Zacatecas: a tradition in mining

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 13:14

Home of a long and illustrious mining tradition, the state of Zacatecas distinguished itself in 2018 as Mexico’s top producer of silver, lead and zinc, and the fourth-leading producer of gold. The state’s government, through its Ministry of Economy, is strongly committed to promoting business conditions in the mining sector. Particularly with respect to small miners, it is providing support through two actions. First, resources from the Payroll Tax Trust are channeled to holders of a current mining concession of up to MX$50,000. These resources are granted to conduct sampling and testing. The second is the agreement with Minera Oro Silver de Mexico, where the company has made a pledge to allocate 20 percent of its processing capacity to production from small miners. The Ministry of Economy also conducts mining employment fairs, which in the most recent edition had 600 positions available, 27 participating companies and 2,000-plus job-seekers.
Zacatecas fully understands the importance of strengthening the local mining sector. In this regard, it is worth noting that the first mining cluster in Mexico was created in the state. This association aims to develop a vibrant, world-class supply chain and human capital. The cluster strengthens the local supply chain, innovation and industrial safety and attracts suppliers to the area. The coordination between its members and the state government is permanent, resulting in an innovative development model for the sector.
A remarkable initiative presented by the Zacatecas Mining Cluster is the Compatible Mining Binational Center. This project was developed as a response to a need pointed out by the Zacatecan Council of Science and Technology and Innovation and the Mexican Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). Its objective is to design, build, equip and implement a center for research and development of technology and compatibility with the mining environment. This initiative focuses on health, worker safety, environmental protection and mining operations in the state. Located in Quantum City of Knowledge, with investment from the government of the state of Zacatecas and FOMIX CONACYT, Quantum is a space designed to advance the region’s scientific and technological development. It works under a paradigm of continuous innovation, where research centers, laboratories and technology centers collaborate closely with public and private economic development institutions. The objective is to promote an economy under a the triple helix model (academy, business and government). Within Quantum, the presence of public and private technological research and development centers stand out, like the FRISCO Mining Research Center.