During his participation in Rumbo a PERUMIN, Central Peru Edition—an event organized by the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers—Carlos Loret de Mola, CEO of Life Systems, talked about the new vision mining companies working in our country have.
“We should definitely move towards this vision where mining companies are no longer just mining companies, but also companies of development. Nexa Resources said it quite well (today). We can see it in Antamina, which set the new standard, and now in Quellaveco and Mina Justa, which are following in Antamina’s footsteps,” he said.
Loret de Mola also said that today companies should migrate towards a circular economy aiming at minimizing the impact of the waste they generate, and they can do so by recycling or reusing materials, which can lead to the creation of new products. “Sustainable development is here to stay,” he underlined.
He later insisted on the need to improve several aspects so as to harmonize the relationships among the different Peruvian territories. “We are still a little green, and, if we do not come to understand how the ecosystems work and the importance of treating them as a whole, then we are making life difficult for ourselves,” he pointed out.
On the other hand, Jhoel Rivera, president of the Confederation of Community Businesses of Peru, said that the communities of central Peru, with their successful experiences working hand in hand with the mining sector, are radiating their entrepreneurial spirit to other regions of the country.
“Many businesses in the south have had to travel to do internships in the communities of Huaraucaca, Smelter or Rancas, in Pasco, to learn the community development model,” explained Jhoel Rivera, during Rumbo a PERUMIN, Central Peru Edition.
The community representative said this is a good sign that shows the contribution of the mining industry, which has managed to boost other economic activities and create new ways of doing business in the highlands.
Nevertheless, he claimed that there are still numerous challenges hampering the country’s further progress. “If we want to talk about sustainable development, we must have a driving State, responsible investments, and infrastructure to generate shared value,” he noted.
For instance, he regretted that, after so many years, the Carretera Central highway, which links the agricultural regions of the center of the country to Lima, still has not been modernized and decongested. Doing so would help generate more exports.
“If we talk about consensuses, how can we tell the new generations that we have not been able to solve the problem of the Carretera Central highway after so many years? We have the most expensive transport in the world because this road is extremely congested,” he argued.
Jhoel Rivera also mentioned that in Peru we should aim at achieving sustainable development, based on 3 pillars: economic, social, and environmental development. “We need to have a more State-based, investment-based, and community-based approach, where everybody understands what shared value is.”
Furthermore, he expressed the need for the new local and regional authorities to be elected this coming October in our country to be knowledgeable about development. “The elections this year are a good opportunity to change our history,” he said. Both presenters participated in a panel that also included Pasco’s brand-new prefect, Oswaldo Osorio.