Resource nationalism curse spreads

There has been plenty said about the push by Indonesia to gain more revenue from its mining industry – a push that has been costly for many in the industry as well as for mining investment. There is no doubt the resource nationalism quest has set the industry back, but it must be remembered that Indonesia is not alone in this regard.

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Mining must walk the walk with innovation

IF the mining industry is to take full benefit of the cyclical upswing, along with future highs and lows, innovation is the key. Rather than just talking the talk about technology, industry players must get serious about implementing it and walk the walk, otherwise they run the risk of being left behind.

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Uncertainty casts shadow over Indonesia

It may sound like a cracked record, but the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Indonesia’s mining industry is not doing anyone any favours and, is putting further development of mineral resources at risk. There are still some successful mining ventures as evidenced in the pages of this edition, but operators are demonstrating tremendous perseverance as mining policy changes mean that they constantly have to alter tack mid-stream.

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Much brighter start to a new year

Mining’s transformation in 2016 has been astonishing – although we are not quite out of the woods just yet and it will take time for the improved conditions to filter down the mining chain. After starting the year at the lowest of ebbs and with little sign of hope, a series of subsequent circumstances has seen optimism and fortunes turnaround.

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John Miller, Editor

John Miller, Editor, The ASIA Miner
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Based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, John Miller has been working as a mining journalist for The ASIA Miner for the past seven years, focusing on mining developments throughout Asia and Australia. He was promoted to editor, The ASIA Miner, during July 2010, is editor of Coal Age Indonesia and has responsibility for E&MJ Australian coverage. John has more than 30 years experience as a journalist. He is also an author with more than five historical books published and a biography published. He has also served his community as a city Councillor and was mayor of Orange from 2002 to 2004.

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