The Brazilian ambassador in La Paz, Raymundo Santos Rocha, in an interview with the Bolivian newspaper Pagina Siete said that relations between the two countries are in an excellent moment. He also assured that Brazil will continue to buy Bolivian gas, but under a different modality from the current one.
Main points of the interview:
- The governments of Brazil and Bolivia have held meetings on topics such as border security, technical cooperation, energy and agriculture.
- Chancellor Huanacuni met with Brazilian minister Aloysio Nunes in a preparatory meeting for the visit on October 30 of President Evo Morales to Brasilia.
- Brazil intends to continue working with Bolivia on the issue of importing Bolivian gas, which is important for us, as it represents 30% of the gas consumed in Brazil. But Brazilian legislation has changed, making the sector more transparent and competitive. We will therefore have to change the contract that has existed for 25 years between Petrobras and YPFB, opening space for other Brazilian companies.
- Petrobras will reduce its participation in the gas issue, giving greater freedom to Brazilian states and companies. In recent months, the governors of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul have visited Bolivia. The visits of representatives of the gas companies of Sao Paulo, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul also took place.
- Brazil is interested in examining the purchase of Bolivian urea, a product whose demand is great in the neighboring states.
- (in response to whether the majority of Bolivian refugees in Brazil would be political opponents of Evo Morales) Brazil has 8,863 refugees, of whom only 140 are Bolivians.
- The proposal to create a bi-oceanic railway line is the government of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso. In Brazil we already have the stretch from Sao Paulo to Corumba. In September, in Cochabamba, Brazil submitted a draft MOU for the works in other sections. The agreement has not yet been signed.