AAMEG travelled to Canberra on the 24th and 25th of November to talk to Federal politicians, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other institutions. There is a growing appreciation among federal politicians from all sides of politics of the role played by the Australian mining sector in Africa, particularly the small to medium explorers and producers.
AAMEG’s conversations focused on the following five areas:
- The development of the Australian Resources Development Hub (ARDH),
- Federal Government African Strategy,
- Facilitation Payment Defence,
- DFAT Africa Strategy,
For a detailed description of our trip and its’ outcomes please see the report in the members section of the AAMEG website.
AAMEG held its’ second Melbourne event for 2015 supported by Baker and McKenzie at their offices in Melbourne. Trish O'Reilly, CEO & Liam Foran, Programme Manager, AAMEG provided an update on recent AAMEG activities. John Mollard, Partner & Jo Daniels Partner, Baker & McKenzie presented on the current rail and port infrastructure challenges for mining projects in East Africa.Di Fleming (Deputy Chair, Advisory Group for Australia Africa Relations (AGAAR) presented on "Africa on our minds: overlaying networks in economic development".
DFAT Business Partnerships Platform
Round 1 of DFAT’s Business Partnerships Platform (BPP) is now open for applications. The platform will assist businesses to invest in projects in developing countries with a social and commercial return. DFAT will match mining company funding on projects up to $500k
The Business Partnerships Platform has been established to enable businesses to partner with DFAT on investments that deliver a combined social and financial return on investment. The platform will enable DFAT to increase the number of its private sector partners, leveraging the experience and ability of business to address intractable development challenges. Applications must be lodged by Friday 18th December 2015. For more information click here
DFAT Australia Awards Scholarships
Australia Awards, a cornerstone of the Australian Government’s development assistance program for Africa is now open for applications. The scholarships provides access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries. Please send out to your networks in Africa.
AAMEG Events 2016
We are now filling our calendar for 2016, if you wish to present or are interested in sponsoring and hosting an event during next year please get in touch with the AAMEG team.
I would like to thank you all for your active participation and support over the past year and look forward to working with you in 2016. From all of us at AAMEG, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.
Chief Executive Officer
For more information on the activities of AAMEG, please visit our website: www.aameg.org
or contact us on 08 9226 0175.