in both years until reaching 2018 with only 29 points in the perception of corruption.
After the recent primaries in Bolivia, another authority resigned to the Electoral Court (TSE). Judge Dunia Sandoval send a long letter to the president of the Congress in which she denounced that it is impossible for her to continue working due to the change of direction in the TSE. Sandoval was with Antonio Costas one of the judges that opposed a new postulation of President Evo Morales and Vice-president Alvaro Garcia Linera.
The National Electricity Company (ENDE) pledged that the Ivirizu hydro project, which will provide 290 megawatts into the National Interconnected System (SIN), will conclude in 2021. The Ivirizu Hydroelectric Project is being built in the Carrasco National Park of the department of Cochabamba in a surface of 250 hectares with an investment of US$ 549 million.
The president of Bolivia’s National Electricity Company (Ende), Joaquín Rodríguez, reported on Monday that, from the second half of this year, it is expected to start exporting electricity to Argentina, once the transmission line between both countries is established.
The president of Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) , Óscar Barriga, indicated the state company plans to invest 1,450 million dollars in 2019. The state-owned company reported today that US$ 450 million dollars have been earmarked for hydrocarbon exploration projects.
The Port Services Administration-Bolivia (ASP-B) and the National Ports Administration (ANP) of Uruguay yesterday signed an agreement to give Bolivia access to the Atlantic through the ports of Nueva Palmira and Montevideo. The agreement allows Bolivia to have presence in both docks, which are connected through the Paraguay-Paraná Waterway, a route in which the country consolidated three ports (Gravetal, Jennefer and Aguirre) to boost foreign trade.
The Minister of Development Planning, Mariana Prado, and Juan Notaro Fraga, president of the Financial Fund for the Development of the River Plate Basin (Fonplata), signed a $ 100 million loan on Monday for the Urban Infrastructure for Generation Program of Employment II. The objective of this program is to promote and develop comprehensive urban infrastructure initiatives for the construction of sustainable, accessible and inclusive cities.
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.
2019 is an electoral year, and it comes with uncertainty for new investments in the hydrocarbons sectors, warn the Bolivian Hydrocarbons and Energy Chamber (CBHE). The organisation said that gas production has reduced since 2014 and there is an urgency to broaden the exploratory frontier, but the political environment will have an impact in 2019.
The firing of two technical experts from the Electoral Supreme Court (TSE) in Bolivia has caused clashes among the electoral judges. TSE’s Vice-president, Antonio Costas, denounced that the firing of the two technicians was decided without consulting him, despite him being the head of the informatics department.