Colombia is a country with a high potential in mineral resources. For decades, this has contributed to the national economy and to the regions where these resources are found. However, for all the benefits accrued from revenue and jobs, there are also disadvantages, and this fuels ongoing tension, and community concern and debate.
Transparencia por Colombia, Colombia’s local Transparency International, has published this research to provide a valuable analysis on the potential corruption risks that may affect the decision-making process in relation to mineral exploitation in the country. This research provides important warnings about weaknesses in this process.
This research is important reading for government and company decision-makers, as well as community members and civil society organisations wishing to improve the governance of the mining sector in Colombia.
Transparencia is part of the first cohort of 20 Transparency International Chapters involved in TI’s global programme to improve transparency in the process of awarding mining permits.
This global programme seeks to improve transparency and accountability in the extractive industries, focusing specifically on the very first link in the mining value chain: the decisions by government to grant mining or exploration permits and licenses and negotiate contracts.