Mining and National Development in the New Global Context
Tom Butler, Chief Executive Officer, International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM)
Evelyn Dietsche, Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Chair: Bernice Lee, Executive Director, Hoffman Centre, Chatham House
During the resources boom of the last decade, countries, companies and communities alike were quick to highlight the transformative potential of the mining sector. With appropriate governance advice and capacity-building support, it seemed the ‘resource curse’ could be overcome. Yet as companies have adjusted their spending in response to declining global commodities prices and longer-term supply and demand projections, low- and middle-income resource-rich economies appear to have increased their dependence on the minerals sector. But how far has the potential of the mining sector been realised to date, and how different does this potential look today?
Taking ICMM’s third edition of the ‘Role of Mining in National Economies’ as the starting point, this meeting will critically assess the contribution that mining has made to development over the past decade, the prospects for ‘mining-led’ growth in the new global context, and the relevance of classic fiscal, employment and governance prescriptions.