Since its inauguration, the government of President Luis Arce has registered 39 contracts related to Covid-19 in the State Contracting System (Sicoes). Of these, 30 are for information campaigns. The rest are for biosafety tests and supplies. The amount invested in these acquisitions of goods and services amounts to BS.58.55 million ($8.48 million).
The National Tax Service (SIN) reported that up to 28 January, 8,397 people had registered for the Value Added Tax Cash Refund Scheme (Re-IVA), of which 42% corresponded to the department of La Paz, 25% to Santa Cruz and 19% to Cochabamba. The Re-IVA is aimed at individuals with a monthly income equal to or less than Bs.9,000 ($1303.86).
50% of indigenous communities in Bolivia do not have access to internet or basic technologies. In addition, many of these populations also lack other services such as radio, as the signal of the radio stations does not reach them. This situation makes virtual learning unattainable for children, said Juanito Roca, secretary of alternative energies of the Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Bolivia (CIDOB).
Bolivia has reinstated visa requirements for citizens of the United States. These are some of the requirements demanded by the Government: affidavit form for visa application, passport valid until the date of departure from Bolivian territory, economic solvency and proof of payment of the cost of the corresponding visa.
Franklin Mining Inc. has purchased additional equipment for the upcoming gold mining operation in Bolivia. Expanding upon the 2015 Pilot Program, CEO William Petty plans to bring the new machines to join his fleet of existing recovery machinery in the previously canvassed areas.