Petrobras Bolivia's bank accounts have frozen by order of the agro-environmental court of Entre Ríos (Tarija) since April 14. Petrobras informed that it could not make any pending payments due to the freezing of its accounts due to the precautionary measure. Judge Hesse set the payment of $61.1 million as payment for using the Baldivieso Vacaflor family's land in the first instance of the trial.
Figures from the National Statistics Institute (INE) and prepared by IBCE reveal that in four months of this year, $594 million worth of food exported, 49% more than 2020 in value, and 11% more in volume imports reached $164 million. Sales of non-traditional products, 80% of which are foodstuffs, exceed those of hydrocarbons.
The National Chamber of Industry (CNI) estimated that between 2020 and 2021, the smuggling of mass consumer products would increase by 10%. As a result, approximately 80,000 jobs are at risk due to the impact on the national industry. Source: Página Siete
The Bolivian company Las Lomas has been thinking about building a steel plant in the country for eight years. Work began four years ago. Last February, operations started in the rolling sector and, at the end of July, the production of corrugated steel will start. With an investment of 177 million dollars, Las Lomas will produce 200 thousand tons of corrugated steel per year, equivalent to approximately 60 per cent of the national demand.
In the first quarter of 2021, contraband drugs into the country grew by 300 per cent compared to the same period in 2020; the legal importation of drugs also increased, but only by 30 per cent. Source: Los Tiempos
The figures of the gas business are stark. A study carried out by the Millennium Foundation, based on official data, indicates that 80% of the gas fields are in the process of decline. It also states that the refineries are operating below their installed capacity. Only 17% of the natural gas fields are under development, another 3% are in the maximum production stage (Plateau), and 80% are in the process of decline.
Industrias Agrícolas de Bermejo Sociedad Anónima (IABSA) has the mill ready to start the sugarcane harvest on the 15th of this month. It plans to mill 350,000 metric tons of sugarcane and estimates to obtain 600,000 quintals of sugar and 2 million litres of alcohol.
The Government ratified that the country will have a growth rate of 4.4%. The forecast based on the latest report of the Global Index of Economic Activity (IAGE) shows a grew of 5.3% in the first four months of the year. However, several sectors have asked the Government to present a reactivation plan and to accelerate public investment.
Bolivian lithium continues to be of interest in the global context. The Vice Minister of High Energy Technologies, Álvaro Arnez, stated that more than 19 foreign companies applied to the International Call for Direct Lithium Extraction (EDL), which launched in April this year Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB).
The Government approved Supreme Decree 4514, which provides an increase of between 15% and 20% in the import tariff on ceramic tiles and glass containers to protect domestic production.