Growing Latin American Autonomy
This concept comes up in various news items but I felt it deserved a thread of its own because many of those news items alone seem insignificant. But, without them, you don't see the trends.
Posting this thread was inspired by an article about Bolivia exporting iron to its neighbors. Recently I have read about Bolivia exporting natural gas as well as building a petrochemical plant for making the needed compounds to produce plastics.
In Nicaragua, lots of black beans are exported to Costa Rica (which is not new) and beef to Venezuela. You also now find lots of products in Nicaragua from Colombia and Mexico such as packaged food products and drugs (the legal kind). Most of the newer long-distance buses are MarcoPolo from Brazil and even some of the Estelí urbanos are used buses from Brazil.
What's the future? For example, will Bolivia with the world's largest lithium resources start making batteries in country or at least inspire a neighbor to create such a plant? Will some Latin American country start producing their own cars? (I say their own because Brazil produces Volkswagens, I believe Venezuela is or was going to assemble Iranian-based cars and Ecuador was producing Ladas.)
If asked "what product would you like to see" it would be a small electric car designed for the Latin American market with lithium ion batteries produced in LA with Bolivian lithium.