Honduran Industrialists Push for Mining Law

They point to the mining potential as a decisive factor for the country’s development, having the capacity to attract investments of $14 billion.

Monday, November 5, 2012

An article in Tiempo.hn reports that "The National Association of Industrialists (ANDI) is urging the National Congress to approve the new Mining Act in order to attract foreign investment in the order of 280 billion lempiras, about $14 billion.

Adolfo Facussé, president of ANDI, said "Honduras has great mining potential, but its exploitation should be regulated." He said the industry could generate about 2,000 jobs, with only four international companies being installed in the country.

"In addition, the companies would pay enough taxes to solve all the problems the government has with teachers, health and road infrastructure", added the official. The ANDI supports mining if three conditions are met, which are: respect for the environment, high tax payments and benefits to communities, he said.

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