The chancellor Marcelo Ebrard He said on Thursday that Bolivia and Mexico will explore ways to industrialize Bolivian lithium for which state companies from both countries will work together.
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“It’s about not selling lithium as a raw material but about participating in the manufacture of batteries,” he said at a joint press conference with his Bolivian colleague Rogelio Mayta.
Ebrard arrived on Thursday invited by the president louis arce to visit the Salar de Uyuni in the south of the country. According to the foreign minister, it is the largest salt desert in the world with important lithium reserves that place Bolivia in first place in world reserves and Mexico in tenth place.
Earlier, the Mexican official met with Arce and they also agreed on cooperation programs on food security as well as promoting an agreement within the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) for the joint purchase of medicines with the purpose of reducing prices. .
“Bolivia and Mexico reaffirm our historical ties of mutual cooperation,” Arce commented on his Twitter account.
With great joy, we received in Casa Grande del Pueblo the brother chancellor of #Mexico, @m_ebrardand through him, we send a hug to the president @lopezobrador_ and to the Mexican people. We reaffirm our historical ties of mutual cooperation.
Long live Mexico🇲🇽!
Live #Bolivia🇧🇴! pic.twitter.com/25VkxqTA5f
– Luis Alberto Arce Catacora (Lucho Arce) (@LuchoXBolivia) August 4, 2022
The two countries have a 190-year diplomatic relationship that reached its peak when Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador granted asylum to former Bolivian President Evo Morales in 2019 after he resigned after failed elections denounced as fraudulent by the OAS, which detonated a social explosion that left 37 dead.
In turn, Arce was an ally of his Mexican counterpart in the claim for the exclusion of the presidents of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba by the United States from the Summit of the Americas held in California last June.
Bolivia has not been able to consolidate a lithium industry
Despite his enormous reservations, Bolivia has not been able to consolidate a lithium industry. Arce has proposed to activate it after 14 years of little progress that has left Bolivia behind its neighbors Chile and Argentina.
The Bolivian government promotes the construction of a plant to produce lithium carbonate at an industrial level until 2024, for which it has selected six transnational companies as possible partners: one American, four Chinese and one Russian.
Argentina is also negotiating collaboration agreements with the Bolivian government, the scope of which is under negotiation.
As part of his activities, Ebrard will drive an electric car manufactured in Bolivia on Thursday, the Mexican embassy in La Paz reported.
With AP information