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June 2015

Message from the Director - farewell from IM4DC

The International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC) finishes its activities on 30 June at the end of its grant agreement, after three years and eight months of intense activity. The Alumni Network continues under The University of Western Australia and The University of Queensland auspices, supported by the Australian Government.

IM4DC is proud to have engaged with 2726 participants from 789 institutions in 61 countries over 102 short courses and workshops, collaborative research and institutional capacity-building projects, and fellowships. More than 1600 Alumni are registered with the unique M4DLink on-line community of practice. Over 300 delivery partners have worked with IM4DC globally, including universities, government bodies, NGOs, and mining and services companies and industry bodies. 

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Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC.

From the team at IM4DC – we thank you!

All of us at the IM4DC secretariat extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of IM4DC’s partners for their support along our journey over the past three years and eight months.

During this time, IM4DC and its partners have developed a unique platform to support developing nations to realise social and economic development from minerals and energy. 

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Photo: The IM4DC secretariat team: (Back row - left to right) Hussain Aba Musa, Program Analyst; Rowena Bowes, Finance Manager; Maria Adams, Data Entry Officer; Eilin Mangan, Executive Assistant; Richard Slattery, Deputy Director; Lena Pritchard, Project Officer; Robin Evans, Deputy Director; Helen Langley, Program Manager; Muza Gondwe, Alumni Coordinator (Front row - left to right) Julie Plane, Finance Officer; Ian Satchwell, Director; Ieuan Linck, Project Officer; Bethany Cary, Program Officer. (Absent) Liam Foran, Program Manager; Sandra Dyer, Communications and Marketing Coordinator.

Alumni Forum and Conference report now available

The Highlights report from the Mining for Development Alumni Forum and Conference held in April 2015 is now available on the IM4DC website. The report summarises discussions under the conference theme of Shared goals – realising benefits over inter-connecting events: the Alumni Forum; Alumni networking dinner; Empowered Women in Mining Breakfast; and the Conference.
 
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Photo: IM4DC Mongolian Alumni with SMI's Isabel Cane at the Mining for Development Alumni Forum and Conference 2015.

Delivery partners critical to capacity-building 

IM4DC has depended on a large number of partners from across the mining governance spectrum to deliver all of its capacity-building activities. Organisations and individuals from business, government, NGOs and universities have enthusiastically provided expertise at short courses and workshops, opened their operations to study tours, collaborated in research, developed institutional linkages and hosted IM4DC fellows.

Analysis of IM4DC interactions with delivery partners over the life of program illustrates how extensive this engagement has been.

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IM4DC mine waste landform management and closure workshop in the Philippines

During June, IM4DC hosted an eight-day short course in the Philippines for 36 Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB) staff, focused on the design and monitoring of tailings facilities, followed by a two-day workshop on numerical modelling of tailings facilities, for a smaller audience of 18 MGB staff and five academics from the University of the Philippines.

The purpose of the short course was to provide MGB staff with a comprehensive overview of the requirements for managing tailings storage facilities (TSF) risk over the mine life cycle. The course covered organisational processes involved in undertaking a TSF design, managing the construction and operation of TSFs, and both physical and environmental risks pertaining to closure and decommissioning. 

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Photo: Mine waste landform management and closure workshop participants on-site in the Philippines. 

Mineral resource estimation workshop in Mongolia

More than 50 professionals active in the Mongolian resources sector gathered in Ulaanbaatar on 4 and 5 June to participate in a workshop on the Mongolian Reporting Code (MRC) - Estimation and Good Practice.

The workshop was organised by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) in partnership with the Mongolian Professional Institute for Geosciences and Mining (MPIGM), and funded by the Australian Government through IM4DC.
 
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Photo: Mineral resource estimation workshop attendees in Mongolia. 

Q and A with an IM4DC Fellow – Dr Sizwe Phakathi of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa

In recent months, several IM4DC Fellows have undertaken extended activities in Australia to conduct research and build knowledge in key aspects of mining for development.

One such Fellow is Dr Sizwe Phakathi, Deputy Head: Safety and Sustainable Development with the Chamber of Mines of South Africa. Sizwe travelled to Perth, Western Australia to undertake a Fellowship with the Centre for Safety at The University of Western Australia to conduct research on safety leadership and culture. 

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Photo: Dr Sizwe Phakathi, Deputy Head: Safety and Sustainable Development, Chamber of Mines South Africa presenting at the Alumni Forum 2015.

IM4DC Alumni Days in Indonesia and Mongolia

In May and June, IM4DC hosted alumni days in both Indonesia and Mongolia for alumni from Australian-funded mining governance training and capacity building programs, including IM4DC.

The one-day forums provided alumni the opportunity to provide feedback on the impact of mining for development activities, and identify potential new research and education collaborations, strengthen existing partnerships and provide recommendations on future mining for development capacity-building priorities and delivery modes.

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Photo: Indonesian Alumni Day. 




Photo: IM4DC Mongolian Alumni at the Alumni Day. 

APEC Symposium discusses how to build strong mining services sectors

Participants from nine APEC economies attended an IM4DC-supported APEC Symposium ‘Good Policy and Regulatory Practices for Facilitating Trade and Investment in Mining and Energy Services’ at The University of Western Australia in June.

The 30 delegates discussed the symbiotic linkages between mining and energy, and the services sector. Services enhance the economic benefits from mining and energy, provide another pathway to ‘value adding’ and contribute to mining and energy competitiveness. The symposium was organised and hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

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Photo: APEC representatives at the Symposium at The University of Western Australia.

Zambia mining industry tax regimes stakeholder dialogue

Zambia Mining for Development Alumni (ZAM4D), with support from IM4DC will hold a one-day stakeholder dialogue on 30 June in Kitwe, Zambia.

In 2015, Zambia proposed a new mining tax which investors perceived as being unfriendly. The new government has since repealed this mining tax, however there are still mixed feelings especially from investors claiming that it may generate sustainability challenges to the mining sector given the high cost of production. The government on the other hand claims that a single tier mineral royalty tax is straightforward and easier to administer unlike the corporate income tax which has risks associated with tax avoidance. In the midst of this debate, civil society organisations are advocating for transparency of mineral revenue receipts and government expenditures. 

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Upcoming events

This section highlights events presented by IM4DC and other organisations that may be of interest to mining for development practitioners.

Africa Down Under 2015

What – The positive, changing face of the African continent is continuing to attract the lion’s share of global exploration dollars as prospectors zoom in on its untold mineral riches. Over the ten years that Australia’s Paydirt has been hosting the Africa Down Under Conference, there has been a surge in the growth rates of nearly all African countries, largely driven by the unparalleled demand for commodities from China. The action across the continent is taking place hard and fast there could not be a better time to explore the options and hear the stories from the people who are unlocking the wealth of the formerly ‘Dark Continent’. The lights have come on in Africa, and you cannot afford to miss Africa Down Under.

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