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An abundance of investment opportunities in Africa for the resource sector has sparked a wave of interest for Western Australian mining companies. Former Foreign Affairs minister Kevin Rudd states “Australian resource projects in Africa are worth more than AUD $20 billion with billions of dollars more in the pipeline”.
The booming economy of Western Australia has allowed the mining firms of the WA resource industry to venture out of the country and expand their operations to include Africa as a top choice for new projects and investment.
As the resource sector begins to explore the wealth of opportunities in African mining, the WA business space must consider the issues, risks and challenges of Australian mining in Africa.
The ‘Investing in Africa’ breakfast offers a forum for discussion, education and information presented in a unique and captivating environment thanks to Via Appia Networking WA.
Time: 7:00am – 9:00am
Date: Wednesday 20th June 2012
Location: Duxton Hotel, St. Georges Terrace
Jacques Van Rhyn – Leader Australia-Africa Services Group, Deloitte
Jacques Van Rhyn is an international tax and transfer pricing partner, and leader of Deloitte’s Perth transfer pricing team and the Australian-Africa Services Group. Jacques has been practising for over 20 years in both South Africa, where he was the African regional transfer pricing leader for another Big 4 firm, and Australia where he is responsible for Deloitte’s National Energy & Resources Transfer Pricing Group.
Mr Giulio Casello – MD & CEO, Sundance Resources Ltd.
Sundance’s Mbalam Iron Ore Project is based around a group of large-scale high grade iron
deposits spanning the border between the Republic of Cameroon and the Republic of Congo
in central West Africa, which when developed will be part of an integrated mine, rail and
port operation to produce 35Mtpa of DSO-quality hematite for the first 10 years, followed by
continued production at 35Mtpa of Itabirite for a further fifteen years.
Mark Sumich – MD of Globe Mining and Metals
An entrepreneur and co-founder of Globe, Mark has a wealth of managerial, financial and legal expertise. Prior to Globe, Mark held director and senior executive roles with a number of public and/or ASX-listed companies. He has also practised corporate and securities law with Clayton Utz, PricewaterhouseCoopers and other financial institutions.
Eric Fethers – Partner Middletons
Eric has experience in fundraising, securities, mining and resources and mergers and acquisitions. He has worked as a lawyer in Perth since his admission to practice other than a period of 1-2 years when he worked in-house in London for ExxonMobil. He has extensive experience in cross border transactions, in particular involving mining projects in Africa.
Ian Satchwell – Director, International Mining for Development Centre
Ian Satchwell heads the new International Mining for Development Centre, a joint venture between University of Western Australia, University of Queensland and the Australian Government, though AusAID. The Centre provides practical advisory, education and training services to developing nations across mining-related issues.
Ian has 25 years of experience in mining and development policy at state, national and international levels, operating at the business-government-community interface. For the past 10 years, he has held management roles in national economics consultancy firms, advising industry and government on a broad range of issues. Previously, Ian was a manager within four different minerals and energy industry bodies. Ian is a regular visitor to countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
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