- During the negotiations, they agreed to take measures for sector formalization, improving the conditions of traditional small-scale miners and avoiding the illegal extraction of minerals.
Ministry of Mines and Energy. Segovia, Antioquia. September 1st, 2017. After 43 days of strike, the National Government and the Department of Antioquia have ended the mining strike in the municipality of Segovia by signing the agreements that were reached on August 30th and shared with the community on August 31st.
After intense talks, the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Office of the Governor of Antioquia and Mining Roundtable representatives signed a document that includes fifteen agreements as well as five minimum contractual intent points between them and the company, all of which led to concluding the mining strike.
The negotiation points include the creation of a "Mining Solutions Office" that will provide a permanent presence of the mining institutions and all of the services offered by departmental authorities to advance towards the formalization and retraining of those who do not wish to continue with this activity.
Likewise, the Ministry of Mines shall support the formalization process with technical, industry and mining assistance to the Offices of the Mayors of Segovia and Remedios, in order to draw the boundaries for industrial use zones as part of territorial organization schemes that enable the relocation of benefit plants; in addition to offering the necessary technical and environmental aid for the productive retraining that will facilitate the gradual elimination of mercury from this process; establishing a work schedule and minimum intent points that will enable mediation for the sake of formalization among all the mining title holders in the municipalities and the relevant informal Mining Production Units.
"We have reached an agreement without trading legality. We continue supporting compliance with the agreements in order to provide guarantees to the miners regarding our continued support for their traditional status, but understanding that this activity cannot go on in the midst of informality," said the Vice-Minister of Mines, Carlos Andres Cante.
"We acknowledge that the people of Segovia and Remedios have the intention to carry out the formalization process. We are certain that there can be coexistence between small-scale, medium-scale and large-scale mining activities" Cante Puentes added.
According to data from the Ministry of Mines and Energy, 36 mining production units have been formalized in Segovia, involving almost 2,300 workers, through the use of operation contracts.
The signing of the agreement was led by the Vice-Minister of Mines, Carlos Cante; Liz Margaret Alvarez, Mining Secretary of Antioquia; Victoria Eugenia Ramirez, Government Secretary of Antioquia; John Jaime Zapata, Regional People's Defender for Antioquia; Ricardo Emilio Leiva, Regional Inspector General for Antioquia; Lucía Carvajal, Mayor of Remedios; Gustavo Tobon, Mayor of Segovia; Jaime Alberto Escobar, head of the regional office of Corantioquia; Jeyson Atehortua Salazar, Municipal Legal Representative of Segovia; Eliober Castañeda, President of the Mining Roundtable; and José Ignacio Noguera, Legal Representative of Zandor Capital.