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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.
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.
Abogado de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, tiene más de diez años de experiencia en los sectores público y privado, con amplios conocimientos en derecho público, seguimiento de proyectos, derecho ambiental y pueblos indígenas.
A lo largo de su carrera, ha trabajado como jefe de la División de Desarrollo de Proyectos del Ministerio de Energía; jefe de proyectos en la consultora ambiental Anagea, asesor en la División Jurídica la Dirección Ejecutiva del Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental (SEA), entre otros.