Last year, 22 out of 29 state-owned companies reported a deficit at the operational level by reporting lower revenues and higher expenses for their activity, according to data from the Integrated Public Management System (Sigep). The gap reached 2,627 million bolivianos ($376.9 mn). Since most of the companies' budget concentrated in Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB), this company is also the one with the most significant difference between revenues and operating expenses: 2,342.6 million bolivianos ($336.09).
According to the research "Corrosive Capital in Bolivia", between 2008 and 2019, Bolivia contracted Chinese companies for about $6 billion, primarily for infrastructure works. 28 Chinese companies have operated in Bolivia for the equivalent of 14% of GDP.
The budget execution of 29 state-owned companies reached 63.5% in 2020. YPFB, ENDE, Corporación Minera de Bolivia (Comibol) and Gestora Pública de la Seguridad Social control 87% of the budget allocated in 2020.
The smuggling of medicines into Bolivia moves around $85 million, and at least 16 drugs have identified among those that enter illegally and are in the most significant demand: from aspirinets to azithromycin.