MEXICO

At the close of 2017’s the market was characterized by favorable laws and regulations to foster foreign investment, according to the report from the Energy and Natural Resources Market Reports. For 2018, BMV predicts a thriving sector.

The mining treasure in Northern Mexico’s Sierra Madre to be unlocked by new exploration technologies. Gold, silver, copper and zinc are the main ore bodies to be found in this region.

CAMIMEX bets on intelligent mining. The goal is to improve grade output and mining safety through the systematization, monitoring and control of the whole mining cycle.

Vangold Mining Corporation acquires El Pinguico Mine in Guanajuato. The company becomes king of one of the highest-grade production mines, which was previously closed for over a century.

INTERNATIONAL

Which are the biggest copper projects in the world? Peru, Macedonia, Australia, Chile, Botswana, the US and the Democratic Republic of the Congo lead the production race.

The Colombian government advances a bill to regulate the use of mercury in artisanal mining. The project, still incipient, would especially impact gold production in the country.

The mining sector productivity in Chile fell at a rate of 4.7 percent between 1993 and 2015, according to the OECD. The organization warns this could threaten the country’s economic development, and advises investment in innovation and human capital.

 
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