Bolivia produces 63,000 tons of quinoa per year, of which 32,000 tons, or less than 50%, are exported. There is a notable drop in exports due to the increase in production of the grain in countries such as the United States, China, Spain, and France, which are close to covering their domestic demand. Between January and May 2021, exports dropped 30%, reaching $25 million, less than last year when the country received $36 million.
Last week, Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) and the government highlighted increased gas exports from increased shipments to Argentina. However, revenues from natural gas sales fell by 3.5 per cent between April and May 2021 compared to a similar period in 2020.
According to government projections, the reactivation of the Ichilo-Mamoré waterway will require a budget of over $70 million and foresees starting work in July of this year.
The Government sent a draft bill that authorizes the Central Bank of Bolivia (BCB) to buy the national gold production. He assured that this regulation would strengthen the Net International Reserves (NIR), which declined. Up to June 16, the NIR reached $4.99 billion. $1.95 billion are foreign currency, $2.57 billion are gold, and $241 million are Special Drawing Rights (SDR).
Potential cocaine production in Bolivia grew by 44% in the 2010-2020 period, according to a report by the US Office of National Drug Control Policy (Ondcp). Coca cultivation in Bolivia totalled 39,400 hectares in 2020, a slight decrease of about 7% from 2019, but still close to record levels. Potential cocaine production remained stable at … Continue reading Bolivia increases potential cocaine production by 44%, according to a U.S. report