EVOLUTION OF THE MEASURES TAKEN BY THE BOLIVIAN GOVERNMENT AGAINST COVID-19

After the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Bolivian Government took several labor, tax, financial, customs and educational measures to stop the massive spread of this virus in society, as well as to reduce the effects of this pandemic on Bolivian society, in particular, on groups in a deprived economic situation.

This time, we decided to share with our readers and clients a compilation of all regulations (updated to March 27) related to the most important measures taken by the Bolivian Government against COVID-19, among these, we highlight the following:

  • Health Emergency Declaration and mandatory quarantine in the entire territory of Bolivia. Work for public and private companies is temporarily suspended until April 15.
  • Circulation of motorized vehicles during the quarantine is prohibited for public and private persons that do no have special authorization.
  • Exceptionally, Companies that perform activities and services declared as essential during the emergency are exempted from the suspension of labors and the prohibition to circulate. These companies (pharmaceutical, energy, financial services, and other basic and indispensable services) should have a special permit issued by the Competent Authority.
  • Ground, river, lake transportation and international flights are suspended from March 21 to April 15.
  • Border closure from March 20 to April 15.
  • Employees are entitled to earn 100% of their salary while the quarantine continues.
  • Until December 31, 2020, the importation of supplies, medicines, medical devices, equipment, reagents and fever detectors acquired or donated, related to COVID-19, are deferred to 0%.
  • Financial Entities are instructed to implement deferred payment mechanisms for loans until June 2020.
  • Payment of the Gross Profit Tax (“IUE” in Spanish) initially due in April is deferred until May 29. People and companies may pay the tax through facilities of up to 3 monthly payments, without fines.
  • The Government will grant: (i) a monthly Bonus to families with children in public schools (equivalent to $us 72 per chil); (ii) a family's basic needs package will be awarded to Bolivian families with the lowest incomes; and (iii) will assume a percentage payment on electricity and water bills during the months of April, May and June 2020.
  • Fines and sanctions are established for those people and entities that fail to comply with the measures assumed by the Government.

 

 

Additionally, the following compilation of regulations provides easy access to the Bolivian regulations referenced above. This compilation shows the evolution of these measures.

Statement No. 12/2020 from the Ministry of Labor of March 26, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://www.mintrabajo.gob.bo/index.php/comunicacion/27-destacados/1270-comunicado-12-2020.html

Ministry of Productive Development and Plural Economy Statement of March 26, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://produccion.gob.bo/2020/03/comunicado/

Supreme Decree No. 4200 of March 25, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://bolivia.infoleyes.com/norma/7276/decreto-supremo-4200

Statement No. 11/2020 from the Ministry of Labor of March 24, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://www.mintrabajo.gob.bo/index.php/comunicacion/27-destacados/1268-comunicado-11-2020.html

Statement No. 10/2020 from Ministry of Labor of March 21, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://www.mintrabajo.gob.bo/index.php/comunicacion/27-destacados/1263-comunicado-10-2020.html

Supreme Decree No. 4199 of March 21, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://bolivia.infoleyes.com/norma/7269/decreto-supremo-4199

MEMO/ASFI/DNP/CC-2598/2020 of March 19, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://www.asfi.gob.bo/images/ASFI/DOCS/SALA_DE_PRENSA/Cartas_Circulares/CC-2598.pdf

Supreme Decree No. 4198 of March 18, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://bolivia.infoleyes.com/norma/7268/decreto-supremo-4198

Supreme Decree No. 4197 of March 18, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://bolivia.infoleyes.com/norma/7267/decreto-supremo-4197

Ministerial Resolution No. 189/20 of March 18, 2020

Statement No. 09/2020 from the Ministry of Labor of March 18, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://www.mintrabajo.gob.bo/index.php/comunicacion/27-destacados/1262-comunicado-09-2020.html

Supreme Decree No. 4196 of March 17, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://bolivia.infoleyes.com/norma/7266/decreto-supremo-4196

Supreme Decree No. 4192 of March 16, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://bolivia.infoleyes.com/norma/7265/decreto-supremo-4192

Statement No. 08/2020 from the Ministry of Labor of March 16, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://www.mintrabajo.gob.bo/images/Comunicados/2020/comunicado-08-2020.pdf

Bi-Ministerial Resolution No. 001/20 of March 13, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://bolivia.infoleyes.com/norma/7263/resolución-biministerial-01-2020

Supreme Decree No. 4179 of March 12, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://bolivia.infoleyes.com/norma/7262/decreto-supremo-4179

March 27, 2020

 

Luis Gutierrez

 

 

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After World Health Organization (WHO) declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic, the Bolivian Government assumed different measures to stop the massive contagion of this virus in the society, as well as to alleviate the effects of this pandemic on the Bolivian society as a whole and, in particular, on social groups with a depressed economic situation. In that sense, the Bolivian Government declared a National Health Emergency and Total Quarantine throughout Bolivian territory, suspending -temporarily- labor activities for public and private companies until April 15.

In this context, the National Government adopted emergency and temporary tax measures established by Supreme Decree No. 4198, dated March 18, 2020, (hereinafter the “SD”) and Normative Resolution of the Board of Directors (hereinafter the “NRD”) No. 102000000006 dated March 27, 2020, issued by National Tax Administration, in order to regulate tax aspects and also extend deadlines of formal and material obligations for taxpayers.

As a consequence, with the objective of implementing the aforementioned actions, the SD was issued establishing the following provisions:

Likewise, to implement the aforementioned actions contained in the SD, the National Tax Administration established in the RND the following provisions:

Likewise, the term computation for the submission and processing of tax proceedings substantiated in the administrative courts (before the General and Regional Tax Challenge Authorities), as well as judicial proceedings (Tax Court Judges), is suspended. Similarly, the term computation for the initiation and processing of determinative and sanctioning proceedings under the control of National Tax Administration and the National Customs Administration is suspended, the terms for notifications of Determinative, Sanctioning, Administrative Resolutions and other challengeable final acts, are specifically suspended. The inspections and verifications scheduled by the tax administrations are exempted from the scope of this paragraph. The computation for suspended terms will restart automatically on the next business day after the Health Emergency Declaration is abolished.

Also, the aforementioned dates and extensions may be subject to changes in case the National Health Emergency and Total Quarantine throughout the Bolivian territory is extended beyond April 15.

 

The world's largest law firm announces combination with elite Bolivian law firm

Dentons' combination with Guevara & Gutierrez would further strengthen Dentons’ position as the only pan-Latin American and the Caribbean law firm and would position Dentons as the only global law firm in Bolivia

In 2020, Dentons accounted for 85% of all cross-border law firm combinations and is now the second best-known law firm in the world according to Acritas

March 16, 2021 – On the heels of announcing a combination with Paz Horowitz Abogados in Ecuador, Dentons, the world's largest law firm, is announcing today a combination with leading Bolivian law firm, Guevara & Gutierrez. In 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic and economic crisis, Dentons accounted for 85% of all cross-border combinations around the world in an environment where other law firms were standing still, contracting or withdrawing from key markets.

In the New Dynamic Decade, clients will continue to be confronted with constant, accelerated change and want to work with a law firm that has the experience and confidence to help them thrive wherever they are located. Dentons is the first Pan-Latin American and the Caribbean law firm in the history of the legal profession and the combination with Guevara & Gutierrez in Bolivia would enable Dentons to connect talent to opportunities in 27 countries in the region and 200 locations in 79 countries around the world.

“The combination with Guevara & Gutierrez will position Dentons as the only global law firm in Bolivia and will continue Dentons' momentum in Latin America and the Caribbean allowing us to better meet our clients’ needs,” said Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons. “With the addition of Bolivia, Dentons will be able to connect clients to leading talent in 27 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean and 200 locations across 79 countries around the world."

"In this New Dynamic Decade, our clients are facing constant, accelerated change and are seeking a law firm that has the experience and confidence to help them navigate it wherever they are located," said Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons. "Even as our competitors are shying away from growth, Dentons remains steadfast in its commitment to serving its clients in more locations than any other law firm."

Guevara & Gutierrez has offices in Laz Paz and Santa Cruz with nine partners and 25 total lawyers. It is a recognized leader in Banking & Finance, Corporate/Commercial, Dispute Resolution and Energy & Natural Resources, Labor & Employment, and Tax, with a number of Band 1 and 2 Rankings in Chambers Latin America 2020. The combination would lead to significant synergies in light of Dentons' strengths in each of these areas.

"Our strategy to become the dominant global law firm in the region centers around combining with firms with the proven ability to offer high-quality legal services and business solutions in their home markets," said Jorge Alers, CEO of Dentons’ Latin America and the Caribbean Region. "Guevara & Gutierrez is a prestigious and leading firm in Bolivia, which has been identified by our clients as a key location for them to do business."

Since entering the region in 2016, Dentons has become the fastest growing law firm in Latin America and the Caribbean. With offices in La Paz and Santa Cruz, the combination with Guevara & Gutierrez would give Dentons' clients access to an additional team of lawyers who can meet their needs across a wide range of industries, around the world.

Dentons' combination with Guevara & Gutierrez will position Dentons as the only global law firm in Bolivia from launch, connecting clients to top-tier legal talent in 27 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with offices in:

"Guevara & Gutierrez and Dentons share the vision of building the dominant global law firm in Latin America and the Caribbean, one that allows us to follow the clients we currently serve into every corner of the region and world,” said Ramiro Guevara, Founding Partner of Guevara & Gutierrez. "Dentons' commitment to excellence and unparalleled service are well matched with our own.”

The combination, following approval by partners, is expected to launch in the next several months.

So far, in 2021 Dentons has announced a combination with leading Ecuadorian law firm, Paz Horowitz Abogados and launched Dentons EALC East African Law Chambers in Tanzania.

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