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November and December 2014

Message from the Director - Partnerships for inclusive capacity-building

In the three years since IM4DC was established, partnerships have been essential to our work in supporting partner countries and institutions to develop strong and well-governed mining sectors that deliver sustainable and inclusive benefits to communities and nations.

The success of IM4DC’s short courses and study tours depends on partnerships with education and training institutions, with mining and services companies and with state and federal government agencies both in Australia and in our partner countries. Many of IM4DC-commisioned research activities are also collaborative, while the Alumni network involves an increasing number of in-country alumni groups, such as the newly-formed ZAM4D group in Zambia. 

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Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC.

Thanks and Season's Greetings

In just over three years from IM4DC’s inception to the end of 2014, IM4DC has presented 88 short courses, workshops and study tours in Australia and other countries, involving more than 2,300 participants, including 700 women, from 65 countries.

IM4DC’s university-based schools and centres have delivered more than 13,500 participant training days.  IM4DC’s Alumni on-line community of practice is more than 1,400 strong. As well, IM4DC has hosted 18 Fellows, cemented numerous partnerships with developing country institutions and commissioned more than 50 action research projects. 

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What's on in December... and early 2015

On top of a busy November, IM4DC’s program continues in December, before a short program break for the festive season and the month of January. During December, IM4DC’s program includes:
  • Final two weeks of Occupational Health and Safety Leadership short course, Perth, Australia;  presented by UWA Centre for Safety
  • Resource Conservation short course, Brisbane, Australia; presented by UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute in collaboration with Indonesian Education and Training Centre for Minerals and Coal
  • Zambia Alumni Day, Lusaka, Zambia; in collaboration with the new ZAM4D organisation
  • Completion of two IM4DC Fellowships
  • A scoping mission to review mining and petroleum legislation in a South East Asian country
  • A study tour to Western Australia to examine mineral title systems and geoscience practices.
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African Minerals Development Centre and IM4DC collaborate in Africa

Collaboration between the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) and IM4DC was cemented on 5 November when a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was announced at the UNECA Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The MoU formalises the working relationship that began 14 months ago.

IM4DC and AMDC have worked together on a number of projects in the delivery of capacity-building in mining for development, including joint presentation of short course training, development of a practical guide for leading practice negotiation, collaboration in presenting the first Emerging Leaders in African Mining program and participation of AMDC staff in IM4DC programs. The two institutions are currently planning additional collaborative short courses and research in 2015. 

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Photo: (left to right) Richard Slattery, Deputy Director Operations and Business Development, IM4DC; Collen Kelapile, Chief of Office of Partnerships, UNECA; and Mark Sawyers, Australian Ambassador to Ethiopia. 

Environmental Management in Mining short course

IM4DC will shortly invite applications for its 2015 Environmental Management in Mining short course. The program will engage up to 20 representatives of governments, civil society organisations and academic institutions from developing countries.

Over four weeks based at The University of Queensland, the course will include opportunities to interact with other IM4DC participants and participate in field trips to industrial facilities and mine sites.

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Resource Conservation short course

Ensuring optimal use of ore reserves is the focus of a Resource Conservation short course being presented by the UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute for IM4DC in December.

Focused on resource conservation and the role of government, the program will give an overview of key concepts, methods and case study examples in the field of resource conservation as applied to the mining sector to enable participants to better work with companies while understanding their government’s role. 

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Photo: Resource Conservation participants and facilitators: Paul Gow, Gow Mineral Consultants (first on the left); Bev Kubat, SMI-UQ (11th from left); Stella Marris Martinez, BHP Billton (14th from Left); and Noel Pranoto, BHP Billiton (2nd from right).  

IM4DC Alumni Day in Zambia

More than 100 Zambian alumni and associates participated in the IM4DC Alumni Day in Lusaka, Zambia on 2 December. The forum was presented in cooperation with the new Zambia Mining for Development (ZAM4D) association, which was officially launched on the day. The forum brought together alumni from all of the Australian Government’s mining–focused development assistance programs including IM4DC, the Australia Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF) and the Australia Awards for Africa (AAA) program. 

The Hon Christopher Yaluma, Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development in the Republic of Zambia was keynote speaker at the forum. Minister Yaluma is a strong supporter of the collaboration between Zambia and Australia in taking the Zambian mining industry to its next phase of development.

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Photo: Group photo of Zambian alumni with the Honourable Christopher Yaluma, Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development. 

IM4DC hosts Indonesian Mineral Revenue study tour

IM4DC, in collaboration with the Australian Treasury, hosted a delegation from the Indonesian Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in November to examine Australian approaches to mining-related taxation.

The Government of Indonesia views Australia as a leading practice nation in revenue design and management within overall mining policy, and is keen to take lessons from Australia in improving its own policies and systems. 

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Photo: The Mineral Revenue delegation and Australian presenters and counterparts at the IM4DC headquarters in Perth.

Action Research highlight: Future mining with plants?

An IM4DC-sponsored Action Research project is assisting with the development of hyperaccumulator phytotechnology in Zambia.

The Copper-Cobalt Belt of Zambia is one of the richest metallophyte (plants endemic to metal-enriched soils) locations in the world. The concomitant occurrence of hyperaccumulator species (metallophytes able to accumulate up to 2% copper and cobalt metal in their living tissues) and large areas of metal-enriched and metal contaminated soils made a compelling case for research in Zambia. 

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Photo: University researchers and First Quantum staff locating target species in the field. 

Indonesian Minerals and Coal Director General leads Policy study tour

Dr R Sukhyar, Director General of Mineral and Coal at the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, led a delegation to Perth, Western Australia in November.
The focus of the delegation  was on mining and processing policy and governance, and commercial and economic aspects of the mining and processing industry.
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Photo: (left to right) Richard Sellers, Director General, Mines and Petroleum WA; and Dr R Sukhyar, Director General, Mineral and Coal, Indonesia.

Photo: The Hon Mike Nahan, WA Treasurer and Minister for Energy welcoming the Mineral Policy and Mineral Revenue delegations at UWA. 

Upcoming events

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

Investing in African Mining Indaba

What – This is where the world connects with African Mining. Investing in African Mining Indaba is an annual professional conference dedicated to the capitalisation and development of mining interests in Africa.

When – 9 to 12 February 2015

Where – Cape Town, South Africa

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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