March 7, 2007


Mineral frenzy tips risk scale in Colombia's favour (ANDY HOFFMAN, 3/07/07, Globe and Mail)

Curious delegates huddled in the doorway of the auditorium and spilled out into the hallway, all straining to hear the soothing words of Colombia's Minister of Mines and Energy, Hernan Martinez Torres.

"Security has been the main task and it is showing excellent results. We have been reducing the crime rate dramatically and right now the army is in 100-per-cent control of the Colombian territory," he said in an interview following the presentation to a packed room.

Few at the annual mining convention would care were it not for what lies beneath the ground in the South American country. Colombia's soil is rich in coal, nickel, copper and gold.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2007 12:00 AM
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