Bolivia's Mining Infrastructure Dilemma

November 24 [Thu], 2011, 15:23
Perhaps you have heard that in Afghanistan they have found between one and $4 trillion worth of mineral deposits. And when you look at the list of exotic metals, energy resources, and important minerals it's almost as if Afghanistan, a landlocked country in the middle of nowhere, is sitting on a gold mine of raw materials. Of course there is a challenge to all this; Afghanistan still doesn't have adequate roads and highways. And it certainly doesn't have major roads between some of the largest mineral deposits.

Yes, it could take almost a decade to build the roads necessary to move these minerals and raw materials to market, and to put forth the infrastructure to dig that matter the ground. Nevertheless, they are they are, and this is good news for NATO and US forces, because it shows that Afghanistan really does have a future, albeit out a couple decades from now. Of course, because China is in desperate need of raw materials, and since it is only one major mountain region away, perhaps things are not as bad as they look.


The world is quite good at building roads, and we obviously have the industrial equipment needed, and the ability to build more to operate these mines on a massive scale. If push came to shove, this could be done rather quickly, of course we need stability in the nation first. Another interesting point is that the Taliban, and many Afghanistan farmers are busy growing poppies to make drugs, and those drugs are destabilizing many countries and societies. The opium trade is alive and well throughout the world.


Of course you just can't turn it off right away or many of the farmers and all their workers will starve, because there are not a lot of other resources, jobs, or things to do in that vast country, without a stable civilization behind things like; water, education, transportation, distribution, energy, security, and economy. Still, finding one to $4 trillion worth of mineral deposit is definitely a plus.


Now, let me compare this to another landlocked country in the middle of South America; yes I speak of Bolivia which is also rich in mineral deposits, and happens to have giant salt flats containing lithium. Remember, lithium is needed for batteries for cell phones, and electric cars. Infrastructure is also needed care, but many companies are shying away because they don't trust socialist leader Evo Morales who is currently president.


As you may or may not know the Bolivian president has nationalized many mines, and that has many foreign investors somewhat sketchy on putting in large amounts of infrastructure to help them get the lithium out and into market. Both countries Afghanistan and Bolivia can be compared, as Afghanistan is trying to move up in the world, Evo Morales is driving his country downward. Both are landlocked countries, without adequate roads and infrastructure to get all their most valuable natural resources out of the country. Please consider all this.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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