Exports to Venezuela dropped 99% from 2010 to 2018

Bolivian exports to Venezuela fell dramatically from 2010 to 2018. According to the Bolivia Instituto of Trade (IBCE), Bolivian sales to Venezuela reached in 2010 $US341 million, but by November 2018 they reached only $US1 million, a fall of 99.7%. Bolivia is one of the main political allies of Venezuela, but this friendship did not translate on a healthy trade exchange.

Uruguay signs agreement to give Bolivia access to the Atlantic

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.

Fonplata grants US $ 100 million to promote sustainable cities

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.

President Morales changed seven ministers

President Evo Morales changed seven of his 20 ministers. He said that the changes are to improve public management of the state but also for “political action”. He added that the main responsibility of the new cabinet of ministers would be to keep the economic growth.

Bolivia’s GNP increased 327% in 13 years

The contract to build a steel factory in Mutun began to be implemented. The Bolivian Government has ordered to proceed with the implementation of the project, which will cost $US 466 million. Chinese Sinosteel will be responsible for the construction of the plant, while the supervision of the project will be in the hands of CISDI, also from China.

Chinese Sinosteel will build a steel plant in Mutun

The contract to build a steel factory in Mutun began to be implemented. The Bolivian Government has ordered to proceed with the implementation of the project, which will cost $US 466 million. Chinese Sinosteel will be responsible for the construction of the plant, while the supervision of the project will be in the hands of CISDI, also from China.

International reserves fell 42% since 2014

Bolivia’s international reserves reduced 42% since 2014, from $US15,478 million to $US8,946 million, according to the Bolivian Central Bank (BCB). Although the sharp fall, President Evo Morales insisted that the international reserves are still the highest in South America as a percentage of the Gross National Product (GNP). They represent 21.4% of Bolivia’s GNP, against 21.2% in Peru and 17.8% in Brazil.

Bolsonaro and Macri agree to revive Mercosur

The leaders of Brazil and Argentina resolved yesterday in Brasilia to promote a free trade agreement with the European Union (EU). Bolsonaro, who came to power on January 1, underlined his desire to “strengthen” ties with Argentina, one of Brazil’s main economic partners, and expressed his conviction that relations between the two countries will continue on the right track.