Government invests $8.48 mn in 39 contracts related to the fight against COVID-19

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).

More than 8,300 people registered for 5% VAT refund

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 the indigenous population in Bolivia does not have access to internet

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).