By Oscar Martinez

The organizers of the Expomin trade show, FISA, announced on July 31 that the event, originally scheduled from November 9-13 has been postponed to April 19-23, 2021.

Expomin is billed as the largest mining trade show in Latin America. In its place, they plan to hold a virtual trade show that incorporates the technical program or the International Congress.

FISA said it was forced to adopt these measures because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The trade show’s manager, Francisco Sotomayor, said, “During November, we will have a virtual version of the mining event, in addition to the International Congress that will be held via streaming so that we are connected until we meet again in April 2021.” He also highlighted that they already working with the developers to prepare a program that is focused on the contingent issues that the industry has faced in the wake of the pandemic.

“The decision taken by the Expomin organization is the most appropriate, considering the health situation the country is experiencing,” Chilean Minister of Mining Baldo Prokurica said. “Postponing the event until April will contribute to the revival of the economy and will encourage job creation, which have been affected by the pandemic.”

Sotomayor said the digital platform for Expomin 2020 will allow attendees to visit each of the exhibitor stands and navigate through a virtual marketplace where they can interact, network, coordinate and hold meetings in private virtual rooms. Visitors will also have access to various live streams.