The only way is up from here

AS a new year dawns the global mining industry is at a very low ebb with volatile mineral commodity prices, very little capital available to support exploration or expansion projects, let alone new projects, and many existing operations struggling to break even at best. This has resulted in jobs being lost at mining operations and major impacts on the mining supply and service sector.

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China’s economy will continue to be strong

CHINA’S economic growth has slowed, prompting some so-called experts to claim that its economy will collapse. When coupled with the global downturn, this paints a gloomy picture. However, while there are some problems, China’s economy is not about to collapse as the government has deliberately slowed growth to achieve economic transformation and upgrade through a more sustainable growth rate.

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Resources boom is far from over

ALTHOUGH Australia’s resource-reliant economy is feeling the pain of lower commodity prices, high construction and infrastructure costs, and falling investment, it is not right to say the mining boom is over. Such statements are not conducive to encouraging a turnaround in fortunes and, if anything, create more doom and gloom than warranted.

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Coal royalty proposal is ill-timed

The Indonesian Government’s proposal to increase coal mining royalties to 13.5% of net sales in 2014 from the current rate of 5-7% is aimed at equating the payments of every coal miner in the archipelago, the timing is questionable as is the likely impact on small mining companies. Globally the industry is struggling from a number of factors, including low prices, rising supply and lack of capital, and Indonesia’s producers are being hit hard.

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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.