Ministry of Mining
The Mining Ministry’s mission is to develop public policies on mining that boost the industry’s contribution to national development. It does this by diversifying operations in order to take advantage of the available resources under sustainable conditions that are welcomed by the people.
Baldo ProkuricaMINING MINISTER
Mr. Prokurica holds a Law Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He was welcomed as a visiting professor at the Universidad de Atacama from 2003 to 2005.
For three consecutive terms, from 1990 to 2002, he served as Deputy for the Atacama Region, representing the 6th District, which is comprised of Vallenar, Caldera, Tierra Amarilla, Huasco, Freirina, and Alto del Carmen.
During his time as Deputy, he was a member of the following standing committees: Defense, Administration and Regulations, Internal Regime, Economics, Mining, where he provided continued support to small and medium-sized mining, work for which he was recognized as the best Congressman in 1996 by the National Mining Society. He was also a member of several research committees: TVN, intelligence services, Codelco (future sales), and compensation, among others. He was a member of the Tourism Special Committee and also of the Chilean fire service.
In December 2001 he was elected Senator for the 3rd district of the Atacama Region, and was reelected in 2009. He held this position until March 11, 2018. As Senator, he joined the following standing committees: Transportation and Telecommunications, National Defense, Housing and Urban Development, and Mining, which he chaired during various terms. He also served on the special committees for the Southern Ice Fields and Mixed Budgets. From 2008-2009 he was elected Deputy Chairman of the Senate.
Mr. Prokurica is married to Ana María de las Heras and they have two children.
Ricardo IrarrázabalMINING UNDERSECRETARY
Mr. Irarrázabal has a Law Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, a Diploma in Natural Resources Law from the same university (2003) and a Master's Degree in Law from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee in Scotland, where he was a Chevening Fellow (2005).
He has served as Deputy Dean of the Law School at Pontificia Universidad Católica and professor of environmental law and environmental enforcement and penalties and environmental damage liability on the Master's program of the same university. In addition, he has taught courses in contracts and damages and compliance in the Certificate Program in Natural Resources, Environment and Sustainable Development at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2010-2017).
Since 2007 he has been a senior associate in the Natural Resources Group with the law firm Philippi, Yrarrázaval, Pulido & Brunner. On an international level, he worked as a foreign legal consultant for the mining group of the Canadian company McMillan Binch Mendelsohn. In addition, he served as foreign lawyer in the Energy, Transportation and Infrastructure Group of the law firm Ashurst LLP in London, as well as in the Mercantile and Environmental groups of Uría & Menéndez in Madrid. His experience also includes serving as environmental partner with law firm Arteaga Gorziglia (2014-2017), executive director of the Environmental Assessment Service (2013-2014) and, during President Piñera's first administration, he served as Environment Undersecretary (2010-2013).
A member of the Unión Demócrata Independiente political party, he is married to Florencia Alamos and has eight children.