www.aamig.com Newsletter #6 June 2013
Upcoming AAMIG Events
Celtic Club Seminar: 27th June 2013 4.30pm - 7pm Celtic Club, West Perth
Anti Bribery and Corruption Seminar Friday, 21st June 2013 9am– 11am
Investing in Africa Seminar Wednesday, 3rd July 2013 2pm – 5pm
General Security Awareness Training Wednesday, 17th July 2013 2.30pm – 5pm
Making a real difference with African communities and reducing investment and operating risk
AAMIG attends EITI Conference Bill Turner and Trish O’Reilly attended the EITI Global conference held in Sydney 23rd24th May. On the second day of the conference AAMIG was invited to pledge its support for the EITI principles, an extract of which appears below. AAMIG members Paladin Energy, Base Resources and MMG are EITI supporting companies. During the conference, Clare Short, Chair of the EITI Board, released the new EITI Standard. This standard has taken two years to develop and encourages more relevant, reliable and usable information. The document can be found at www.eiti.org.
AAMIG Statement of Support for EITI The Australia-Africa Mining Industry Group (“AAMIG”) represents Australian and Australian-based mining, exploration, service and supply companies active in Africa. AAMIG is committed to the development of a partnership with governments, international organisations, NGOs and the education sector, which helps build capability and credibility for the Australian mining industry active in Africa, and ensures that host countries are supported in their regional development initiatives. It is a relatively new organization having been formed in May 2011, but it already has more than one hundred members. AAMIG is headquartered in Perth, Western Australia. AAMIG is committed to supporting member companies to enhance their capacity to deliver ethical, socially responsible and sustainable mining outcomes in Africa. AAMIG recognizes that the implementation of the Africa Mining Vision (2009) and Action Plan (2011) will be successful only if embraced in each country at regional and local level hence individual mining companies working in Africa will be at center of the successful implementation of these important and ambitious programs. The importance of the EITI was identified by AAMIG at the time of its establishment in 2011 and EITI material has been a fundamental component of the AAMIG guiding documentation since that time. The full statement can be found on the AAMIG website at: http://aamig.com/2013/05/ aamig-eiti-statement-support/.
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CSR on the Ground in Africa AAMIG invited members to an informal discourse on CSR issues titled ‘CSR on the ground in Africa’ on the 29th April at the Paladin Energy offices. Jim & Robyn Nottingham, Paladin’s CSR personnel who are based in Malawi, told of their first hand experience working with the local community and government, and also provided insights as to how they manage their CSR programs. The session ran for an hour and a half with active engagement of participants.
Development Conference (IM4DC) Sydney 20th - 21st May 2013 The Mining for Development Conference 2013 Maximising Benefits for Communities - was held in Sydney on 20th—21st May. It was significantly underwritten by AusAID with support from the International Mining for Development centre at UWA and UQ. Trish O’Reilly and Jeff Hart represented AAMIG. The meeting brought together developing country and donor governments, civil society, the private sector and international donors. The mining sector was represented, including via AAMIG, but greater mining sector engagement could have been beneficial to the discussions, which addressed challenges and opportunities faced by developing countries as they develop their natural resources.
NSW Information Session Whilst in Sydney attending the IM4DC and the EITI conferences Bill Turner and Trish O’Reilly took the opportunity to meet with members, potential members and the NSW branch of the Australia Africa Business Council (“AABC”). The meeting was hosted by International SOS. Approximately 20 people attended, including two Congolese visitors from MMG. The presentation included an update of recent AAMIG activities and an overview of the work AAMIG has been doing on the anti-corruption and bribery issue.
Separate sessions tackled the critical issues of inclusive development, gender perspectives, conflict resolution, effective agreement making, building sustainable local enterprises, employment framework and human capacity development. A full report can be found at: http://im4dc.org/ m4d-conference/conference-2013/sessionsummaries/.
Working in Africa On the 15th May 2013, AAMIG hosted an interactive session at the Paladin Energy offices on the benefits and challenges of working in the African mining industry. During the session AAMIG members shared their individual experiences of working in Africa with the African Government officials in attendance. The session was attended by students from the University of Sydney as part of an AusAID funded executive program - Sustainable Management of Revenue Flows. Attendees included 27 African delegates studying at the University of Sydney, and 15 AAMIG members. The African delegation comprised participants from governments, mostly from finance and mining ministries, from Madagascar, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Ghana, Gambia and Niger.
Direct Aid Program Funding Available The Direct Aid Program (“DAP”) is a small grants program funded by the Australian Government through AusAID and managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The program aims to advance developmental objectives and address humanitarian hardship in developing countries, while at the same time supporting Australia’s international relations and public diplomacy objectives. DAP is open to individuals, community groups, NGOs and others engaged in development activities in countries, including those of Africa, that are eligible for overseas development assistance. This is a competitive process and applications from AAMIG members are assessed against all other applications submitted. In 2011-2012 AAMIG supported eight successful applications from members. Funding is available on an ongoing basis. Further information available at: www.dfat.gov.au/direct_aid_program/.
AAMIG April Celtic Club Meeting AAMIG held its second Seminar for 2013 at the Celtic Club on Tuesday 23rd April, attracting an attendance of 120 guests from all sectors of the mining industry. Bill Turner, Chairman of AAMIG, updated the guests on recent AAMIG activities and future training workshops, including the Board meeting of 27th March. John Borshoff, Managing Director of Paladin Energy was the first of the speakers with a presentation titled ‘Pitfalls and Benefits: Working the CSR Minefield’. Malcolm Brown, President of AMEC Mining & Metals (East) examined why certain projects have failed to meet expectations in the past 10 years. John Miragliotta, Manager Environment at Sustainability Pty Ltd presented on project financing and meeting international social and environmental standards in Africa. He highlighted some of the key risks confronting projects in Africa, such as critical habitats, resettlement, and stakeholder engagement. Speaker’s presentations are available to all members on: http://aamig.com/2013/04/aamig-seminar-23rd-april-2013/.
AAMIG and Oxfam The Oxfam Mining Symposium 2013 was held on the 17th of May in Melbourne, based on the theme “Sustainable mining – indigenous peoples, community rights and mining: free, prior and informed consent”. Represented were key stakeholders including NGOs, Government, mining, legal and the investment community. AAMIG was represented by CEO Trish O’Reilly. Two member companies -Tiger Resources and MMG provided presentations. There was a general recognition that mining has the potential to transform lives and address poverty on a large scale. There was a willingness expressed to move forward and address important issues with informed discussion on what the term ‘consent’ means, and how, communities are represented. Coincidently the International Council on Mining and Metals (“ICMM”) strengthened their commitment to indigenous peoples and released their “Indigenous Peoples and Mining” position statement on the same day as this symposium. This can be found on the ICMM site: www.icmm.com.
On Wednesday 15th May AAMIG and Cardno held a workshop on Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (“VPSHR”) for AAMIG members. The session outlined Australia’s commitment to VPSHR and what that means for AAMIG member companies operating in Africa. The half-day session involved break-out roundtables discussing case studies and key topics surrounding the principles. This was followed by a talk from AAMIG chairman Bill Turner on his first-hand experience with Anvil in the DRC. Information from the seminar is available to members and can be found at: http:// aamig.com/2013/05/voluntary-principles-securityhuman-rights-documents/.
WRAP UP Upcoming Events:
Anti Bribery and Corruption Seminar When: Friday, 21st June 2013; 9am– 11am Where: BDO Boardroom Level 1, 38 Station Street, Subiaco, Perth Presentation will be by Bill Turner-AAMIG
AusAID plans to hold an African Business Roundtable in Perth on Wednesday 31st July. AAMIG will be nominating a list of possible participants for the meeting.
AAMIG Celtic Club Seminar When: Thursday, 27th June 2013; 4.30 pm– 7pm Where: The Celtic Club, West Perth Cost: Members – Free; Non members – $40 Guest speakers include: Brad Marwood, Managing Director, Tiger Resources; and Max de Vietri, Chairman, EMR Resources Pty Ltd; Non-Executive Director, Tangiers Petroleum Limited; Honorary Consul for the Republic of Mali in Perth. Investing in Africa Seminar When: Where:
Wednesday, 3rd July 2013; 2pm – 5pm Deloitte Boardroom Level 14, Woodside Plaza, 240 St Georges Tce, Perth Presentation will be by Conrad Marais– H&H Trinity and Jacques Van Rhyn from Deloitte. General Security Awareness Training When: Where:
Wednesday, 17th July 2013; 2.30pm – 5pm Paladin Energy Boardroom Level 4, 502 Hay Street, Subiaco, Perth Presentation by Dr Gavriel Schneider – Dynamic Alternatives For anymore information on these sessions please call or email Rebecca at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trish O’Reilly and John Borshoff met with the International Council on Mining and Metals (“ICMM”) when they were in Perth recently. At the invitation of Ms Aleisha Woodward, the US Consul General in Perth, Trish O’Reilly attended a function to celebrate intergovernmental cooperation in the Indian Ocean region. As a result of recent social and political issues in the Katanga Province of the DRC, the decision on the IDRAM Initiative referred to in the February Newsletter has been postponed for the time being.
From the Chairman … Contact Information Telephone: (+618) 9226 0175 Email: email@example.com Bill Turner: Chairman +61 411 188 018 Trish O’Reilly: Chief Executive Officer + 61 401 843 513 Jeff Hart: Special Adviser +61 424 036 172 Jim Nylander: International Trade Consultant +61 477 297 072 Location: Suite 9, 1297 Hay St, West Perth WA 6005 Postal: PO Box 1018, West Perth WA 6872
The participation of AAMIG at the EITI Global Conference in Sydney towards the end of May, following attendance at the IM4DC Conference also in Sydney and the Oxfam Seminar in Melbourne the previous week, were important occasions to interact with the movers and shakers behind these initiatives. The EITI Global Conference was attended by more that 1,300 delegates from 96 countries around the world and demonstrated the degree to which this initiative has been endorsed and supported by governments, industry and civil society and emphasised the importance attached to the EITI being included in AAMIG’s guiding documentation. AAMIG recognises that improved transparency combined with improved governance can have a significant effect on a country’s attractiveness as an investment destination. It can also have a marked influence on the timely development of industries that can improve the human condition, help governments serve their citizens better and have a significant impact on poverty alleviation. Adherence to the EITI standards can also encourage the future broader-based industrial development envisaged in the Africa Mining Vision.