14 de mayo de 2020

CONTROVERSIAS : Ante el vaso rebosante....Urge que el SAT responda al reclamo de First Majestic Silver.....y que no llegue esa gota que falta.....


First Majestic inicia proceso de arbitraje del TLCAN contra México por violación del derecho internacional First Majestic Silver Corp. anunció hoy que la autoridad tributaria mexicana, el Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT), ha exhibido por sus diversas acciones un total desapego por las disposiciones aplicables de tres tratados separados de doble imposición que ha celebrado con Canadá, Barbados y Luxemburgo, que son relevantes para First Majestic y sus subsidiarias. 
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La minera First Majestic Silver inicia un proceso de arbitraje contra México 
La compañía canadiense dijo que había tratado de resolver sus diferencias a través de organismos locales pero que algunos de esos procedimientos aún no se habían resuelto.
La minera canadiense First Majestic Silver Corp notificó al gobierno mexicano que iniciará un proceso de arbitraje, bajo las disposiciones del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN), para resolver una disputa sobre temas impositivos en México.
El aviso inicia un proceso de 90 días para que México entable negociaciones con la compañía, dijo First Majestic, después de sus intentos fallidos de resolver el asunto a través de organismos locales.
La firma, con sede en Vancouver, alega que la autoridad tributaria mexicana "exhibió un total desprecio por las disposiciones aplicables de tres tratados separados de doble imposición" que son relevantes para la compañía y sus subsidiarias mexicanas, incluida Primero Mining, adquirida hace dos años.
First Majestic, propietaria de varias minas en México, dijo en su último informe anual que su negocio dependía de sus operaciones en México.
La compañía agregó que había tratado de resolver sus diferencias a través de organismos locales y que algunos de esos procedimientos aún no se habían resuelto. Debido a la crisis del coronavirus, los otros tribunales mexicanos están cerrados y no están disponibles para las audiencias.
El Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT), no respondió de inmediato a una solicitud de comentarios.
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Texto original del comunicado dirigido a los principales  integrantes de la comunidad mundial minera
First Majestic Initiates NAFTA Arbitration Process Against Mexico for Violating International Law 
FIRST MAJESTIC SILVER CORP. (the "Company" or “First Majestic”) announced today that the Mexican tax authority, the Servicio de Administracion Tributaria (“SAT”), has by its various actions exhibited a total disregard for the applicable provisions of three separate double taxation treaties that it has entered into with Canada, Barbados and Luxembourg, which are relevant to First Majestic and its subsidiaries. 

SAT has repeatedly and unilaterally chosen to reject requests for dispute resolution procedures, known as mutual agreement procedures (“MAPs”), contained within those three treaties designed for addressing differences in interpretation and application of those treaties. According to the Company’s advisors, such action is unprecedented not only for Mexico but internationally. 
In addition, notwithstanding Mexican law and the 2012 Advance Pricing Agreement negotiated and finalized between the SAT and Primero Empresa Minera, S.A. de C.V. (“Primero”), its Mexican subsidiary, confirming Primero’s basis for paying taxes on the price Primero realized for silver sales between 2010 and 2014, the SAT has unlawfully opted to ignore the legal existence of this Advance Pricing Agreement. 
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While the Company has made several attempts to seek to resolve its differences with the SAT using both local administrative and legal procedures and those contained within the treaties for avoidance of double taxation, and as well through diplomatic discussions, all such efforts have been met with actions of SAT intended to intimidate the Company, its subsidiaries and its employees, including notifications to Primero to secure amounts it claims are owed pursuant to its reassessments issued in violation of the terms of the Advance Pricing Agreement. 
           
These notifications impose restrictions on Primero’s ability to deal with its fixed assets until this matter is resolved. The Company has challenged SAT’s intimidation tactics through all Mexican domestic means available to it, including a constitutional challenge (called an “amparo”) before a District Court, and a complaint before Mexico’s Federal Taxpayer Defense Attorney's Office (known as “PRODECON”), which proceedings have yet to be resolved and, due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the other remaining Mexican courts are currently unavailable for further hearings on these matters. 

The Company believes that, in addition to being contrary to various provisions of the Federal Constitution of the United Mexican States and Mexican domestic law, and Mexican court decisions, SAT’s actions contravene international law principles. In the Company’s view, these actions are neither fair nor equitable, are discriminatory against the Company as a foreign investor and amount to a denial of justice under international law. 
   
The Company is extremely disappointed that the unwarranted actions and threats of SAT, have continued at a time when the Company is focussed on protecting and preserving the employment and livelihood in Mexico of thousands of employees during the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic crisis. The Company’s immediate concern during the COVID-19 pandemic has been focussed on ensuring the health, safety and welfare of its employees and their families. 
Under these circumstances, and in order to formally require the Government of Mexico to address the unlawful and unwarranted conduct of SAT for which it is responsible under international law, the Company has taken steps to serve the Government of Mexico with a Notice of Intent to Submit a Claim (“Notice”) under the provisions of Chapter 11 of North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). 
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The service of this Notice by the Company on the Government of Mexico initiates a 90-day process for the Government of Mexico to enter into good faith and amicable negotiations with the Company to resolve the current dispute between the Company and the Government of Mexico. The Company has deep roots in the social fabric of Mexico and values its relationships in Mexico with its various business partners and with various levels of government in Mexico. It has been recognized as a “Socially Responsible Company” by the Centro Mexicano para la Filantropria (CEMEFI) for twelve consecutive years starting in 2008 until the present. Furthermore, it has a track record of making substantial capital investments and social programs in Mexico and has plans to continue to make such further investments. 

The Company has invested in excess of $2.0 billion in Mexico since 2003 and has approximately 4,700 direct employees and supplies approximately 20,000 indirect jobs spread among eight states within Mexico. The Company has regretfully had to take this step of providing a Notice of Intent to Submit a Claim to Mexico so as to prevent further harm to the Company, its investments in Mexico, and to protect the health and welfare of its workforce.
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 First Majestic entrega 900 kits de salud en Durango 
Con la finalidad de apoyar a la comunidad en las medidas salubres frente a la pandemia de Covid-19, en fechas recientes, la Mina San Dimas, de First Majestic, entregó 900 kit de salud para las personas vulnerables de Tayoltita y sus alrededores, dicha entrega fue ejecutada al presidente y Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) municipales, por parte del la gerencia general, Hospital y personal de CSR. 

Los kits de salud referidos incluyen: 1 Bote De Gel Antibacterial De 500 Ml. 1 Bote De Jabón Liquido Para Manos De 500 Ml 1 Bote De Bolsillo De Gel Antibacterial De 60 Mi. 3 Cubrebocas.


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