Codelco said it had requested international arbitration with Ecuador and its National Mining Company (Enami EP) over the Llurimagua project. Llurimagua could become the first mine Codelco operates abroad following years of scattershot efforts to expand internationally. The project, about 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Ecuador’s capital of Quito, has faced resistance from a nearby community over environmental concerns.
The Chilean government has announced new restrictions and lockdowns that took effect April 5. LATAM Airlines Group reported the suspension of its scheduled international flights to and from Chile during April. However, in order to maintain the country’s connectivity, LATAM Chile will maintain a reduced operation during the period of this restriction to allow the repatriation of residents or citizens or foreigners who wish to leave Chile.
The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) reported that it has verified approximately 3,949 tonnes of salmon mortality due to harmful algal blooms in the Los Lagos and Aysén regions. According to the agency, this is equivalent to 2.5% of the total active biomass in these affected areas.
Chile's Labor Minister María José Zaldívar submitted her resignation Wednesday to President Sebastián Piñera, who accepted it and announced he would appoint Deputy Patricio Melero to succeed her. Zaldívar's intentions to leave her job were no surprise as the pension reform failed to go her way.
Delegates from Chile and India are discussing furthering bilateral trade under the so-called Partial Scope Agreement (PSA). Authorities from both countries are holding a series of virtual encounters to discuss analyse the opportunities. Among the topics being discussed are market access, rules of origin, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and technical barriers to trade.