The Australia-Africa Minerals & Energy Group (AAMEG) is the peak body representing Australian companies engaged in the development of Africa’s resource industry. We support members operating in Africa and facilitate collaboration between industry, governments and other stakeholders to ensure that resource development produces sustainable outcomes in Africa.
“By promoting adherence to best-practice guiding principles and building alliances among member companies, Australian and African Governments, NGOs and academia, we are positioning the Australian extractive industry in Africa as a desirable and socially responsible global investor.” Trish O’Reilly – CEO AAMEG
Over the past 20 years, Australian mining companies have had a dramatically increasing role in exploring and developing mining projects on the African continent, the effects of which have far exceeded that of official Australian Government involvement. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) suggested that the Australian mining industry consider establishing a representative body in order to facilitate a more active engagement with our Government, as well as to leverage the industry’s presence on the African continent. As a result, in 2010, the Australia-Africa Minerals & Energy Group (AAMEG) was established, followed by formal incorporation in April 2011.
During the 2011 Africa Down Under Conference in Perth, there was a meeting of the AAMEG advisory committee and senior Australian Government representatives from DFAT, AusAID, Austrade and EFIC. There were also a number of one-on-one meetings between AAMEG advisory committee members and senior Government representatives. Formal meetings continue to occur twice yearly at ADU and Indaba.