Between January and July, Bolivia's imports fell by 34% compared to the same period in 2019, due to the impact of Covid-19 and the restrictions imposed by all the countries in the world. Purchases from China, the country that supplies most to Bolivia, fell by 31 percent. IBCE's technical manager, María Esther Peña, explained that the country's imports fell due to the restrictions and closing of the borders that the countries applied to stop the pandemic.
A cereal 100% natural and nutritious is the contribution of Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional (CBN) in alliance with the company Irupana, that united their raw material to elaborate 250,000 rations for personnel who fight in first line against the pandemic and affected communities. The first donation is of 10,000 rations of cereals, of a total of 250,000 for the personnel who fight in the first line against the pandemic. In the second phase, food will be delivered to communities affected by the health crisis.
As of July of this year, the unemployment rate in the country registered 11.8%, one of the highest in the last 30 years. The National Institute of Statistics (INE) states that 7.9% is an effect of the coronavirus pandemic. Among the most affected sectors are construction, fast food service and commerce.
ACI Worldwide, a leading global provider of real-time digital payment software and solutions, announced a partnership with EBANX, a provider of payment and financial solutions for global organisations expanding in Latin America. With the ACI Secure eCommerce solution, EBANX will initially offer local credit card payments, instalments and alternative payment methods for the Latin American market. This collaboration will enable the acceptance of the most relevant payment methods across Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.
Bolivia's government has awarded new contracts to workshops for the conversion of vehicles to CNG, maintenance of equipment, requalification and replacement of CNG cylinders in the department of Tarija. The contracts will support the sustainability of the policy of changing the energy matrix to natural gas. The Government hopes that the initiative will contribute to the generation of more than 120 new jobs.