MEDIA RELEASE: AAMEG CELEBRATES 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Image left to right: Fred Soale, Muza Gondwe and CEO Bill Witham
Perth, Western Australia: The Australia-Africa Minerals & Energy Group is set to mark its 10th year of operations with an event at Fraser’s Restaurant in Perth on the 16th of June.
Incorporated in May 2011 with the goal of representing and advocating for Australian mining and resources companies operating in Africa, AAMEG has grown over the last decade to become one of Australia’s leading industry bodies.
The anniversary dinner will be an occasion to celebrate the achievements of AAMEG member companies and the broader industry, look back on a decade of growth and change and reinforce the community’s commitments to progress in the years ahead.
“10 years is a significant milestone for AAMEG, particularly because it’s not a commercial venture,” says Peter De Leo, Chair of AAMEG’s board and Managing Director of global engineering firm Lycopodium Limited. “The organisation was pulled together in response to a clear need and has gone on to make a place for itself as a vital source of support and advocacy for Australian operators in Africa.”
Particular highlights of AAMEG’s first 10 years include strengthened communication and industry ties with Canberra, the creation of a library of guiding documents and tool kits for in-country operators and the convocation of councils and workshops on vital topics such as modern slavery and conflict minerals.
Bill Turner AO, who served as AAMEG’s first Chair, believes the organisation’s strength is in building a forum for sharing lessons learned in Africa. “It’s helping to develop a unified Australian approach to ESG and community engagement,” he says. “It’s collaborative, supporting one another and raising the standard for all businesses operating in Africa. If you’re a member of AAMEG, you’re not starting from scratch – you have a network, a standard to build on. This provides trust for investors and benefits everyone.”
The anniversary dinner is not the only significant event on the AAMEG radar, with the return of the Africa Awards in September set to celebrate the achievements of Australian mineral and energy organisations who have navigated the challenges of the COVID pandemic to achieve success in Africa over the last 24 months.
More information the anniversary dinner, the Africa Awards and other upcoming events can be found at aameg.org.
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Founded in 2011, the Australia-Africa Minerals & Energy Group (AAMEG) is the peak body representing Australian companies engaged in the development of Africa’s resource industry.
AAMEG provides a forum for members to network and share operational experience; to advocate at an industry level on behalf of members; and to assist member companies to engage with Australian and African governments and other relevant institutions and organisations.