Volatility caused by ongoing political and social unrest, as well as policy uncertainty, could delay the economic recovery. It could also delay the stabilization of LatAm banking systems’ Operating Environment (OE) scores, which capture the risk of doing banking business in a country or jurisdiction. In Fitch Ratings’ opinion, the OEs of Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and, to a lesser extent, Peru face more downside risks.
Bolivia's Cámara Agropecuaria del Oriente (CAO) warned that the drought will last until November.The business entity said that the drought period was brought forward by the heavy frosts that were recorded throughout the department of Santa Cruz and generated losses of $240 million in the agricultural sector.
Fundación Natura Bolivia, the indigenous people of the Bajo Paragua forest, and Selfless by Hyram have joined forces to hold the line on deforestation in the Amazon, announcing the creation of the 2.05-million-acre Bajo Paragua San Ignacio and Concepcion Municipal Protected Areas. With support from the partnership, the communities will manage the new protected areas which are also home to spider monkeys, jaguars and at least 1,273 vertebrate species. Conservation of the forest permanently locks up 337,162,504 metric tons of carbon dioxide which would otherwise contribute to climate change.
Remittances from abroad in June reached $116.1 million and the first-half cumulative amounted to $687.7 million, a 50.6% growth compared to the first semester of 2020, says a Bolivian Central Bank (BCB) report. Remittances came mainly from Spain (35.1%), Chile (20.3%), the United States (20.3%), Argentina (5.5%) and Brazil (4.2%).
YPFB began drilling the Gomero X1 IE well, located in the department of Pando in Bolivia's Amazon region. The project will require an investment of $17.4 million and aims to discover the hydrocarbon potential of this area of the country.
Forest fires this year have consumed more than 147,000 hectares (360,000 acres) in Santa Cruz department, the regional government reported. As in neighboring Brazil, the fires have been aggravated by widespread deforestation aimed at expanding farming or pasture land. Each year Bolivia confronts forest-fire outbreaks started by settlers in remote areas or by agribusinesses trying to expand their production. Bolivian NGO the Friends of Nature Foundation estimates that forest fires last year destroyed more than 2.3 million hectares of forests and grassland.
Export cargo transportation through the Ichilo-Mamoré waterway, which has access to the Atlantic Ocean, will cost approximately 18 per cent less than the operation carried out by land to Pacific ports. The reduction in transportation costs is because the waterway wi
The Chinese ambassador in Bolivia informed that his country intends to resume negotiations with Bolivia to share technology to benefit Bolivian lithium industrialization. On April 30, the Government launched an international call for the direct extraction of lithium.
In 2015, 61 MMmcd of gas produced and in 2020, it fell to 43.5 MMmcd. Analyst experts point out that this fact will result in a lower supply of liquids for the local market and more significant gasoline and diesel imports.
The state-owned oil company YPFB estimates annual revenues of between $120 and $140 million once the Ammonia and Urea Plant (PAU) reactivates fertilizer production. The plant's stoppage caused economic damage to the State, quantified at $291.19 million, related to lost profits, stoppage costs, repair of damaged equipment and lack of adequate maintenance.