Panamanian Mining Code Changes in 2011

The National Assembly will endorse the new code in 2011.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The mining code changes have already been approved by the cabinet last October.

"According to the head of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Roberto Henríquez, the Presidency has decided to extend the period in order to provide all the time in the world for the referendum, so that no one can say it was done in a hurry” stated to

The new legislation allows foreign states the opportunity to become shareholders in mining operations in Panama. Current legislation prohibits participation of foreign states in mining concessions.

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The new legislation allows foreign states to participate in mining activities in Panama. Current legislation prohibits participation of foreign states in mining concessions.

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