Africa Down Under wrapped up in Perth last week. The event was well attended by delegates from both Australia and Africa. AAM held a booth in the exhibition for the fifth consecutive year in 2013. Once again staff from our Australian and African offices were present.
Bob Carr set the tone with his opening address describing both the positive outlook for the resource sector in Africa and the Australian Government’s commitment to strengthening diplomatic ties. Supporting Australian businesses to do business with African Nations was an underlying theme.
A number of common themes emerged from presenters over the three days;
- Mining Companies and Governments must work closely together to streamline approvals and provide certainty for mining companies and their investors.
- It was clear that Africa will be an important contributor to the Australian economy with an ever increasing number of Australian companies looking to do business in the region.
- Spatial information and geological mapping are seen as important inputs for Governments to identify resource reserves for exploitation.
- Social programs are now essential elements in mine developments with strong commitment from Mining Companies and investors.
The major prize in our business card draw was an iPad Mini kindly donated by our friend at DigitalGlobe. Congratulations to Yvonne deBoer, Group Manager BD and Marketing at Forge Group who was the lucky winner.
Thank you to the hundreds of delegates that took the time to drop by our booth and discuss their projects and geospatial needs. This event is a highlight of AAM’s conference calendar and 2013 proved to be no exception.
WA Business Development Manager, Brett Johnson presents Yvonne deBoer with her new iPAD
The AAM team: Brummer Grobbelaar (Perth), Marius Kumm (Johannesburg) and Rob Thomas at ADU