Cesco will present the main results of the study “Technological Revolution in the Large Mining of the Andean Region”

The study is part of the IGF “New Tech, New Deal” project and has the support of the German Cooperation through GIZ and its MinSus program. The presentation will take place on January 26 at 12:00 in Chile, 10:00 in Peru and Colombia.

The mining sector in the Andean region is experiencing a technological revolution that has been accelerated by the pandemic, and that brings with it opportunities and challenges. On one hand, new technologies have the potential to increase productivity and competitiveness, reduce the environmental footprint and improve the monitoring and transparency of mining projects. On the other hand, some traditional jobs could be at risk, and the sector will require new job skills. Cooperation between the private and public sectors in the Andean region will be key to ensuring a technological transition that benefits countries, local communities, and companies.

This analysis is collected by the Center for Copper and Mining Studies (Cesco), which prepared the study “Technological revolution in large-scale mining in the Andean Region” based on the expert judgment of different actors in the sector, and will be presented next January 26 at 12:00 in Chile (10:00 hours in Peru and Colombia). In it, you will be able to learn about the main obstacles and opportunities that facilitate the incorporation of new solutions in the copper mining industry in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, as well as proposals for cooperation and public policies to achieve a successful process.

For Alejandra Wood, executive director of Cesco, “it has been interesting to understand that, depending on the moment in which the industry is in each country, as well as the context in which it is developed, the opportunities and challenges vary and I dare to say that exist some very interesting niches for cooperation. Chile has decades of mining development and we are a benchmark for our neighboring countries in these aspects”.

For his part, Nicolas Maennling stressed that “the results of this study are timely since the pandemic has accelerated the automation of the large-scale mining industry with companies deploying new technologies that reduce crowds of personnel within the sites and thus the risk of contagion. This trend will likely continue after the pandemic is over. That is why at GIZ we seek to support the Andean countries in managing this transition to maximize the benefits and face the challenges it attracts”.

The launch, which will be in Spanish, will feature a presentation of the main findings by Cesco director and international consultant Osvaldo Urzúa. Subsequently, a conversation panel will be held around the results of this study, with Benjamín Quijandria, director of the Southern Peru Mining Cluster; and Cleve Lightfoot, Head of Innovation at BHP in Chile.

The document is part of the “New Tech, New Deal” project of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), of the Center for Sustainable Investment of Columbia University (CCSI) and the Shared Value Program in Mining.

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