IMnI’s Regulatory Affairs Committee, operating since 2011, held its first regional meeting in Mexico City on July 14 with a focus on regulatory issues affecting countries in North and South America.
With a mandate from the Supervisory Board to continue to raise regulatory awareness and members’ support, this all-day meeting was hosted by IMnI’s Vice-Chairman Esteban Rivero of Autlan. The 18 participants heard presentations on regulatory developments in the USA, Canada, Mexico and on international maritime shipping issues, as well as a review of global changes that may impact the region. The meeting was followed by a group visit to Autlan’s Tamós ferroalloy plant.
John Bell of S. H. Bell Co. commented, “The regional focus of this regulatory session was the main reason for my team's attendance. The manganese industry, including essential service providers like S. H. Bell, is currently facing severe challenges in the United States. Our response to these challenges will be all that more effective if we act collectively”, and Robert Powell of Georgian American Alloys, USA noted, "This meeting was extremely instructive and demonstrated the growing importance of regulatory issues to IMnI members, especially new ones like GAA".
The next Regulatory Committee meeting will focus on the Asia/ASEAN region and will be held later this year. For more information please contact Keven Harlow