The latest news from junior mining companies operating in Colombia, Panama and Ecuador.
Mario Bernardini, the competitiveness director of Brazil's influential machinery and equipment industry association Abimaq, said the country has become dysfunctional, both politically and administratively.
Mining exploration companies Impact Silver, Inca Minerals and Precipitate Gold provide operating updates on their projects.
The mayor of the town of Belén said the mining industry is vital for the province's economic future.
Marubeni will be responsible for the national distribution of the Hitachi 100-800t hydraulic excavators and the Hitachi mining truck line in the country.
Ecuador is counting on foreign investors such as Lundin Gold to help invest in infrastructure.