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February 2014

Message from the Director - Delivering Aid for Trade and supporting Economic Diplomacy

In January’s edition of the IM4DC E-News, I highlighted how mining for development and the capacity-building work of the International Mining for Development Centre are prime examples of implementation of the Australian Government’s Economic Diplomacy agenda for international engagement and Aid for Trade approach to development assistance.

Economic diplomacy is now at the heart of Australia’s international engagement, drawing together foreign affairs, trade and development activities and diplomatic resources to deliver greater prosperity for Australia, our region, and globally.

Mining for development not only seeks to help partner nations develop their resources sectors for national and community benefit, but also builds on Australia’s globally-leading reputation for mining investment, knowledge, technology and governance. Benefits therefore flow to both partner nations and Australia. 

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Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC.

African Minerals Development Centre and IM4DC collaborate in Africa

IM4DC is proud to be collaborating with the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC), African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), and a number of universities across Africa in delivery of capacity-building in mining for development.

In the 26 months since its launch, IM4DC has hosted 650 African participants from 38 universities, government institutions and NGOs, hosted fellowships, developed institutional partnerships, and commissioned numerous action research projects on mining for development topics.

AMDC and IM4DC will shortly finalise a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise the collaboration that began over six months ago. Since then, IM4DC and AMDC have worked together on a number of projects, including the development of a framework and guidance for leading practice negotiation, the participation of AMDC staff in IM4DC programs, and collaboration in presenting the first Emerging Leaders in African Mining program. 

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Photo: Robin Evans, Deputy Director Education, IM4DC at the AMDC and CIIEID Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony in Africa. 

Philippines workshop on Mine Waste Landform Management and Closure

More than 80 representatives from civil society organisations and universities in the Philippines are participating in a workshop on Mine Waste Landform Management and Closure in Manila in late February 2014.

The workshop is presented by IM4DC in collaboration with the Philippines-based Centre for Environmental Concerns.

Staff members from the Australian Centre for Geomechanics (a CSIRO, Curtin University, UWA joint venture) are delivering the workshop in conjunction with guest speakers from Philippines universities and NGOs. 

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Photo: Participants at the Mine Waste Landform Management and Closure workshop in Manila, Philippines. 

New IM4DC Action Research projects

In late 2013, IM4DC issued a further call for applications under The University of Western Australia (UWA) and The University of Queensland (UQ) Action Research scheme. A total of 20 applications were received from UWA and UQ researchers, 10 of which have been supported.

In addition, a call for applications for research student grants resulted six being supported at UWA and UQ.

Furthermore, five student research grants have been made to The University of New South Wales (UNSW) postgraduate students and five to Curtin University postgraduate students.

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Emerging Leaders in African Mining program

The January E-News featured a major initiative for IM4DC, with the initial Emerging Leaders in African Mining program held in Cape Town, South Africa in January and February 2014.

The two week program, co-hosted with the Africa Minerals Development Centre (AMDC), focused on leadership concepts and practices in the context of minerals developments.

It was one of the most popular of the programs that IM4DC has organised to date, with more than 100 applications received. A total of 26 participants representing government agencies, civil society organisations, academic institutions and industry organisations across 16 countries were involved, and committed themselves enthusiastically to the interactive workshop. 

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Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC addressing Emerging Leaders in Cape Town, South Africa. A peak program supported by Australian universities.

Photo: Aidan Davey, ICMM and David Brereton, UQ engaging with IM4DC Emerging Leaders program participants in a Q&A session post Mining Indaba.

Wrap up of other IM4DC events

In addition to the Emerging Leaders in African Mining Program and the Philippines workshop, IM4DC’s strong start to its 2014 program has included five other courses and workshops in Africa and Australia:
  • Geographical Information Systems – Lusaka, Zambia
  • Regional Development in Resource Regions – Perth, Western Australia
  • Mining Tax Administration and Collection Frameworks – Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Environmental Management in Mining – Brisbane, Queensland
  • Precompetitive Geoscience in Africa.
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Photo: GIS course participants with Dr Arianne Ford, Research Assistant Professor at the Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) in Lusaka, Zambia.

Photo: Participants at the IM4DC hosted seminar in Cape Town, South Africa promoting advanced approaches to pre-comptitive mineral exploration in Africa.

Photo: Richard Slattery, Deputy Director Operations, IM4DC presents certificate to Katia Soraya Murgy, a Mining Tax Administration and Collection Frameworks course participant.

Western Australia partnership with Eastern and Southern Africa

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Government of Western Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). COMESA is a regional economic organisation with 19 African member nations including Zambia, Kenya and Uganda.

The MoU establishes a framework for the development and cooperation in the field of mineral and petroleum resources, agriculture, vocational training and capacity building.

The agreement was signed on 31 January 2014 in Lusaka, Zambia by the WA Premier and State Development Minister Colin Barnett and the Secretary General of COMESA, His Excellency Sindiso Ngwenya.

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Photo: WA Premier the Hon Colin Barnett addressing Ministers and Ambassadors at the Mining Indaba Conference in Cape Town, South Africa - Promoting WA's resource economy.

World Bank launches 'Billion Dollar Map'

The World Bank has announced its plan to map Africa's natural resources with the aim of delineating more clearly the continent's undiscovered mineral wealth.

Speaking at the Mining Indaba Conference, Tom Butler, Global Head of Mining at the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, said that the project, dubbed the Billion Dollar Map, "will unlock the true worth of Africa's mineral endowment".

The World Bank says its launch of the Billion Dollar Map project seeks to address this constraint and consolidate mineral geodata coverage across Africa. It will promote standardisation and accessibility of this information. 

For governments, having reliable geological information will guide priorities and aid decision-making.  Better data will also incentivise investment in the region by making the job of private sector exploration teams more effective.  

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Photo: Regional coverage of WAXI and IM4DC Open Data.


Photo: IM4DC OpenData.

IM4DC participates in Intergovernmental Forum meeting and World Bank workshop

IM4DC personnel contributed to several multilateral meetings and workshops before and during the African Mining Indaba Conference.

Director of IM4DC, Ian Satchwell, chaired the closing plenary session of the World Bank – Australian Aid Expert Roundtable on shared mining infrastructure.

Panellists were: Caroline Digby, Director of Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry at The University of Witwatersrand; Sven Lunche, Corporate Affairs Manager of Gold Fields; Marit Kitaw of UNECA and AMDC; HE Daniella Randriafeno, Minister of Mines, Madagascar; and Belinda Zimba, Senior Environmental Coordinator, Citizens for a Better Environment, Zimbabwe (and participant in IM4DC’s Emerging Leaders in African Mining program).

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Photo: Lifting the Lid on Africa's Mineral Resources: The Role of Public Geodata panel. 

Law Faculty collaboration between Ghana and Australia

The Faculties of Law at The University of Ghana and The University of Western Australia (UWA) are collaborating in developing a new mining law program. The collaboration is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade under the Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility.

The collaboration involves the development and delivery of a course on Mining Law, to be delivered three times in Accra, Ghana, and also the development of a structure for a Master of Laws program in Mining Law at The University of Ghana. These outputs are designed to support a long term outcome of establishing The University of Ghana as a Centre of Excellence for Mining Law in the African context.

The request for collaboration has come from The University of Ghana. The University has an established Masters of Petroleum Law program, and wishes to build expertise in the mining area. Whilst there is a network of African professionals working in this field, they are keen to connect with Australian expertise. Development of capacity within Africa to support teaching and research of mining law is an important element of the overall capacity-building priority identified within the African Mining Vision (AMV). 

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Photo: (left to right) Wendy Treasure, Project Manager, IM4DC; Robin Evans, Deputy Director Education, IM4DC; Samuel Manteaw, Law Lecturer; Joe Oppong, Project Manager and Kweku Ainuson, Law Lecturer - All also involved in the collaboration.

New publication: How to understand mining contracts

A new book has been published titled ‘Mining contracts: How to read and understand them’. It was created to highlight strong contract clauses and explore how others could be improved.

Written in just five days by 14 experts, the book goes beyond legal considerations to explore the policy questions and company interests underlying contract provisions – issues that are crucial for understanding and negotiating contracts, and for monitoring their enforcement.

Organised by the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP), OpenOil, the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC), and the Revenue Watch Institute – Natural Resource Charter (RWI-NRC), this project is a collective, collaborative effort of the individual contributors, made using the ‘book sprint’ technique (a book sprint brings together a group to produce a book in three – five days and books produced are high quality content and made available immediately at the end of the sprint). 

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Photo: 'Mining contracts: How to read and understand them' publication cover. 

2014 Resources and International Development Conference

Representatives from The University of Western Australia (UWA), The University of Queensland (UQ) and IM4DC participated in the 2014 Resources and International Development Conference presented by Cardno on 20 February 2014.

Speakers and delegates discussed best practice in mining for development, industry practices, community impacts and opportunities and mining revenue.

Professor Saleem Ali, Director of the SMI Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at The University of Queensland, gave his perspectives on industry performance and interactions with other stakeholders.

Photo: Ume Wainette from PNG speaking of women in resource-based communities at the Cardno Conference.

Australian Government African Business Roundtable

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) hosted a roundtable for business during the African Mining Indaba Conference to discuss opportunities for partnership between the government and business in mining for development.
Opportunities for cooperation were identified as:
  • Skills development – university level, technical level and professional development
  • Developing a better enabling environment through provision of infrastructure and management of water
  • Enhancing linkages between mining and communities.
DFAT invited proposals from the mining and services sectors about how the government sector and private sectors can strengthen collaboration to realise better social development and economic outcomes from mining.

Upcoming events

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

Expomin Mining Exhibition

What: EXPOMIN is recognised as one of the world's most important mining exhibitions and is a key industry event for mining in Latin America. For many years it has been the first step for Australian companies to learn about and enter the Latin American market with many exhibitors going on to establish their presence in Chile after exhibiting.
From all appearances Expomin 2014 will be bigger than ever and the organisers expect 80,000 visitors and 1,400 exhibitors from over 30 countries. This creates a strong opportunity to meet mining executives, specialised distributors and potential commercial partners and customers from Chile and the Latin American region.

When: 21 to 24 April 2014

Where: Santiago, Chile

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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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