Africa Australia Research Forum

Africa Australia Research Forum – 28th August 2012, Novotel Perth Langley Hotel, Western Australia

“Maximizing the value and minimizing the harm of Africa’s extractive industries”

Sponsored by:

Murdoch University Western Australia School of Mining
International Mining for Development Centre

The African Union Commission’s “Africa Mining Vision” and the recently endorsed action plan lay out a clear path forward for African nations seeking to maximize the value of their mineral and energy endowments and at the same time minimize the negative consequences of exploitation of the resources.

The Africa Australia Research Forum, now in its second year, will bring 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.

Through a combination of catalytic panel discussions and “world café” style small groups, attendees will explore: the action plan of the Africa Mining Vision, infrastructure needs and the nexus between mining and agriculture, and economic development, leading practice in corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Africa and research priorities for the African extractive industries and civil society.

The Africa-Australia Research Forum is hosted by Murdoch University in partnership with the International Mining for Development Centre at the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland; and the Western Australian School of Mines at Curtin University

The Africa-Australia Research Forum gratefully acknowledges the support of Africa Down Under and Paydirt Media, The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Australia-Africa Mining Industry Group (AAMIG).

Delegates are invited to download the following documents prior to the forum:

Africa Mining Vision

Action Plan for AMV

Time Programme - Tuesday 28th August
08:00 Arrival, tea, coffee and registration
09:00 Welcome: David Doepel, Chair, Africa-Australia Research Forum; Bill Repard, Executive Chairman, Paydirt Media Pty Ltd, Melissa Parke MP, Federal Member for Fremantle, Margaret McKinnon, First Assistant Director General, Africa and Community Programs Division, Australian Agency for International Development (15)
09:15 Panel One: The role of the Africa Mining Vision and its implementation in creating lasting value for the countries of Africa (35)
  Chair: Dr. Kevin Urama, Executive Director, African Technology Policy Studies Network, Nairobi, Kenya


Mr. Hussein Hassan Hussein, Head of Industry Division, African Union Commission
Prof. Chris Moran,
Director, The Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland       Dr. Dauda Foday Suma, Department of Trade and Industry African Union Commission

09:50 World café small group discussion (40)
10:30 Morning tea break (20)
10:50 Plenary world café respondent: Prof. Steve Hall, Executive Director, Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University (10)
11:00 Panel Two: Mining infrastructure and sustainable development: agriculture, biodiversity and biosecurity (35)
  Chair: Dr. Hudson Mtegha, School of Mining Engineering, University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Mr. Emerson Zhou, Director, Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor Partnership, Mozambique
Dr. Steven Phillips, MD Senior Fellow, Extractive Industries Infectious Diseases Risk Assessment and Management Initiative (IDRAM), Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs
Mr. David Flanagan, Executive Chairman, Atlas Iron Ltd
11:35 World café small group discussion (40)
12:15 Snapshots of Australia's Engagement with Africa: Mr. John Angley, General Manager International Education, Austrade; Dr. Graham Forward, Founder, Australian Doctors for Africa; Dr. Nesrin Varol, Senior Advisor, Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor, International University of Sydney representing the Australia Africa Universities Network (15)
12:30 Lunch (40)
13:10 Plenary world café respondent: Prof. Jeffrey Sayer, Professor of Conservation & Development Practice, James Cook University (10)
13:20 Panel Three: Leading practice in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) (40)
  Chair: Mr. Bill Turner, Chairman, Australia Africa Mining Industry Group
Mr. John Borshoff, Managing Director, Paladin Energy Ltd
Prof. Mark Jones, Program Director, Global Health Alliance WA
Mr. Tim Costello, CEO, World Vision Australia
Ms. Elaine Prior, Senior Analyst, Citibank (Environment, Social and Governance)
14:00 World café small group discussion (40)
14:40 Afternoon tea (15)
14:45 World café respondent: Rhett Butler, AM, Chairman, SkyJuice Foundation (10)
15:05 Panel Four: Global corporate accountability initiatives in an African context (40)
  Chair: Ms. Serena Lillywhite, Mining Advocacy Lead, Oxfam Australia

Panellists:                                                                                                                                                     Dr Alexandra Guáqueta, School of International Studies, Flinders University and Member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights                                                                   Mr. Mamadou Biteye, Regional Director West Africa, Oxfam                                                             Mr Mashall McKenna, Partner, Allens

15:45 World café small group discussion (45)
16:30 Plenary world café respondent: Ms. Andrea Shaw, Director, Shaw Idea Pty Ltd (15)
16:45 Closing remarks: David Doepel, Chair, Africa-Australia Research Forum; Prof. David
Morrison, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Murdoch University
17:00 Africa Down Under Welcome Reception, lobby bar Pan Pacific Perth Hotel

Registration is complimentary and limited to 300 pax.

Registration is now closed