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May 2014

Message from the Director 

Capable front-line oversight is fundamental to effective governance of the mining sector. Mines inspectors are overseers of mining operations world-wide. Their role is to check, on the ground, how mining operations are complying with regulations and operating conditions, and their technical, safety and environmental performance. Mines inspectors in Australia also act as advisers to mine managers to achieve a cooperative approach to high performance.

IM4DC has found that Australia is looked to as a global leader in mines regulation, and inspection practice and training.  Australia’s world-leading occupational health and safety performance in mining, and environmental outcomes, are influenced by progressive approaches to mines inspection. 

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Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC.

IM4DC hosts Cambodian delegation on a fact finding tour of Western Australia

IM4DC hosted a government and industry mining delegation from Cambodia in early May 2014 during a fact finding tour of Western Australia.

The seven-day tour was coordinated by the Cambodian Association for Mining and Exploration Companies (CAMEC) and IM4DC. Senior officials from the newly-established Ministry of Mines and Energy, plus two CAMEC representatives, visited resource-rich Western Australia to learn about the Australian mining and petroleum regulations and the sector’s interaction with the economy.

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Photo: The Cambodian delegation with IM4DC staff Richard Slattery, Deputy Director Operations and Business Development and Ian Satchwell, Director.

Course on Manual and Automated Workflows for Data Integration and Exploration Targeting

IM4DC and the Southern and Eastern Minerals Information Centre (SEAMIC) in East Africa will collaborate on the delivery of a course on Manual and Automated Workflows for Data Integration and Exploration Targeting in August 2014.

Strong African demand for geoscience training has been identified by IM4DC, and geological surveys in Africa have specifically requested that training be held to address skills shortages. 

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Q and A with an IM4DC Research Student

During April 2014, IM4DC hosted postgraduate research student Abigail Ayikwei from the University of Ghana as part of an IM4DC Student Action Research Program. IM4DC eNews spoke to Abigail.

Currently in the second year of her master’s degree, supervised by UWA’s Winthrop Professor Mark Jessell, Abigail’s project focuses on the integrated interpretation of the Bui Belt in North Western Ghana, and combines geophysical inversions and geological field work. 

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Photo: Abigail Ayikwei, IM4DC Research Student.

IM4DC project plays important role in Mongolia's mining boom

An IM4DC-funded research project that looks into the connection between gender based violence (GBV) and mining, has led to the Mongolian Government signing an agreement with a mining company to tackle the problem.

The purpose of the research was to improve understanding of GBV experienced in mining communities, by examining whether the proximity of mine camp locations (and other associated infrastructure) to population centres, affects the degree of GBV experienced in the community. 

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Julie Bishop prioritises economic diplomacy with Latin America

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has highlighted how mutual interests between Latin American countries and Australia can be enhanced though the Australian Government’s policy of economic diplomacy.
Speaking to an event as part of the Latin America Down Under Conference in Sydney on 28 May 2014, Ms Bishop told the audience of industry and government delegates from both Australia and

Latin America that mining has been a big part of Australia’s and Latin America’s success. Supplying demand generated by Asian growth, urbanisation and industrialisation offers significant future opportunities.
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Women in mining and resources Latin America

WIMLATAM, the new Women in Mining and Resources Latin America group, started by three University of Queensland Alumni, has published a short report on the first WIMLATAM workshops Chile in April.

The workshop, Integrating a gender lens into the Industry, discussed several aspects of gender and mining, including recruitment and retention of women, and the impacts that mining can have on women in the community.

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Mines inspector curriculum design for Indonesia

Following the workshop on mines inspector competencies in health, safety and environment in Bandung, Indonesia in early May 2014, a group of five staff from the Education and Training Centre for Minerals and Coal in Bandung and one Senior Mines Inspector from the Ministry in Jakarta visited Brisbane to continue development and refinement of a modified curriculum for mines inspector training. The focus of the week was on re-organisation of the material relating to Environmental Management and Inspection, and review of several e-Learning approaches.

The group also visited the Queensland Government’s SIMTARS training centre, and had the opportunity to discuss training approaches with senior inspectorate staff.

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Photo: Indonesian course participants at the SIMTARS Training Centre.

Mining and development - Mongolia and Australia

David Brereton, Deputy Director Research Integration, Sustainable Minerals Institute, and IM4DC associate was recently interviewed on a Mongolian television program de facto by Jargal Dambadarjaa, a leading public affairs commentator. The interview canvasses a proposed community cooperation agreement and a range of topics relating to mining, development and sustainability in Mongolia and Australia.

The interview can be watched here:

Australian lessons for Uganda

A visit to the Goldfields in regional Western Australia has left a positive impression on one IM4DC Alumnus.

After spending a month participating in an IM4DC short course focused on Regional Development for Resource Regions, Chris Musiime, Manager for ActionAid’s Oil Project in Uganda wrote about his experiences and interactions throughout the visit. 

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Photo: Chris Musiime (Right) in a workshop at The University of Western Australia.

Discussion with Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, of Columbia University and Ian Satchwell, IM4DC Director, met recently in Perth to discuss mining and development, the work of the International Mining for Development Centre and collaborations with the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI).

Professor Sachs chairs the CCSI, which is a global center with eleven full-time staff operating on three continents including Australia, student interns, and a network of professional advisors and affiliates. Columbia Center and IM4DC have several cooperative activities across negotiation capacity-building, infrastructure planning and delivery and executive education.

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Discussions with Peru on mining and sustainability

In late May 2014, IM4DC conducted a briefing for Peru parliamentarians on mining policy and how IM4DC is supporting Peru to develop a sustainable mining industry. The delegation was visiting Sydney as part of a study tour on mining and economic development, hosted by the Australian Government.

IM4DC Director, Ian Satchwell, explained to the delegation that Peru was the hub for IM4DC activities in Latin America and that 145 Peruvians plus 40 others from Latin American countries had participated in courses, workshops and study tours during the 30 months of IM4DC’s operations. He briefly discussed leading practice in mining policy and governance.

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Photo: The Peru delegation with Richard Slattery, Deputy Director, IM4DC; Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC; and Jill Stajduhar, Associate Director, Energy and Minerals Institute.

New journal launched - The Extractives Industries and Society

The inaugural issue of The Extractives Industries and Society has been released. This exciting new international journal will provide a much-needed space for debate on key issues in the mining and oil and gas sectors, bringing together academics, the NGO community, industry, donors, activists and policymakers.

Disseminating in-depth analysis of the socio-economic and environmental impacts of mining and oil and gas production on societies, both past and present, the journal provides a platform for the exchange of ideas on a wide range of issues and debates on the extractive industries and development.

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Upcoming events

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

Mining on Top: Africa

What: In partnership with the Commonwealth Business Council and UK Trade and Investment, Mining On Top: Africa - London Summit: Sharing the benefits of the commodity boom - will bring together key government officials, senior mining representatives, investors and service providers to create a greater understanding and improve the social and economic outcomes of African mining.

When: 25 to 26 June 2014

Where: London

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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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