Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Peter Ryan will this evening welcome delegates from more than 30 countries to the inaugural International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne.
Mr Ryan said the five-day conference was Australia’s first and only truly international mining event, bringing together the breadth of the mining industry, from industry leaders and policy makers to financiers, technical experts, innovators and educators.
“We are delighted to welcome over 2000 delegates from over 30 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas to IMARC,” Mr Ryan said.
“We are joined by ministerial delegations from Chile, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines and Ethiopia, and by representatives from the world’s largest mining companies, including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Vale to name but a few.
“IMARC is broad in scale and scope, and we hope this conference and exhibition will become a ‘Grand Slam’ event for the Asia Pacific region.”
The IMARC program includes more than 200 speakers representing a broad cross-section of national and global mining industry leaders and experts.
IMARC is the first conference of its type to have the support of each of Australia’s three key industry associations – The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), Austmine and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).
Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government was proud to be supporting IMARC.
“Victoria is the birthplace of mining in Australia dating back to the gold rushes of the 1850s. Victoria’s Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector is valued at $17 billion, making it a major contributor to Australia’s economic growth and long-term prosperity.
“Melbourne is a hub for mining and mining services and is the corporate home for some of the biggest names in the industry, including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Oz Minerals, MMG, Newcrest Mining and Orica.
“Through IMARC, we look forward to showcasing Victoria’s capabilities in mining, equipment, technology and services and building partnerships with industry and government. IMARC also provides unprecedented opportunities for Victorian companies in other industries such as manufacturing to create linkages with the world’s leading mining and resources companies.”
Mr Ryan also welcomed IMARC keynote speaker, international financier and global mining industry figure, Robert Friedland.
“Mr Friedland has influenced investment decisions and spurred economic growth in markets in Asia, the Asia Pacific Region, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas,” Mr Ryan said.
“Along with being a significant investor in leading-edge resources technologies, Mr Friedland is renowned for his leadership of Ivanhoe Mines, which is currently focused on advancing and developing three major mining projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
IMARC’s program includes a Policy stream led by the MCA and Coalition Government; a Technology and Skills stream led by AusIMM and Austmine; and an Investment stream led by Mines and Money Australia.
The IMARC Expo which will run throughout the conference showcases the latest innovations, products and services from over 80 industry leaders.
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