October 2021 ALABC E-Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends,

Welcome to our October 2021 Newsletter.


  • Industry News - A combination of news articles specifically curated for news relevant to the Latin American region. 
  • Upcoming Events - Registration links so that you can secure your place at important business events. 

Marcelo Salas

Chief Executive Officer


  • Featured Members - Find out which companies are being featured this month. 
  • New Members - Get in contact with our new member companies to create new business opportunities. 
  • Previous Events - Gain access to previous event photos and webinar recordings to share with your friends and colleagues on social media. 
  • Event Sponsorship Opportunities - Provide more exposure to your business by sponsoring an ALABC event through event partnerships and marketing strategies. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have collaboration opportunities. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Yours sincerely,

Marcelo Salas

Chief Executive Officer 

Australia-Latin America Business Council


2021 Latin America EdTech 100

The LATAM EdTech 100 is HolonIQ's annual list of the 100 most promising EdTech startups in the region across the whole learner lifecycle from Pre-K to Lifelong Learning.


Uruguay leads green energy charge in Latin America

Over the past 10 years, Uruguay has gone from being dependent on fossil fuel imports for power to a renewable energy pioneer. How did the country do it?


Ecuador betting on mining to reactivate economy and reduce poverty

Ecuador’s government wants mining to be one of the pillars of reactivation and development, according to the president.

Guillermo Lasso said during the ENAEP 2021 mining convention in Quito that the sector has the full support of his government and offered to strengthen legal security for mining investment, eradicate illegal mining, strengthen transparency and cut red tape.


Australian Miner Places $2 Billion Copper Bet on Green Energy Transition

South32 Ltd. bet on copper being in hot demand in an accelerating global energy transition with an investment of up to $2.05 billion in a Chilean copper mine, as big miners pivot to metals needed for electric vehicles and renewable energy infrastructure.


Will Castillo’s New Cabinet Inspire Confidence in Peru?

Leftist Peruvian President Pedro Castillo on Oct. 6 dismissed his controversial prime minister, Guido Bellido, replacing him with Mirtha Vásquez, a moderate leftist and former interim president of Congress. Bellido’s ouster came amid a cabinet shuffle in which Castillo also replaced his ministers of mining and labor but left other officials, including Finance Minister Pedro Francke, in place. What do the changes show about the direction of Castillo’s government? Does replacing Bellido and others mean that moderates have won out against far leftists in Castillo’s cabinet, and will the changes reassure investors in Peru? What actions can Vásquez be expected to take as prime minister?


Lithium Power nearly doubles measured and indicated resource at Maricunga

Lithium Power (ASX: LPI), and JV partner Minera Salar Blanco have reported a 90% increase in measured and indicated resources at the Stage One development of their Maricunga Lithium Brine Project in Chile.


Chile Legal Update: Fintech Law Bill Overview

In September 2021, the Chilean Government submitted a Bill to the Congress in an effort to regulate the Fintech industry. This is a developing and growing sector that has from the outset faced legal uncertainty.


Chilean scientist plans to clean up mining with 'metal eating' bacteria

Starving microorganisms capable of surviving in extreme conditions have already managed to "eat" a nail in just three days.

In Chile, a scientist is testing "metal-eating" bacteria she hopes could help clean up the country's highly-polluting mining industry.


The Top 10 Biggest Companies in Brazil

In 2009, the at-the-time emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, and China held their first formal summits as members of BRIC (with South Africa joining in 2010).

Together, BRICS represents 26.7% of the world’s land surface and 41.5% of its population. By GDP ranking, they’re also some of the most powerful economies in the world.


Online - ALABC Canberra Networking Day 2021

This is an exclusive invite for ALABC Patron & Large Corporate Members to participate in our 11th Annual Canberra Networking Day 2021. Please join us virtually, bringing together our Patron and Large Corporate Members with the Latin American heads of mission, the directors of the ALABC, representatives of key allies (e.g. Department of Industry, Department of Home Affairs, DFAT, state governments, Austrade, etc.) and guests from both the public and private sectors.

Date: Wednesday 27th October 2021

Time: 10 am - 12 pm

Location: Online

Register here >>

Mining in Mexico: Opportunities for Victorian METS Exporters

ALABC is a proud partner of the Global Victoria Trade Alliance (GVTA), an initiative that will support Victorian METS exporters to respond to rapidly changing global market conditions.

ALABC - supported by Global Victoria - will provide assistance within the Mexican market for Victorian METS companies wishing to export. We are delighted to invite your organisation to participate in this project.

Date: Thursday 4th November 2021

Time: 8:30am (AEDT) 

Location: Zoom

Register here >>

ALABC & CR Mining - Young Mining Professionals Event: Digital Technology in Mining

ALABC in collaboration with YMP Brisbane is hosting a networking event in Brisbane for young mining professionals, members and stakeholders of ALABC with a technology and innovation focus.

Date: Thursday 11th November 2021

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Location: Embassy Hotel, 214 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City, QLD, 4000

Register here >>


At Newcrest we’re known for our strong technical capabilities in exploration, deep underground block caving and metallurgical processing skills. We're committed to creating a work environment where everyone can go home safe and healthy every day, and where everyone actively contributes to this outcome; operating and developing mines in line with strong environmental, social and governance practices; developing a diverse workforce; and developing and maintaining strong relationships with our communities and governments.


DRA Global

DRA is a diversified global engineering, project delivery and operations management group headquartered in Perth, Australia, with an impressive track record spanning more than three decades. Known for its collaborative approach and extensive experience in project development and delivery, as well as turnkey operations and maintenance services, DRA delivers optimal solutions that are tailored to meet clients’ needs. With expertise in the areas of project development, mining, mineral processing, plant optimisation, operational readiness, systems integration, operations & maintenance and related water, energy, industrial and infrastructure requirements, DRA delivers truly comprehensive solutions to the resources sector. DRA employs over 4500 people and offers flexible engineering & operations management services worldwide through 18 offices.


Sharp Extensive I.T.

Sharp is known worldwide for its unique one-of-a-kind electronic products and solutions, our challenge is to create a balance between work time and personal time, with products that can benefit people's lives at work, at home, and everywhere in between. At Sharp EIT we know how critical our products and services can be to a businesses day-to-day operations – and that’s why we place such a strong emphasis on our ability to assist businesses running more effectively. Our years of expertise in Office Printers, Digital Signage and Managed IT Services will assist businesses to work smarter, perform more efficiently and streamline their business processes.



Pares&Alvarez is a top tier Engineering and Design Chilean company having delivered heavy industry projects for more than a total 10 million staff-hours since 1994.

Our Australian operations are focused on supporting Mineral Processing and Energy engineering with:

- Consulting services. Process Engineering / plant optimisation and new plant. Prefeasibility and feasibility studies with cost estimation to support final investment decision.
- Engineering services. CSMPEI Engineering and Design supported by intelligent / BIM 3D design in the major modeling applications in the market SP3D, E3D and Plant 3D.

Australia and Chile are equal players in the mining world stage and P&A provides world-class delivery at competitive rates.

Watch the video >>

Vantaz: 14 years of value delivery in Australia

Vantaz Globally - 21 years delivering value to the mining industry globally.

We are a group of international companies, with a presence in Chile, Peru, and Australia, born out of the need to provide a comprehensive value proposition to the mining industry.


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Join today using the promo code JOINPAC21 and receive 3,000 Qmiles instantly.

For more information, please contact our Qatar Airways representative, Lida Alevizos.

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Ph: +61 472 874 220

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Join now >>


EPSA is an Earth Movement company, with more than 50 years of experience in the sector and a global presence. Our main areas of action are:

  • Mining: Metallic Mining, Coal and Quarries
  • Civil Works: Civil works in mining, Linear Works (Highways, Railways), Hydraulic Works and other Infrastructures.
At EPSA we now have more than 3,500 professionals, who constitute the company's greatest asset.

We carry out the work with our own means, for which we have a productive organization with the material means to undertake each project.


Andes Agile

Andes Agile provides multi-language and specific mining domain services including Technical Translation, Data Analytics, Business Research and Recruitment in Latin America.

Andes Agile is an international company based in Australia with a branch in Chile. We are proud of having a team of talented and highly motivated individuals with skill sets in the mining industry.



Kadelco takes a long-term visionary approach to assessing your project’s needs, allowing time for your vision to realise its potential and drive real impact. Real impact both in terms of the economic growth and macro changes to people and the environment that will occur over the lifetime of the project.

This global holistic approach allows Kadelco to assess the true risk of the project valuing the net affects of the project across the entire value chain and in turn lowering the overall risk in order complete your project.


Boardroom Luncheon with Rob Grant, Director Energy Fortescue Metals Group: Green Hydrogen in Mining: Opportunities for Australia and Latin America

ALABC was delighted to host a Boardroom Luncheon in Perth featuring Rob Grant, Director of Energy at Fortescue Metals Group. This luncheon featured an intimate group of ALABC members and guests on a discussion on the opportunities for Australia and Latin America with Green Hydrogen in Mining. 

We are very thankful for Mr. Grant's contributions, and the insights that were shared offered excellent business opportunities between the two regions.

Click on the link below to see the event photos and to secure your place at an upcoming ALABC event. 

Event photos >>

ALABC Member's App to help you stay connected

Staying in touch has been difficult for all of us during this pandemic. With the Member's app, you can interact with fellow members anywhere from your mobile device, update your member profile, including your address, phone, email and Linkedin. You can even email and call fellow members, so it’s easier for you to stay in touch and build a community.

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You can also keep on top of your existing event registrations by viewing your tickets, adding events to your calendar, and make online payments.

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