The Government announced the temporary cancellation of tariffs on imports of newsprint in response to efforts by the National Press Association (ANP) to address the plight of the print media throughout the country.
The Government estimates that the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will contract by 5.9% by the end of the year, the lowest level in the country's history, due to the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Central Bank of Bolivia (BCB) indicated that cumulative inflation to May was 1.2% and expected to remain below the expected margin of 3.4% until year-end.
The National Program for Reactivation of Employment, which was presented this Wednesday by the Government, will have additional financing of Bs 13,880 million destined to the construction of the Propylene and Polypropylene Plant in Tarija. The Government said a bill was sent to the Parliament and demanded its approval to access the resources.
Bolivia's government presented an economic reactivation plan, which contemplates the preservation and creation of 4.5 million jobs through the investment of 30 billion Bolivians ($4.3 bn). The Direct Job Creation Plan aims to create 50 thousand jobs per month. The municipalities will be able to present their projects to accompany the state plan.
Bolivia register a cumulative $102.25 million trade deficit in April and May. In April, the negative balance was $57 million, while in May, the trade deficit reached $45.25 million. The Bolivian state coffers are highly dependent on exports of products such as natural gas and minerals, which represent up to 81% of the country's sales abroad.