Mexico Needs To Stop Gang Violence Impacting All Mining Companies - McEwen Mining
(Kitco News) - The Mexican government needs to step up its efforts to combat the growing cartel and gang violence sweeping through the country, according to Rob McEwen, CEO of McEwen Mining (NYSE: MUX, TSX: MUX).
While McEwen mining’s project hasn’t been adversely affected by the recent rise in criminal activity, the company has not been immune to these issues. Two years ago armed robbers stole 7,000 ounces of gold from its El Gallo property in Mexico’s Sinaloa State. In an interview with Kitco News McEwen said that since then the company has worked closely with state police to create a safe work environment.
While the company’s Mexican projects haven’t been disrupted, McEwen noted that the level of violence does create some uncertainty for future growth.
“This kind of violence impacts all mining companies, especially when it comes to finding talent. Nobody wants to work in an area where their life or property is under threat,” he said. “The Mexican government needs to step up and get this problem under control.”
McEwen said that his company’s Mexican operations are slightly different, compared to other producers within the country because they are in a transition period as ore mining at El Gallo comes to an end. The company is looking to use the property to support its developing silver project. McEwen added that the futures plans they have for El Gallo could extend the company’s Mexican projects by an additional 10 years.
But it’s not just the mining sector that is feeling the effects of cartel violence. The world’s biggest Coke bottler, Coca-Cola Femsa, recently shut down a 160-employee distribution center in southwestern Guerrero state.
“But it’s more than just a problem for corporations,” said McEwen. “It is terrible that the Mexican people have to deal with this violence.”