The boom experienced by the construction sector has led to the extraction of materials such as crushed stone, sand and other things for the manufacture of blocks, pavements, cement and other products required by public and private works.
In 2011, non-metallic mining grew by 25 percent, according to data from the Chamber of Mines of Nicaragua (Camenic). "The prospects are actually very good because infrastructure development has awakened," said Denis Lanzas, vice president of Camenic to Laprensa.com.ni.
In the extraction of sand and crushed stone production increased by 20% and 50%, which means investments of $36 million according Camenic. By 2012, the Chamber expects growth in this sector of between 32 and 35 percent.
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The sector closed the first half of the year with a 20.5% increase in exports, compared to the same period of 2011.
Vice President of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Mines (Caminic), Dennis Spears, said that the boom being experienced by the sector will allow the opening, in the short term, of a new gold producing plant, "we are taking steps, we have areas where we will install and we have reflected that have a good site where it is worth putting a plant ... ".
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State institutions responsible for granting operating licenses to mining, forestry, clean energy generation and hydrocarbon projects, have a deadline of two weeks to complete the collection of all permits, licenses and concessions granted in the past two governments and present a report to President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who will decide whether or not to revoke the licenses that have not been executed in order to reallocate the revoked contracts to new investors.
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According to Denis Lanzas Cisneros, vice president of the Chamber of Mines of Nicaragua, one of the main reasons behind the growth of the sector in recent years is the regulatory framework which established the Mining Act, which "...