More than 100 Zambian alumni and associates participated in the IM4DC Alumni Day in Lusaka, Zambia on 2 December. The forum was presented in cooperation with the new Zambia Mining for Development (ZAM4D) association, which was officially launched on the day. The forum brought together alumni from all of the Australian Government’s mining–focused development assistance programs including IM4DC, the Australia Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF) and the Australia Awards for Africa (AAA) program.
The Hon Christopher Yaluma, Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development in the Republic of Zambia was keynote speaker at the forum. Minister Yaluma is a strong supporter of the collaboration between Zambia and Australia in taking the Zambian mining industry to its next phase of development.
Australia’s High Commissioner, Matthew Neuhaus, was unable to attend due to commitments in Zimbabwe, but sent a message of congratulations and support.
“I am delighted to know you are gathering as a group of alumni in Zambia to celebrate your training and achievements under the Mining for Development program”, Mr Neuhaus said.
IM4DC Alumni Coordinator, Muza Gondwe, and Deputy Director Richard Slattery facilitated the Alumni Day.
The Alumni Day engaged participants in thought-provoking keynote presentations and interactive workshop discussions on the theme ‘Partnering to harness mineral wealth for enhanced socio-economic development in Zambia’.
During the day, alumni were able to network and exchange ideas, share experiences, and report on implementation of return to work projects. Alumni provided feedback on the impact of mining for development activities, identifying potential new research and education collaborations, strengthening existing partnerships and providing recommendations on future mining for development capacity-building priorities and delivery modes.
From its inception, IM4DC has been active in Zambia, reflecting the strong Zambia-Australia mining linkages and Zambia’s desire to develop leading practice in mining that delivers sustainable benefits to the nation and its people.
The Alumni Day followed the conclusion of the IM4DC short course on geotechnical and environmental management of large volume waste, facilitated by Professor Andy Fourie of UWA’s School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, and Professor David Mulligan of UQ’s SMI Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation. The program was developed and delivered in collaboration with Copperbelt University in Kitwe, Zambia.