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Economy & Business - November 2020

BOLIVIA: The future of lithium

The role of foreign companies in the industrialisation of Bolivia’s huge reserves of lithium – a key component in the manufacture of batteries for mobile phones and electric vehicles – has been an salient issue in the country for many years, and was a prominent topic of discussion once again in the lead-up to Bolivia’s 18 October general election, in which Luis Arce and the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) unexpectedly secured a comfortable victory in the first round of voting.

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