Mr. Daniel Earle reports
SOLARIS AND GOVERNMENT OF ECUADOR ANNOUNCE INVESTMENT PROTECTION AGREEMENT FOR WARINTZA PROJECT, SECURING STABILITY OF REGULATIONS AND TAX INCENTIVES TO ACCELERATE DEVELOPMENT
Solaris Resources Inc. has signed an agreement with the government of Ecuador in relation to an investment protection agreement (IPA) for its Warintza project in southeastern Ecuador.
The IPA provides a foundation of certainty with respect to the legal framework governing the project, including stable mining regulations, and security of title and investment for the term of the agreement, as well as significant new tax incentives to accelerate development.
Specific tax incentives include a 5-per-cent reduction of income tax, fixing the income tax rate applicable to the company at 20 per cent, and an exemption from the capital outflow tax, as well as the exemption of all import duties for the import of goods needed for new investments in the project. Specific protections relate to the prohibition of all forms of confiscation, non-discriminatory treatment and equal playing field, legal security, tax stability, and international arbitration if there are any disputes in relation to the project.
The signing ceremony for the IPA is expected to take place with the participation of the Warints and Yawi communities in the village of Warintza in July, 2022. The company recently amended its impact and benefit agreement with these communities, reaffirming community support for the responsible advancement of the project.
Lorena Konanz, vice-minister of export and investment promotion of the government of Ecuador, stated: "From day one, our administration has been focused on encouraging sustainable and transparent economic growth in Ecuador with incentives to facilitate major investments in the country. In the mining sector, our most important goal is to ensure that development is responsible, environmentally friendly and socially committed as at the Warintza project."
Vicente Tsakimp, co-ordinator of the Warintza project strategic alliance, stated: "We are excited to be part of the successful advancement of Warintza and show the industry that it is possible to develop a mining project in a responsible and inclusive way. The people of Warints and Yawi welcome President Lasso's approach, which promotes the development of remote communities as this has had a direct impact on our families' economy, living conditions and opportunities."
Daniel Earle, president and chief executive officer, commented: "President Lasso's administration continues to take consequential action to accelerate the development of the formal mining sector in Ecuador. Its positive approach of regulatory reform and meaningful tax relief focused on major new projects like Warintza, which embrace responsible approaches to community development and environmental protection, will pay great dividends to the people of Ecuador for generations to come. We are humbled to operate in service of its vision."
About Solaris Resources Inc.
Solaris is advancing a portfolio of copper assets in the Americas, focused on its Warintza project in Ecuador that features a broad cluster of outcropping copper porphyry deposits anchored by a large-scale, high-grade open-pit resource inventory at Warintza Central. Continuing efforts are focused on rapid resource growth and further discovery drilling. The company offers additional discovery potential at its portfolio projects: Capricho and Paco Orco in Peru, Ricardo through a joint venture with Freeport-McMoRan, and Tamarugo in Chile, and significant leverage to increasing copper prices through its 60-per-cent interest in La Verde joint venture with Teck Resources in Mexico.
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