May 17, 2013

Bolivian Exports 2012

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Many are asking how is Bolivia's economy responding to the different political events developing in the country. Well, there are plenty of analyses regularly coming out, not only from governmental agencies such as the Central Bank, the Statistical Institute and the government itself, but also from other non-governmental institutions such as the (literally translated) Bolivian Institute for Outer Commerce (Instituto Boliviano de Comercio ExteriorIBCE) - in English it might be most properly translated as the Bolivian Institute of Trade.

The IBCE recently released some numbers which are, for Bolivia, pretty current. Normally, the numbers have a lag of around 2 years.

Be that as it may, according to these numbers, it looks as though the country's source of financial resources is still up for interpretation. If you look at the evolution over time of Bolivian exports (a graph that I don't include here because it didn't seem important for this post), you'll notice a steep increase in the last five or six years. Having said that, if you take a critical look at the numbers you'll find the following.

May 15, 2013

The Census 2012

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On November 21, 2012, Bolivia carried out its 10-year population census after 11 years. The reports about how did the proces went are mainly positive, but, as already usual in Bolivia, with a few caveats. I analyze here the preliminary results, some problems about the census process and its significance for Bolivia.