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Papua New Guinea

Mining, energy in Manila spotlight

The theme of the event, which takes place at Marriott Hotel Manila, is ‘harnessing natural resources for inclusiveness and sustainable development'.

Supported by the Oxford Business Group, the OBG says that the mining industry in the Philippines is a major economic activity but remains operating below potential.

"There is a considerable anti-mining sentiment in the country especially at the subnational levels where environmental impact and displacement of indigenous peoples caused by mining operations have been the focus of much debate.

"Small-scale mining is also contentious, due to poor regulations and overlapping policies between national and local government. The ECCP believes that the contribution to national development and share value can be further enhanced through better regulatory and enabling policies, best practices in value sharing, environment-friendly technologies and socially responsible investments," the OBG said.

The intention of the forum is to convene decision makers and other key stakeholders from the mining and energy sectors to discuss challenges, opportunities, policy reforms and best practices in harnessing the country's natural resources and their contribution to sustainable development.

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