The mining sector is always the first to tremble when a new leader is elected. IM looks at a handful of countries in Latin America and sees how it is adjusting to new rules and how some countries are beating their own path
Governments in emerging economies have always kept a keen eye on their natural resources.
Some countries have had enough power and independence to keep other foreign entities away from their resources. Some have not, and have used their natural resources as a pathway to industrialisation to economic beneficiation and, sometimes, to ruin.
| Salinas Grandes, Argentina|
In Latin America mining policy has always formed a central part of governments manifesto to power. Would-be leaders of the left appeal to poorer, rural populations arguing for tighter employment laws around projects, for an end to foreign companies carrying out exploitative behaviour.