Voluntary accord on increases in royalties revives anti-mining sentiment in Guatemala
Anti-mining sentiments flared up in Guatemala after the country's new president, retired general Otto Pérez Molina, signed a voluntary agreement to increase royalties paid by mining companies.
In the non-binding accord, the industry agreed to increase royalties from 1 to 5 percent for gold, from 1 to 4 percent for silver and from 1 to 3 percent for metals like nickel, lead and zinc.
The government of Guatemala estimates the increase in royalties will rise from $53 million a year up to $93 million, which the country's president says is a major achievement.
Source: The Guatemala Times