The Strategist

Latin American lithium-producing countries discuss association

05/04/2022 - 10:06

Authorities in Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile, which have lithium reserves, are discussing creation of an association to share technology for exploration and extraction of the mineral, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said.

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"There has been communication with the president of Bolivia, he in turn has a dialogue, as do we, with the president of Argentina, who also have lithium, and with the president of Chile, with the aim of creating an association and mutual assistance," the politician said during a press conference that was broadcast on government blogs.

According to Lopez Obrador, the countries intend to work together on lithium exploration and processing technologies.

Following Bolivia's example, Mexico's Senate nationalisation of lithium in the country in late April approved. Chile and Argentina have private companies in the industry, but their governments are also interested in developing the mineral themselves.