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March 2014

Message from the Director - Mining revenue in focus

Earning appropriate revenue from mining is a focus of all resource-rich countries. Western Australian Premier, Colin Barnett, highlighted Australia’s approach to royalties and mining-related taxation during his recent visit to Southern Africa. 

“The Australian Government then collects a tax on company profits on the same basis as any other business. This system is transparent and makes a clear distinction between a sale price and a tax”, the Premier said.

“Even if revenues are collected by a single level of government, I strongly recommend a clear distinction between a price and a tax.”

IM4DC is very active in capacity-building on revenue design and administration, with its partner institutions.  

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Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC.

IM4DC Masterclass on Resource Governance

IM4DC will present a four-week masterclass on Resource Governance between 30 June and 26 July 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.

The program will host up to 20 representatives from governments, think tanks and academic institutions from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Mid-level to senior personnel in government, civil society organisations and universities engaged in various aspects of the governance and analysis of resource sectors in their countries and regions are encouraged to apply.

The masterclass will provide an understanding of the principles and concepts of governance in the resources sector. It will address principles of policy and regulatory frameworks in key areas across the life cycle of mining operations from exploration through to closure, and also the role of various stakeholders groups in governance arrangements in local, national and international contexts. The program will allow participants to share experiences with their peers and a range of expert presenters.

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Photo: (left to right) Professor David Brereton, Deputy Director, Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) presents a certificate to Professor Herman Mendoza from The University of the Philippines after completing the 2013 Resource Governance Masterclass.

Mineral Policy and Economics Short Course

Mineral policy and economics are the focus of an IM4DC short course held between 23 June and 18 July 2014 in Perth, Australia.

The four-week program will provide an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of minerals policy that informs regulatory frameworks and economics in the resource sector.

Mid-level to senior personnel from developing country governments, civil society organisations and universities engaged in resource sector policy analysis and implementation are encouraged to apply.
Participants will attend lectures, conduct interactive exercises and participate in open forum discussions.

Lectures will be held at The University of Western Australia (UWA). A study tour to the regional mining centre of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia will take place during the third week. Participants will visit mine sites and local government authorities. In the final week of the program, participants will attend an IM4DC Alumni Forum in Brisbane. 


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IM4DC hosts Malawian delegation

In April 2014, IM4DC will host a Malawian mining delegation visit to Australia. Representatives consisting of senior officers from the Ministry of Finance, Mines and the Malawi Revenue Authority will participate in the tour to Perth, Western Australia. 

The Malawian Government will be implementing the Mining for Growth and Governance Support Project with assistance from the World Bank. Under this project, the Ministry of Finance, through the Revenue Policy Division, in conjunction with the Malawi Revenue Authority and the Department of Mines is implementing the ‘Generating and Managing Mineral Revenue’ component of the project. 


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In The Zone 2014

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is pleased to announce it will host a CEO-level Business Forum at The University Club of Western Australia on Thursday 1 May 2014.

The Business Forum will present a broad snapshot of Asia’s economic progress and insights into the region’s demographic and social future, patterns of influence and power trends.

Panel sessions will address a number of contemporary themes including food and energy security, the importance of open and secure trading routes for major commodities, and how to overcome barriers and increase capital flows in the zone.

Join the line-up of compelling speakers, including the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Hon Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia, in a wide-ranging dialogue with some of Asia and Australia’s most influential thinkers and leaders. 


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Photo: In The Zone 2014: A New Narrative of Prosperity and Power. 
 

Canadian Institute appoints new Executive Director

Mr Daniel Dumas has been appointed as Executive Director of the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID). IM4DC congratulates both Daniel Dumas and CIIEID on the appointment.

Daniel Dumas brings 25 years of experience in the energy and extractive sectors to the Institute. He has held senior positions with major international organisations and has worked extensively with governments in dozens of countries, implementing projects and building capacity for the sustainable development of their extractive sector. Currently in the IMF working on mining policy and governance, he worked previously in the Commonwealth Secretariat and prior to that for resources-focused engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.
 
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Photo: The Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID) - An independent, international institute to improve governance of extractive sectors in developing countries. 

New Institute of Development Studies Research Centre will explore role of business and development

Leading development experts, senior members of the business community and international NGO’s gathered in London on 11 March 2014 at the launch of the new Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Business and Development Centre, to discuss ways in which more systematic approaches for collaboration could be handled.

IDS partnered with Business Fights Poverty for the launch, a worldwide network of experts and practitioners from business, government agencies and civil society organisations.

At the launch, business leaders, international charities and development agencies were urged to explore more effective ways to work together to fight global poverty. New analysis from IDS suggests that existing approaches are small-scale, and there is little understanding around what is effective and what will have a genuine and positive impact on the world’s poorest communities.


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Mining for Development Conference 2014

In consultation with the Government of Australia, the 2014 Mining for Development Conference has been deferred until further notice.

The IM4DC Alumni Forum, to be held in conjunction with the conference, will proceed in a revised format with attendees participating in a wider program including the AusIMM Life of Mine Conference in Brisbane, Australia.




Photo: Professor Paul Collier CBE, Director, Centre of the Study of African Economies speaking at the 2013 Mining for Development Conference.


 


Photo: Ms Ume Wainetti, Program Coordinator, Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee of Papua New Guinea addresses the audience at the 2013 Mining for Development Conference. 

UWA launches safety centre

The University of Western Australia (UWA) has launched its new Centre for Safety   (http://www.centreforsafety.com.au/). The Centre aims to embed safety innovation across the sector and generate knowledge in the field of safety, enhance the exchange of information, expertise, and experience across a variety of disciplines, with collaborating researchers, industry and government.

The Centre for Safety brings together researchers with a breadth of knowledge to provide a multidisciplinary approach to research, education and policy development to address major safety problems. They coordinate work on safety leadership, dynamic safety capability, automation and remote monitoring, resilience and process engineering, fatigue management, mental health and employee well-being, environmental management, sustainable practice and social impact. 


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Photo: (left to right) Winthrop Professor Mark Griffin, Director, UWA Centre for Safety and Allan Jackson, General Manager, Health, Safety and Environment, Iron Ore, Rio Tinto - One of the three foundation partners of the Centre. 

EITI produces more guidance notes

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) International Secretariat has produced more guidance notes for implementing countries.

Guidance notes provide advice to implementing countries on how to address specific EITI requirements and other aspects of the EITI Standard.

They include:
  • How to become an EITI Candidate country
  • How to produce a results oriented work plan
  • Scoping and feasibility studies
  • License registers and license allocations
  • Producing an annual activity report in line with the 2013 Standard
  • Contract Transparency
  • Multi-stakeholder Group oversight of the EITI reporting cycle.
More information is available at: http://eiti.org/

Upcoming events

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

Community Rights and Expectations in Natural Resource Development

What: This course is designed to examine the question of how community rights and expectations are expressed in each of these relationships, and to achieve these objectives:

• To gain a current understanding of evolving law and policy in this very rapidly changing field
• To examine how different legal instruments can provide a framework for bargaining among different interests separated by enormous differences in culture, language, and understanding
• To understand better the importance of rule of law for capturing the benefits of development, especially in the poorest countries and regions
• To examine the forces that lead to social conflict associated with natural resource development, and the challenge of achieving positive outcomes
• To learn to represent clients more effectively in situations where the rules are unclear, requirements as exist are rapidly changing, and the participants have very divergent language, culture, and priorities
• To develop a clear understanding of how to negotiate, draft end implement Community Development Agreements or similar instruments

When: 16 to 18 April 2014

Where: Dundee
 
How: Registration information available from Hugh Gunn or Joanne Rendall, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, T: +44 (0) 1382 385871 or +44 (0) 1382 388381

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WA Trustees Building, Level 2, 133 St Georges Terrace
Perth, Western Australia
Australia 6000
Tel: +61 8 9263 9811
Email: admin@im4dc.org

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