ATPS Participates in the Africa Australia Research Forum and the Africa Down Under Conference
ATPS, through its Executive Director, Prof. Kevin Urama participated in the 2nd Africa-Australia Research Forum that was held on 28th August 2012 in Perth, Western Australia. The forum, whose theme was ‘Maximizing the value and minimizing the harm of Africa’s extractive industries’ brought together African Nationals, Australian and African mining companies, Australian and African academics, NGOs, and Government representatives to explore selected aspects of the Africa Mining Vision and how Australian entities can engage with their African counterparts to undertake research that will support the execution of the action plan to maximize value and minimize harm.
The Africa-Australia Research Forum was hosted by Murdoch University in partnership with the International Mining for Development Centre; a joint venture of the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland; and Curtin University’s Western Australian School of Mines. It was also supported by Africa Down Under and Paydirt Media, The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). During the forum, Prof. Urama chaired a session on ‘The role of the Africa Mining Vision and its implementation in creating lasting value for the countries of Africa’.
Prof. Urama also attended the inaugural Mining for Development Roundtable that took place in Perth, at The University of Western Australia, on Monday 27 August 2012. The International Mining for Development Centre hosted the Roundtable which brought together 120 international participants, including ministers, senior government officials, civil society and donor organizations, universities and mining industry representatives and provided a valuable opportunity to build global relationships, share views on the challenges and opportunities that the extractive industries bring to developing countries, and enabled constructive dialogue between international stakeholders, industry and the academic sector.
Both meetings were scheduled prior to the ‘Africa Down Under Conference’ that was held from 29th to 31st August 2012 at Pan Pacific Perth (formerly Sheraton Hotel) and Novotel Perth Langley. The conference, hosted by Australia’s Paydirt and now in its 9th year was organized on the realization that the African continent is continually enticing the largest part of investments from explorers on its myriad mineral resources hence changing Africa’s face positively. The forum had representation from different companies, several African Mines Ministers, business leaders and executives from the mining services industries. The conference also provided a platform for options in exploring the continent’s resources from stories told by those already unraveling the wealth of the African continent.
For more, read the press excerpts below
Africa's mining Vision: Engine room for growth and development
Bright spots from outside Africa
Miners seek more than riches in Africa
Posted on Wednesday 12th September, 2012