More of the same for mining in 2013

2012 saw economic uncertainty around the world exacerbated by growing financial troubles in Europe and deliberate slowing of China’s growth. This uncertainty was reflected in the mining industry with resulting downward trends for most mineral prices and great difficulty in securing funds for exploration, mine development and expansions, which led to a concerning and increasing number of project postponements and cancellations. The overall downward trend in the mining industry and investment has not been aided by an increasing amount of resource nationalism around the world.

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Definitely ‘glass half full’ at MINExpo 2012

THERE is no question the global mining industry is not as strong as it was at the start of 2012 thanks to a gloomy Europe, slowing Chinese growth, depressed metal prices and lack of capital for exploration, development and expansion projects, but it was undoubtedly a case of glass half full at MINExpo 2012 in Las Vegas. While acknowledging the difficult conditions, most mining executives and leaders at the world’s biggest mining showcase were very optimistic about the future.

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Uncertain times for mining in Mongolia

THE very nature of the coalition government formed after Mongolia’s parliamentary election seems certain to result in an increase in politization, polarization, confrontation and divisiveness in the resource-rich North Asian nation. In terms of mineral resources, the coalition will be under substantial pressure to be more populist with policies and, therefore, resource nationalism will be a greater risk, investors will be a lot less willing to part with funds to support Mongolian mining projects and there will be elevated levels of volatility for the country’s resource equities.

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National resources development fund has merit

An emerging cash crisis for Australia’s junior explorers is threatening the long-term sustainability of the country’s ‘mining boom’ as well as in other areas in which the juniors play a vital role in identifying and proving new deposits, such as Asia, Africa and South America. A national resources development fund paid for by a modest levy on established and profitable mining operations, and proposed by Minotaur Exploration’s managing director Andrew Woskett, is worthy of further investigation by Australia’s decision makers.

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John Miller, Editor

John Miller, Editor, The ASIA Miner
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Editor, ASIA Miner and Australian Editor, E&MJ
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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.