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Bolivia temporarily suspends food exports

Bolivian President Luis Arce – PRESIDENCY OF BOLIVIA

The Government of Bolivia has reported this Wednesday that it is temporarily suspending the export of soybeans, sugar, oil and beef due to the risk of shortages of products from the country due to the indefinite strike called for delays in the census that prevent access to aid.

The Minister of Productive Development, Nestor Huanca, has announced that the export of four national products has been suspended “in order to safeguard food security.”

This measure comes into force at dawn this Thursday “until normal supply conditions are restored to the entire Bolivian population,” he said at a press conference collected by the Unitel television network.

Huanca has blamed the promoters of the strike for the consequences of the paralysis of the productive sector, as well as for threatening the food security of Bolivians.

“They are guilty of the millionaire damages and losses that are being caused to the Santa Cruz and national productive apparatus,” he said, before clarifying that it is a preventive measure.

Along these lines, the minister has asked the local authorities of Santa Cruz for “reflection” — where an indefinite strike has been established for five days — to start negotiations with the aim of resuming food production.

The Government of Bolivia decided to postpone until 2024 the population census initially scheduled for the first half of 2023, arguing that the ideal conditions to carry it out do not exist due to a series of technical and logistical deficiencies as part of the consequences left behind by the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the position of the governor of Santa Cruz, Luis Fernando Camacho, –which is one of the key players in the political crisis that caused the departure of Evo Morales after the 2019 elections– maintains that this postponement is illegal, since the census must be carried out every ten years, and the previous statistics, dating from 2012, are not reliable for redistributing federal budgets.

There is a Latin American country that requires this census to be carried out since without it access to government aid is prevented by the most impoverished groups.

Given the failure of the dialogue between both parties to organize the registry in 2023, there is an indefinite strike in the city of Santa Cruz, the economic epicenter of the country.

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