Brazil, Venezuela to lend Bolivia $530 million for cross-continent road

Brazil and Venezuela are promising US$530 million in low-interest loans for Bolivia to complete a highway linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Brazil is pledging a 20-year, US $230 million loan to pave 510 kilometers of roadway, while Venezuela is promising US $300 million for the rest. Presidents from all three countries inked the deal Friday in rural Bolivia. The 6,100 kilometer road stretches from the Brazilian port of Santos to Arica in Chile, boosting cross-continent trade. More than half the highway's path through Bolivia is still unpaved. The aid could bolster Bolivian President Evo Morales ahead of an August recall referendum.