Daily Archives: August 9, 2012

Bolivian presidential silences…

I have to thank Humberto Vacaflor for writing in such a clear way about last presidential speech, it is so embarrassing, at all levels, the message the world receives from the one who is in charge of our beloved country.

From El Deber:

Presidential silences by Humberto Vacaflor

Apart from the new demonstration of the difficulties with his reading, this time in the presence of their primary school teachers, as accusing them of inept, President Evo Morales did in his speech of Oruro a review of all the economic successes harvested from previous Governments.

But he forgot to mention a decisive indicator which is investment, that presents the highest degree of deficit, and, incidentally, is the only one of which he and his Government are responsible for.

He mentioned the figures of the banking portfolio – which was multiplied by three between 2005 and now -, deposits, the number of bank accounts, but, above all, mentioned the fact that IDH [hydrocarbon production related taxes, assigned to governorates and municipalities] revenues grew from $600 to $3,500 million dollars.

With a small dose of honesty, he should have thanked [previous] Governments of what they planted and left, including the creation of the IDH, as well as the production of gas sufficient for export to Brazil, with a contract signed by neo-Liberals [governments].

In the first list of indicators, perhaps he could have claimed authorship of some of them, referring to the increase in illegal revenues that overwhelm the banks.

But his greater silence was that of investments. Not referred to them, because surely he didn’t want to give figures.

Instead, he said: “I have great distrust of private investment”. This is in relation to the expulsion of Jindal Steel & Power of the country and to the advancement of State-owned enterprises in the national economy (from 18% to 34%). In this sentence, the economic policy proposed for the future is contained.

Most troubling of his speech, apart from the fact that he suggested the possibility to remain in the Presidency until 2025, was its silence on the illegal coca. He said that those [coca plantations] who are within the parks would be eliminated, but he did not sentence the surplus coca fields that are not in the parks.

Next to him was another person worried about a personal silence: the President does not want to talk about his running mate in 2014. Perhaps the unexplained presence of Jaime Paz Zamora in the ceremony can serve as a revealing factor for the future binomial.


This cartoon portrays current president’s priority. A sign of ‘on sale’ on a helicopter and him saying “I want two!” while he stands on his personal hangar with lots of flying equipment… for his personal use, which is to go around Bolivia to play soccer or inaugurations…

need say more?