(QldGovSpin) Mining Industry To Benefit From International Partnership

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 26/11/2004 - 01:19

Queensland and the United Kingdom today forged stronger ties by singing a blueprint for future partnerships in the mining technology sector, Mines Minister Stephen Robertson said today after the signing of a Statement of Intent between the two governments.

Natural Resources & Mines, Stephen Robertson


Mr Robertson said that singing the Statement of Intent with the United Kingdom demonstrated that the State Government recognised the importance of the mining and minerals processing sectors to Queensland's economy.

"Queensland is internationally recognised as having one of the best mining industries in the world and this partnership will help to strengthen that position," he said.

"This Statement of Intent provides the Queensland mining industry with an opportunity to share its world class technology, health and safety standards, training packages and skilled workforce.

"It will also provide an opportunity for the industry to add to its world class reputation by gaining new knowledge and skills from the United Kingdom's mining industry."

Mr Robertson said the Statement of Intent was the result of discussions between the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and UK Trade & Investment that had identified common interests in the economic development of the Queensland and United Kingdom mining sectors and related industries.

"The Statement of Intent will promote cooperation between both governments in the growth and development of their respective mining and related industries and will complement the good relations that already exist between Queensland and the United Kingdom," he said.

"Collaborative activities under the Statement of Intent could include joint projects, exchange of information, reciprocal trade missions, and sharing of ideas, information, skills and technologies.

"Potential areas for these activities include mining education and training, mine site rehabilitation and regeneration, and more detailed areas such as clean coal technology, safety training, remote control systems, flame proofing of equipment, electrical testing and certification, mine gas monitoring and interpretation, and asbestos monitoring.

"This Statement of Intent can only benefit the mining industries in Queensland and the United Kingdom."

The statement was signed on behalf of the United Kingdom by British High Commissioner H.E. Sir Alastair Goodlad KCMG.

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