The mining city of Greater Sudbury has signed a letter of intent signaling co-operation with the mining region of Moquegua in Peru.
The region’s vice governor, Luis Trigoso, signed the letter with Greater Sudbury Mayor Paul Lefebvre.
“This is an important step as we continue to foster international municipal cooperation between Greater Sudbury and Moquegua,” Lefebvre said in a media release.
“With a range of interests, including mining research, education and innovation, I am confident this agreement will serve both regions. Greater Sudbury is a global leader in the mining sector, with decades-long experience in regreening and rehabilitation, and this agreement will provide new opportunities for collaboration with our Peruvian partners.”
According to the media release, the letter is intended to “strengthen the relationship” between Greater Sudbury and Moquegua, to help “foster innovation and give both regions a competitive edge in the global market.”
“It will stimulate economic development, workforce development, battery and microchips development, research and remediation technology, and curricula transfer, helping people and businesses on both sides of the Americas thrive.”
The link between the two regions began when Moquegua Governor Zenon Cuevas Pare visited in 2019 as a guest of the Canada-Peru Chamber of Commerce, which was followed by additional trips and learning about Sudbury’s remediation story.
Moquegua has since established a series of connections with the government and academia in Northern Ontario, such as Laurentian University, CEMI/MICA, and MIRARCO
At Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s 2020 convention, Governor Cuevas signed a memorandum of understanding with the Core Foundation Corporation for the creation of CIMERA, an international mining cluster specialized in environmental remediation, uniting the mining ecosystem of Canada and Moquegua.