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Yearbook 1999

Bolivia. In contrast to the previous year, the fight against coca cultivation became successful in 1999. Already in mid-September, the government's goals for the year were achieved; to have cleared 11,600 ha, which is more than we managed throughout 1998. Thus, the chance of reaching the target of 23,500 ha by 2001 increased. An important component of the project is that farmer families who grow boil receive compensation for switching to other crops. Paradoxically, however, the consumption of boil and its by-products increases, and Bolivia now lies in the consumption of the drug elsewhere in Latin America. During the year, decisions were made aimed at introducing new criminal law in May 2001. The law will include the right of Indians to be sentenced in their own courts according to customary law. The project is considered to be groundbreaking and will have consequences for other countries with large Native American populations, where similar requirements have been set. in Ecuador and Venezuela. The city of El Alto has also formally introduced the Aymará Native American language as officially other languages. According to Countryaah official website, President Hugo Bánzer has launched a program to revitalize the mining sector, which accounts for 35% of the country's export revenue, but which has stagnated since 1996 due to halving investment volume. The new gas pipeline to Brazil, inaugurated by the presidents of both countries on February 9, will boost investment in the fossil fuel sector, but has been criticized by environmental activists for being drawn through unique tropical forests, the Pantanal wilderness area and an Indian sanctuary. The city of El Alto has also formally introduced the Aymará Native American language as officially other languages. President Hugo Bánzer has launched a program to revitalize the mining sector, which accounts for 35% of the country's export earnings, but which has stagnated since 1996 due to halving investment volume. The new gas pipeline to Brazil, inaugurated by the presidents of both countries on February 9, will boost investment in the fossil fuel sector, but has been criticized by environmental activists for being drawn through unique tropical forests, the Pantanal wilderness area and an Indian sanctuary.

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