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April 2014

Message from the Director - 'Brand Australia' is Globally Leading in Latin America

I recently returned from Latin America, where I met with representatives of governments, industry, universities and NGOs – plus IM4DC Alumni. Discussions focused on issues surrounding resources extraction, economic growth and social development, Australian and Latin American experience in dealing with them, and priorities from IM4DC in the region.

In all my discussions, I was struck by the strength of the Australian reputation for mining knowledge and technology, mining services, sustainability and cultural competence. In mining, and indeed in other pursuits, Australia and Australians are held in high esteem. I believe that Australia is looked to more than any other nation as a trusted partner and preferred mining and services investor in Latin America.

Indeed, analysis by SNL Mining and Metals, shortly to be released, shows that Australian listed mining companies are second only to Canadian companies in investment in Latin America. In addition, an Austmine survey shows that some 27 per cent of Australian mining equipment, technology and services (METS) firms export to Latin America.

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Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC.

Workshop on Competencies in Health, Safety and Environment for Mine Inspectors - Indonesia

The Indonesian Education and Training Center for Mineral and Coal (ETCMC) and IM4DC will collaborate in presenting a workshop on Mines Inspector Competencies in Health, Safety and Environment.

The workshop will be held 7 to 9 May 2014 in Bandung, Indonesia.

Indonesian and Australian lecturers will lead sessions on:
  • Policy on Health, Safety and Environment
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management
  • Environmental Management.
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The Philippines Mine Waste Landform Management and Closure Declaration

In late February 2014, a workshop was presented by IM4DC and the Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG) in collaboration with the Philippines-based Centre for Environmental Concerns on the topic of Mine Waste Landform Management and Closure.

The program was aimed at enabling participants to understand the key issues associated with mining in the Philippines and better understand and question the technical documents prepared to support mining applications. A group of 80 representatives from civil society, the University of the Philippines, the mining industry, and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau participated.

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Photo: (left to right) Teresita Perez, Ma. Eugenia Miran Nolasco and Maria Finesa Cosico proudly show off their course completion certificates at the Mine Waste Landform Management and Closure workshop in the Philippines.

Training on Open Pit Slope Stability in Mongolia

During April, IM4DC in conjunction with the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) and the Mongolian General Agency for Specialised Investigations (GASI) will host a training program focused on Open Pit Slope Stability.

Taking place in Mongolia from 22 to 1 May 2014, the program will involve one-week of intensive classroom based theory, followed by three-days of practical training exercises in selected open pit mines in Mongolia.

The objective of the training is to enhance the participant’s knowledge of slope stability in open pit mines and build the capability of government personnel involved in overseeing the geotechnical aspects of mining operations. 

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Community Aspects of Resource Developments Short Course

IM4DC will present a four-week flagship short course on Community Aspects of Resource Developments between 28 July and 22 August 2014.

To be held in Brisbane, Australia, the short course will host 20 representatives from governments, civil society and academic institutions from developing countries.

The themes explored in this short course will range from the global context of mining, development issues, policy, multi stakeholder collaborations and governance to specific issues, for example, local content and employment, gender impacts, resettlement and community engagement. 

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Photo: Participants from the 2012 Community Aspects of Resource Developments course in Brisbane on a field trip. 

Accident and Incident Investigation Training in Zambia

The next stage of a training program on mining accident and incident investigation will be delivered in Kitwe, Zambia in May 2014.

IM4DC, through The University of Queensland (UQ), Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) Mining Industry Safety and Health Centre (MISHC), will present a five day training program for inspectors from the Zambian Mines Safety Department (MSD), plus teaching and research staff from the University of Zambia (UNZA) and Copperbelt University (CBU).

This course follows a training needs analysis conducted by personnel from IM4DC and the MSD, and an initial training course in November 2013. The May training course will ensure that all relevant staff at MSD have been trained, and that UNZA and CBU staff are better equipped to deliver ongoing training. Inspectorate personnel from Tanzania and Malawi, and the University of Namibia will also participate.
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IM4DC Alumni Forum - July 2014

Following on from last year’s successful IM4DC Alumni Forum, a second Alumni Forum will take place this year in July 2014 in Brisbane. 

To be held at The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus in the new Advanced Engineering Building, the IM4DC hosted forum will involve up to 100 participants from developing countries around the world.

The alumni will be invited from selected existing IM4DC alumni and new alumni completing education and training activities in Australia at that time. Alumni will be selected against articulated criteria, and to represent the range of fields, professions and geographic locations from developing countries.

Alumni in attendance at the forum will also be expected to formally contribute to the alumni forum sessions and discussion papers and maintain ongoing engagement with IM4DC. 

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Photo: Group photo of the 2013 Alumni Forum in Sydney, Australia.

African Resources Negotiation Network Roundtable - Development of Minerals Negotiation Training Manual

In May 2014, IM4DC will host a roundtable in Perth, Western Australia to continue the development of a Minerals Negotiation Training Manual and consolidate the work of the African Resources Negotiation Network (ARNN).

The event is built on the foundations of an inaugural roundtable held in Yaounde, Cameroon on 3 and 4 July in 2013, where 20 participants from across the African continent shared their knowledge and expertise, and brainstormed training and practitioner resources for negotiations in the mining industry.

At the first roundtable, it was established that despite varying and differing immediate needs for negotiation training and support, a Negotiation Training Manual that addressed negotiation content, negotiation process and negotiation skills would serve the training needs of the different stakeholders, and would provide a comprehensive product suitable for use in training courses conducted on a continental, sub-regional and national level. 

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Mediation in the Mining Industry Training Course

IM4DC in collaboration with the Faculty of Law at The University of Western Australia (UWA) is organising a course on Mediation in the Mining Industry, to be held in Perth in May 2014. The six-day training course will involve participants from government, academia, civil society and industry in developing countries, as well as Australian mining industry personnel.

The course will be held at UWA, and runs from 12 to 17 May 2014. The program will be a mix of theory and simulated practice and is aimed at giving participants a rich understanding of the principles underlying mediation, constructive negotiation and the necessary skill-sets for mediating and negotiating in the many contexts that arise in the mining and resource industries. 

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Workshop on Improving Mining Tax Collection and Administration Frameworks in Africa

IM4DC in collaboration with the World Bank will present the second of three scheduled four-day workshops on Improving Mining Tax Collection and Administration Frameworks in Africa, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in May 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 Africa countries. The findings resulted in the publication of a sourcebook on How to Improve Mining Tax Administration and Collection Frameworks.

The authors of the sourcebook, who are from the Centre of Exploration Targeting at The University of Western Australia and Curtin University, will deliver the workshop. To be held from 12 to 15 May 2014, the workshop will also include key-elements from good practices in mineral tax collection procedures and processes in other developed countries, especially from Australia.

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Photo: Richard Slattery, Deputy Director Operations, IM4DC presents certificate to Katia Soraya Murgy, a Mining Tax Administration and Collection Frameworks course participant from the first workshop held in South Africa.

Evaluation of Impact of IM4DC Activities

Research undertaken by the Accelerated Learning Laboratory (ALL) at The University of Western Australia suggests that IM4DC programs have enabled alumni to apply their learning into practice and to bring about changes to their work and organisations.

The project aimed to assess impact of IM4DC activities to date and to inform understanding of how IM4DC’s educational and developmental programs have contributed to the improvement of the practices, policies and cultures of targeted developing nations. 

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Photo: Frequency of networks - assessment of impact. Interviews of participants reveal positive outcomes for IM4DC. 

IM4DC Latin America Consultations

IM4DC Director, Ian Satchwell, visited Peru, Chile and Mendoza province of Argentina in April 2014 to consult on IM4DC’s program and to deliver lectures on Australian experience in mining and sustainability.

In Chile, Ian addressed a forum at the University of Santiago (USACH) on Mining sustainability and management of critical factors and participated in a roundtable discussion. Other speakers and panellists were: Isabel Marshall, Director of the Sustainability Committee of CESCO (the Center for Copper and Mining Studies); Jorge Sanhueza, Manager of Environment and Communities at CODELCO; Matías Desmadryl, former Director General of Water and a legal expert in natural resources regulations; and Dr Aldo Saavedra, professor at the Department of Chemistry Engineering of our University.

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Photo: (left to right) Dr Aldo Saaverdra, Isabel Marshall, Ian Satchwell, Jorge Sanhueza and Matias Desmadryl at the roundtable discussion in Chile. 

Upcoming events

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

What: This is a five-day intensive course featuring lectures, case studies and practical coursework led by two leading legal advisors to the global mining and metals industry, Glen Ireland and Paul Schlauch.

This course will be of interest to various participants in the mining industry, including in-house lawyers, external lawyers, government officials, corporate development officers and private equity investors.

Surging global demand for base and precious metals in recent years has resulted in a dramatic increase in commodity prices. This has fuelled greatly expanded exploration activity, a host of potential new mining projects and the acceleration of M&A and capital markets activity in the mining sector.

This course provides an opportunity to better understand the commercial and legal issues surrounding key agreements used within the mining industry to implement these projects and transactions.

This course will address the risks and challenges associated with mining activities from the perspective of various stakeholders, including junior exploration companies, intermediate and senior mining companies, host governments, institutions providing financing to the mining industry, metals traders, financial investors and local partners and community groups and NGOs.

When: 12 to 16 May 2014

Where: St Andrews
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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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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