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African mining regime reform: Is the Western Australian experience of resource development aligned with the Africa mining vision?

Gaynor, Michelle (2014) African mining regime reform: Is the Western Australian experience of resource development aligned with the Africa mining vision? Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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The question posed by this paper is whether the development of mineral resource policies in Western Australia is aligned with the goals of inclusive growth and sustainable development expressed in the Africa Mining Vision which was drafted in 2009. In exploring Africa’s transition from an object of investment to an agent of investment, the history of mining in Africa and the dominant narratives that have often explained and constrained Africa’s development have been explored. Africa’s early resource development experience was shaped by colonial intervention and by the impact of World Bank Group interventions. An analysis of some of these reforms has been made. Overall, while World Bank Group interventions did increase investment into Africa’s extractive industries, there were also significant negative impacts to African governments and African people. African countries now seek to be the stewards of their own development. One avenue for African development is through the promotion of their mineral industries. Western Australia has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with COMESA Member States to assist these states in promoting their mineral industries. The development ideology of Western Australia’s mineral industry is explored and compared to statements contained in the Africa Mining Vision. It is argued that the experience and ideology of resources development in Western Australia is not aligned with the goals of expressed in the Africa Mining Vision.

Publication Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Law
Supervisor: Treasure, Wendy and Shaw, Steve
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/25661
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