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Chile’s copper production should pick up in the coming years after a recent slump, mining minister Marcela Hernando told Reuters, adding that dialogue with mining firms over planned tax and royalty changes was helping ease industry concerns.

The Andean country is the world’s top producer of copper, key to the global push towards vehicle electrification.

On April 17, the world’s top copper players will travel to Chile for the first in-person CRU World Copper Conference since the start of the pandemic to discuss demand, prices, supply and other industry topics.

IMF working closely with Suriname authorities, looks for progress in China talks

The International Monetary Fund is working closely with Suriname authorities to bring their financing program back, while looking for progress in government talks with China, a key creditor, an IMF official said at a press conference.

The IMF and Suriname engaged in a financing program for nearly $700-million in late 2021, but it stalled after the first review was approved more than a year ago.