The ASEAN Federation of Mining Associations (AFMA) was formed on 19 June 1984 as a result of the efforts, interest and cooperation amongst its four founding members, namely the Malaysian Chamber of Mines (MCOM), the Indonesian Mining Association (IMA), the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (CMP) and the Mining Industry Council of Thailand (MICT), in their desire to advance the interests of the mineral resource sector of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Constitution of AFMA was formally signed by the Presidents of the four founding members on 15th February 1985.
Manila, Philippines 6th December 2018
The primary objectives of AFMA are to foster cooperation and mutual assistance among the members; promote the dissemination and exchange of information on the mineral policies; laws and regulations of member countries; foster research and studies of subjects relevant to the mineral industry; adopt measures to protect the mineral industry in Southeast Asia; hold symposia, conferences, congresses, meetings, workshops and exhibitions; update members on new or advanced mining techniques and technologies; establish and maintain relations with other international mining bodies and represent the mineral industry of Southeast Asia in international conferences, congresses and meetings concerning the mineral industry.
Originally, membership of AFMA was opened only to the national mining chambers/associations of the respective ASEAN member countries. However, at the 2018 AFMA Executive Council meeting held on 6 December 2018 in Manila, the Philippines, the Constitution was amended to allow other mineral-related organisations within and outside ASEAN to join AFMA as a member. AFMA’s current membership comprise the four founding members and the Lao Mining Association (LMA), which joined in 2004, the Cambodian Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (CAMEC), which joined in 2010, and the Myanmar Federation of Mining Association (MFMA), which joined AFMA in 2013. Membership is expected to increase with the relaxation of the ruling restricting membership to only national mining chambers/associations.
AFMA is a private non-stock and non-profit organisation with its address located in the home country of the Secretary General. The principal officers of AFMA are the President, Vice President and Secretary General appointed by the Executive Council. The positions of President of AFMA and its Secretary General are rotated amongst its constituent members every two years.
MCOM officially took over as host Secretariat from IMA in January 2015. After completing its two-year term in December 2017, MCOM was requested by the AFMA Executive Council to helm the host Secretariat for another year. During this period, the MCOM President, Dato’ Seri Dr Mohd Ajib Anuar acted as President of AFMA and the MCOM Executive Director, Tuan Haji Muhamad Nor Muhamad acted as AFMA Secretary General. Administratively, they were supported by staff of the MCOM Secretariat.
At an AFMA Executive Council meeting held on 6 December 2018 in Manila, it was decided that the Malaysian Chamber of Mines should continue to host the AFMA Secretariat until 31 December 2019 so as to enable it to complete several major on-going programmes. Dato’ Seri Dr Mohd Ajib Anuar and Tuan Haji Muhamad Nor Muhamad, thus continued to serve as AFMA President and Secretary General, respectively during this one year term in 2019.
As AFMA President, Dato’ Seri Ajib endeavours to continue to enhance closer rapport, interaction and cooperation not only amongst the private sector players within ASEAN but also with officials of the public sector responsible for the development of the ASEAN mineral resource industry. This effort dovetail with the establishment, in January 2015, of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), a powerful economic and trading block serving the Southeast Asian market of some 600 million consumers with a large industrial base and a region rich in mineral resource endowment.
AFMA’s primary event is the Asia-Pacific Mining Conference and Exhibition held once every two years. The first Asia Pacific Mining Conference and Exhibition was held in Bangkok in 1988. This was at a time when most, if not all, of the countries in the region were formulating their respective mining laws. The succeeding events were held in Manila in 1992, in Jakarta in 1994 and 1996, in Kuala Lumpur in 2000, and later again in Manila and Jakarta in recent years. The recent most event was the 2016 Asia Pacific Mineral Resource Exhibition and Conference (APMREC) held in November 2016 in Kuala Lumpur. All these events are global in nature and scope, dealing with common issues and concerns as well as latest developments, new technologies, mining policies, mineral legislations and investments opportunities in the mining and mineral resource industry.
Another primary event organised by AFMA is the annual Private Sector Forum (PSF) which is usually held in conjunction with the inter-governmental ASEAN Senior Officials Meetings on Minerals (ASOMM). The idea of having a PSF in conjunction with ASOMM was first mooted at the 5th ASOMM held in Indonesia in 2003. The first PSF was organised by AFMA together with LMA. It was held in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 19 July 2004, before the meeting of the 6th ASOMM. The second PSF was held in Kuching, Sarawak in Malaysia on 1 August 2005, and subsequently the third PSF was held in Manila the following year. The fourth PSF, organised by MCOM, was held in conjunction with the 2016 APMREC on 10 - 12 November 2016 in Kuala Lumpur back-to-back with the 16th ASOMM. The fifth PSF, organised jointly by MFMA and AFMA, was held on 29 November, 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar after the conclusion of the 10th ASOMM + 3 Consultation. The sixth PSF was held on 6 December 2018 in Manila, the Philippines. The event, organised jointly by the CMP and AFMA, was held immediately after the 11th ASOMM + 3 Consultation. The next PSF, which will be organised jointly by MICT and AFMA, is scheduled to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in December 2019.
For enquiries regarding AFMA, please contact the following;
ASEAN Federation of Mining Associations (AFMA)
c/o Malaysian Chamber of Mines,
8th Floor, West Block,
Wisma Golden Eagle Realty,
142-C, Jalan Ampang,
50450, Kuala Lumpur,
Tel : 603-21616171
Fax : 603-21616179
Website : www.mcom.com.my