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The Lithium Triangle Initiative: South America's Lithium Triangle and the Future of the Green Economy

Event Co-sponsors

Inter-American Development Bank

THIS EVENT IS TAKING PLACE OFFSITE AT THE INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

 

As the global community pursues sustainable economic development, lithium is playing an increasingly critical role. The metal is used for rechargeable batteries in electric vehicles and for the energy storage needed to expand renewable energy. As a result, global demand for lithium is expected to grow rapidly, and supply will have to keep pace.

 

Latin America’s Lithium Triangle (Argentina, Bolivia and Chile) and Peru account for more than half of the world’s lithium, and establishing a strong investment climate will be key to boosting the region’s lithium production to help meet global demand and address climate change. For South America, lithium resources are a promising economic engine, but producers will face a variety of challenges, including infrastructure demands, environmental regulation, water management and social concerns.

 

To support the sustainable development of Latin America’s lithium resources, the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is launching the Lithium Triangle Initiative (LTI) to collaborate with the private sector and regional governments to help develop best practices for this critical sector.
 

Please join us on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. as the Wilson Center and IDB host a high-level discussion with senior Argentine and Chilean authorities and influential private sector actors about the future of Latin America’s lithium sector and its global implications.
 


 

09:00 a.m.                                Registration

 

09:25 a.m.                                Opening Remarks

                                                 Tomás Serebrisky
                                                 Principal Economic Advisor, Infrastructure and Energy Sector
                                                 Inter-American Development Bank
 

09:30 a.m.                                Keynote Remarks

                                                 Secretary Alberto Hensel
                                                 Secretary of Mining
                                                 Argentine Ministry of Energy and Mining
 

10:00 a.m.                                The Green Economy and South America's Lithium Triangle

                                                 Ellen Lenny-Pessagno
                                                 Country Manager
                                                 Albemarle Chile

                                                 Martín Pérez de Solay
                                                 CEO & Managing Director
                                                 Orocobre Limited

                                                 Michael Maten
                                                 Manager, Energy, Environment, and Electrification Policy
                                                 General Motors

                                                    Moderator

                                                  Lenin H. Balza
                                                  Sector Specialist, Extractives
                                                  Inter-American Development Bank
 

11:30 a.m.                                COFFEE BREAK
 

11:45 a.m.                                A View from Chile:  Developing South America's Lithium Triangle

                                                 Javier Coopman
                                                 Chief of Staff, Minister Baldo Prokurica
                                                 Chilean Ministry of Mining

                                                 Roberto Vergara
                                                 Chief of Staff, EVP Pablo Terrazas
                                                 Corporación de Fomento de la Producción de Chile (CORFO)

                                                 Andrea Mohr
                                                 Cabinet Advisor, EVP Pablo Terrazas
                                                 Corporación de Fomento de la Producción de Chile (CORFO)
 

12:30 a.m.                                The Importance of Citizen Engagement in the Green Economy
                                               
                                                 All participating speakers will join for this open dialogue.
 

                                                  Moderator

                                                Flavia Milano
                                                Civil Sociey Senior Specialist
                                                Inter-American Development Bank
 

01:28 p.m.                               Closing Remarks

                                                Benjamin N. Gedan, PhD
                                                Deputy Director, Latin American Program
                                                Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

 

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