Australia-Africa Mining Industry Group (AAMIG)
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September E-News 2015

Message from the CEO


Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) Meeting
The third Australian African dialogue facilitated by Australian Strategic Policy Unit (ASPI) and The Brenthurst Foundation was hosted in Zambia early September, I attended this meeting together with some 30 plus Australian and African delegates.

Established by the Australian Government, ASPI is a leading Australian think tank in the fields of strategy, defence and security affairs, while The Brenthurst Foundation formulates new ideas and innovative actions for strengthening Africa’s economic performance.

The topic for discussion was: “Enhancing the Relevance of Regional Bodies: Co-operating to build Peace, Security and Prosperity”. 

The plethora of multilateral and regional bodies and the role they play in improving the lives of citizens and assisting the conduct of private business was central to discussions, while the opportunities and constraints that exist in engaging regional organisations in the context of Australia’s engagement with Africa.

A document will be published reflecting the discussion and including recommendations.

International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) Member Meeting
AAMIG is an Associate member of ICMM. I will be attending the biannual member meeting which will be held in London from 8th to 17th October 2015. Membership provides AAMIG members with the opportunity to provide feedback into key issues and also benefit from projects and experiences effecting the industry globally.   
 
ICMM was established in 2001 to represent the world’s leading companies in the mining and metals industry, to strengthen its members’ contribution to sustainable development, and to act as a catalyst for performance improvement in the industry. ICMM’s operating environment has evolved significantly as people, technology, host communities, civil society, governments, the regulatory systems and the mining and the metals industry itself has evolved.
 
ICMM’s success has been dependent on the participation of its member companies and associations. Today, over 300 member representatives play an active role in the development, implementation and evaluation of ICMM’s work. 

AAMIG Submission
The Australian Federal Senate is currently undertaking an inquiry into the enforcement of Australia's anti-bribery laws and the treatment of facilitation payments under Australian law.  AAMIG has provided a submission to the committee. This can be accessed by members through the AAMIG website. Please click here to access the Terms of reference for the Committee.
 
Risk Survey
AAMIG are asking members to take a brief survey on non-technical risk management, this will help AAMIG design events and deliver content that better reflects member needs. Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey, please click here.
 
Africa Australia Discussion Paper
AAMIG is working with Australian universities, other industry bodies, community and Africa diaspora groups to pull together a discussion paper which will assist in forming policy ideas on Australia’s strategic relationship with Africa over the next decade and a half, 2015 – 2030. AAMIG will invite members to contribute submissions to the document over the coming months.
 
AAMIG Events 2016
AAMIG has a full calendar of events planned for the remainder of 2015, please see our website for event details. 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 AAMIG team.

Trish O'Reilly
Chief Executive Officer

For more information on the activities of AAMIG, please visit our website: www.aamig.com or contact us on 08 9226 0175.
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AAMIG Chief Executive Officer, Trish O'Reilly meets the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs at Africa Down Under 2015. AAMIG welcomes the news that Hon Julie Bishop MP is set to continue in her position as Minister for Foreign Affairs in the new Malcolm Turnbullled Government.
Please click here for AAMIG's latest media release.

Save the Date - Events not to be missed!

 
 
13 October 2015
Oxfam Symposium on Sustainable Mining - Melbourne

19 October 2015 - June 2016
JKTech's 2015-16 Mining Leaders’ Program (MLP) - Brisbane/Online

29 October 2015
AAMIG Networking Information Session
We will be hosting our fourth networking information session for 2015 in October. These sessions provide opportunities to ask questions and learn from others experiences. Guest speakers will include, Ben Gargett, Partner, PwC. More speakers to be announced.

29 & 30 October 2015
Australia Africa Association - Doing Business in Africa: Linking Australian Education with African Opportunity Conference

For more information on these events or to RSVP to AAMIG events please email Rebecca Hamersley.
AAMIG Chief Executive Officer, Trish O'Reilly presented a cheque at Africa Down Under to Brother Olly Pickett for the funds raised from her ride across America for Wheelchairs for Kid’s.

The group decided to support a charity with their efforts and we are very pleased to report that $31,700 was raised for Wheelchairs for Kids. Their target was $30,000 to celebrate Wheelchairs for Kid’s milestone of 30,000 wheelchairs since it began as a Rotary project in Perth in 1998.

We would like to thank members for their generous support with this project.

Recommended Reading


PwC (2015) Over taxed? Does the tax regime encourage new mines?
The new PwC Australia looks at the taxation regime of four African countries - Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Namibia and Ghana - and analyses the impact of the tax settings in each one, and  how they shape the decisions to develop new mines there.

IMF (2015) Country Report: Zambia
In their Country Report No. 15/153: Zambia: Selected Issues, the IMF analyses the change in Zambia’s mining fiscal regime; and how to enhance financial inclusion.

DFAT (2015) Evaluation of the Australian NGO Cooperation Program Final Report
The evaluation by the Office of Development Effectiveness of the DFAT Australian NGO Cooperation Program has, inter alia, confirmed that it is a successful and highly valued program.

IMF (2015) Global Prospects and Policy Challenges
The G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Sept 4-5 2015 reported that global growth remains moderate, reflecting a further slowdown in emerging economies and a weak recovery in advanced economies.

DFAT (2015) Creating shared value through partnership
This paper outlines the Australian Government’s strategy for engaging business in aid and development. 

United Nations (2015) Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
This document provides a detailed outline of the new Sustainable Development Goals, the targets that will be used to track progress towards them, and a plan of action for how they will be implemented.

United Nations (2015) Outcome Document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development
This document summaries the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, from July 2015, which provides a global framework for financing development post-2015.
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