The estate tax is anti-technical, gravel holding assets that already paid taxes and many of these are not in production, as with some mining companies. It forces companies to bring resources to pay this tax burden when they are not producing, “said the official, who asked to look for other alternatives such as income surtax and VAT changes. “Otherwise this may affect the mining industry in a country with great potential.”
Meanwhile, President of the Colombian Association of Mining, Angel Santiago revealed that invested $ 7 billion in the coming years are required in order to realize the potential that the country has. “Today only 5% of the country is explored, about 5.7 million hectares. This has he allowed more than a million people live in the sector, but without clear rules, “he said.
In turn, Eduardo Chaparro, director of the Chamber Asomineros Andi said that the country must transform its locomotive on a freight train in their cars to mobilize the dynamism of the economy: “We are not asking for a bullet train that would be ideal. For now the important thing is to have a perfect coordination between state institutions, both national and local. “
While the mining industry showed their products to large companies, a group of small miners protested in front of the Convention Center Plaza Mayor of Medellin Government to ask the same treatment as that given to large multinationals.
Several leaders in areas they do not want mining in their territories reiterated that mining activity may affect its greatest asset, the water, the same as used in Antioquia to generate more than 60% of the energy consumed in the country.