Resolution No 2 by which some minerals are determined as a strategic for the country

Last updated: 27 October 2022

In 2021, exercising the power granted by Decree 10.657, the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy through the Interministerial Committee for the Analysis of Strategic Minerals Projects [CTAPME] enacted Resolution No 2 to declare certain minerals as in the strategic interest of the country. Particularly, the resolution declares the following minerals as strategic:
i.     Minerals that have a high percentage of imports and which are needed to supply vital sectors of the economy:

  • Sulfur
  • Phosphate 
  • Potassium 
  • Molybdenum

ii.    Minerals that are important for their application in high-tech products and processes:

  • Cobalt 
  • Copper 
  • Tin
  • Graphite 
  • Platinum group minerals;
  • Lithium
  • Niobium 
  • Nickel
  • Silicon
  • Thallium 
  • Tantalum
  •  Rare earth minerals;
  • Titanium 
  • Tungsten 
  •  Uranium 
  • Vanadium 

iii.     Minerals with comparative advantages and essential for the economy since they generate a surplus in the country's trade balance:

  • Aluminium 
  • Copper 
  • Iron 
  • Graphite 
  • Gold 
  • Manganese 
  • Niobium 
  • Uranium 

The declaration of these minerals as strategic indicates that may be the target of policy actions to encourage licensing and investment in minerals projects under the National Pro- Strategic Minerals Policy articulated under Decree 10.657.

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