Bolivians enter a new era and shed colonial chains, guided by their Indigenous heritage.
Shortly after taking office, President Evo Morales announced a plan to nationalize the country's
hydrocarbon resources. The move directly challenged foreign investors in Bolivia, many of whom invested in the very industries Morales was either absorbing into the government or renegotiating profit dispersals favorable to Bolivia.
Took steps to secure sovereignty at home and respect in the international community, nationalization was only one step in a multifaceted plan to change the way the world viewed Bolivia.
The new voice of Bolivia is not only an indigenous voice but that of a re-founded, pluri-ethnic society who has goals that reach beyond governmental exchanges. Diplomacy of the people is a non-traditional approach to international relations and one that Bolivia has adopted. While the plan prescribes formal relationships between governments it also seeks to build relationships between the people of collaborating nations.
Consuelo Ponce, director of communication for the Bolivian Foreign Ministry, said diplomacy of the people is achieved through the integration of people in culture and the revaluation of ancestors without excluding the idea of modern advances, which do not infringe upon or are of the rights of Mother Nature. In the many diplomatic exchanges Bolivia has engaged in since the election of Morales, there has been a shift in mentality toward equality.