Australia is putting itself at the forefront of the global campaign to reduce the negative impact of extractive industries in developing countries.

Australia has over 300 mining companies operating in Africa and more working in Asia, the Pacific and Latin America – all places where the resource curse takes a heavy toll.

This week, the Australian government is hosting two international conferences which aim to improve mining transparency and governance.

Correspondent: Jemima Garrett

Speakers: Aid-Watch Director, Thulsi Narayanasamy, Andrew Leigh, Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Ume Wainetti from Papua New Guinea, Mark Lowcock, head of the British government’s aid agency, Peter Baxter, The Director General of the Australian government agency AusAID

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