Humberto Vacaflor writes in El Diario:
It has become a habit of the current government to “discover” anomalies tolerated for years under its management, it just denounce and then give the impression that complies with the law and is very severe.
A week ago, Interior Minister Carlos Romero, “denounced” that the Ichilo is the “epicenter” of drug trafficking. And then Deputy Minister Felipe Caceres “denounced” that in that area, Colombian and Brazilian traffickers operate.
The Director of the Customs “claim” that thefts occur within their units, with which is supposedly washing her hands, and complying with the law.
President Morales himself “denounced” that some workers in Huanuni earned up to Bs30,000. But did nothing about it because the wage rate is fixed by his government.
To whom are these reports made to? Are not they in government?
Examples of such behavior are many.
José Luis Parada, director of finance of the government of Santa Cruz, said it was very strange that the government had allowed mining cooperatives to manage an escape from big taxes for eight years without any problems.
From 2006 to now, 42 foreign and Bolivian companies were only paying 1% imposed on the country, as the government announced that it was moving forward with all the parsimony of the world in the development of the Mining Law.
All those ministers who went through the post [mining] since then made announcements on the progress of the law, but none of them learned that the loophole was leading to a gigantic scam.
The mining tax policy that drove the MAS is so broad that some companies paid 1%, other 1.5%, some 4%, and very few 55%.
What is right, Pareja says is that someone be responsible for this evasion. And who should answer is the government that has the cooperative miners as its political allies.
It was Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada who applied a very convenient 4% mining tax, which also applied to his business.
The current government has allowed cooperatives to apply a rate of 1%, exceeding that of being generous with the miner entrepreneurs as Goni was.
The tin barons as the engineer Jorge Espinoza Morales says in his book on Bolivian mining, were paying 6% tax when their holdings were nationalized.
When clarifying is made on who the accomplices of this feast made with mining taxes are, we may believe the “complaints” of this government.