Bolivia's VP highlights economic growth

Speaking at the International Congress for Latin American Economic Thought on 27 October 2016 in Cochabamba, Bolivian Vice President Alvaro García Linera stated Bolivia has the best functioning economy in Latin America, as it generates sustainable growth and has broad coverage to improve the population's quality of life (La Razón). García added the past few years have seen annual growth between 4 and 5 percent, and increases in GDP from US$9 to US$36 billion. The Vice President also said that after gas and mining, public businesses and taxes are the sectors that generate the most state resources. According to Mónica Bruckmann, an expert from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Bolivia is in transition from an economy dependent on natural resources to a more industrialized economy (La Prensa).