Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bolivia: President Morales Inaugurates First State-Owned Computer Assembly Plant

According to The Latin American Tribune, left-leaning President Evo Morales, 54, inaugurated Bolivia’s first state-owned computer assembly plant, a $60 million project that has the capacity to produce 800 computers per day.

The Quipus plant is in El Alto, a city outside the capital of La Paz, and will initially employ 60 technicians trained in China, Morales emphasized.

The computers assembled at the plant will be distributed to public school students.

COMMENT: The plant's goal is to assemble 116,000 computers this year.

The government has distributed thousands of laptop computers to students and teachers since 2011, with little to no appreciable progress, as what the country has always needed and never achieved is a sound educational system, which has always been deficient.

The lop-sided approach to providing computers to public students is illogical considering that there are no internationally measurable standards defining literacy.

Strangely, the public sector has continued to decline in Bolivia from a high of 17% in 1989 to a low of 4% in 1999, the latest data available. Unfortunately, the public sector has declined in order for the country to feed its people.

As of 2013, Bolivia is the 95th largest economy in the world in nominal terms and the 87th economy in terms of purchasing power parity. 

The Bolivian economy has had a historic pattern of a single-commodity focus. Economic diversity is not its strength, which is why it has declined to 95th place in the world in terms of its productivity.

The country is also plagued by a low life expectancy, high incidence of disease, rampant inflation and institutionalized corruption.

Bolivia has never had business-oriented leadership. Considering that most presidents, including the incumbent, have been ideologically-driven, economic success is not in the nation's future.

Evo Morales became president on January 22, 2006 and is a member of the Movement for Socialism.

According to the below link, Transparency International has rated Bolivia in 106th place out of 177 countries: