The way it works in Peru is you have a cabinet level Minister of Energy and Mining, then under that post a Vice Minister of Energy and a Vice Minister of Mining. As the current Minister, Gonzalo Tamayo, is very much from the Energy side of the sector the Vice Minister of Mining is the de facto number one government guy for the mining industry.
Through the Ollanta Humala administration and into the first six months of the current PPK government the Vice Minister of Mining has been Guillermo Shinno, but as from this afternoon that’s all changed. Shinno has been replaced by Ricardo Labó, who has a long history in the Peru mining world and comes from Rio Tinto where he was high up in the La Granja project. And if you want to know how Labó sees the world of mining, you can check out his 2016 columns published in Peru bizmedia site Semana Economica.