Australian Embassy

Media Release - 11/4/2013

Ozmine Vietnam 2013 Mining Mission
Australia and Vietnam partnering in energy development


Nine leading Australian mining equipment and technology services companies are visiting Vietnam on 9-12 April 2013 to explore business and collaboration opportunities.. Held in conjunction with the ozmine2013 regional exhibition and conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, this is the fifth Australian Government mining mission to Vietnam.

The 2013 program centres around a bilateral forum in Hanoi on Thursday 11th April where key representatives of the Australian, Vietnamese and international mining industry, as well Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade and the General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment shall discuss Vietnam’s plans and regulations in the mining sector and the latest mining solutions and developments from Australia. The Australian organisations will also undertake site visits and technical meetings at the Vietnam Coal and Minerals Industries Group (Vinacomin) Coal mine operation in Quang Ninh province and the Besra Phuoc Son gold mine in Quang Nam.

In the lead up to the event, the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Hugh Borrowman, emphasised that in 2013, as Australia and Vietnam are celebrating 40 years of Diplomatic Relations and in this Asian Century, initiatives such as the Australian Mining Mission would help strengthen our bilateral engagement and create a platform for further productive collaboration in this priority sector.

“For Vietnam, a country rich in natural resources and with mining key to its future economic growth, the visit by these leading Australian mining companies provides the national industry with a unique opportunity to tap into Australian knowledge and expertise. In adapting to some of the world’s most remote and harsh operating environments, our industry has become highly innovative, productive and efficient and is now exporting mining solutions throughout the world and we want to see greater collaboration between Australia and Vietnam,” the Ambassador said.

Australian Trade Commissioner to Vietnam, Ms Elodie Journet, highlighted the critical role of mining to both countries’ economies, as well as the expertise of Australia’s mining industry. “Australia is a world leader in all aspects of mining, including mining software and equipment, scientific analysis, exploration assessment and mineral processing technology, environmental services, and health and safety services and equipment. It can be a valuable partner to Vietnam in effectively and productively addressing the growing energy needs of the nation,” Ms Journet said.

According to the Australian Trade Commission, Australia has some 2,500 companies involved in the mining sector employing 320,000 workers, and approximately 60 per cent of the world’s mines use software that was developed in Australia. Many mining sites in Vietnam have already chosen to use Australian mining equipment, technology and services. This year’s Australian mission participants are taking a long-term approach and will be using this week in Vietnam to reinforce and create new cooperation opportunities with local and international major mining players.

Questions should be addressed to Ms Hoa Nguyen, Senior Business Development Manager, Australian Trade Commission, Australian Embassy, 8 Dao Tan Street, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, telephone: +84 4 3774 0314, email: [email protected].