According to the Superintendency of Pensions, $37,457 million has been registered regarding both processes of the AFP payments. Meanwhile, payment operations reached 18,224,751. For the first withdrawal, the AFPS mobilised $21,196 million with an average with an average amount paid per person of $1,414,553. For the second withdrawal, there was a disbursement of $16,261 million and an average amount paid to each member and beneficiary of $1,481,244.
Mining giant Antofagasta said copper production was at 183,000 tonnes, which is on track with expectations for the first quarter. However, the company warned that Chile's lockdown meant planned maintenance work at Los Pelambres would be pushed back to later this year.
In the Transportation Cost Index (ICT), a monthly increase of 0.4% was recorded in March 2021. According to the National Statistics Institute (INE), this brings the total to 4.1% so far this year. This was explained by the increase in the fuel group (4.8%), which had an impact of 1.189 percentage points (pp.) on the monthly variation of the general ICT.
Chilean agribusiness Garces Fruit signed a long-term power purchase agreement with Acciona SA to cover its total electricity consumption in Chile with 100% renewables. Acciona started delivering the contracted supply in February. The customer’s fruit processing plants in the Maule and O’Higgins regions will be sent electricity from Acciona’s portfolio of wind and solar power in the country.
Inform has set up a joint venture with its Chilean partner, Workforce Solutions. Inform says it will invest ‘significantly’ in the new joint venture and acquire shares, while the remaining stock will be held by former shareholders and executives of Workforce Solutions. The new company has officially been operating as Inform Software since mid-April 2021. It has its headquarters in Santiago de Chile.