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Gold has displaced natural gas as Bolivia's main export product in the first eight months of this year, leading to the growth of the country's trade surplus, according to a trade report released Wednesday by the National Statistics Institute (INE).
"From January to August 2021, national exports reached 6.99 billion dollars, a figure 2.75 billion dollars higher than that recorded in the similar period of 2020, when a total of 4.21 billion dollars was reached, representing an increase of 65.4%," the INE said in its report.
As a result of these sales and imports that totaled 5.67 million dollars, the Bolivian trade surplus accumulated in the first eight months amounted to 1.36 billion dollars, in contrast to the zero-balance surplus and deficit of a year earlier.