Australia supports Mining for Development in Mozambique

Media release

14 March 2013

Australian expertise is helping Mozambique sustainably manage its mineral resources and ensure that mining revenue supports development.

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Richard Marles, and Mozambican Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, His Excellency Mr Oldemiro Baloi signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Mining for Development at Parliament House this afternoon to formalise the growing partnership between Australia and Mozambique.

Mr Marles said Australia and Mozambique have a significant natural resource base in common.

“The Australian Government is working closely with the Government of Mozambique to support its efforts to maximise economic growth from its mineral reserves,” Mr Marles said.

“The partnership will improve technical and vocational education as well as research delivered in response to mining industry demands. The aim is to increase employment opportunities for local people and improve local participation in the industry.

“The partnership will also help improve planning and coordination of resource and related infrastructure developments.”

Since 2009-10, Australia has provided more than $50 million in development assistance to Mozambique with a focus on improvements to water and sanitation service delivery.

Infrastructure planning in small towns and growth centres along resource corridors is a key issue for Mozambique — one that Australia is helping address through the alignment of its mining, water and sanitation assistance.

Mr Marles also announced five new research projects worth more than $2 million focusing on Mozambique. Most of this research will look at ways to more effectively harness mineral resources to support economic growth in related sectors such as agriculture and improve delivery of water and sanitation services to local communities.

The President of Mozambique met with Mozambican students studying on Australia Awards scholarships earlier this week to hear about their experiences, and how they will contribute to Mozambique’s development upon return. Students are studying a range of topics including water management, carbon management, economics, public policy and agribusiness.

Australian Development Research Awards – Mozambique
Title Summary Region/Country of focus Research organisation Duration Total funds
How can mining and agriculture work together to provide equitable economic opportunities? Harnessing natural resources for mining and agriculture is a key driver of global economic growth, transforming economies and societies in many countries. This project focuses on a strategy to leverage both agricultural and mining investment for mutual benefit and equitable benefit sharing. Mozambique, Liberia Murdoch University 2013–14 $673,168
Using mining infrastructure for broader economic development and conflict prevention This project aims to develop an economically, legally and operationally rational framework to enable shared use of mining-related infrastructure (rail, ports, power, water, internet and telecommunications) for broader economic development and conflict prevention. Liberia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone Columbia University 2013–14 $279,849
Using Mozambique’s natural resource wealth to improve access to water and sanitation This collaborative research project led by Murdoch University and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane seeks to amplify evidence-based advocacy at national and provincial levels by analysing current efforts to increase access to water and sanitation in Nampula province, and build the business case for long-term investment of mineral resource revenues into the water and sanitation sector. Mozambique Murdoch University 2013–14 $538,642
Developing policies to better manage mines, mine closures and mine abandonments The project focus is to ensure the ability to manage environmental and social impacts of a mine from the outset and ensure capacity (fiscally and skill-wise) to undertake obligations of rehabilitation in affected environs to solve existing abandoned mine legacy issues and prevent further mine abandonments. South Africa; Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia Murdoch University 2013–14 $431,254
The impact of scholarships on strengthening the health system in Africa This project will examine the outcomes of Australian scholarships for Africans including re-integration and development of networks of practice among returnees. Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique University of Sydney 2013–14 $457,408

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