Save the Date! 4TH OECD Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities

Save the Date! 4TH OECD Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities


Regional Development and economic diversification in a mining and resources context

4th OECD Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities

   23-26 of June 2020   Karratha, Western Australia

We are excited to announce that the 4th OECD Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities will be held in Karratha, Australia 23 26June, 2020.

The meeting in Karratha will have a special focus on policies to increase local productivity and value chain participation related to the mining and resources sector and to support economic diversification that builds long-term economic resilience. The meeting will focus on sharing lessons and leading practices related to:

  • Supporting the participation of local firms in global value chains;
  • Managing regional transitions and the closure of mining operations;
  • Automation and the future of work for mining regions and cities;
  • Indigenous communities as partners in regional development;
  • Creating local economic opportunities outside of mining and resources; and,
  • Collaboration with the private sector to invest in regional infrastructure, skills and business development.

The meeting will also include a special focus on localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in mining regions and cities to support public-private collaboration on shared value creation and measuring and assessing regional development outcomes.

Karratha is the capital of the Pilbara Region in Australia’s north west. The region is well known for its Aboriginal history dating back 40,000 years and its spectacular scenery that is thought to be around 2.8 billion years old. The Pilbara supports 63,850 jobs and has an annual economic output of more than $61 billion. Karratha hosts multi-national corporations and has a long history of exporting iron ore, liquefied natural gas, salt and ammonia products. While this activity is set to continue into the future, the region boasts numerous other comparative advantages that present opportunities for new industries and economic diversification. Karratha is also known for its spectacular landscapes and recreational offerings, which include world-class camping, boating, fishing, four-wheel driving and unique eco-cultural experiences.

To register interest in participating and/or speaking at the event, and for further information please email us! Registration details and a preliminary agenda will be released soon. 

The Meeting is part of an OECD activity to enable regions and cities with a specialization in mining and extractive industries to:

  • Develop global guidance and evidence on regional development policies for industry, national and sub-national governments, and non-government organisations to cooperate on addressing shared challenges;
  • Produce case studies and tools that provide recommendations and support for regions and cities to implement better regional development policies; and
  • Develop a global platform for mining regions and cities through events and peer-review that enables knowledge sharing, advocacy and dialogue between public/private sectors and local communities on better policies

We look forward to welcoming you to this important event and to working together to better address the challenges and opportunities faced by mining regions and cities. Please feel free to forward this message to other people and organisations who you think would be interested in this event.