THE sixth Asean Ministerial Meeting on Minerals (6th AMMin) was held on November 30, 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. U Ohn Winn, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation of Myanmar, chaired the meeting.
The meeting was attended by delegates of Asean member countries comprising Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar and representatives from the Plus Three countries namely China, Japan and Korea.
The Asean Secretariat also attended the meeting as the facilitator in the efforts of implementing the Asean Minerals Cooperation Action Plan (AMCAP)-III, Phase 1 2016-2020, in particular, the notable progress in the programme areas of capacity building and sustainable minerals development.
The ministers welcomed the activation of Asean Reporting Mechanism to monitor the adoption of Sustainability Frameworks and tools for the minerals sector towards achieving AMCAP’s goal to implement ‘Sustainability and Assessment Frameworks and Guidelines’ in Asean.
The ministers commended on the efforts achieved in implementing the Asean Minerals Cooperation Action Plan and welcomed the preparations for the 2018 mid-term review of the first phase of AMCAP-III which will feed into the strategies and implementation of the second phase of AMCAP for 2021-2025.
The ministers welcomed the continual efforts achieved in strengthening policies and strategies on mine closure and rehabilitation as well as documenting best practices and in the efforts of pursuing strong collaboration and partnership.
Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, the Acting Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance) at the Ministry of Development, attended the meeting as a representative of the Minister of Development of Brunei Darussalam. She was accompanied by Hajah Sarimah binti Haji Awang from the Ministry of Development and Haji Azhan bin Haji Abdul Karim from the Department of Technical Services, Public Works Department.
Highlights of the meeting were the launching of the First Asean Mineral Awards (1st AMA). The Asean Award initiative was led by Brunei while Indonesia chaired the Board of Judges consisting of 10 judges from each Asean member states.
The award was to recognise best practices and support the promotion of environmentally and socially sustainable Asean mineral sector. Thirteen companies responded to the first call for entries for the awards.
This showed an indication of strong interest across the region to collaborate in recognising, promoting and documenting sustainable practices in minerals development.
The 1st AMA recognised eight mining companies operating in Asean for their commendable practices in three categories of mining operations.
For the Best Practice in Minerals Mining category, Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation of the Philippines was declared winner. PT Nusa Halmahera Minerals of Indonesia and Siam Cement Kaeng Khoi of Thailand were declared runners-up.
For the Best Practice in Minerals Processing category, Oceana Gold Mining Corporation of the Philippines was declared winner. PT Antam Persero Tbk of Indonesia and MMG Lanzang Minerals Ltd of Lao PDR were awarded as runners-up.
For the Best Practice in Minerals Processing category, PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara of Indonesia was declared winner and Pipatkorn Co Ltd of Thailand as the runner-up.
The sixth AMMin emphasised that recognition of these companies and the promotion of their best practices will help raise performance by making good examples accessible, encourage government and industry to aspire to higher standards and spur better ways of doing things.
The award will be a biennial activity led by Brunei Darussalam and the second Asean Mineral Awards (2nd AMA) will be awarded in the seventh AMMin meeting to be held in Thailand in 2019.