The country of Guatemala has long been a popular destination for mining and mining-related activities.
But as a mining town, Guatemala City is often the last place you’d expect to find a mining industry.
But there is one industry in town.
And it’s one of the world’s largest.
In fact, it’s bigger than the entire world’s entire mining industry—and it’s making money.
So why is Guatemala a mining city?
According to the Guatemala Mining Industry Council, the country’s mining industry has generated $2.7 billion in revenue for the country since 2008, and has also employed some 30,000 people.
The Council’s president, Roberto González, told the New Scientist that “it is a fact of life” that the country produces a huge amount of minerals.
“But it is a reality that there is no mining industry there, and that is because there is not a proper regulatory framework,” he added.
Guatemala’s mining sector is a major source of foreign exchange and trade for the US, which buys and sells a lot of gold, silver, copper, and other commodities for the Guatemalan government.
And the country also gets much of its copper and silver from its mines, which are run by a small number of mining companies that also own other businesses.
And as the economy has boomed, the number of small companies has skyrocketed, with more than 1,000 mining companies now operating in Guatemala.
According a 2015 report by the National Bureau of Statistics, Guatemala’s mining boom has been fueled by an explosion in foreign investment, with mining companies spending nearly $40 billion on mining equipment in the country, more than half of which came from the US.
While Guatemala has become a destination for American and foreign tourists, it has also become a dumping ground for the poor.
The country has a long history of human rights abuses, including the infamous Guam Genocide, where more than 5 million indigenous Guatemalans were killed in the mid-19th century, mostly by the US-backed Spanish military in the West.
The US military also used the genocide as a pretext to invade the country in 1894.
González said that the Guatemala Government is now trying to get the US to pay compensation for the deaths of the indigenous people, but that “there are limits on how far that can go”.
But not everyone agrees that there’s a need for an independent mining industry here.
Lauren St. James, a professor at the University of New Mexico who has been studying Guatemala’s mineral wealth for years, told New Scientist, “The problem with Guatemala is that it’s not the perfect country.
It’s still a developing country.
There are some challenges that I think need to be addressed to keep it competitive.”
In the meantime, Gosnell is determined to get Guatemala’s entire mineral wealth to the market, and to make the mining industry pay.
He wants the government to make the country a “sustainable resource, sustainable economic activity”, and to ensure that “the country’s mines are operating safely and efficiently, that there are no serious safety issues, and no violations of the law”.
“There’s no need to bring this on to our country,” he said.
“This is not about the US; this is about Guatemala.
We’re not going to give up.”