The Malaysian Chamber of Mines officially completed its two year term as Host Secretariat of the ASEAN Federation of Mining Associations (AFMA) in October 2016. During this period, the Chamber President, Dato’ Seri Dr Mohd Ajib Anuar acted as President of AFMA and the Chamber Executive Director, Tuan Haji Muhamad Nor Muhamad acted as AFMA Secretary General.
At an AFMA Executive Council meeting held on 10 November 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, it was decided that the Malaysian Chamber of Mines should continue to host the AFMA Secretariat until 31 December 2017 so as to enable it to complete several major on-going programmes. Dato’ Seri Dr Mohd Ajib Anuar and Tuan Haji Muhamad Nor Muhamad will thus continue to serve as AFMA President and Secretary General, respectively during this one year term in 2017. Subsequently, at an AFMA Executive Council meeting held on 7 September 2017 in Manila, Philippines it was further decided that the Malaysian Chamber of Mines should continue to host the AFMA Secretariat for another year until 31 December 2018 with Dato’ Seri Dr Mohd Ajib Anuar and Tuan Haji Muhamad Nor Muhamad as AFMA President and Secretary General, respectively.
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.
(Meeting of AFMA Executive Council in Manila, Philippines on 7th September 2017)
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, the Indonesian Mining Association, the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines and the Mining Industry Council of Thailand, in their desire to advance the interests of the mineral resource sector of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It was only on 15 February 1985 when the Constitution of AFMA was formally signed by the Presidents of the four founding members.
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 President of AFMA and its Secretary General are rotated amongst its constituent members every two years.
Membership of AFMA is composed of the national mining chambers/associations of the respective ASEAN member countries. It's current membership comprise the four founding members and the Lao Mining Association, which joined in 2004, the Cambodian Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, which joined in 2010, and the Myanmar Federation of Mining Association, which joined AFMA in 2013.
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.
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.
The 5th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Minerals (ASOMM), an inter-governmental forum, held in Indonesia in 2003 considered and agreed on the concept of establishing a Private Sector Forum on Cooperation in Minerals in ASEAN. The First Forum organised by AFMA together with the Lao Mining Association was held in Vientiane, Laos on 19 July 2004, before the meeting of the 6th ASOMM. The Second Forum was held in Kuching, Sarawak in Malaysia on 1 August 2005, and subsequently the Third Forum in Manila the following year. The Fourth Private Sector Forum was held in conjunction with the 2016 APMREC on 10 – 12 November 2016 in Kuala Lumpur back-to-back with the 16th ASOMM.
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 Selangor Dredging,
142-C, Jalan Ampang,
50450, Kuala Lumpur,
Tel : 603-21616171
Fax : 603-21616179
Website : www.mcom.com.my