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September 2014

Message from the Director - Creating shared value through collaboration

The IM4DC Alumni Forum in July and mining conferences in August and September have demonstrated how Australia and its partner countries in energy, minerals and development are collaborating to help create ‘shared value’. 

Shared value is a concept introduced by Professor Michael E. Porter and Mark Kramer of Harvard University in 2011. It involves creating economic value in a way that also creates value for society by addressing its needs, aspirations and challenges. Creating shared value requires business, government and community to engage closely with each other and for each to contribute.  

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Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC.

Safe and effective blasting program

IM4DC will run a program in October on ‘safe and effective blasting’ to provide understanding of the approaches implemented in Australia to manage blasting operations in the mining and quarrying sector. This program aims to allow participants:
  • To develop an enhanced knowledge of modern blasting technology
  • To increase understanding of regulatory frameworks in Australia regarding the management of explosives and blasting operations
  • To increase understanding of training and certification systems for blasting professionals. 
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Emerging leaders in African mining program

IM4DC and the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) are proud to present the second Emerging Leaders in African Mining (ELAM) program.

Aimed at young professionals working in government, university, civil society, community organisations and the private sector in Africa who deal with mining and development issues and have been identified as emerging leaders in their areas of expertise, the program will run from 2 to 13 February 2015. 

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Photo: Participants at the 2013 Emerging Leaders program. 

Workshop on improving mining tax collection and administration frameworks in Africa

IM4DC, in cooperation with the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) and the World Bank will present a third five-day workshop on Improving Mining Tax Collection and Administration Frameworks in Africa, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November 2014.

The workshop is based on findings of a World Bank study conducted in 2012 and 2013, which reviewed mining taxation administration and collection frameworks in a number of West African countries, complimented with key-elements from good practices in mineral tax collection procedures and processes in other developed countries, especially from Australia. 

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Photo: Mining tax collection and administration frameworks participants from the Johannesburg workshop.

Mine closure course - Peru

IM4DC and Peru’s Universidad de Ingenieria and Tecnologia (UTEC) conducted a course on life of mine cycle and sustainable mine closure in September 2014 in Lima, Peru.

Led by Dr Thomas Baumgartl and Dr Mansour Edraki from the SMI Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (CMLR) at The University of Queensland. 
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Workshop for improving regulatory approaches to mine closure and rehabilitation in Mongolia

In September 2014, IM4DC co-hosted a workshop in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia focused on Improving regulatory approaches to mine closure and rehabilitation with the General Agency for Specialised Inspection (GASI) and BGR (German Mineral Resources Agency).

The workshop was aimed at supporting the Mongolian government in its efforts to establish national unified mine rehabilitation and closure regulations through collective approaches with industry, academic and non-governmental professional organisations. 

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Photo: Participants in the improving regulatory approaches to mine closure and rehabilitation workshop in Mongolia. 

Mining and Agriculture Symposium: From Resource Curse to Development Driver

The Australian Government is convening the Mining and Agriculture Symposium: From Resource Curse to Development Driver to take place in Kampala, Uganda from 8 to 10 October 2014. The Symposium will address the question: How can we maximise the development benefits of mining and agriculture in Africa?

Agriculture and mining are both critical to the growth of economies in sub-Saharan Africa. The Australian Government’s aid program has funded activities to share Australia’s experiences in mining and agriculture with African nations and support African government’s efforts to harness these sectors for development. 

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Occupational health and safety leadership short course

During November and December 2014, IM4DC will deliver its third short course on occupational health and safety leadership, which will bring together up to 20 representatives from governments, civil society organisations and academic institutions from developing countries.

To be held in Perth, Western Australia, the program is designed for mid-level to senior personnel in government, civil society organisations and universities engaged in occupational health safety management in the resource sector. 

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Photo: Participants from a previous occupational health and safety leadership course in 2013 - also held in Perth. 

IM4DC Ebola Virus Disease risk management policy and guideline

A policy and guideline has been prepared to advise IM4DC delivery centres their staff, IM4DC activity participants and personnel from associated organisations about how to manage risks around Ebola Virus disease during the current West African public health emergency. 

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Recent IM4DC publications

IM4DC has published a range of new publications, as follows:

50 pieces of advice to an official who is engaged in the negotiation of mining contracts: a handbook produced in collaboration with the Governments of Cameroon and Liberia, and The University of Western Australia Faculty of Law. 

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IM4DC review finds program is of high quality and value

A review of the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC), commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has found that IM4DC is delivering a program of high quality and value for money. 

The review assessed that IM4DC is highly relevant to the Government’s Economic Diplomacy Agenda.
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Upcoming events

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

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) 10th Annual General Meeting

What: This meeting will gather representatives from government, the mining sector and civil society to discuss issues surrounding social benefits and engagement, covering topics such as local revenue management, local economic development, community engagement, and human rights and mining.

International Mining for Development Centre
WA Trustees Building, Level 2, 133 St Georges Terrace
Perth, Western Australia
Australia 6000
Tel: +61 8 9263 9811

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