Victoria’s renaissance as a mining destination will gather more momentum when Melbourne hosts the 2018 International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in late October this year.
Last year IMARC attracted more than 4,000 mining leaders, policy makers, experts, innovators and educators from 82 countries including 33 international mining ministers and governments.
In a first, this year the IMARC event will also coincide with the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) bi-annual council meeting, which is being held in Melbourne at the same time.
ICMM represents 27 of the world’s largest mining and metals companies and more than 30 commodity and national associations. This also marks the first time the event will be hosted outside of London.
Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that mining exploration expenditure in Victoria was up 79 per cent for the year to March and up 30 per cent from the previous quarter, compared to an increase of 27 per cent and 11 per cent nationally.
Victorian treasurer and minister for resources, Tim Pallas, said the ABS data showed that Victoria’s mining sector is now leading the nation in terms of growth, which would only add to the buzz around this year’s IMARC.
“We’re cementing Melbourne’s reputation as a global resource and mining leader, showcasing everything the state has to offer.
“It’s clear that Victoria is the place to do business, whether it’s in resources and infrastructure, in the regions or in the city,” he said.
In addition to ICMM, the conference is backed by industry heavyweights including the Melbourne Mining Club, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and Austmine.
IMARC Ambassador and mining statesman, Gavan Collery, said the line-up of speakers this year included managing directors and chief executive officers of companies at the forefront of the global mining industry, including Rio Tinto’s Jean-Sébastien Jacques, Fortescue Metal’s Elizabeth Gaines, and Anglo-American’s Marc Cutifani, to name a few.
“It will be an exciting time and I am confident that this year IMARC will reach new heights as we profile the minerals industry, and share information, knowledge and business opportunities here, in the world’s most livable city,” Collery said