2007 DEVELOPMENT PLAN TO BE RELEASED DECEMBER 31

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06LAPAZ3402 19 December 2006 No clasificado Embassy La Paz

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TAGS: ECON, EAID, EFIN, EINV, EAGR, BL
SUBJECT: 2007 DEVELOPMENT PLAN TO BE RELEASED DECEMBER 31

REF: LA PAZ 1660


Summary


1. (U) President Morales will announce the government’s
economic development plan for 2007 on December 31. The
government will encourage production through the founding of
a national development bank, perhaps with Venezuelan funding,
and by government purchase of products and the creation of
"productive complexes." The government will promote human
capital development by increasing free public health
coverage, targeting resources for poor municipalities, and
opening boarding schools for rural children. End summary.


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2007 Development Plan to be Released December 31


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2. (U) President Morales will announce the government’s
economic development plan for 2007 — based on its five-year
national development plan (reftel) — on December 31,
according to press reports. The government will encourage
production through the founding of a national development
bank and by government purchase of products and will promote
human capital development through education and health
initiatives.


Production Stimulation


3. (U) The national development bank will provide low-rate
credits based on collective guaranties to micro, small, and
medium enterprises affiliated with social organizations and
syndicates. Press reports indicate that the bank currently
has USD 30 million that were transferred to it by the
existing state-owned Bolivian National Financier. The press
speculates that the Bolivian state-owned Union Bank could
become the development bank by channeling USD 100 million in
concessional loans granted by Venezuela. The bank would
finance the production of such products as soy, quinua,
honey, coca toothpaste, milk, furniture, leather, and
textiles. In addition to creating the bank, the government
plans to encourage production by purchasing Bolivian products
for government use or for reselling abroad. The government
will promote job creation and improved production through
creating "productive complexes," which will provide farmers
and others with access to technology, markets, and roads.


Investing in Human Capital


4. (U) The government also plans to promote health and
education in 2007 by increasing free public health coverage
from age 5 to age 21, providing resources for health and
education to 148 of the country’s poorest municipalities,
opening boarding schools for rural children who live far away
from education centers, and providing public transportation
for school children.


Comment


5. (U) The government’s design for the national development
bank remains unclear. Depending on how the bank is set up,
it could negatively impact the rest of the banking sector.
The government’s proposal to purchase goods lacking markets

to stimulate production sounds like a costly, unsustainable
method of job creation, and the "productive complex" idea
seems poorly defined. However, the GOB’s planned health and
education initiatives could produce long-term gains by
strengthening Bolivia’s human capital. End comment.
GOLDBERG