October 14th 2014
Representatives from Peru’s small, medium and large-scale mining firms and associations met for the first time in Lima, under the auspices of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund (FOMIN), to discuss the current formalization process of Peru’s artisanal and small-scale miners.
The gathering uncovered willingness to speak openly about the issues faced by all, whether large or small operators. Participants also agreed on a number of priorities, including the need for social peace in order to operate both at small and large scales. They also noted that the presence of the Peruvian government’s relevant agencies will be critical for future encounters.
The meeting brought together diverse organisations including representatives from large, medium and small mining such as Compañía de Minas Buenaventura, Antamina; Minera Yanaquiwa; and SOTRAMI and AURELSA, among others. Representatives from the National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy (SNMPE) and the National Society of Small Scale Miners were also present.