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Korea and Chile hold critical minerals business roundtable
  • Registration date2024-06-11
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Trade, Industry and Energy Vice Minister Namho Choe met with Chile’s Mining Minister Aurora Williams on June 11 in Seoul to discuss cooperation in critical minerals like lithium and copper and held a Korea-Chile critical minerals business roundtable on the sidelines to facilitate information sharing for Korean firms seeking to enter the Chilean market.


The Korea-Chile roundtable is a follow-up to the Korea-Chile Resource Cooperation Committee meeting held this May to strengthen private sectors’ cooperation in critical minerals. The Committee meeting was held after a 12-year hiatus to activate intergovernmental discussions on lithium salt flat development procedures, tailings recycling, and lithium extraction technology cooperation.


Participating in the roundtable were Korean companies interested in energy transition and eco-friendly projects, including EcoPro Innovation, SK enmove, Korea Zinc, LS MnM, LX International, POSCO Holdings, and Hyundai Motor. They discussed key issues and made suggestions and requests to the Chilean government, which introduced its critical minerals policies and investment procedures.


Vice Minister Choe remarked that the bilateral business roundtable, held on the heels of the Resource Committee meeting, has helped bolster the two countries’ critical minerals supply chain cooperation a step further and asked for continued effort of their governments on tailings recycling and lithium extraction technology, and of companies concerning Chile’s supply chain diversification of lithium, copper, and other critical minerals.