Every January 22nd, President Morales and his government celebrate the creation of their Plurinational State. This year was not different. The Bolivian state celebrated its fourth year of its foundation with elaborate and very colorful indigenous ceremonies, solemn speeches reassuring the right path this new state is taking and with the active participation indeed of the social movements. These celebrations take place mainly around the Murillo square, where the legislative and executive have their buildings.
January is also the time for the President to give his state of the nation address (see above below), that is The President speaks about what has been achieved and what needs to be still achieved. This year, Morales spoke four hours to the entire legislative body. In his speech he made sure to recapitulate all projects his government has been able to materialize. In particular he spoke of the achievements his program Bolivia Cambia, Evo Cumple made over these last years. He also highlighted the advances his transfers programs had achieved. Lastly, he particularly mentioned the launching of Bolivia’s own Chinese made and monitored communications satellite Tupak Katari. However, particularly interesting was to hear what his government had planned for the next years. For example, Morales announced the entrance of Bolivia in the atomic era. He said Bolivia will work on the development of an atomic plant to produce energy. He did put emphasis on the peaceful intentions. Another announcement that made headlines was the government’s plans to give every high school graduate $1000 as an incentive.
|Source: ABI, F. Zarco|
Another custom for Morales is to revise his cabinet. This year he said he wanted to renew it. Well, he did renew it, but by re-appointing almost all except one and he added one ministry. His new (old) cabinet looks like this:
|ABI, G. Jallasi|
- Ministry of External Relations (Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores, David Choquehuanca Céspedes)
- Ministry of the Presidency (Ministro de la Presidencia, Juan Ramón Quintana Taborga)
- Ministry of Government (Ministro de Gobierno, Carlos Romero Bonifaz)
- Ministry of Defense (Ministro de Defensa, Rubén Saavedra Soto)
- Ministry of Development Planning (Ministra de Planificación de Desarrollo, Viviana Caro Hinojosa)
- Ministry of Economy and Public Finances (Ministro de Economía y Finanzas Públicas, Luis Arce Catacora)
- Ministry of Hydrocarbons (Ministro de Hidrocarburos, Juan José Sosa Soruco)
- Ministry of Productive Development and Plural Economy (Ministra de Desarrollo Productivo y Economía Plural, Teresa Morales Olivera)
- Ministry of Public Works, Service and Housing (Ministro de Obras Públicas Servicio y Vivienda Vladimir Sánchez Escóbar)
- Ministry of Mining and Metallurgy (Ministro de Minería y Metalurgia, Mario Virreira Iporre)
- Ministry of Justice (Ministra de Justicia, Elizabeth Zaida Gutiérrez Salazar)
- Ministry of Work (Ministro de Trabajo, Daniel Santalla Tórrez)
- Ministry of Health (Ministro de Salud, Juan Carlos Calvimontes Camargo)
- Ministry of Environment and Water (Ministro del Medio Ambiente y Agua, José Zamora Gutiérrez)
- Ministry of Education (Ministro de Educación, Roberto Aguilar Gómez)
- Ministry of Rural Development and Land (Ministra de Desarrollo Rural y Tierras, Nemesia Achacollo Tola)
- Ministry of Autonomies (Ministra de Autonomías, Claudia Peña Claros)
- Ministry of Transparency and Struggle Against Corruption (Ministra de Transparencia y Lucha Contra la Corrupción, Nardy Suxo Iturri)
- Ministry of Culture and Turism (Ministro de Culturas y Turismo, Pablo Groux Canedo)
- Ministry of Communiations (Ministra de Comunicación, Amanda Dávila Torres)
- Ministry of Sports (Ministro de Deportes, Tito Montaño Rivera)
Of all these, the Ministry of Sports is a new ministry, the rest stayed the same as well as the ministers.
The images are taken from the Bolivian Information Agency (Agencia de Informacion Boliviana, ABI), which makes these available in its website as part of public information.
Here you can access more information about the cabinet. It is not updated yet, but most of the information on the ministers is there because they haven’t changed.