March/April 2011

CIM signs MOU with Chinese association

By Heather Ednie

CIM has entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the China Non-Ferrous Metals Industry Association (CNIA), which represents more than 600 non-ferrous metals, mining and processing companies in China. Within the MOU, a number of areas of mutual interest have been identified with the aim of developing projects together to support and improve the health of workers, communities and the environment through the development of the mining and metals industry worldwide.

The core areas of interest the CIM-CNIA agreement has identified are health and safety, standards, environment and recycling. Both parties have committed to the following basic deliverables:

  • CNIA will identify the knowledge, expertise and training needed in these four areas of interest in the Chinese non-ferrous industry, as well as the events to support the sharing of such information, and co-host such events in China and/or Canada.
  • CIM will identify the required expertise and knowledge on these four issues in Canada and elsewhere to meet the Chinese requirements, and co-host events with the CNIA.
  • The leaders of CIM and CNIA will meet periodically and report annually to their boards on the status of cooperation in each of the four identified areas.
  • Both CIM and CNIA will promote each others’ conferences and potentially organize conferences jointly. As well, they will establish methods for visiting delegations to meet local companies.
  • Possible distribution of each others’ technical publications is to be investigated.

CIM president Chris Twigge-Molecey signed the agreement on behalf of CIM. “I personally have been working on a variety of initiatives with CNIA for about seven years, including putting on a Hatch-CNIA workshop on carbon trading about five or six years ago,” he said. “The discussions around a CIM-CNIA cooperative agreement went relatively fast as a result of the existing relationships.”

According to Twigge-Molecey, the MOU is a step forward in CIM’s strategy to internationalize and reach out to other regions to establish useful best practice transfer mechanisms and networks. “The intent is to attract new members and support current members who are overseas,” he added. “We see China as a key element in the future of a significant part of our membership, both overseas and in Canada, where the Chinese are buying up resources at an astonishing rate.”

What is next? Discussions are underway about a conference on energy efficiency and standards to be held in China later this year. Depending on its level of success, CIM and CNIA will then work together to determine a program for 2012.

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