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Lithium: Argentina seeks to go further in the value chain, in record project times

The Argentine mining sector speaks of a "rebirth" at the hands of almost 40 projects for exploration and exploitation of lithium brines in Catamarca, Salta and Jujuy. The start-up of production to supply the demand for batteries for e-vehicles and electronic devices will also seek to be complemented, promoted by the Ministry of Mining of the Nation and the local technological-scientific sector itself, with an advance on the lithium value chain, since the country's participation is currently restricted to obtaining the raw material in the salt fields.

Nadav Rajzman, who led the National Directorate for Mining Promotion and Economy in the Ministry of Productive Development until last April, spoke with Convergencialatina about the relevance of advancing on the links of the value chain, even before the battery manufacturing stage. “A development of the local electromobility market is needed. They are processes that take time. Lithium deposits require technology for their operation, and here is the opportunity now, in the development of suppliers, the improvement of capacities, in order to take advantage of the input we have”.

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