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.
Bolivia could import crude oil and process it in the country’s refineries to reduce fuel imports, said the Hydrocarbons Minister, Victor Hugo Zamora. In 2018, Bolivia spent $1.251 billion on imported diesel and gasoline and as of October this year, it spent around $1.3billion.
Bolivia’s government plans to build a fuel distribution plant in the south of the city of La Paz, to prevent fuel shortages in the future like the ones suffered after supporters of forme president Evo Morales blocked the Senkata plant, in El Alto, provoking severe shortages of gas and gasoline.
The damage caused to police installations after the recent political and social unrest in Bolivia reach Bs. 150 million ($21.7 million), said the head of the institution, Rodolfo Montero. Several police quarters were burned by Evo Morales’ supporters after his resignation to the presidency.
Brazil’s national agency for petroleum, natural gas and biofuels (ANP) says that, until fresh Bolivian elections are conducted, discussions will remain suspended. To further complicate things, Petrobras still has considerable unsupplied gas credits under the expiring contract which could last an additional two to four years.