03.13.2017

Forging mining ties with Mexico

Forging mining ties with Mexico

By Sudbury Star Staff

Nickel Belt MP Marc Serre, right, and Sudbury mayor Brian Bigger, third from left, were on hand at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention in Toronto, where they agreed to work with the State of Guerrero in Mexico for mutual economic benefit. (Photo supplied)

Nickel Belt MP Marc Serre, right, and Sudbury mayor Brian Bigger, third from left, were on hand at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention in Toronto, where they agreed to work with the State of Guerrero in Mexico for mutual economic benefit. (Photo supplied)

The Greater Sudbury area now has a mining connection with a Mexican state.

During Mexico Mining Day last week at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention in Toronto, Nickel Belt Liberal MP Marc Serre signed a letter of intent for the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation, the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Services Association and the State of Guerrero.

The three parties agreed to work together for mutual economic benefit.

“Collaboration and creating partnerships are important to the growth of our economy, communities and countries,” Serre said in a news release. “Each year, the industry employs nearly 20,000 residents of Northern Ontario. It’s important to note the amount of time, dedication and succession planning it takes to bring this forward. It has been a pleasure representing our region at PDAC and I believe Greater Sudbury is the best represented city at the convention.”

The letter of intent means all parties agree to work together to identify, analyze and develop opportunities for collaboration in the support of mineral development in the state of Guerrero. These opportunities might include commercial enterprise, capacity building and technical innovation. They can also explore the development of a more formal collaborative framework.

The letter of intent will remain in effect for a period of three years unless terminated or amended with the mutual written consent of the participants.

“The Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association is pleased to be a supporter and partner in this important relationship,” said Dick DeStefano, SAMSSA’s executive director. “Working together we will increase the opportunities between the Sudbury Supply Cluster and the State of Guerrero.

“We look forward to implementing significant activities/programs in this important arrangement.”

During the 13th-Annual ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly that took place in December in Mexico City, Serre attended and said he was able to share how they could continue to form and create partnerships to better the global markets.

Serre shared that the Canadian mining industry alone exported $82.2 billion-worth of goods to other countries, and that SAMSSA is recognized as one of the most sophisticated mining supply clusters globally because it continually meets all the established criteria.

It was also quite evident that the Northern Ontario Mining Cluster has developed as a “mature cluster” based on studies by major agencies and institutions who study this concept, added Serre.

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