NAM NEWS NETWORK Feb 24th, 2010

LA PAZ, Feb 24 (NNN-PRENSA LATINA) – Bolivian authorities are meeting with a Japanese delegation interested in the exploitation of lithium – a very important alkaline metal in this South American country used in batteries for electronic devices and electric cars.

The delegation is formed by officials of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and representatives from the main Japanese companies doing business on natural resources.

Japan imports some 13,000 tons of lithium a year and wants to negotiate and guarantee its access to Bolivia’s lithium reserve, the world largest.

According to METI, Tokyo will provide assistance to La Paz for the training of local personnel to extract and process the lithium and will transfer the latest technological advances to make more effective the exploitation of lithium deposits.

The Japanese delegation will also organise a seminar in the Bolivian capital on how to bring development to Uyuni, Bolivia’s main lithium deposit area. —



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