The Bolivian Government has set the rates for private clinics for COVID-19 treatments, which may not exceed the stipulated reference prices by 5 percent. The base reference prices for the surgeries of those patients admitted to intensive care are BS.5,484 ($792,74), while the smaller surgeries between BS.3,510 ($507.39) and BS.4,472 Bolivians ($507.39).
China and Bolivia agreed to jointly push forward Belt and Road cooperation during a phone call between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Bolivian President Luis Arce. President Xi called on the two countries to strengthen cooperation in areas including agriculture, infrastructure construction as well as telecommunications.
The National Service of Protected Areas (Sernap), authorised the entry of the mining company Mincruz S.R.L., into the Santo Corazón region, in the middle of the Chiquitano Dry Forest and on the road that crosses the Tucabaca Valley, to carry out the clearing for the exploitation of minerals. The authorisation form states that the firm must submit a copy of the results of the work carried out to Sernap and to the management of the Protected Area.
The governor's office in Santa Cruz warned of losses of around $5.2 million daily, due to the collapse of part of the road that connects Santa Cruz with Cochabamba, in spite of the fact that a provisional crossing has been set up. Luis Alberto Alpire, Secretary of Productive Development of the Governor's Office, explained that an alternative route, such as the old road, could not be used due to a blockade by traders.
The state-owned YPFB signed a contract for Bs.5.33 million ($770,479) to purchase 277,704 metres of polyethylene pipes for the domestic gas networks in La Paz and Cochabamba. Empresa Boliviana deIndustrialización de Hidrocarburos (EBIH) will have to supply the contracted pipes within 60 days.
An area the size of Israel was deforested in the Amazon biome last year as destruction surged 21% in the region spanning nine countries that is home to the world’s largest rainforest, according to the Amazon Conservation organization. Bolivia accounted for the biggest increase in destruction compared to 2019 as enormous fires tore through its Chiquitano dry forests.
Of a budgeted amount of $4.011 billion for public investment in 2021, the Government ruled that 50% will be financed through the issuance of sovereign bonds in external capital markets. Bolivia made the first bond issue for $500 million in 2012. The second placement was made in 2013 for another $500 million. The last placement was in 2017 for $1 billion.
Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energy Franklin Molina reported that renewable energy sources provide about 50 per cent or more of the country's current electricity supply. Hydroelectric power plants account for an average of 44%, and the highest output at 614 MW. The wind contribution is on average 1% and the highest power reached 25 MW.
The Chamber of Deputies approved a CAF-Development Bank of Latin America credit for $350 million to strengthen public investment in the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic. The contract was signed on 23 June 2020 between the Bolivian government and the international organisation.
National Customs reported that it managed to seize goods valued at more than Bs.32 million ($4.6 million) in 627 operations carried out between December and January this year, said the head of the institution, Karina Serrudo.