Institutions that manage the Mineral resources of ColombiaStop Holguin law specialist businesses External University of Colombia and a master in business law office of Carlos III of Madrid (Spain) University, replaces Maria Constanza Garcia Botero, who headed the organization since its inception in , 2012.

The acting president has extensive experience in the financial, utilities, mining and energy justice and served as director of the National Registration Unit and Auxiliary Association of Justice, the Administrative Chamber of the Superior Council of the Judiciary .

From 2011 to date came Holguin stop acting as the head of the Legal Office of the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

According to the ANM, Maria Constanza Garcia Botero, who will assume new responsibilities in the private sector, two years ago took the reins of the mining authority with the challenge to implement it and consolidate its management in mining resource management through its securitization , supervision and promotion nationwide.

Misbehavior against mining WildArtisanal miners located in the area of water Inirida Star, will be part of alternative productive projects of the government to eradicate the exploitation of gold in that region of the country will not have the benefit that engaged in illegal mining.

“In relation to mining that has links with crime, with them there is nothing to talk about. The commitment of the government in the country is to eradicate illegal mining, “said Amilcar Acosta, Minister of Mines and Energy.

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The biggest problem experienced Mining locomotiveWith 99 percent of the vote, won the piedrunos who wanted to stop the possible location in the town of the industrial process Colosa gold project, which has the South African miner AngloGold Ashanti in Cajamarca.

Exactly one year ago, on July 28, residents of Piedras went to the polls to decide whether to mining or not.

This referendum law which is still in we will see is more proof that the biggest problem with the mining locomotive President Juan Manuel Santos is that social tension has soared in parts of Santander, Tolima, Antioquia Vaupés and, by more which have not started new projects in two decades.

That social bomb, largely because there is no space for dialogue between the government, business and local communities, where they can discuss their concerns and avoid tension escalates until recourses or queries.

The vice president of corporate affairs Felipe Márquez replied the questions on the Anglogold multinational.

Creating Against Crime Prevention Unit illegal miningThe Unimic work in coordination with the security forces, control agencies and ministries of Defense, Interior, Environment and Energy and Mines to control illegal mining, which affects biodiversity and the communities where these resources are exploited.

“The institutions that compose the Unimic perform a legal analysis to create the new policy and regulatory package that facilitates combat all criminal phenomena of mining,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

He added that “for now, the government is studying which institution will be the unit and under what kind of administrative measure would put into operation.”

Last February, the presidents of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and Peru, Ollanta Humala, signed in Cartagena a cooperation agreement to tackle illegal mining during an official visit of Peruvian President to the country.

At that time, Santos said that illegal mining affects Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Peru, and stressed that the latter “has had a very effective policy” so that the country could learn from your experience.

The conformation of the Unimic became effective after nine months of joint work between the institutions of government, “which evaluated the policies, processes and criminal legal proceedings against mining.”

According to the government, this type of crime has been used by guerrilla groups and drug traffickers to finance their criminal activities.

So far this year, Colombian authorities have seized 87 kilos of illegally extracted gold and one platinum, whose market price is 7,200 pesos (U.S. $ 3.7 million). In operations also were captured and 840 people were operated 231 mines, of which 131 were suspended.

Important choice of Illegal Miners to leaderCarriers of this complaint are not reliable people have constantly received money not only plants, but the bases and have never had a clear management of that money. They have asked for money for a thousand different reasons, but that does not mean we have given that money.

In recent days, Theodule and Victor Medina Chanduvi money said they supported the Nationalist Party in the last version that was denied by the ruling bloc campaign. For this reason also, Congressman Daniel Abugattas filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor for “extortion and defamation.”

In this regard, Urresti said a quick research will reveal that behind these leaders, “there are a thousand surprises” as they passed through various federations of illegal miners “and all have gone wrong just by dishonesty unemployed.”

“So, to begin, the carriers of the complaint are not reliable. Is not consistent with what I do know and what I can speak perfectly, “he added.

In this regard, said that President Ollanta Humala announced to give personal custom, without conditions, to eradicate illegal mining.

“Office with the Head of State and the head of the Council of Ministers, Rene Cornejo. In both cases the position of the Government is to eradicate illegal mining is very clear, “he said.

Urresti said there was also “a permanent requirement” to advance faster in this process. In the absence of support from the head of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, said, “It would be impossible to co-ordinate and move as quickly as we are doing.”

Greatest Challenge for Mining Companies in technological innovationThe president of the National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy of Peru, Eva Arias said during the 11th International Symposium of Gold and Silver in Lima, the gap in infrastructure should be seen as an investment opportunity, while in the education the challenge that the countries of the Pacific Alliance, formed by Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru face is to have human capital for sustainable mining.

With regard to technological innovation, the union leader said required raise funds for research and funding.

Arias participated in the round table “Pacific Alliance, Mining Competitiveness” with Victor del Castillo, chairman of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (Caminex); Eduardo Chaparro Avila, Executive Director of the Chamber of ANDI Asomineros Colombia, Alberto Salas, president of the National Mining Society (Sonami) of Chile.

Salas said that Chile requires modernize the regulatory aspect of mining that has experienced great development.

Sonami President stated that “mining in Chile is not only investors and workers”, “is all important resources it generates for the country and especially to the community.” Salas noted that “mining involves the community, mining and government,” and “if any of the three factors are not positive, you can not talk about success.”

If the government just wants more taxes, you will end up weakening the industry, and if there is no balance with the community, not be able to develop long-term activity, he added.

The 11th International Symposium of Gold and Silver opened in Lima, and runs through Thursday, with the aim of promoting new investment and business opportunities in the region and learn about the latest projects to extract these precious metals in Latin America.

Perform a System audit of Existing mining rightsAfter the inspection and analysis of such securities, a total of 4,885 findings were found, the miners holders must correct in order to avoid sanctions from the National Mining Agency,” said the manager of Monitoring and Control of the National Agency Mining, Angela Maria Otero Farah.

On average a degree in Boyaca findings presented 3.7, higher than the national average. “In contrast holders having good practices in the operation of mining activities and contribute to the support of the communities in the areas of influence were identified,” said the Officer.

By stages, the highest percentage of findings was presented at the operational phase: 62 percent. In the exploration stage the range of findings was seven percent, while in the construction phase and assembly reached 31 percent.

The rates recorded findings: 40 percent, legal; 27 percent, technical; 24 percent, economic; eight percent, environmental, and one percent, and safety.

In 11 municipalities, the largest number of findings (three to five), among these Guican Susacon, Pajarito and Buenavista was detected.

“In Boyaca identified that a high percentage of owners who are not complying with the requirement of the environmental license. Is higher than the rest of the country in percentage, but is a finding that we are checking, “said Angela Maria Farah.

The Officer noted that there was an increase in the collection of fees, which is paid by securities in the stages of exploration and construction and assembly.

“In 2012 we collected on that concept and 1.299 million pesos in 2013, 7.024 million, an increase of 441 percent. The exercise of control allowed Boyaca holders who had paid the debt, “Farah said.

Holland & Knight Company and Role in MiningThe firm Holland & Knight, U.S. seeks to expand its presence in the country. As a result of this strategy just joined the team of three partners and eight associates Jose Vicente Zapata Lugo and 12 partners of the firm Suarez Zapata Partners Abogados.

The team led by Zapata has more than 20 years of experience that is considered highly complex and regulated mining and energy industry and has advised corporations, associations, government agencies and national and regional authorities.

Enrique Gomez-Pinzon, executive partner of Holland & Knight in Colombia, said the company is interested in expanding its services in the country and in that sense the operation expands with this team of experts. Currently, strategic areas of work covers energy, arbitration, litigation, buying and selling companies, and taxes.

“We are very interested in the field ampliarnos capital market and financial in Colombia, but we do it very prudently and strategically. Always looking for people who are recognized for their excellence in their area, “says the executive, to define areas of interest to grow.
Enrique Gomez-Pinzon explains that advice in legal matters have grown significantly, to the extent that businesses and increase business development in the country.

In addition, Colombian companies seeking support in order to take advantage of opportunities in international markets.

Illegal mining has Become one of the Biggest problemsAs you can observe illegal mining in African and indigenous communities is causing a sad and painful tragedy where those affected are mostly traditional miners, these artisan working with rafts in the open pit under the worst conditions of risk .

But mining in Colombia is a nation where the problem and show that there can be a very dangerous relationship between legal and illegal mining, complicity of some state entities with legal and illegal mining adding this to the other factors that further complicate the picture mining nationwide the permissiveness of some actors from the community, behind mining mafias and groups outside the law are other elements that makes it difficult to address the issue.

But that is all the same after so many deaths and so much destruction of the environment, what is happening with the illegal mining in Colombia? Why so many problems? What about the government not taking action on the matter? To expect communities regarding illegal mining in their territory if they now talk of illegal artisanal mining and linking these two terms and confusing public opinion something that is very irresponsible of the government and the media, because is clear that artisanal mining is not linked in any illegal mining point artisanal mining is that people have practiced craftsmen in their collective territories for decades and practiced traditional elements punt, bars and gutter.

Illegal mining is used by heavy machinery which is also practiced by other than the communities that never consider the safety of people and their social and economic conditions. So it is worrying to talk about illegal mining including artisanal mining is different to say that illegal mining is shielding in artisanal mining operations to develop. Read the rest of this entry »

Strengthen its presence in the Domestic market problems MiningEntrepreneurs and the Government of the country have an interest in strengthening its presence in the domestic market, since according to the ANM so far been exploited only 1.1 percent of the resources. Regulatory framework and illegal mining, including challenges to attract more investment.

The mining potential of Colombia put this activity on the radar of employers and the Australian Government, seeing in the local market opportunities to diversify their investments. This was confirmed by spokesmen for both sectors during the celebration of the third edition of Latin America Down Under (LADU) a mining conference that was held in Sydney (Australia) in recent days.

Although bilateral relations are still emerging, and business investment in this sector is more strongly established in Peru, Chile and Brazil, Australian companies show interest in exploring both in Colombia and in providing services for companies in the sector operate in the country.

And according Carolina Rojas, promotion manager of the National Mining Agency (ANM) said during his presentation at the event so far been exploited only 1.1 percent of Colombian resources, so the development potential is immense.

According to Brendom Hammer, first secretary of the Americas Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australian Government, the South American countries have a key role in the initiative of his nation to strengthen its ties with the mainland, as far Asia is the center of their business. “I have a very strong and positive image of Colombia. Les is he going very well and I think the Government are keen to develop the country, “he added.

As explained by Chris Gale, director of Latin Resources exploration company and chairman of the Australian Council for relations between Australia and Latin America (COALAR by name in English), the potential of investing in Latin America does not focus on selling resources to China, but to exploit them for domestic consumption in the region because “the demand is huge.”

In this sense, Brenda Conroy, the Minerals Council of Australia (entity associated with larger companies in the sector), said that the interest of their companies in Colombia focuses on resources such as iron ore, coal, copper, nickel and new metals.