The country showed a decrease in its economic growth in 2017, but the recovery of oil prices has generated positive expectations for this year. Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, could end his administration with signs of economic recovery.
Oil prices have increased in recent months, improving the sector’s prospects and probably the Colombian State’s income in the coming years. However, this behavior has also had some impacts on the country’s economy, especially in gasoline prices and other key metrics. Colombia’s Central Bank (Banrep) talked about this.
BP recently published its annual statistical summary of the global energy market and we thought it might be interesting to look at a few selected charts. The focus was country-by-country comparisons and, by looking at energy consumption broadly, we chose some variables that might be a bit different.
Low oil prices of are a thing of the past (for now at least) and the sector is experiencing a new era with better prospects, benefiting the country’s economy and finances. Alberto Bernal, Expert in Economics, spoke about effects of high oil prices on the country.
US ethanol imports totaled 27% of demand in February causing inventories by local producers to use almost all of their storage capacity. Industry association FedeBiocombustibles says American production has a 30% government subsidy and they cannot compete.
The Fuel Price Stabilization Fund (FEPC) was created to reduce the impact of the international prices volatility on the local market. However, the FEPC has reported a huge deficit and it continues to grow.