Peru needs mining for economic growth and social inclusion, says minister

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Peru’s Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino, said Tuesday, the government would continue to pursue dialogue with Cajamarca, over the Conga mining project.

Merino said the conflict over Conga had set a "bad example for the country," and emphasized the importance of mining projects for the country’s economy.

"The rest of Peru knows that we need mining to keep growing, and knows that without investment we cannot have social inclusion," the minister said, according to Gestion.

Merino also said reports that 70 percent of the population of Cajamarca opposed the Conga project were misleading.

"We must persist with dialogue, because there are other provinces in Cajamarca – such as Jaén, Cutervo, Chota and even Cajamarca – where 70 percent of the population doesn’t have the same atmosphere as in Celendín and Bambamarca where political leaders have used these people for political and violent protests."

"Other provinces need to develop their projects and we need to continue to dialogue with provincial and district mayors, and the community."

 

Peru’s Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino, said Tuesday, the government would continue to pursue dialogue with Cajamarca, over the Conga mining project.

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