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  • 10 Jun 2021 10:12 AM | Sarah Carroll (Administrator)

     May 07, 2021. Covid19 has accelerated the transition to a 4.0 mining industry in Latin America. Logistical and health concerns are forcing operations to operate remotely and incorporate new technologies. During the months of May and June, the Victorian Government will connect a cohort of highly innovative Victorian mining equipment, technology, and service providers (METS) with key mining stakeholders in Chile and Peru. 

    The companies participating include providers of software solutions, monitoring systems, performance consulting, remote blast detonation solutions, data analysis and highly efficient mineral processing equipment, amongst others. 

    Natalia Gorroño, Senior Trade and Investment Director for Latin America from the Victoria State Government, comments that METS companies have become strategic allies in the Latin mining sector, something that is being promoted throughout this mission. 

    Read the full article here

  • 31 May 2021 8:00 PM | Sarah Carroll (Administrator)

    May 2021 ALABC E-Newsletter

    Dear Members and Friends,

    Welcome to our May 2021 Newsletter.


    We are very pleased to announce that our Annual Report for 2021 is available to read and download. Please download the report here to read about ALABC's achievements and plans for the upcoming year. 

     

    Please see below an outline of the newsletter: 

    • Industry News - A combination of news articles specifically curated for news relevant to the Latin American region. 
    • Upcoming Events - Registration links so that you can secure your place at important business events. 
    • Featured Members - Find out which companies are being featured this month. 
    • New Members - Get in contact with our new member companies to create new business opportunities. 
    • Previous Events - Gain access to previous event photos and webinar recordings to share with your friends and colleagues in social media. 
    • Event Sponsorship Opportunities - Provide more exposure to your business by sponsoring an ALABC event through event partnerships and marketing strategies. 

    Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have collaboration opportunities. I look forward to hearing from you. 


    Yours sincerely,

    Marcelo Salas

    Chief Executive Officer 

    Australia-Latin America Business Council

    ceo@alabc.com.au

    Read full newsletter here. 

  • 3 May 2021 12:52 PM | Sarah Carroll (Administrator)

    Read full report here. 

  • 3 May 2021 9:04 AM | Sarah Carroll (Administrator)

    VinePair Podcast: How Chile’s Wine Industry Is Leading the Way in Sustainability

    There’s no doubt that sustainability is a topic of discussion in every wine-producing country and region around the world, but no country is doing more to push the conversation forward than Chile. Its Sustainability Code covers not just viticulture, but also practices in the winery and the way that wineries interact with their surrounding society.

    This week on the “VinePair Podcast,” Adam Teeter and Zach Geballe are joined by Chilean winemakers Viviana Navarrete of VSPT Wine Group and Sofia Araya of Veramonte for a live podcast to wrap up VinePair’s Sustainability Week. They discuss why sustainability is so important to each of their winemaking ventures, how their definition of sustainability has expanded in recent years, and what they hope to achieve in the future.

    Read full article here

  • 29 Apr 2021 2:38 PM | Sarah Carroll (Administrator)

    April 2021 ALABC E-Newsletter

    Dear Members and Friends,

    Welcome to our April 2021 Newsletter.

     

    Please see below an outline of the newsletter: 

    • Industry News - A combination of news articles specifically curated for news relevant to the Latin American region. 
    • Upcoming Events - Registration links so that you can secure your place at important business events. 
    • Featured Members - Find out which companies are being featured this month. 
    • New Members - Get in contact with our new member companies to create new business opportunities. 
    • Previous Events - Gain access to previous event photos and webinar recordings to share with your friends and colleagues in social media. 
    • Event Sponsorship Opportunities - Provide more exposure to your business by sponsoring an ALABC event through event partnerships and marketing strategies. 

    Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have collaboration opportunities. I look forward to hearing from you. 


    Yours sincerely,

    Marcelo Salas

    Chief Executive Officer 

    Australia-Latin America Business Council

    ceo@alabc.com.au


    Read full newsletter here

  • 26 Apr 2021 9:06 AM | Sarah Carroll (Administrator)

    Changing of the guard at the Presidential Palace, Palacio de Gobierno, Government Palace, Lima, Peru, South America

    Peruvians will be going to the polls to elect their next President on April 11. The latest polling reveals that there is no clear winner in the race among the candidates that represent myriad ideologies along the political spectrum. While left-leaning candidate Veronika Mendoza is running on a platform of tax hikes for the rich and increased government regulations, far-right conservative businessman Rafael Lopez Aliaga promises to aggressively attract foreign investments. 

    In the event that Peru’s electorate places Aliaga in power, he will have an uphill battle in convincing foreign multinationals to invest in -or trade with- this Andean nation. Three primary components of the investment climate in Peru comprise the primary obstacles to injecting foreign dollars into the local economy: endemic corruption, a deeply divided and skeptical electorate, and the government’s sub-par response to COVID-19. 

    Read full article here

  • 19 Apr 2021 10:54 AM | Sarah Carroll (Administrator)

    Uruguay’s Remarkable Shift to Renewables Offers a Blueprint for Energy Progress

    Until 2007, Uruguay was strapped for energy resources that forced it to rely on importing energy from South American neighbours. That has changed. Today, 98 percent of the country’s power is delivered reliably and affordably from renewable sources. Compare that to the worldwide average that is typically reported in the low- to mid-20 percent range and you can see that this small country might just be on to something. Does little Uruguay have a blueprint for renewable energy that others could follow?

    Located between Argentina and Brazil, its two larger neighbours and trading partners, Uruguay is geographically the second-smallest nation in South America, with a population of about 3.45 million people, of whom roughly 1.8 million live in the metropolitan area of its capital, Montevideo. Since the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, Uruguay has surprised its South American neighbours with its growing list of environmental successes, including conserving native forests, protecting biodiverse areas, and showing remarkable progress on a promise to be carbon neutral by 2030.

    Read full article here

  • 14 Apr 2021 12:32 PM | Sarah Carroll (Administrator)

    Brazil publishes national artificial intelligence strategy | ZDNet

    The Brazilian government has published the country's artificial intelligence (AI) strategy to guide actions around research, innovation and the development of related technologies to tackle the country's greatest challenges, as well as ethics.

    The publication of the strategy follows a process of over a year since the launch of the consultation to gather input for the plan in late 2019, after a period of engagement with AI consulting firms and an international benchmarking process. According to the Brazilian government, the consultation lasted until March 2020 and more than 1,000 contributions were received.

    Read full article here

  • 7 Apr 2021 11:28 AM | Sarah Carroll (Administrator)

    Is Cuba opening up to mining investment?

    Foreign investment in Cuba’s mining industry could be in line for further expansion following recent partnership deals.

    The country has signed at least two partnership or joint venture (JV) agreements with overseas companies in the past six months, despite COVID-19 challenges.

    While mining remains a state-controlled activity in Cuba, foreign companies have been active in the sector through JVs for decades.

    Partnerships include the Moa mine (in picture), a 50:50 JV between Canada’s Sherritt International and Cuba’s state-run General Nickel Company, which produced 31,506t nickel and 3,370t cobalt last year.

    Read full article here. 

  • 29 Mar 2021 12:03 PM | Sarah Carroll (Administrator)

    Chile fast-tracking 5G roll-out, but with tight rules on security, official says

    SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile is fast-tracking an ambitious plan to roll out a 5G mobile technology network across most of the country within two years, a senior official told Reuters, but will assure strong oversight at a time of simmering global tensions over cybersecurity.

    With the United States and China at odds over cybersecurity and data protection, Chile, which counts both countries as top trade partners, will keep doors open to any company that adheres to its strict rules, Telecommunications Undersecretary Pamela Gidi told Reuters.

    "As long as (the regulations) are respected, we neither have nor are we going to influence the supply chain nor the nationality of the companies," she said.

    Fifth-generation technology networks are expected to power everything from high-speed video transmissions to self-driving cars. The long battle over the safety of critical communications technology led Washington to blacklist dozens of Chinese firms, including telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co.

    Read full article here

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