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In brief

Resolution No. 84/2022 of the Secretariat of Mining, published in the Official Gazette on 29 November 2022 (“Resolution“), created the Federal Registry of Mining Suppliers (“Registry“) where individuals and legal entities that, due to their activity or corporate purpose, offer goods, inputs or services, including those of technological innovation and knowledge economy, to companies in the mining sector (“Interested Parties“), may register.


In focus

The National Directorate of Value Chain and Mining Infrastructure (“Authority“) is established as the Authority of Application of the Registry, empowering it to issue the complementary and clarifying rules necessary for the implementation of the Registry and to sign agreements with provincial authorities and the heads of national and provincial chambers for the exchange of experiences, data and information.

The Authority shall register the Interested Parties concerned, and may form files for each one of them, periodically update their background, as well as use the information obtained to elaborate statistics. Likewise, the Authority may promote and grant benefits to registered parties.

The Federal Board of Mining Suppliers was also created to establish a space for permanent, broad and federal dialogue and exchange. Participation is expected from those registered in the Register, representatives of the Secretariat of Mining, national and provincial agencies and members of national and provincial chambers related to the sector, as well as those public and private actors that the Authority deems necessary and appropriate to convene given the technical nature of the issues to be addressed.

The Resolution establishes the obligation to comply with the registration requirements set out in the form attached as an Annex. These are as follows:

  • Details of the person or company
  • Proof of registration with the AFIP
  • Personnel list
  • Proof of registration with the local chamber of suppliers

In conclusion, enrolment in the Register is optional for companies providing services to the mining industry and beyond the benefit that the exchange of information may imply. Meanwhile, it is not clear what benefits the Authority will be able to grant to registrants.

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Author

Adolfo Durañona is managing partner of Baker McKenzie’s Buenos Aires office since 2013. He has extensive experience working on corporate and commercial transactions for companies in the oil & gas, mining and natural resources industries. Adolfo has authored several reviews for various publications — including Sweet & Maxwell — usually involving Argentinean investments and mining. He is ranked in Chambers and Partners as a Tier 1 attorney for Argentina, Energy & Natural Resources: Mining.

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Ezequiel Artola is a partner in the Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Practice Group in Buenos Aires. He advises clients on a variety of complex transactional, general commercial and regulatory matters, with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial agreements and corporate practice. Ezequiel was assistant professor of commercial and civil contracts at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and has written articles related to mining, oil and gas, and distribution and agency agreements.

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Rodrigo Lopez Galache is an Associate in Baker McKenzie, Buenos Aires office.

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