Mining Policy Framework Assessment: Mexico

This assessment report examines Mexico's mining policy framework in six important focus areas and makes recommendations for policy reform and improvement.

By Paloma García Segura, Epitacio Robledo, Marina Ruete, Alejandro Vio Grossi on April 29, 2022

The Mexican mining sector is large, diverse, and ancient. Mexico today leads the world in silver production and is in the top 10 producing countries for 17 minerals. Considering both foreign and local investments in the sector, the government manages 24,000 mining concessions. This report was conducted at the request of the Mexican government, a member of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), which IISD has hosted since 2015.

This report assesses the country’s preparedness and capacity to implement the IGF’s Mining Policy Framework (MPF) and focuses on the MPF’s six mining key policy areas.

The IGF assessment team reviewed mining laws, policies, and contracts and conducted in-country interviews and field visits. This report identifies key strengths, weaknesses, and recommendations for better mining laws and policies to promote a more sustainable mining sector in Mexico

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