Moody’s has placed Bolivia’s Ba3 rating under review for downgrade. The rating agency said in its report that the monetary and fiscal cushions, key to keep Bolivia’s current grade, have been deteriorating due to constant and important fiscal and current account deficits.
Bolivia’s international reserves are at their lowest levels since 2008, falling from $8.9 billion in December 2018 to $6.7 billion as of 7 November 2019. At the end of 2008, Bolivia’s international reserves reached $7.7 billion. The decline in reserves is the result of the country’s trade deficit, according to economic analyst Rene Martinez from the Jubileo Foundation.
Of 59 operating fields in Bolivia, 41 are in decline, according to data from State-owned YPFB. Between 2006 and 2018, oil revenues reached $37.5 billion, while investment on exploration reached $2.5 billion.
BancoSol will raise its fix income deposit rate to 5% to incentivise savings and have enough resources to support micro and small businesses in Bolivia. The new rates will run throughout December, and the term will be equal or greater than 370 days with a minimum deposit of $10,000.
Monthly inflation in November this year was 1.11% compared to October. The 11-month cumulative rate reached 3.06% and cumulative 12-month inflation was 3.41%, according to the National Statistical Institute (INE) report.
The United Nations on Thursday demanded further assistance to facilitate the development of landlocked countries, such as Bolivia and Paraguay, which face particular difficulties over their geographical situation in combating poverty. The UN General Assembly adopted a declaration calling for more financial support for these nations and more cooperation to facilitate their access to international trade.
The Government is considering returning $449 million (as at end-November) which had been allocated to the hydrocarbon exploration fund, in force since December 2015. The Incentives Act (Ley de Incentivos) will not be overturned, but the Government will assess whether or not the funds were or will be deployed. The funds were initially taken from regions, universities and others.
The state attorney general, José María Cabrera, revealed on Thursday that at least four international processes facing the country put at risk 1,000 million dollars for possible compensation in case of adverse failures.
Since December 2, the Internet rates of the Home Plan of the State – Owned National Telecommunications Company (Entel) have dropped by at least 41%, thanks to the implementation of a fibre optic system that will save $12 million in operating costs.
Deposits in the financial system decreased 1.04% in October, from Bs.180,683 billion ($26.2 billion) to Bs.178,801 billion ($25.9 billion) according to data from the Bolivian Financial Authority (Asfi). October has been marked in Bolivia by political uncertainty and social unrest after the election of 20 October.