Posted May 19, 2018 08:24:49 Bolivia’s long and tumultuous history with the salt industry dates back to the 1950s when a number of foreign companies, including Swiss mining company Freeport-McMoRan, attempted to exploit the vast area of open, untapped salt on the border between Bolivia and Ecuador.
This vast region was also known as the “salt plateau” for its natural salt deposits, which included an abundance of limestone.
The conflict between Bolivia’s government and the mining industry resulted in the formation of the BSLO in 1974, which was formed in response to the mining company’s mining operations.
The BSLOs first salt flats were set up in the early 1980s, and soon enough, the company’s workers and their families started coming to Bolivia for their jobs, many of whom were indigenous people from indigenous villages.
The first ever BSLo was established in 1983, and over the next five decades, the BTLOs expanded from an estimated 700 to more than 1,000 hectares of salt and gold-bearing rock in a region that stretched across Bolivia’s vast Andean highlands.
The vast area became known as Bolivian Salt Plains.
Bolivia has been a staunch supporter of the gold mining industry in Bolivia, with the country’s current Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, for example, declaring that gold mining in the country is a key part of its economic development plan.
The mining industry employs around 15,000 people, and many Bolivians have worked in mining since childhood.
BTLO leaders have made it clear that their vision is to maintain and enhance the legacy of the salt industries, with plans to build a gold mine, mine a port and mine a salt mine that would bring millions of dollars into the country.
As the world’s fourth-largest gold producer, Bolivia’s national government has been very active in promoting the mining sector in the last two decades, particularly with the creation of the Boliviana Salt Fields Initiative (BFSI) in 2015.
The initiative aims to develop a gold mining district and two salt mines, while also promoting mineral exploration.BTLO leader, Juan Jose Rueda, is known for his commitment to promoting Bolivia’s gold and mineral sectors and his role in establishing the BFSI in 2015, in which he also led the Bolivia Salt Basin Association, which represents BTLo mining interests.
Ruedas recent remarks regarding the BLSI were recently featured on an official Boliviasexpress video uploaded by the Ministry of Finance in May 2018.
Rueba said that he would like to see the BPLOs salt industry expanded to include other minerals, such as nickel, copper, gold and zinc.
“The mining sector is an important part of Bolivias economy and is one of the sectors that we will have a significant role in developing,” Ruedan said.
“I hope that we can build a new generation of Bolivan gold miners that are trained to mine the precious metals and golds in the salt deposits.”The Bolivían Salt Fields initiative is currently under review by the Bolivan Mining Association (BMIA), with the government’s aim of launching the BLSPI in 2020, but in 2018, Ruedab, the former President of the National Salt Company of Bolivia (SNCL), announced that he had resigned from his post.
He has since been replaced by former President Eduardo Paisano.
The Bolivan salt industry has also been an important source of revenue for the Bolavian government.
According to the Bolivia Development and Mining (BEMA) and Mining and Energy Development (MADE), Bolivia has exported nearly $7.3 billion worth of mineral commodities to the rest of the world in the years between 2013 and 2019.BLSPIs salt production in 2018 accounted for more than half of the countrys total exports.
BSLOS profits were the largest single export earner in the BEMA’s 2018 report, which showed a 15 percent increase in total revenue compared to the previous year.
In 2018, Bolivis salt production accounted for nearly 40 percent of all exports, and its share in international trade reached over 20 percent, the report stated.
According to the BMA, the majority of Bolivias salt production is exported to China and Russia, while another 20 percent is exported as part of a larger export network that includes other Latin American countries.
The Bolivarian Government has made clear that it will not rest until the BGLPSA has a functioning gold and salt mines in the region, with Ruedavs successor in office saying that he will continue to fight to expand the salt fields in Bolivia.BOLIVIANS salt production has also become a major source of foreign currency for Bolivia, the country with the highest gold and silver prices in Latin America.
A BSLoS salt production project in Buechebol is expected to bring