By Nathan Gill and Sebastian Boyd
Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) — Chile’s Senate approved a bill to provide $1 billion in financing for Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer.
The vote was 21-to-six with one abstention in the Senate, which acted after the lower house passed the bill earlier today, according to a statement on the Senate Web site. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet must sign the bill for it to become law.
The financing is part of a corporate governance law that aims to improve transparency and efficiency at the state-owned company. The new law would bring Codelco under the supervision of Chile’s securities regulator and removes ministers from its board, according to a copy of the law posted on the lower house of Congress’s Web site.
Codelco is investing $11 billion to revamp aging mines and boost output after strikes and other interruptions curbed production in 2008. The company owns almost a fifth of the world’s copper reserves.