Mr Carlos Andres CANTE PUENTES
Carlos Andrés Cante Puentes is currently the Deputy Minister of Mines. His focus is on working to strengthen the mining sector, with an emphasis on consolidating projects that will strengthen the regions and continue to strengthen economic development as well as post-conflict programmes.
He was born in Neiva, studied economics at the Universidad Católica and specialised in finance by the Universidad del Rosario with a Masters on Government and Public Affairs by the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), México. He has also studied Artisanal Gold Mining at the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, Corporate Governance at the Universidad de los Andes, and National Defence at the Escuela Superior de Guerra of the Colombian Ministry of Defence. Cante Puentes has specialised on areas concerning mining and energy as well as community development, and he has broad experience on public policies on mining revenues. He has also broad experience on the development of artisanal and small scale mining projects and programmes.
As Deputy Minister of Mines, he has strengthened national dialogue at the local level to contribute to the development of mining projects and initiatives. He will continue to implement the Mining Training programmes so that small-scale miners can receive the support they need to improve their standards and experience. He will also strengthen the position of the sector so all Colombians understand the benefits that proper mining can bring to the national development and for the consolidation of peace.
Deputy Minister Cante’s professional trajectory has focused primarily on the public sector, both at the national and regional levels. At the regional level, he worked as Secretary of Finance of the Huila Region. He was also Director of Mines and Director of Mining Formalization at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Advisor for Economic Affairs to the Minister of Mines and Energy and, more recently, Deputy Director for Regions at the Adaptation Fund of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. Academically he has participated as associate researcher at the Norman B Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, on subjects concerning mining training and the coexistence between small and large-scale mining.