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Lima, October 17, 2018. The Institute of Mining Engineers of Peru (IIMP) made the official launch of the PERUMIN 34 Mining Convention, an event that will take place from September 16 to 20, 2019 in Cerro Juli, Arequipa. The main objective is to involve young people in the country with the extractive industry through the concept of "Mining, science, technological innovation and education".

In a press conference, the president of the Organizing Committee of PERUMIN 34, Carlos Gálvez, explained that this new edition seeks to position mining as an industry that, due to its high technological demand, promotes innovation ventures (startups) applicable to all productive activity, opening professional and business development opportunities for professionals from all over the country.

"We want to prove to Peruvians, particularly young people, that the mining industry is not only extracting and exporting minerals. It is a very integrative and complete activity, whose main added value is to generate knowledge and technological innovation for the service of the community ", explained Gálvez.

They summon students from all over the country

Aware that its objective entails a permanent and continuous work, the Organizing Committee is currently developing, in partnership with various academic entities, a series of activities "Heading to PERUMIN", aimed at university students and higher institutes in all areas of knowledge and of the country. It consists in four hackathons, where the challenge for the participants is to present technological solutions that cover aspects related to the mining industry.

"The mining industry is not exclusive to mining engineers, geologists and metallurgists, but also to specialists in health, biology, social sciences, education, law, environment, social responsibility, among other areas of knowledge. Therefore, we invite all students to participate in these events, we are sure that this will be a good opportunity to publicize their ventures and show them to potential investors", said Galvez, who also reported that the projects will receive advice to consolidate as 'start ups' and that will be presented in PERUMIN 34.

To date, a hackathon has been carried out with the ESAN university and soon three will be developed in partnership with the University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC), the National University of Engineering (UNI) and the National University of San Agustín (UNSA). To this, editions 9 and 10 of the TICAR Symposium and the Award for Technological Innovation, which highlights initiatives of the business sector and the academy, are added.

 

Opportunity of work and training for young people

Additionally, the Organizing Committee has suggested that students of higher education have a leading role during the days of the event. For this reason, it has been arranged that they participate as hosts in the more than 1500 exhibition stands of the EXTEMIN fair, for which they will be hired and trained. In turn, a conference program will be developed in a space dedicated only to them.

In the same way, PERUMIN 34 contemplates a program of school visits, where children can learn how mining activities are developed through simulators and 3D images.

The second largest mining convention in the world

The Vice President of the IIMP, Miguel Cardozo, highlighted the importance that PERUMIN has been gaining since 1954, currently considered as the second largest mining convention in the world and a platform to analyze and debate around the challenges facing the Peruvian mining.

"With this new vision that we have for PERUMIN 34, we want to open up the scope of the discussion around mining and reach young people, who are the critical and creative mass we need to push Peru towards sustainable development", said Cardozo.

Also, the representative of the IIMP estimated that the event will be able to gather more than 60 thousand visitors, including students, professionals and technicians of the sector, businessmen, authorities, national and international delegations, investors, etc.

 

Work team

Likewise, the work and planning that has been developed with the support of a team of professionals of the sector at a national and international level was highlighted. "PERUMIN 34 is an integral, structured event, which is being worked with just over a year in advance, in such a way that key issues for the industry are covered", said Gálvez. Thus, he informed the members of the Advisory Council of PERUMIN 34, which will be composed of:

  • Michelle Ash (Chief Innovation Officer of Barrick Gold Corporation),
  • Roque Benavides (President of Compañía de Minas Buenaventura and President of Confiep),
  • Alex Fort Brescia (Co-Chairman of Grupo Breca),
  • Harry M. Conger (Chief Operating Officer - Americas of Freeport-McMoRan Inc.),
  • Mark Cutifani (Chief Executive of Anglo American)
  • Eduardo Hochschild (President of the Hochschild Group) and
  • Rohel Sánchez (Rector of the National University of San Agustín, Arequipa).
  • In as much the Organizing Committee, chaired by Carlos Gálvez, will be integrated by:
  • Miguel Cardozo (Vice President of IIMP and CEO of Alturas Minerals),
  • Óscar Espinosa (Executive President of Ferreycorp),
  • Rafael Estrada (Technology and Communications Manager of Antamina),
  • Manuel Fumagalli (Executive Director of Barrick Peru),
  • Ángela Grossheim (Manager of Studies and Research of the IIMP),
  • Carlos Heeren (Executive Director of UTEC),
  • Caterina Podestá (Consultant),
  • Guillermo Shinno (General Manager of the IIMP) and
  • Marisol Valdez (Executive President of Stimulus).
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