DMP hosts briefings to help African countries develop mining laws and level up safety standards

The Department of Mines and Petroleum and State Development are co-hosting a series of briefings in the annual Africa Down Under resources conference in Perth this week.

The conference opened on Thursday and has attracted African government Ministers, business leaders, and representatives of leading global resources companies and mining services industries.

The briefings are being held for representatives of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and it cover a wide range of resources-related topics, including minerals development, royalties, state agreements, geoscience systems, mining titles, environmental approvals, and safety and health.

“The key objective during this week’s briefings is for COMESA members to tap Western Australia’s expertise,” said Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) Director General Richard Sellers.

“I hope that our contribution this week will help African countries develop their mining laws, tenement systems, and environmental and safety standards to levels similar to those in Australia.”

Western Australia accounts for two-thirds of the Australian mining companies currently operating over 429 projects in 30 African countries.

COMESA members include Burundi. Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritres, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


The annual Africa Down Under resources conference is now on its 13th year. Photo: DMP website

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