Tourism drops 50% and generates $30mn loss during carnival in Oruro

The epidemic of the coronavirus and the social conflicts that occurred during the past administration in the country caused foreign tourists to suspend their visit to the Oruro Carnival. The department’s Hotel Chamber only managed to fill 50% of its accommodation capacity and estimates an economic loss of almost $30 million, reported its president, Fernando Rodriguez.

Number of companies in Bolivia increased by 3.7%

There are 329,025 companies operating in Bolivia, 3.7% more than in January 2019, when a total of 317,314 companies were registered. According to Fundempresa, La Paz has the largest share with 30.9%, followed by Santa Cruz with 29.2% and Cochabamba with 17.2%, and the rest is distributed among Tarija (5.1%), Oruro (4.8%), Potosi (4.4%), Chuquisaca (4.1%), Beni (3.1%) and Pando (1.1%).

Soybean prices drop $5 to $7 due to Coronavirus

The soybean has been trading at $335 per ton, placed in Rosario (Argentina), but because of the coronavirus the international price has dropped between $5 and $7 per ton. China is the largest buyer of soybeans worldwide, with about 70%, but the appearance of the coronavirus has affected demand in this market.

YPFB could develop fracking projects in Bolivia

The president of the state-run YPFB, Herland Soliz, announced that the company will begin exploration for unconventional hydrocarbons in the Miraflores area of the department of Chuquisaca. He added that there is a great possibility of finding a reservoir with a potential higher than 400 TCF.