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Mining & Investment Insights

Curated interviews, articles and deal case studies that focus on mining investment opportunities in Latin America. Please contact Harry.Williams@gfcmediagroup.com if you have a case study and/or insights to share with the community.

Current Political and Geopolitical Landscape Across the Major Latin American Economies

Dr. Susan Kaufman Purcell shares her views on how the current political and geopolitical landscapes of some of the major Latin American economies will affect the mining sector.

A China Resurgence is Good News for Metals

Keith Spence, a long time China outbound investments expert, offers his views on China's effect on metals outlook.

How Might Companies Change their Approach to Community Investment?

A classic Latin American story repeats itself from project to project: Rural people play the role of the Victim. Outsiders, like mining companies, fall into the role of Villain. Discussions polarize. Local people feel powerless. They see the Villain as a threat to land and culture, a threat to power. Local organizations emerge as defenders of the community. The community rises against the Villain to become the Hero. The Hero defends the community against the Villain. Sometimes, the person or people in the Hero Role, take action to protect the community leader’s power (not just or, even instead of, the community).

Referendum Boost Opens Ecuador to Fiscal Rebalancing

Last summer the investor community lamented the election of Lenin Moreno as Ecuador’s new president, anticipating “more of the same” from ex-leader Rafael Correa’s long-time ally and protégé. In calling for a referendum on term limits, however, Moreno appears to have delivered an unexpected blow to his predecessor’s comeback plans. Now it is time to address the fiscal “elephant in the room”.

Interview: Javier Cordova Unda, Minister of Mining, Ecuador

Javier Cordova Unda, Minister of Mining, Ecuador shares an outlook on the Ecuadorian Mining Sector including the ministries major achievements, attracting private sector investment and stimulating exploration activities across the countries assets.

Interview: Aurora Williams, Minister of Mining Chile

Aurora Williams, Minister of Mining, Chile reflects on her tenure and discusses the outlook for the Chilean Mining Sector.

Interview: Victor Gobitz, CEO, Buenaventura on the Mining Sector’s Main Challenges

Victor Gobitz, Chief Executive Officer, Buenaventura, discusses the main challenges facing the mining sector and how Buenventura are planning to overcome them.

Latin American Governments Welcome Back Miners With Open Arms, Local Communities Less So

2017 marks the first year since 2013 that mining majors are seriously kicking the tires of Latin American mining assets. Revitalized miner balance sheets, positive trending metal prices and welcoming gestures from national governments all fuel the rising appetite for acquisitions in Latin America.

Interview: Adam Hendley, MD, Head of Mining & Metals - US, Canada & Latin America, HSBC

HSBC have been fundamental in helping a number of mining companies meet their CAPEX needs throughout 2017. We caught up with Adam Hendley, MD, Head of Mining & Metals - US, Canada & Latin America, HSBC, to discuss how HSBC went about this and where he sees the biggest opportunities in the Latin America mining industry.

Apurimac: Revenue Management and Mining & Agriculture

Apurimac, the second poorest region in Peru - with poverty levels of 56% and extreme poverty levels of 25% - will soon be one of the largest mining districts in the country. The region is sparsely populated and has significant needs, as basic services coverage is very limited. In this scenario, unfulfilled expectations can become a source of discontent that can potentially lead to conflict.

 

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