Mining exec to address Caraga bizcon

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/09 June) – An official of a major mining firm will speak at the 18th Caraga Business Conference scheduled next week at the Hotel Tavern in this city.

Takanori Fujima, president of Taganito High-Pressure Acid Leach (THPAL)-Nickel Corp. will give an overview of the company’s single largest investment the country.

The business conference will take place on June 13-14.

Fujima is scheduled to speak on June 14, on the topic “Investing Mineral Processing in Surigao: Competitive Advantage of Mining in Caraga.”

He is given a 30-minute talk that includes an open forum.

Organized by the Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI), Fujima is expected to give an overview of business opportunities from the mining firm’s $1.4 billion investment.

THPAL is scheduled for commissioning this year in Claver, Surigao del Norte.

Willie A. Gan, president of SCCI encouraged the business sector to attend the regional business conference.

In October 2011, the New People’s Army launched simultaneous attacks on THPAL and two other mining firms in Claver “for damaging the environment and violating the rights of Lumads, peasants and workers.”

The rebel group alleged that THPAL’s nickel processing plant is a gross air pollutant in the province. (Roel N. Catoto/MindaNews)