Engineering & Mining Journal


Andrea Stucchi, Sidonie Pichard

Central America & Carribean Mining 2013 E&MJ Release

August 07, 2013

Since the colonial time of the Spanish empire in Central America, mining has been part of the region’s export economy. With the exception of Nicaragua, however, mineral production has never dominated the region’s economies.

On the contrary, the low metal prices of the 1980’s and 1990’s led some metal mining and processing operations to shut down. As mining activity declined, national economies became more diversified until, during the 2000s, metal commodity prices recovered, reviving mining companies interest in the region.

Today, a number of players are reaping the benefits of this resurgence and a number of mining operations are in production in Central America.


Tembo Power is developing hydropower projects across Africa with a focus on DRC.
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Buenaventura outlines progress at its diverse portfolio of Peruvian assets.
Mining Plus, which provides technical services around the world, is growing its South American presence.


GBR speaks to Leopold Mboli Fatran, Minister of Mines and Geology of Central African Republic concerning the challenges of developing the country’s resource industries.