By Peter Tase
In March 14-15, the city of Antofagasta, Chile, hosted the fifth bilateral meeting between Chile and Peru focused on the mining industry and research. This event was led by Chilean Mining Assistant Secretary, Mr. Francisco Orrego and Peruvian Deputy Minister of Mining, Mr. Guillermo Shinno.
Mr. Orrego expressed his confidence “that both countries can hold such meetings regularly in order to address common challenges and project [both countries] as the center of mining development, which would facilitate further development of [the two] countries.”
In his public statement, Peruvian Deputy Minister stated that: “[he] is very happy to attend this event and hope[s] to reach a common agenda with Chile. There are many challenges faced currently by the mining industry and [he] hopes that they will be addressed in partnership with Chilean partners.”
Both authorities expressed high interest to continue a dynamic collaboration between Santiago and Lima, focused particularly within the two countries’ mining ministries. This conference awakened a greater interest among the corporations from both sides of the border as well as other public – private agencies, so they can better exchange information and share the last developments in mining industry.
This event brought a platform where research and information can be shared and further studied. It allowed the bi-national delegations, composed of nine Peruvian representatives and eight Chilean experts, to visit the Radomiro Tomic division of Codelco, which operates on high standards of security up to 3000 meters of altitude, making it become a world reference.
Additionally, representatives from both countries visited the Don Bosco Technical Industrial College and Mining Industrial Training Center (CISM) in Antofagasta, with the objective to visit specialized educational centers focused in the extraction industry.
This bilateral initiative was initiated 10 years ago from a joint agreement between the Chilean Mining and Energy Ministry and the Peruvian Ministry of Mining. The next year’s meeting is expected to be held in the land of former Incan Empire, Peru.
According to Lima’s mining experts, this year will be highly productive as compared to the previous year. In January, 2013, there was a substantial growth in Peruvian mining sector, if compared to January, 2012: Iron production grew at 12.91 percent, zinc experienced a growth of 8.83 percent, and lead production grew at 6.15 percent. In Peru, the production of Silver has also experienced growth at the beginning of the year; it reached over 266 thousand kilograms or a 7.27 percent of production growth in this fine mineral. This bilateral partnership in the sector of mining, is expected to gradually impulse a greater bilateral cooperation among the two pacific countries in other strategic sectors of their respective economies.
About the author: Peter Tase
Peter Tase is a contributor, freelance journalist and a research scholar of Paraguayan Studies and Latin American Affairs in the United States; he is the founder of Paraguay Economic Forum in Milwaukee, United States. Educated at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and Marquette University, Tase is the author of "Simultaneous Dictionary in Five Languages: Guarani, English, Italian, Albanian and Spanish" and "El Dr. FEDERICO FRANCO y Su Mandato Presidencial en la Historia del Paraguay."
Tase has written many articles on Paraguay's current Foreign Policy, Latin American Affairs and MERCOSUR regional trade issues for Eurasia Review and the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, D.C.. Peter has appeared on SNT Cerro Cora, Asuncion and appeared in “Tribuna Pública” in TV Publica Paraguay, as well as given interviews for Diario 5 Dias in Paraguay, ABC Color, Ultima Hora, IP Paraguay, Revista PLUS+, Radio Ñandutí, Radio Nacional del Paraguay, www.datamyne.com and Spero News.
Tase completed a Congressional Internship in the Office of Congressman Richard Pombo (CA-11), U.S. House of Representatives, and studied U.S. Government and International Affairs at the Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, D.C.. In 2012 he was an adviser of Foreign Affairs and International trade Issues to the Chairman of the Committee on Trade, Tourism and Industry in the National Congress of Paraguay. Peter Tase is fluent in Guarani, Italian, Spanish, Albanian and mainly writes in English and Spanish.