Recently Bolivia, and most of the South American countries are suffering serious problems regarding energy.
Given this very challenging situation, I have recently got interested on the international statistics on energy production; there I found a very unpleasant surprise as a Latin American citizen: LAC countries produce less energy than Africa.
The following figures come from the IEA's (International Energy Agency) Key worlds statistics for 2011 (I am not aware of the statistics compilation for this specific sector, but the last figures in this 2011 booklet come from 2009).
As you can see, LAC countries in 1973 produced 3.5% of the World Total Primary Energy supply (Africa used to produce 3.4%), whereas in 2009 LAC countries produce 4.4% of TPEs and Africa has a 5.5% share.
This fact could be explained by the "boom" that North African countries had regarding oil supplies, however LAC countries have also important energy natural supplies such as natural gas and some oil. It would be interesting to dig into the reasons of why this happens.
Despite the reasons, the figures are clear, and I personally believe that the lack of serious investment in LAC contributes to the crippling in development of large scale energy projects in the region.
In a more localized note, is interesting to see that countries such as Brunnei or Angola have a greater energy production than Bolvia (I wonder now why my country is having so many energy supply problems)...