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Since 1997, The Fraser Institute Source:http://www.fraserinstitute.org/uploadedFiles/fraser-ca/Content/research-news/research/publications/mining-survey-2010-2011.pdf

has conducted an annual survey of metal mining and exploration companies to assess how mineral endowments and public policy factors such as taxation and regulation affect exploration investment.

Chile ranked 6th in the PPI survey, behind 4 Canadian regions and Finland. From a public policy perspective, this makes Chile a very attractive destination for mining related investments.

BehreDolbear highlights the best countries for mining investment

“Worldwide, Canada, Australia, Brazil, and Chile will likely remain the best jurisdictions in which to invest in and develop mining projects. Each of these nations will likely continue to see economic growth and mining investment.” This comment comes from a report, 2011 Ranking of Countries for Mining Investment Where ‘Not to Invest’. Most of us will agree with the company’s statement “the mining industry is vital to the creation of wealth and prosperity in any country. Countries that stifle it with detrimental political, economic, financial, and regulatory policies should be challenged to make changes that are more accommodative to its success.”

They continue to assert that among all the South American Countries,

“Chile, Brazil, Peru, and Colombia will likely outperform others in the region in attracting and using mineral investment to develop new mines and creating wealth.”

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Asia's fierce competition for commodities

Anthony Halley | April 4, 2013

Competition for natural resources among Asian nations continues to intensify, bringing the world's most resource-poor continent to a dangerous crossroads of dependence, geopolitical tension and environmental degradation, writes Professor Brahma Chellaney of the New Delhi-based Center for Policy Research in an article for Project Syndicate.

 


Kerry Hall | April 3, 2013

China's largest steelmaker, Hebei Iron and Steel Group, purchased a quarter ownership stake in an iron ore project in Canada's Labrador Trough, reports Platts this week.


US must reform mine permit process to grow domestic rare earth industry: study

Anthony Halley | April 3, 2013

A recent study by the US National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) calls on US legislators to streamline mine permit processes and safety regulations in order to bolster domestic rare earth production, which could add $40 billion to US GDP, 3,600 shovel-ready jobs, and could reduce US dependence on Chinese rare earth export