Telecom co-ops assured over new constitution plans

14 Oct 2008

BNamericas is reporting that Bolivian president Evo Morales has assured telecoms cooperatives that the country’s new constitution will not turn them into state-run companies, arguing that the intention is only to guarantee access to basic services for all. ‘In the new constitution, basic services are guaranteed as another right. We’re going to respect the cooperatives,’ Morales said, adding, ‘We are going to try to strengthen the cooperatives. I regret that many electricity, water or telecommunications cooperatives say that we are creating statist companies – that is totally false. We are only asking the cooperatives to be non-profit. We are going to continue strengthening them so that basic services are a right.’ The president has called a national referendum to vote on the proposed constitution on 7 December.