Extractives in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Basics

Jan 2016
This note provides a snapshot of key indicators of the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) extractives sector: the basic elements underpinning current debates. The first section examines LAC reserves and production of hydrocarbons and minerals. The second section explores recent market and investment trends, considering its effects on LAC economies. The final section concludes noting emerging social transformations in the sector and the need to foster a sense of shared responsibility among stakeholders.