Bolivia’s gas wealth – and its ticking clock

Bolivia is the poorest country in South America but its sparsely inhabited landscape, rich in minerals and natural gas, offers the best hope of raising living standards. While some international companies have remained in Bolivia following the 2006 nationalisation of the gas industry, investment in exploration has stalled. Despite record gas production Bolivia now faces a challenge to meet booming short-term regional demand – and concerns that in the longer term its key markets could collapse.

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