The new Law on Official State Statistics imposes sanctions and fines on companies and public and private public bodies that fail to provide the National Statistics Institute (INE) with free and timely information that they collect as part of their allocations and institutional obligations.
The regulations approved by the Legislative Assembly confirm the INE as the body responsible for the production and dissemination of official statistics and for the approval and certification of other bodies that produce statistics for public bodies.
It also grants the INE the power to access data registered by public or private entities or mixed, including autonomous local authorities, social organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), foundations, non-profit civil bodies, religious bodies and spiritual beliefs, international organizations, Cooperation agencies and other subjects of international law.
All natural or legal persons under public law, international organizations, cooperation agencies and other subjects of international law receive the status of an “informant” with an obligation to provide information from their validity.
The law creates a special chapter on fines of 7,200 settlement units (UFVs) in the event that an “informant” fails to respond to the INE’s request, and the executive is also empowered to impose other types of sanctions through a supervisory colonel. to establish decree.
It is clear that cooperation agencies, other subjects of international law and individuals do not fall under the sanctions regime.
It also warns that private companies that do not meet INE requirements will not be able to renew their registration with the commercial register.
In the case of NGOs, foundations and non-profit civil bodies, in order to apply to the Ministry of Economic Affairs for approval of the duty exemption, they must present the INE’s digital or printed certificate stating that the information is not pending.
The law makes it clear that the information provided by the agencies is treated under the category of “statistical secrecy” and may not be disclosed individually and only published anonymously. Likewise, they may not be used for tax, judicial, official or police purposes, even if there is an official or court order.
Sanctions are imposed by simple administrative decision of the Executive Director and can be challenged under Law No. 2341 on Administrative Procedure.
The new Law on Official Statistics is based on the old Legislative Decree of the National Statistical Information System No. 14100 of November 5, 1976 and two ordinances by Hugo Banzer and Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada. It extends the powers and gives the INE compulsory powers through administrative channels.