The Regional Government of Apurimac (GRA) and Compañia Minera Ares SAC (Hochschild Group) will be launched by year’s end, the 160km dirt road and 6 meters wide, linking the province of Aymaraes with Cerro Teta (Antabamba province) with an investment of S/. 14 million, Mr. Elias Segovia, Regional President of Apurimac, told MinerAndina.Com.
He added that in this public-private partnership, the private company in charge of this road project in the area, is responsible with 80% of funding, and several mining companies are interested in financing more road projects.
This is the penultimate road to be built within the existing regional management as part of a new road network that will not only improve communication in one of the most geographically complicated regions of the country, but to facilitate economic flows through access to markets for agricultural production, ranching, mining, and tourism, improving competitiveness.
The concept behind the network is to build roads to the production centers and agricultural areas, rather than towns as has been done, said the Regional President.
“The new road network is an important support in the tourism – agriculture package of Apurimac, whereby the farmer and even artisanal miner can easily go to the market and allow us to go up in the ranking of the competitiveness index, from the nineteenth we are in to the eighth”, said President Segovia.
The fourth and last road to be ready in April 2014 with an investment of S/.4 million, covers an area of 62 km by the Socllaccasa – Ollabamba stretch and will join Abancay with the mega copper project Las Bambas. “With this road one will reach Abancay in 2.5 hrs. which used to take 10 hours. The mining company Anubis Gold Mines S.A. will bring S/.2 million and the region, the rest”, he said.
These last two agricultural projects connect with mining provinces and complete the 4 rings comprising the new road network, whose sum investment amounts approximately S/.30 million. Additionally, it has placed asphalt layer to existing roads with a total length of 1400 km. with an investment of S/.860 million over 4 years, funding gives by the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
In addition to the road projects, the GRA has a portfolio for the construction of 4 bridges in agreement with the Regional Government of Ayacucho, which bind both regions, improving marketing and tourism. Ayacucho and Apurimac are divided by the Pampas river and so far there is only one bridge that crosses it.
In the same logic, Eng. Segovia said that the Abancay Regional Airport, “Luz de Los Andes” with a runway length of 2500 meters, will be ready by August 2014 with an investment of S /. 1 million for conditioning. He then held a public contest to finish construction.
Transandino Railroad Project of US$ 3,000 million
The profile for the railway construction project covering the stretch from Andahuaylas (Apurimac) – San Juan de Marcona, on the coast of the Ica region is ready. However, it isn’t still viable because it does not have any public-private partnership to do so.
Segovia said that the GRA has installed its Office of Promotion for Private Investment, which is engaged in turn, with a joint investment promotion office, formed by the Ica, Ayacucho, and Apurimac regions. Its first objective will be to seek bidders for this rail project, which will have an extension of 560 km and a cost in the order of US$ 3,000 million.
On the other hand, he announced that the cable car project on the Apurimac Canyon is ready for construction, it’ll have access to the Inca citadel of Choquequirao, whose development will last for approximately 15 months.
Regional proposal for informal mining
The GRA has designed a policy for handling informal mining, bounded only to miners-peasants, where it acts as an intermediary between companies owning mining concessions and the miners-peasants, to sign contracts for exploration and mining.
The mechanism for excellence is the dialogue between the parties, which must arrive at agreements and use permits of the surface. These negotiations have been taking place for the first time. “For the artisanal miner to begin to operate there has to be a permit from the Regional Directorate of Mines (DREM). This agreement between mining companies and community is the only way to ensure sustainable mining investment in time”, said Regional President and added as an example, the contract that the company already has with Apurimac Ferrum exploration.
According to Segovia, artisanal mining is not a political or social issue, but an economic problem.