The Chamber of Exports, Logistics and Investment Promotion of Santa Cruz – CADEX, views with great concern the repeal of Supreme Decree 4139, which eliminated the need to obtain the Internal Supply and Fair Price Certificates and deregulated the domestic market. “As CADEX, we view with concern and believe that the decision to return to control of the internal market and restrictions on exports is wrong,” said Oswaldo Barriga, President of CADEX.
“This measure has a negative impact on the different sectors that are over-regulated and with the impossibility of being able to sustain long-term export and transport contracts, because they can only generate short-term contracts due to the uncertainty generated by these internal market control measures and restrictions on exports, “said the President of the exporting institution. “This negatively affects the negotiating capacity of Bolivian companies, which see their possibilities of generating a greater amount of foreign currency diminished, so necessary in the current situation, where exports, according to official figures from the INE as of October, they fell by 2,012 million compared to 2019, being Non-Traditional Exports, which prevented this fall from being greater, ”Barriga emphasized.
The export sector, in addition to being one of the main sources of foreign exchange for the Bolivian State, generates more than 10% of the direct formal jobs in the country, being the Non-Traditional sector the one that contributes the most with decent, formal and sustainable jobs in the country. weather.
In the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is demanding food, especially proteins, both of animal and vegetable origin; According to the FAO, the demand for protein in the coming years will increase between 12% and 15%, so that Bolivia has an important opportunity to increase its exports and generate more foreign exchange and jobs.
“Today, more than 100 million new consumers of conventional proteins are entering world demand, increasing international prices of the same and improving the possibilities of producing countries to take advantage of these unusual situations. Bolivia is a producer of these protein foods and we need to get on the reactivation train by exporting them. Measures such as those recently issued by the National Government go against the path of what we need as a country to reactivate and grow again ”, warned the top manager of the exporters of Santa Cruz, the economic stronghold of Bolivia. “In order to grow back and become a potential protein supplier, incentive measures are required for the production of meat of all types, balanced feed for livestock, as well as products such as beans, chia and other nutraceuticals; measures such as export control and over-regulation of the market do not give positive signals to this end ”, he indicated.
The President of CADEX also mentioned that it is necessary to improve productivity in all the links of the different productive chains in order to reduce costs and generate levels of competitiveness to conquer new export markets and increase our participation in existing ones.
Another important aspect to consider is the black market generated by keeping prices low in the domestic market while international prices increase where unscrupulous people take advantage of the situation to smuggle products, depriving the country of those currencies and harming producers. national.
“As an institution, we consider that we must work on a great agreement for production and exports that improves the productivity and competitiveness conditions of all the actors in the different production chains, eliminating any artificial advantage within them, and thus continue to generate more and better jobs and increasing the currencies so necessary today ”, concluded Barriga.
Santa Cruz, December 15, 2020