The president of the San Juan Mining Chamber was one of the references who participated in the second meeting of the sector within the framework of the San Juan Agreement.
On Friday, July 17, the second meeting of the mining sector’s bureau was held within the framework of the San Juan Agreement, where all the representatives presented proposals that they developed together with their peers and shared with the Minister of Mining and members of the National Secretariat of Mining.
The president of the San Juan Mining Chamber, Mario Hernández, was the one who gave the initial kick off during the meeting by globally listing some of the actions that should be worked on together in the short, medium and long term.
-What proposals did the San Juan Mining Chamber present?
-The proposal we have brought from the chamber is to seek the institutional quality of the state in order to make a harmonious development of mining. Sustained in another condition that is the participation of the private sector as the greatest articulator of work and investment. That is why we say that to achieve this, institutional quality plays an important role.
Another point on which we all agree is that of predictability in terms of the total taxation of mining projects, those we have and those to come. For us it is very important at all levels that national, provincial and municipal taxation presents a predictable environment for investment to be possible. We are not asking for subsidies or exemptions, what we are asking for is a tax framework that gives the possibility that the projects are feasible, so that they can become a reality.
-In that sense, what are your feelings about this second meeting?
-I think this meeting has been important, it has been good, it has been fundamental in the participation of all the mining sectors. Not only in the chamber that is going to represent production and service companies. It has also been important for the union sectors, the local suppliers’ chambers and all those representing metalliferous, non-metalliferous and industrial mining, among others.
-Mining in San Juan was considered essential and that is why it is one of the activities that did not stop and therefore allowed the province not to be so affected. How do you see the reality in the rest of the country?
-Argentina needs mining investment to develop in order to recover from this huge crisis that the pandemic has meant. I believe that the mining sector can be an important sector in the articulation of development.
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