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The high-level global conference "Maximizing the Value of Extractives for Development" was co-hosted by the Canadian International Development Agency and the World Economic Forum. This event preceded the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's Annual International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange (March 3-6, 2013, in Toronto). It engaged approximately 200 representatives from government, industry and civil society to discuss the role of the extractive sector in sustainable development.
The objectives of the conference were to:
-- Discuss how the development value of mining can be maximized.-- Discuss the role that mining investments can play in developing local, regional and national economies.-- Identify the processes and institutions that are required to successfully manage the development of extractive resources in order to reduce poverty and advance broad-based national growth.-- Discuss extractive resource development strategies and approaches adopted by other countries and how they compare.
This one-day conference included moderated panel discussions on the following three topics:
1. Maximizing the development value of mining
The value of mining is not just in the investment made to develop a mine or the price of the minerals produced, it can have a ripple effect on the economy. This panel discussed how responsible mining requires good governance while producing the revenues required to support well-governed institutions, which are necessary prerequisites to achieve most other development results.
2. Harnessing mining investments for development
The mining sector mobilizes enormous long-term investments in very specific areas, resulting in significant infrastructure development, as well as the purchase of a wide variety of goods and services. This panel looked at how extractive sector investments and purchases can play a greater role in developing the local and national economy.
3. Capitalizing on resource wealth
Possessing a rich natural resource endowment is not enough to guarantee positive outcomes. This panel examined the processes and institutions required to successfully manage the development of mineral resources to reduce poverty and advance broad-based national growth.
Panel participants included:
-- The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, Canada-- Britt Banks, Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado, and Chair, World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Responsible Mineral Resources Management-- Sinkinesh Ejigu, Minister of Mines, Ethiopia-- Pierre Gratton, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Mining Association of Canada-- Anthony Hodge, President, International Council on Mining and Metals-- Rafael Benke, Global Head Corporate Affairs, Vale-- Chris Eaton, Executive Director, World University Service of Canada-- The Honourable Jorge Humberto Merino Tafur, Minister of Mines and Energy, Peru-- Bernhard Klein, Head - Department of Mining and Engineering, University of British Columbia-- Scott Gilmore, President, Anchor Chain-- Virginia Flood, Vice-President, Rio Tinto, Canada
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