Base Metals Mining in Bolivia to 2020

Date: 2015-09

The Bolivian base metals mining industry primarily consists of zinc and lead, with production of these two metals accounting for 3% and 2% of the global total. The mining industry has played an important role in the country’s economic development, contributing 6% to its GDP as of October 2014, and secured FDI worth US$219 million in 2012. In 2013, Bolivia’s zinc and lead production measured 395,100 and 78,800 tonnes respectively. The majority of the country’s zinc originates from the San Cristobal province and the Potosi department, while much of its lead production originates from the Porco and Caballo Blanco Mines, also located in the Potosi department.

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