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Korea and Chile to push forward cooperation in critical minerals supply chain
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Resources Industry Policy Director General Yoon Chang-hyun at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) led the Korean delegation in the fifth Korea-Chile Resources Cooperation Committee meeting on May 15 (local time) in Santiago for discussions on bilateral collaboration in supply chains of lithium and such critical minerals. The Chilean delegation was led by Chile’s Mining Minister Aurora Williams.


The world’s largest lithium reservoir (9.3 million metric tons), Chile takes up 33.2 percent of global lithium reserves and is one of Korea’s key partner countries for building a stronger supply chain on critical minerals like lithium for batteries and other advanced industries. LG Energy Solution and Samsung SDI are some of the Korean firms importing lithium carbonate from Chile.


The fifth Resources Cooperation Committee meeting is a follow-up to the two countries’ agreement to discuss detailed lithium cooperation measures on the occasion of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit held November 2023. Both sides shared their critical minerals strategies and discussed prospects of collaboration, including Chile’s tailings reprocessing technology development and Korea’s eco-friendly lithium extraction technology.


On the margins of the Committee meeting, MOTIE held a Korea-Chile symposium for business exchanges and networking, where Korean firms like LX International and POSCO Holdings and Chilean critical minerals firms like Sociedad Química y Minera (SQM) and Chilean national mining company ENAMI (Empresa Nacional de Minería) gathered to discuss bilateral lithium development, trade, and technology development.


Meanwhile, Director General Yoon and Minister Williams also discussed the Chilean government’s lithium salt flat development bid project among other areas of interest to Korean companies, as well as measures for strengthening the bilateral critical minerals supply chain.