On Tuesday, the Forestry and Land Social Control Authority (ABT) presented a package of seven measures to reactivate and boost the development and sustainability of the country’s forestry sector. With these measures, we will protect 90,000 families that live directly from the industry and 180,000 families indirectly.
As the virus becomes more invincible and lethal, the prices of essential or recommended drugs to combat Covid-19, whether due to high demand or shortages, reach extreme values. The blister of 10 tablets of aspirin rose from $0.71 to $1.43; azithromycin of 500mg rose from $0.71 to $2.15 per tablet; ivermectin from $1.43 to $0.31; prednisone 20mg rose from $0.28 to $0.71; dexamethasone from Bs 0.71 to $1.43; and the cheaper chinstraps from $0.14 to $0.71.
Only 1.8% of companies in the industrial sector plan to increase their workforce in 2020, while 73% plan to reduce it, said the president of the National Chamber of Industries (CNI) Ibo Blazicevic. According to the president of the Confederation of Private Businessmen of Bolivia (CEPB), Luis Barbery, more than 600 units from the poultry sector, about 400 travel agencies and 2,000 companies from the hotel sector announced the suspension of their activities in the last month.
Land clearance and titling in Bolivia reached 88.4 million hectares, representing 86% of the total area of more than 102 million hectares. According to information from the National Institute of Agrarian Reform (INRA), 14% is still pending.
The cost that each patient represents for the State is estimated between a minimum of 500 dollars per sick person and can reach $10 thousand if intensive therapy is required. In Bolivia, there is the Universal Health System (SUS), which covers 90 per cent of the costs, and to date, a total of 25,493 positive cases have been reported.
Deposits in the financial system grew by 5.5% in May, while lending expanded by only 1.4%, with non-performing loans remaining stable. The total volume of deposits rose to $27.19 billion, and credits amounted to $26.77 billion. In annualized terms, deposits and loans increased by 5.6% and 5.5% respectively.
The government plans to allocate 873 million bolivianos ($125.4 mn) to reactivate the agricultural sector. The objective is to guarantee food security for the Bolivian population, boost the economy, generate production and trade, support family farming, medium-scale agriculture, and agro-industrial export agriculture, and generate employment and income opportunities with a comprehensive view of the country.
The $327 million International Monetary Fund (IMF) Loan Bill for Bolivia to deal with the coronavirus pandemic was rejected, as deficient, unsustainable and unconstitutional. Source: Página Siete
The department of Santa Cruz, which is the most affected by the coronavirus with around 13,000 positive cases, will only receive three million dollars for the return of the resources collected from the Direct Tax on Hydrocarbons (IDH). The Government of Santa Cruz regrets that the distribution of the $200 million has not taken into account the contribution and the epidemiological criteria.
Bolivia, which has been free of foot and mouth disease since 2014, obtained international certification from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that places the country on the list of nations with negligible risk status for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), which will allow the beef export market to expand.