A union of remote workers for BHP's Escondida and Spence copper mines in Chile walked off the job after efforts to ink a labor contract deal with the company's management fell through. The president of the union, Jessica Orellana, called the timetable for the strike "indefinite."
Chile's national electricity coordinator CEN has started a programme called Renova to track each megawatt hour of renewable power from when it's generated until it's consumed. By etching this data into the blockchain, it will ensure end users get the clean power they paid for. The blockchain-based platform will track renewable energy, giving miners in the top copper nation more scope to show their green credentials to buyers.
According to the iCovid Chile Team's report, "a regrowth and an increase in new cases are confirmed during the last two weeks. At national level, this week there have been 30 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants." The report also shows that the occupation of ICU beds has increased from 92.7% to 93.2% at national level.
The Chile-California Energy Alliance on energy transition, convened by the Chile California Council (CCC) and the Chilean Ministry of Energy, was successfully launched with the participation of representatives from different divisions of the Ministry. The aim of the event, which will last four months with monthly working meetings, is to analyse the various strategies and best practices that can be transferred between the two countries. The aim is then to put them into practice, enabling a successful energy transition process for both countries.
In March, 22.4% of workers carried out work remotely or under the modality of teleworking. This type of work is concentrated among workers in the Information and Communications (81.8%), Education (75.9%), Electricity and Gas Supply (51.5%) and Financial and Insurance Activities (49.6%) sectors. This is according to the complementary bulletin COVID-19 of the Remuneration and Labour Cost Survey, from December 2020-March 2021, published by the National Institute of Statistics.
94% of Chileans have bought a product or service online in the last 6 months, according to a study (Radiography of eCommerce) prepared by by GfK and Mercado Libre. This is 11 percentage points higher when compared to the results of the same study in 2019. People between the ages of 25-36 and those between the ages of 45-64 are the ones who most acquire products or services through the internet.
Nokia has been chosen by Movistar Chile to provide equipment from its AirScale portfolio to launch the operator’s 5G network in the country. In addition, Nokia will upgrade Movistar’s 4G and 4G+ networks to strengthen the critical network backbone across Chile’s key markets.
According to iQonsulting's 2020-2021 Blueberry Yearbook, Chile exported more than 20,000 tons of organic blueberries in the previous campaign, a record volume that was 35% higher than the volume it exported in the 2019-2020 campaign. This growth is associated with the entry into force of the System Approach in the Ñuble and Biobio regions, which would be responsible for the large increase in organic exports as its exports increased by 148% going from 2,900 tons in the 2019/20 campaign to 7,182 tons in the 2020/21 campaign.
Chile recorded a $2.04 billion trade surplus in April. The positive balance is mainly due to copper sales, which on Friday surpassed the historic barrier of $4.07 per pound. Exports in April reached $8.11 billion, while imports came in at $6.07 billion. Copper sales in April reached $4.54 billion.
Chile was China's top supplier of imported table grapes with a total import value in excess of $260 million, according to the UN Comtrade database. In terms of volume, imports of Chilean table grapes to China during 2020 were 68% higher than for the number two country, Australia. In fact, Chilean grapes accounted for approximately 44% of China’s total fresh grape imports in 2020. According to the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX), Chile exported 111,487 tons of table grapes to China during the 2019/20 season.