EU Americas Partnership on Raw Materials (Latin America)

The mining sector gives a vital contribution to the Latin American (LA) and European Union (EU) economies. It not only provides substantial revenues and jobs, directly or via its industrial value chains, but also supplies the raw materials which are essential for fast-growing, cutting-edge sectors such as renewable energy, fuel-efficient transportation or smart technologies. The extractive sectors face multiple challenges, such as the difficulty to cope with lower commodity prices, the need to comply the more and more with high social and environmental standards or the necessity to meet more exacting customer requests.

It is in the mutual interest of Latin America and the EU to unlock the full potential of the extractive industries for the society, both as contributors to the local economies and as essential suppliers to the industrial value chains, as well as contributors to the United Nations’ Sustainable Developments Goals. The will for this co-operation is grounded on the mutual recognition and commitment with the values of responsible and sustainable mining.

Therefore, the EU and Latin America have stated their shared interest in intensifying the co-operation within the extractive industries on the basis of their complementarities, common objectives and shared values. This co-operation aims to overcoming challenges and foster economic growth. This has been the scene setter to the EU-Latin America Raw Materials Diplomacy Dialogues, starting in 2014.

Find out more about the EU-Latin America Raw Materials Diplomacy events.

The Mineral Development Network Platform represents one concrete action to translate into practice the will to move towards a structured co-operation between the EU and seven Latin American partner countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay) on the extractive sectors.

The aim of the MDNP is to bring together, building on existing multilateral cooperation, all relevant actors from entities and disciplines linked to the non-energy extractive industries life cycle and dependent industrial value chains in the EU and the Latin American countries Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay, reinforcing links and supporting the willing to deepen the co-operation.

Target groups are the EU and Latin American authorities, industry, business (including SMEs), academia, geological surveys and other relevant entities for the non-energy extractive industries, in the fields of technology, consulting services, infrastructure, investment, trade, training and skills, health and safety, good governance and other relevant areas of the mining value chain (from exploration to mining, rehabilitation and post-closure).

The MDNP platform will thereby support a continuous and structured co-operation between the EU and Latin America, reinforcing the dialogue, promoting cutting-edge technologies, strengthening business, institutional and academic ties and opening new business prospects, thus leading to win-win situations between the two strategic partners and pursuing at the same time the values of responsible and sustainable mining.

On the basis of an ad-hoc comprehensive analysis of the EU and LA extractive sector, the Mineral Development Network Platform (MDNP) is designed to enable spaces for networking, information gathering, innovation, exchange of best-practices, business and more, always framed by the values of responsible and sustainable mining and value chains.

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