AUA Mining Conference – Mining and Socio-Economic Development: Armenia’s Choices
Mining and Socio-Economic Development: Armenia’s Choices
International and local experts will gather in Yerevan on November 30 for a one-day conference examining mining and socio-economic policy in Armenia.
AUA is organizing an event that aims to assess the choices available to Armenia as it seeks to balance economic gains with that of social equity and environmental health. The conference will be held in AUA’s Manoogian Hall, from 9:30am-5:30pm (Yerevan time). It will livestream online at http://aua.am/mining.
Over the past decade, the Armenian Government has made mining a priority for Armenia’s economic growth. However, no serious public debate has occurred to examine policy choices available to Armenia regarding mining. With this conference, AUA hopes to begin such a critical public discourse, bringing together experts from across the world to present their analyses and discuss socio-economic policy choices available to Armenia.
The daylong conference will begin with the keynote speaker Dr. Saleem Ali, Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr. Ali will talk about international experience in the role of mining in economic growth and social development. Following this presentation, experts will briefly present a statistical overview of mining in Armenia. The event will then hold three panel discussions focused on Armenia. The first panel will examine whether mining can play a key role in Armenia’s economic growth, while the second panel will focus on mining’s impact on Armenia’s environmental and public health. The third and last panel will explore whether Armenia’s legal and institutional framework on mining foster’s socio-economic development.
These issues will be discussed against the larger backdrop of a growing unease in and outside Armenia on the potential benefits and risks of mining to the country’s socio-economic and environmental future. Thus far, the social, environmental and public health concerns have been overshadowed by the argument that Armenia does not have many choices and mining will be the growth engine of its emerging economy. In the past two decades, however, there have been many constructive developments around mining in the international arena around mining. The industry as a whole has improved its practices, while international organizations and governments have adopted standards for environmentally cleaner and socially more equitable mining.
This conference aims to become a model for a constructive and high-impact way in which AUA can contribute to public-policy debates in Armenia. The day-long event is open to the public. The presentations and discussions of the conference will also be made available on YouTube post event. For more information and updates visit http://aua.am/mining.
The conference, open to all, will also be livestreamed. The videos of the speakers and panel discussions will be placed on YouTube.
The Conference was sponsored in part by UNDP and USAID/Counterpart International in Armenia.
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome and introductions (AUA President, conference co-sponsors, government representative)
9:45-10:45 KEYNOTE TALK: “Mining’s Role in Economic Growth and Social Development: International Perspective,” Dr. Saleem Ali, Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, University of Queensland, Australia
10:45-11:00 Q&A with keynote speaker
11:00-11:25 Coffee Break
11:25-11:45 SNAPSHOT OF MINING IN ARMENIA: “Statistical Overview of Mining in Armenia,” AUA faculty
11:45-13:15 PANEL 1: “Can mining play a key role in Armenia’s economic growth?”
13:15-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:30 PANEL 2: “Mining and Armenia’s Environmental and Public Health: Impact and Mitigation”
15:30-17:00 PANEL 3: “RA Legal and Institutional Framework on Mining: Does it foster Armenia’s socio-economic development?”
17:00-17:30 Closing Remarks: Outlining Key Takeaways and Future To Do’s