A New Mining Company in El Salvador

Companies in the sector point to the favorable geological conditions for this activity in the country and advocate that the suspension of concessions which has been in effect since 2009 be lifted.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Companies engaged in exploration and mining activities support their argument citing the new ways in which the activity now takes place, differentiating the artisanal mining techniques which were used in the past from those used in modern mining. 

Companies in the sector pointed out the advantages that El Salvador has for the development of the mining industry, but stressed the need for an adequate legal framework in order to revive the granting of concessions.

One example is OceanaGold, a company with which El Salvador "... has filed a complaint with the court at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), after Pacific Rim sued the country in 2009  ...Despite this, the company works in the Cabañas mine in San Isidro, through its subsidiary Minerales Torogoz. "

Elsalvador.com reports that Darren Klinck, executive vice president of OceanaGold, "... stated that they would like to build a partnership with local businesses and "for the Government of El Salvador to open a new pillar of economic development in the country. "But how can they work in the country when there is still no resolution from the ICSID and concessions have been frozen? "We must wait to see if there will be a way forward, in recent days we have seen the many opportunities that exist in Central and Latin America," said Klinck, making reference to the progress that the mining industry has had in Nicaragua."

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