The Mining Association of British Columbia

The Mining Association of British Columbia

September 11, 2007 16:29 ET

The Mining Association of British Columbia: Inaugural Conference Reflects Growing Importance of Asia Pacific to Mining Sector

Asia Pacific Forum on Mining and Minerals taking place Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2007

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2007) - For the first time ever, an international forum on mining and minerals is taking place in Vancouver focusing exclusively on the importance of the Asia Pacific region. The objective of the forum is to increase trade, investment and collaboration in the mining and minerals sector between B.C., Canada and countries around the Pacific Rim.

"The Asia Pacific region is growing in importance for the mining and mineral sector in British Columbia and Canada," said Michael McPhie, President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia. "Last year, almost 60 per cent of net mining revenues in B.C. came from markets outside of North America, including Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and India. The significance of the Asian Pacific region for the mining sector drove the need for this inaugural forum."

The Asian Pacific Forum on Mining and Minerals, taking place between September 30 and October 3, 2007 in Vancouver, will bring together internationally renowned speakers, senior executives, government officials, leading academics, First Nations and senior NGOs involved in all facets of the Asia Pacific mining and minerals industry.

Among the 50 key speakers at the conference are: B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell; former Prime Minister Jean Chretien; Minister of International Trade David Emerson; Lundin Mining Corporation Chairman Lukas Lundin; Teck Cominco's Senior Vice-President of Environment and Corporate Affairs Doug Horswill; Senator Heherson T. Alvarez, Chair of the Philippine Mining Development Corporation; and best-selling author James MacGregor.

The Asian Pacific Forum on Mining and Minerals is hosted by the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC), and supported by the Government of British Columbia and other key partners. More information on the conference is available at www.asiapacificminingforum.com.

The Mining Association of British Columbia speaks on behalf of mineral producers, the major component of a $10 billion industry in British Columbia. Mining remains BC's second largest resource industry and continues to be an essential part of the provincial economy. For more information on the Association please visit www.mining.bc.ca.

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