Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) of the University of Queensland hosted Mongolia Australia Development Forum: Mining, Sustainable Development and Partnerships on October 31, 2014 in Brisbane jointly with Mongolia Australia Partners for Development (MAP4D) and Griffith University.
More than a dozen speakers, representing the private sector and academic institutions, such as the COO of Oyu Tolgoi LLC Mr. Ivan Vella, Director of the Centre for social responsibility in mining (UQ) Prof. Saleem Ali and CEO of BAEconomics Dr. Brian Fisher made presentations and speeches. More than 100 delegates from over 40 organisations have attended the forum. The forum attendees listened to and discussed the presentations over a wide range of topics such as managing impacts and benefits of mining for sustainable development, enhancing development through knowledge transfer and partnerships, strengthening resource governance to harness natural resource wealth. Ambassador of Mongolia to Australia HE Mr. Ravdan Bold gave opening remarks at the forum. The delegates of the Queensland Government led by the Hon. Dr. Mark Robinson, the Deputy speaker of the Queensland Parliament, have attended the opening session. There are over 700 Mongolian students in Australia, of which around 80 students study in Queensland’s six universities.
The “Mongolia – Australia Partners for Development (MAP4D)” was initiated and founded in June 2014 by Mongolians working and studying in Queensland, as well as Australian researchers and practitioners with the objective of expanding the people-to-people links between Mongolia and Australia.