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Building Human Resource Capacity in Uruguay's Extractive Industry

Properly managing and gaining maximum benefit from the extractive sectors in developing countries relies on skilled human resources. This project will help Uruguay navigate many of the challenges it faces in its shift from agriculture to a greater focus on extractive industries. It will provide funds to build research and governance capacity in all phases of the extractive industries' life cycle management.

Why skilled human resources are needed
In small countries with relatively few (and mostly non-specialized) post-graduate educational options, training human resources needed for the extractive industries sector is especially challenging. This is also true for countries where the extractive industries are relatively new.

This is Uruguay's reality, a small country with 3.3 million inhabitants. Proposals in recent years for large-scale iron ore extraction and increased petroleum prospecting have brought the extractive industries to the foreground in this agriculture-based economy. Uruguay has had challenges updating regulatory frameworks. The government enacted law 19,126 in September 2013 to regulate large-scale mining activity.

Strengthening links between Canada and Uruguay
This is an opportunity for Canada to improve connections and communication between Canadian universities and Uruguay's research community. This project will provide the funds to identify, select, and support Uruguayan master's and PhD students in Canada in fields related to the extractive industries. It will also establish relationships between students and institutions in Uruguay and Canada working in the sector.

They will explore questions such as:
-How can responsible development be promoted through training extractive industries professionals?
-What skills and capacities are needed to properly manage the sector's life cycle (exploration, operation and management, closure, and post-closure)?

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
60 months
IDRC Officer
Federico Burone
Total Funding
CA$ 850,000.00
South America
Institution Country
Project Leader
Agencia Nacional de Investigación e Innovación