Tension remains high between the state owned Mining Company (EMC) and local mining cooperatives regarding a disagreement over access rights to particular mining levels of the tin and zinc mine in La Paz, , as reported by local newspaper, La Razon. The row started when the state-backed workers began working levels of the mine claimed by the local co-operatives.

The cooperatives have stressed that they are not in conflict with the EMC, but they have declared a state of emergency in defence of their mining areas. La Razon reported that a recent attack on the air system of the mine, using dynamite and compressed air, caused US$ 300,000 worth of damage. The President of the The National Federation of Mining Cooperatives (Fedocomin), Federico Escobar, has warned that demonstrations and protests are possible should a resolution not be reached, which could include roadblocks during the visit of Pope Francis to the country in July.

Bolivian tin mine production in Q1 totalled 4,654 tonnes of tin-in-concentrate. This represents a rise of 21% compared to Q1 2014 but a 13% decrease compared to the previous quarter. However, tin production from the state-owned operations at Colquiri and Huanuni has fallen 21% from the last quarter to 2,783 tonnes. The current low tin price has affected the Huanuni mine in particular, which reported a US$ 4 million loss in the first quarter of 2015 and has announced a series of cost-cutting measures to regain profitability. It is likely that the ongoing dispute at Colquiri has affected production.

The sustainability of Bolivian production has also been questioned; a preliminary Mining Sector Development Plan, prepared by the Bolivian Ministry of Mines, has highlighted a lack of investment in development of tin reserves by and mining cooperatives as a medium and long term problem in maintaining levels of tin production domestically.