The Ministry of Economy in Javier Miley’s government has announced the appointment of Luis Lucero as the new Secretary of Mines, according to a statement from the ministry. Lucero is an attorney with extensive experience in project finance, corporate matters and complex arbitration and litigation. He specializes in the mining industry and natural resources law.

Lucero graduated in law from the University of Buenos Aires and completed postgraduate studies in business law at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa. He has also attended various specialist courses and seminars, including those related to government policy and corporate strategy in mining at the University of Dundee, negotiation at Harvard Law School and fundamentals of organizational science at Columbia Business School and the University of Cambridge. Lucero holds a Master of Arts degree with honors from University College London (UCL).

As Secretary of Mines, Lucreo will be responsible for proposing, implementing, and controlling Argentina’s mining policy. The Mining Secretariat, led by Lucreo, plays a key role in interaction with provinces, municipalities, investors, and companies as well as coordination of international cooperation. Argentina has a huge geological mining potential that is currently underutilized. In 2020, the country exported $4 billion worth of mining products, and it is predicted that by 2030 this number could conservatively increase to $20 billion. With the development of copper projects, it is expected that this number would reach $25 billion. Additionally, Argentina has the potential to become one of the top three lithium producers globally as countries move towards low-greenhouse-emission energy sources.

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