Representatives of hundreds of mining companies the world over are descending on Hermosillo, Sonora, next week for a major conference.
More than 300 companies — some from as far away as Chile and Australia — will have a presence at the 13th International Mining Congress.
“It’s considered the most important mining conference in Mexico this year,” said Luis Fernando Oviedo, president of the Association of Mexican Mining Engineers, Metallurgists and Geologists in Sonora, which is organizing the event.
Among the topics of discussion will be the possible industry impacts of Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s incoming administration, as well efforts to address mining’s social and environmental effects.
The Arizona Commerce Authority and several Tucson and Phoenix-based companies will also be on hand. Mining is one of Sonora’s most important industries, and the state is the most significant producer of copper in Mexico.