Chile has been very successful in turning its natural resource endowments into a generator
of growth and modernisation. However, its mining regions, including Antofagasta, face
the challenge of developing a critically important primary sector in a manner that
contributes to both economic growth and broader measures of well-being. Antofagasta's
long term sustainability goals include a more diversified economic base, supported
by a city that is lived in for its high quality of life and the opportunities it offers.
To achive this, it will need to make the most of its natural endowments, improve the
city's physical attractiveness and ensure better urban policy outcomes. It will also
require regional and local actors to act in a strategic and innovative manner. This
study focuses on economic diversification, urbanism and governance in the city of
Antofagasta. Consideration is given to: economic and socio-economic trends such as
those associated with labour markets and skills, as well as quality of life factors;
opportunities for specialisation, diversification and innovation within and beyond
the mining cluster, including throught its port network; urban policy challenges especially
in land use, waste management, environment and public transport; and to the role of
public governance in helping the city realise its economic and quality of life objectives.