The Bolivian Government is finalising a package of emergency measures to rescue the country's ailing tin mining and smelting industry.
GV PAN Of tin plant
GV INT Crushing equipment working ( 2 shots)
SV & CU Melted tin being poured from furnace ( 4 shots)
SV PAN Melted tin poured into container ( 2 shots)
SV Metal plates lifted from container ( 4 shots)
GV & SV Tin ingots stacked in shed for export
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Background: The Bolivian Government is finalising a package of emergency measures to rescue the country's ailing tin mining and smelting industry.
According to reports from the Bolivian capital of La Paz a high-level team of experts from the Government and the United States report on their plans this month for a major shake up of the industry.
One of the industry's senior spokesmen, Doctor Raul Espana, is quoted in La Paz newspapers as calling the situation a crisis for his nation's tin production.
He says lack of growth and investment are two major reasons for the serious problems facing the industry--although Bolivia has been trying to attract far more foreign investment for the industry.
Already, a special government committee is waiting to get the reforms pushed through--for implementation by next October.
Bolivia is one of the world's major producers of tin, and production also forms one of the country's main exports. Bolivia is now an important oil producer and also exports large quantities of timber and other goods.
And the little nation, with a population of only five million is regarded by some foreign investors as having great economic potential.