Promoting South Australia's resources to the world

09/08/2012

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Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy Tom Koutsantonis has promoted South Australia's resource riches and technological know-how to a forum of International Resource Ministers in Brisbane.

Mr Koutsantonis was the only Australian state minister to address the 34th International Geological Congress (IGC) where South Australia's world-class deposits, internationally-regarded geological data and innovative resource technology have been on show.

"This is only the second time this prestigious event has been held in Australia," he says.

"It was last held in Australia in Sydney in 1976, so this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to show the world what we can do.

"I am confident our participation will further boost our State's global reputation as a technologically advanced resource destination."

The IGC was first held in 1878 and is the longest running and most prestigious gathering of geoscientists from industry, governments, academia, research organisations and professional societies globally.

International attendees in Brisbane included Russian Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environment Denis Khramov and Vietnamese Natural Resources Vice-Minister Nguyen Linh Ngoc.

Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism Martin Ferguson also attended the Congress.

"It is an important opportunity for our South Australian delegation to meet international mining companies and share information on world's best practice in exploration technology and the latest advances in geoscience discovery," Mr Koutsantonis says.

"The importance of our state's pre-competitive geoscience data cannot be underestimated. We know it is crucial in underpinning our exploration success.

"The annual Fraser Institute mining survey ranks South Australia as number one in the world for 'Geological Databases'; a key factor in attracting international resources investment to our state."

During IGC geoscientists from the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE) will present to international experts on a range of topics.

The Congress runs from 5-10 August. For more information on the Congress visit www.34igc.org