Secretary for Foreign Affairs (SRE), Marcelo Ebrard, highlighted a possible alliance with Bolivia regarding the exploitation of lithiumA mineral used to make electric car batteries.
Before his visit, the Minister of External Affairs himself pointed out that cooperation in the lithium industry is the priority of which government? Andres Manuel Lopez Obradorbeing Bolivia The world ranks first in the reserves of this mineral, and Mexico is the tenth.
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In his first meeting with Bolivian Foreign Minister Rogelio Miata Miata, Ebrard outlined the goals of forming a coalition in lithium mining.
“The first objective is to share the experience of Bolivia, you have an advantage in time, we will take advantage of the lessons that Bolivia has learned along the way. In order not to waste time or make mistakes in the first steps,” he says.
In addition, Ebrard stressed that an agreement of collaboration and cooperation between public companies is sought.
#for the moment chancellor of #Mexico, @m_ebrardSaid his country wanted to benefit from the lessons learned from him. #Bolivia Regarding lithium, “with the aim of selling the resource as a raw material, as it is today, but for countries to participate in the manufacture of batteries”.
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“What is the goal, that we are not selling it as a raw material, like in many products today, but that our countries are involved in the transformation and manufacture of batteries, that is what we want to achieve”, he agreed.
Currently in Mexico, lithium is protected by a reform that establishes that only a public company can extract and market it without interference from private parties.
In a joint statement with the Bolivian government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that the Minister of Foreign Affairs had visited Lithium plant in Salar de Uyuni “Promote the exchange and transfer of scientific and technical knowledge on lithium based on priorities and areas of common interest.
Ebrard pointed out that although Mexico is in an exploration phase and there are varying estimates regarding the ore, lithium will be a “decisive” for Mexico “in the new era of electromobility”.