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Hennebach Program presents “Beyond Resource Nationalism: Public-Private Partnerships in Mineral Development” by Saleem Hassan Ali

March 16, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Resource nationalism is often cited as the most serious risk to foreign mining investment in developing countries. This presentation will consider a comparison of Mongolia and Bolivia as two states which have exhibited different approaches to resource nationalism. In Mongolia, this phenomenon has been exposed mainly through the ever-increasing role of state ownership in major mineral deposits, mostly by direct equity participation. In Bolivia, lithium industrialization under Indigenous President Morales, has cultivated unusual governance arrangements via public private partnerships (PPPs) between state enterprises and foreign-owned private corporations. We consider this model for developing remote mineral reserves for advanced cleaner production technologies that are necessary for the transition from a fossil fuel to low carbon global economy, and for addressing sustainable development goals. This talk will provide a systematic understanding of the root causes for growing state involvements in mineral resource development and present the implications for the mining sector, including major challenges encountered as a result of the dominant ownership structures shaping the industry. The need for global governance mechanisms to address this challenge will also be considered.

Saleem H. Ali holds the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professorship in Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware. He is also a Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Sustainable Investment. Professor Ali has held the Chair in Sustainable Resources Development at the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute in Brisbane, Australia (where he retains professorial affiliation). His books include Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future, (Yale Univ. Press); Environmental Diplomacy (with Lawrence Susskind, Oxford Univ. Press) and Mining, the Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts (Univ. of Arizona Press). He is a member of the United Nations International Resource Panel; was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011; and received an Emerging Explorer award from the National Geographic Society in 2010. Prof. Ali received his doctorate in Environmental Planning from MIT, a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University and Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Tufts University (summa cum laude). He is a citizen of Australia, Pakistan and the United States.


March 16, 2018
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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