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Draft Broad-based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry

Business Day Live 9 July 2017

Kliptown Youth Project

Mignon Witten recently visited the Kliptown Youth Program (KYP) which is a non‐profit organisation founded in 2007 by a small group of young, inspiring individuals who wanted to make a difference in their local community.

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Australian Senate Parliamentary Inquiry into Australia's trade and investment relationships with the countries of Africa

Many may remember the call for submissions into the Australian Senate Parliamentary Inquiry into Australia’s trade and investment relationships with the countries of Africa in 2017. With the Australian Business Chamber of Commerce Southern Africa (ABCSA) http://www.abcsafrica.org/, the Australian Government held a workshop to discuss the Inquiry on 4 August 2017 in Johannesburg. Many thanks for those who contributed and to those who have also been following the hearings.

Please note that the final report was released on 21 June 2018. Please see weblink to the report

The recommendations are currently under consideration by the Australian Government and a response will be released in due course. You may be interested in the below recommendations:

Recommendation 1
7.7 The committee recommends that the Australian Government continue to actively monitor the emerging Continental Free Trade Area with a view to best position Australia to take advantage of it when it comes into force and ensure that businesses and the public are kept informed of the benefits of this agreement.
Recommendation 2
7.18 The committee recommends that Austrade actively monitor and promote non-extractive trade and investment opportunities in Africa to Australian businesses.
Recommendation 3
7.20 The committee recommends that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade work with organisers of major promotional events and conferences, such as Australia-Africa Week, to facilitate greater participation of the private sector from industries other than mining.
Recommendation 4
7.24 The committee recommends that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade review Australia’s diplomatic representation in Africa with a view to applying new methods of operation.
Recommendation 5
7.27 The committee recommends that the Australian Government explore opportunities to increase the number of Australian ministerial and parliamentary visits to Africa.
Recommendation 6
7.31 The committee recommends that, in relation to the Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations (AGAAR):
• the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and AGAAR, engaging in appropriate consultation with stakeholders, review AGAAR’s role with a view to build on its advisory responsibilities to include a more outward facing function to strengthen the Australia-Africa relationship;
• detail about the work and achievements of AGAAR be included on the AGAAR website; and
• the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade include a response to the recommendations contained in the AGAAR strategy paper on its website.
Recommendation 7
7.35 The committee recommends that the Australian Government give further consideration to supporting initiatives that strengthen the regulatory and governance landscape in Africa.
Recommendation 8
7.37 The committee recommends that the Australian Government review its visa assessment process for African travellers with a view to minimising processing times, increasing transparency and to ensure there are no unintended barriers.
Recommendation 9
7.40 The committee recommends the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade review their Smartraveller advice platform with a view to providing more tailored and specific advice to Australian businesses operating on the African continent.
Recommendation 10
7.42 The committee recommends that the Australian Government consult stakeholders such as the Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group on ways to improve data collection regarding Australian mining activity in Africa.
Recommendation 11
7.49 The committee recommends that the Australian Government, in consultation with a range of stakeholders, explore options for improving Africa literacy, awareness, engagement, access to information and research.
Recommendation 12
7.54 The committee recommends that the Australian Government consider increasing Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research’s funding in order to increase research, project and partnership activity in Africa.
Recommendation 13
7.58 The committee recommends that the Australian Government consider an Africa round for Business Partnerships Platform funding for African development projects delivered through public-private partnerships.
Recommendation 14
7.63 The committee recommends the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade undertake a review of Australian mining and Mining, Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) companies operating on the African continent which undertake engagement and provide services or assistance to the communities in which they operate.
Recommendation 15
7.65 The committee recommends that the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science review its Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining Industry to ensure it is up-to-date and incorporates information on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Recommendation 16
7.71 The committee recommends that the Australian Government seek to increase the visibility of the Australia Global Alumni program among African alumni in order to formalise alumni networks.
Recommendation 17
7.72 The committee recommends that the Australian Government review its list of Australia Global Alumni ambassadors with a view to including an Ambassador from Africa.

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