On the 8th and 9th May, ZABALA went to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to take part in the “EU-Latin America Dialogue on Raw Materials: consolidating the co-operation”, an event. With previous Dialogues held in Chile (2016), Colombia (2015) and Peru (2014), the recurring events aim to foster discussion on the action plan necessary to implement regional co-operation between the EU and the Latin American countries part of the regional dialogue (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay) on the extractive industry sector, based on mutual interests.
With an eye on expanding its international activities - particularly in Latin America, ZABALA Innovation Consulting applied for and was successful in an international public procurement process spearheaded by the European Commission's EUROPEAID programme. It is now collaborating with three other international organizations from Germany and Belgium (Projekt-Consult GmbH, Euromines AISBL and DMT GmbH & Co. KG) to develop the “Mineral Development Network Platform” (MDNP) - a new digital networking platform to promote cooperation within the non-energy extractive industry sector between the European Member States and Latin America. The project, which started in January 2017, has a foreseen budget of 1.5 million euros and will last 18 months.
ZABALA´s lead coordinator for the MDNP platform development - Esther Murillo, said at the Dialogue: “The MDNP project is the materialised continuation of the EU-Latin America Dialogues held so far. The aim of this project is to bring together, building on existing multilateral cooperation, all relevant stakeholders from entities and disciplines linked to the non-energy extractive industries in the EU and the participating LatAm countries. The MDNP platform will thereby support a continuous and structured cooperation between the EU and Latin America, reinforcing the dialogue, promoting cutting edge technologies, strengthening business, institutional and academic ties and opening new business prospects, thus leading to win-win situations between the two strategic partners.” Ms. Murillo presented the architecture of the platform and the status of its development, which is expected to be fully functional by January 2018.
The event also included the participation of Mattia Pellegrini, Head of Unit of Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials from the European Commission (DG GROW), who highlighted the 3 key components of the MDNP project that are: i) the analysis of the EU and Latin American extractive sector, a broad study on stakeholders, companies, business links, cooperation activities, country fiches (LatAm) and funding instruments; ii) the development of a digital platform that integrates all the analysis information for the interested parties; and iii) a Mining Exploration and Trade Show Conference (METS) in which attendees are invited to express their opinion on the appropriateness of the date of completion.
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