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Bolivia country brief

Warm relationship based on trade and international cooperation.

Key engagement

Modest engagement in mining, agriculture, science, technology and education.

Outlook

Modest potential in complementing Bolivia's agribusiness, education, water and forest resource management and tourism sectors.

Bilateral relations

Australia and Bolivia (formally known as the Plurinational State of Bolivia) established diplomatic relations on 10 April 1975.

Australia’s Ambassador to Peru holds non-resident accreditation to Bolivia and Australia has an Honorary Consul in La Paz.

The Consulate of Bolivia in Australia is in Sydney and Bolivia's Ambassador to Australia, HE Pablo Guzman Laugier, is resident in Ottawa.

Foreign relations

Australia and Bolivia are members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), United Nations (UN), and UN organisations, particularly on indigenous issues.  

Bolivia is a member of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the Organisation of American States (OAS).

Bolivia participates in the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC).

Australia's foreign policy is guided by the Foreign Policy White Paper.

Fast facts

Bolivian visitors to Australia (2019 Dept of Home Affairs) #
300
Australian visitors to Bolivia (primary destination (2019 Dept of Home Affairs) #*
14,300
Resident Australian population born in Bolivian (2016 Census)
883
Australian residents of Bolivian descent (2016 Census)
956
Bolivian Working Holiday Makers (2019 Dept of Home Affairs)
N/A
Bolivian students in Australia (2019 Dept of Education)
69

# This data is owned by Home Affairs. It provides quarterly updates to this data on its website.

* Bolivia reports the number of Australian visitors as 10,000 per year (in 2016-17, more than 17,000 Australians visited Bolivia).

High level engagement

2010 – Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd met Bolivian counterpart (in Brazil).

Agreements with Bolivia

No bilateral agreements between Australia and Bolivia

Australian Embassy in Peru

Tel: +55-61 3226 3111

Av. La Paz 1049, Piso 10
Miraflores, Lima 18, Perú

Tel: +51 1 630 0500

General: consular.lima@dfat.gov.au

Facebook: Australia en Perú y Bolivia

Twitter: @EmbAusLima

Public diplomacy

Through the Direct Aid Program, the Australian Government provides financial support to a range of projects in Bolivia.

In 2019-2020, DAP funded the project “Get to know Us” which focused on the production of the 2019/2020 alpaca and llama wool winter collection for children, prepared by a group of 30 indigenous women weavers in La Paz. These women are experts in weaving techniques but do not have access to proper markets for their products.

With designs provided by Nanay and through the “Get to know Us” project, the weavers produced 800 garments marketed in the US and Europe, through the online store www.nanaykids.com. Each garment is named by the weaver who made it and their stories shared on the website. Part of the profit is reinvested in the business and another portion provides a decent income for women that do not have access to other sources of employment.

In 2019-20, the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) invested more than $43,000 in training young indigenous women in Bolivia in culinary and business skills.

The Council on Australia-Latin America Relations (COALAR) provides grants to enhance Australia's economic, political and social relations with Latin America.

Economic diplomacy

The Australian Government supports Australian investors in Bolivia by providing support and advice on political, economic and regulatory environments.

Further economic and trade information can be found in our Bolivia trade/economic fact sheet [PDF].

Business

In 2019, Australian merchandise and services trade with Bolivia was $32 million. This comprised imports of $27 million from Bolivia and exports of $6 million to Bolivia. Australia's exports consisted mainly of measuring and analysing instruments and animal feed. Imports from Bolivia included fruit, nuts, cereals and oil-seeds.

Bolivia's resource wealth makes it a potential future destination for Australian investment in the extractives sector. Bolivia has a significant amount of the world's reserves of lithium, which is used in batteries. Demand for lithium is expected to grow. Bolivia is also rich in tin, silver and iron-ore deposits. In 2011, Bolivia had proven natural gas reserves of over 9.9 trillion cubic feet, the fifth largest reserves in South America, as well as 48 trillion cubic feet of recoverable shale gas reserves.

Australian expertise could also complement Bolivia's agribusiness, education, water and forest resource management and tourism sectors.

Austrade aims to attract foreign direct investment into Australia. It also identifies market opportunities and promotes the capabilities of Australian exporters and education providers. 

Austrade

Austrade offices

Travel

See Smartraveller for Information on travelling to Bolivia.

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