Illegal entry of corn, sugar and meat causes millions of dollars in damages

The Chamber of Industry, Commerce and Services (Cainco) reports that the country loses $35 million annually through meat smuggling, $70 million through illegal sugar trade and $61 million through the illicit import of wheat flour. To these must be added the 408 million Bolivianos ($58 million) reported as damaged by the Corn and Sorghum Producers Association (Promasor) due to grain smuggling into the country.

CAO denounces that smuggling generates losses of $400 million to the industry

At such a hard time caused by the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, the Eastern Chamber of Agriculture (CAO) and its affiliated institutions demand immediate attention from the different levels of government to stop this unfair competition caused by smuggling and that generates the loss of approximately $ 400 million for this sector.

Soboce invests $30 million to modernize the Warnes cement plant.

Sociedad Boliviana de Cemento S.A. (Soboce) decided to invest around $30 million to modernize the Warnes cement plant (Santa Cruz). The new milling system, previously horizontal, is characterized by lower energy use, higher production capacity, and a better relationship with the environment. With the new mill, the plant will have a monthly production capacity of 59,400 tons of cement.

Natural gas consumption in the domestic market rose to 14 MMm3/d

According to data from YPFB Transporte, in the last 15 years, the demand for natural gas for the domestic market has increased from 4 million cubic meters per day (MMm3/d) to 14 MMm3/d. Furthermore, the need for this energy source has grown 250% since 2006, an aspect that positively impacts the economy. As a result, the state-owned company seeks to reduce operating costs.

Bolivia sold potassium chloride and lithium carbonate for $6.17 mn

The government says it is accelerating the lithium industrialization process. From January to May, @litio_boliviano captured 42 million bolivianos ($ 6.17 mn) from potassium chloride and lithium carbonate sales. In addition, YLB launched in April this year the "International Call for Direct Lithium Extraction" (EDL), to which more than 19 foreign companies have already applied.

WB projects Bolivia’s GDP growth at 4.7%

The World Bank (WB), in its Global Economic Prospects report, ratified its March projection that Bolivia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will have economic growth of 4.7 per cent this year. The outlook is based on the assumption of moderate progress in distributing vaccines in most Latin American countries, fewer restrictions on movement, positive spillovers from advanced economies, and increased commodity prices.

Remittances from abroad rise 42%, but the level of NIR is still low

Between January and April, family remittances from abroad reached a value of 449.9 million dollars, an amount 42.1 per cent higher than that recorded in the same period of 2020. Both years are not comparable due to the variation in the behaviour of the pandemic. The BCB report indicates that the resources come mainly from Spain, Chile, the United States, Argentina and Brazil.