A mining make-over in progress?

In his recent keynote address to the platinum group metals industry, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe (the Minister) indicated that South Africa aims to increase the country’s share of global exploration expenditure to at least three per cent in the next five years. Read more

Women in Resources Victoria Event – Panel discussion examining the competitiveness of the Australian resources industry

On 17 July 2014, Women in Resources Victoria held a panel discussion examining the competitiveness of the Australian resources industry.  The event was very well attended and topical in light of recent industry and media discussion of the current challenges facing the resources industry and the Government’s focus on the regulatory environment. The panel discussion … Read more

The possible consequences of the termination of Indonesia’s Bilateral Investment Treaties

The Government of Indonesia recently indicated to the Dutch embassy in Jakarta that it intends on terminating all of its existing bilateral investment treaties starting with its treaty with the Netherlands. Indonesia has entered into bilateral investment treaties with over sixty counties including Australia, China, Singapore and the United Kingdom. The outright removal of any … Read more

Indonesia indicates intention to terminate all of its Bilateral Investment Treaties?

According to the Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia has informed the Netherlands that it has decided to terminate the Bilateral Investment Treaty between the two nations from 1 July 2015. The Embassy also states that “the Indonesian Government has mentioned it intends to terminate all of its 67 bilateral investment treaties“. Nearly all Bilateral Investment … Read more

How to navigate dispute resolution in Africa

As investment continues to flow into the continent, the number of disputes is also risingOver the last decade investment into Africa from foreign companies, financial institutions and private equity groups has soared, while investment between African countries is also increasing. For those willing and able to seek out its opportunities, Africa represents the world’s largest … Read more

Record Mining Investment set to continue

Mining investment is up 74 percent since last year, and 34 percent in the last six months. Last week the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) published their biannual report on Mining Industry Major Projects – showing the silver (or is that gold?) lining in the face of economic doom and gloom. At the … Read more