Electoral year will generate uncertainty for gas investments

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.

Bolivia ranked 128 among 161 countries to do business in 2019

Bolivia ranks 128 among 161 countries to do business in 2019, according to Forbes. The American publication states that Bolivia is a resource-rich country with strong growth attributed to captive markets for gas exports, Brazil and Argentina. However, it remains one of the least developed countries in the region because of state-directed policies that deter investment.

Electoral authorities in Bolivia remain divided

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.

Bolivia has a minimum wage of $US 300 according to a report

Bolivia is among the ten countries with the highest minimum wage in Latin America. The country is in 8th place with a minimum wage of $US 300 according to a report from technology and social media expert  Fernando Bruccolery published in the portal medium.com. Uruguay is in the first place of the list with a minimum wage of $US463 followed by Chile with a minimum salary of $US434.

Bolivia will sign new gas contracts with Brazilian firms

Bolivia expects to sign new gas contracts with Brazilian firms, announced the Hydrocarbons Minister, Luis Alberto Sanchez. According to Sanchez, the new contracts will generate more profits than the current one with the state-owned Petrobras. He added that Bolivia will continue to export gas to Brazil and Argentina even at better prices. However, both Brazil and Argentina states have announced that they need fewer volumes of gas.