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Remi Piet - Countering criminal stewardship and re-engaging with communities at a time of Covid-19

Updated: May 31, 2020

A key pillar to sustainable and transparent supply of minerals is the formalization of mining activities by ASM miners. Innovative initiatives encouraging informal miners to drift away from money laundering activities or subjugation to criminal enterprises and illegal trafficking have been implemented, in particular in Latin America.

Yet, taking advantage of the incapacity of governmental actors to answer the needs of populations under the current Covid-19 pandemics, criminal organizations have increased their influence among mining communities. They have steadily gained support and strength by offering masks and financial support. It is essential for mining companies to proactively step up their engagements with informal miners and neighboring populations.

This presentation will address above the ground risks facing mining companies and detail best practices that have been successfully implemented to formalize local mining communities and engage lasting collaboration with a bottom up approach. It will explain how Covid-19 offers opportunities to build relations of trust and acceptance and strengthen projects’ social license to operate.


Remi Piet is a Senior Director at Americas Market Intelligence (AMI) and co-leader of the firm’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Practice. Remi leads political and other risk analysis activities for the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors in Latin America. Be it a snapshot country and counterparty risk analysis ahead of an asset purchase or the on-going monitoring of on-the-ground risks for miners and energy players, Remi leads the design and execution of bespoke engagements for our clients.

Remi has worked on projects in more than 60 countries across Latin America, Asia and Europe and taught at several universities including the University of Miami, HEC (Paris) and Qatar University.

Remi is fluent in Spanish, English and French. He received a PhD in Political Economy from the University of Miami, a MBA from Laval University (Canada) and a Masters in Economics for Developing and Transitioning countries from Universite Paris La Sorbonne.

Senior Director

Infrastructure, Energy & Natural Resources

Americas Market Intelligence

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Coral Gables, FL 33134

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