Tía María is $1.4 billion US dollar project located in the southern region of Arequipa. It’s currently awaiting a government construction permit after it was paralyzed in 2015 due to protests from the surrounding towns.
President Vizcarra told RPP radio that there are still many doubts to be clarified regarding Tía María. “As a State, we must go to clarify the doubts. And that will take a while and then we will work on this and any other project”, he said.
The President also said that his government will support mining investments, although he pointed out that the sector must operate with respect for the environment and generate welfare mainly in areas of direct influence.
On his part, the Peruvian Prime Minister César Villanueva said last week that he would not “impose” mining projects without the social license of the communities, when asked about the Southern Copper venture.
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