Australia and Chile ink mining agreement

The CSIRO and Chile's Ministry of Mining have signed an agreement to improve education, safety, and research and development in the global mining industry.

The memorandum of understanding will help build on the collaboration that already exists between Australia and Chile and help each country's industry tackle common issues impacting the sector.

In a statement yesterday the CSIRO said both Chile and Australia would be focusing on investing in vocational and post graduate training and developing new mining technology.

"We aim to improve the competitiveness of both our mining and minerals sectors through cooperation in education, health, safety and technological research and development," it said.

The CSIRO also said it was working with Chile on a major new collaboration — the CSIRO Chile International Centre of Excellence in Mining and Mineral Processing.

The centre is aimed at working with industry and universities to help improve the environmental impact and productivity of mining.

Earlier this month mining giant Vale said it had teamed up with the University of São Paulo to help identify "copper eating" bacteria that can help mine mineral waste.

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