4 November 2013 - Arequipa was the venue for the 31st Perumin Mining Convention, the largest event of its type in Peru, with over 2 000 exhibition stands and 75 000 visitors in attendance.
Held between 16 and 20 September 2013, Aurecon exhibited at the South African pavilion as part of the South African Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti) Export Marketing & Investment Assistance (EMIA) scheme.
Aurecon is an active supporter of the EMIA scheme which aims to develop export markets for South African products and services, and has previously participated in the dti’s arranged visits to both the World Bank and the African Development Bank.
Organised by the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers every second year, Perumin is one of the most important mining functions in Latin America and has a strong domestic and international following. A series of events is held within the framework of Perumin, including the EXTEMIN Mining Technology Exhibition featuring national and international suppliers of goods and services, together with technical conferences covering the latest operations, logistics and geotechnical developments in mining.
This year, Perumin’s focus was that of ‘Social inclusion and development’, emphasising the importance of the mining sector in the development of the country of Peru and its people. This focus aligns with the current phase of evolution within both South Africa’s mining industry, and globally, in which mining houses are being placed under increasing pressure to provide sustainable economic and social benefits to the communities in which they operate.
“The seminars at Perumin offered attendees a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the region’s mining industry and its potential, while affording them valuable insights into challenges and barriers this region presents, including lessons learned from the labour unrest in recent years,” believes Aurecon’s Country Manager – Chile Juan Jorge.
He goes onto say that “Aurecon’s participation in the conference signals its support of clients moving into this investment region, with a particular focus on mining and associated infrastructure. What’s more, our partnership with the dti enhances Aurecon’s competitiveness through the availability of grants for feasibility studies and other market development programmes.” He adds that Aurecon’s South American staff were able to introduce themselves to key industry decision makers and explain the strengths of the group’s local alliances, backed by substantial global resources.