Viet Nam, Australia discuss sustainable mining efforts

Vietnamese and Australian experts and managers involved in mining held a workshop in Ha Noi yesterday to discuss co-operation in sustainable mineral development.

Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and the Environment Tran Hong Ha said Australia had experience in managing and developing resources safely and ensuring environmental protection and community benefits.

Australian experts shared their practical experience with sustainable development models in mining, their country’s policies and regulations for environmental management and issues related to communities within mining areas.

Professor David Mulligan, an expert with 25 years of experience in developing and researching resources, said the Australian Government’s co-operation with Viet Nam aimed to build a sustainable mining strategy.

Co-operation would focus on raising awareness of best practices in managing the impacts of mineral exploitation on land and under water, he added.

Mulligan said that in Australia, it was necessary to provide mining information for media agencies and pay attention to ensuring benefits for the community, managing water and treating post-exploitation waste.

More co-operation

In another co-operation between Viet Nam and Australia, the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the Brisbane Airport Corporation and six leading Australian aviation technology, services and training organisers led a three-day aviation workshop, which ended last Friday, HCM City.

“We’re confident that through the sharing of information and collaboration, Viet Nam’s key aviation stakeholders will gain a better understanding of the Australian aviation industry and consider Australia as their preferred country for aviation technologies, services, education and training,” said Australian Ambassador to Viet Nam Hugh Borrowman.

He said the aviation industry’s growth would exert extra pressure on airport and air traffic control infrastructure. Such growth will also require a highly specialised labour force.

The aviation workshop follows on from discussions that took place during the visit to Australia in March by Prime Minister of Viet Nam Nguyen Tan Dung.

The workshop was funded by the Australian Government and its aviation industry, in partnership with Viet Nam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam, Airport Corporation of Viet Nam, Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam and JetStar Australia.

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