Chinese Companies Interested in Metal Mining in Honduras

A group of Chinese businesses has stated its interest in extracting non-precious metals such as iron, lead and zinc.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Santos Gabino Carbajal, president of Honduran metal mining association Anamimh, explained that the Chinese delegation has held meetings with Honduran businesses that own mining concessions with a view to negotiating joint ventures.

He added that the investors plan to return in October with concrete economic proposals.

"Carbajal said that one of the main difficulties the Chinese delegation had was the poor state of the roads for accessing the mines, hence the high cost in infrastructure investments," reports

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