Regional development

OECD Mining regions and cities


Second event in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

The 2nd OECD meeting of Mining Regions and Cities, will be hosted by Australia, Northern Territory's capital of Darwin from 20-24 November 2018. A preliminary agenda for the event is now available.

The event will include a special focus on mining and extractive industries and regional development in Southeast Asia, as well as innovative partnerships between Indigenous communities and the mining and energy industries.

The meeting will be held between 20 and 22 November in Darwin, followed by an optional site visit to Nhulunbuy in East Arnhem Land on 23 and 24 November 2018. This site visit will focus on the success of transitioning Nhulunbuy’s regional economy from a single, mining-focussed economy to the establishment of broader interests alongside mining, including tourism and agriculture. It will also showcase the successful, collaborative relationships between the region’s Traditional Owners, the mining industry and Government. 


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About the Northern Territory, Australia

The Northern Territory economy is characterised by an abundance of natural resources, a large public sector and a large defence force presence. It has a relatively small open economy which is heavily influenced by external economic conditions such as exchange rates, commodity prices, interstate and international migration flows and investment in complex and major projects.

The distinctive structure of the economy is also influenced by the relative small population which is distributed over a large and mostly remote area. Significant distances also separate the Northern Territory’s main population centres from each other, and from the rest of Australia.

The Territory’s distinctiveness provides a competitive advantage and massive potential. It is strategically located through its proximity to key markets by sea and air. With 400 million people within five hours flight north and 24 million people within five hours south, the Northern Territory is has the experience and capability to deliver complex and major projects. It is young and growing, it has space and capacity to grow and its cultural diversity both with its Indigenous peoples and multicultural communities brings significant strengths.

The Northern Territory has globally significant onshore and offshore energy reserves and a long history as a supplier of oil, gas and uranium to global markets. The Territory can contribute to improving global and national energy security, and in doing so deliver significant local economic growth opportunities.

The economic potential of the Territory’s rich minerals deposits is substantial and includes metals, gold ore, manganese, zinc/lead concentrate, bauxite and uranium. It also produces a range of non-metallic mineral resources such as salts, crushed rock, sand and gravel. World class mineral projects contribute significantly to its economic growth, and the Territory government is continuing to invest in obtaining and disseminating pre-competitive geological information to attract investment in exploration and to support projects commencing.

The OECD in partnership with the Northern Territory Government look forward to welcoming you to Darwin to share Territory experiences, to hear and learn from yours, and to share with you the wonderful Northern Territory.


More information on the Northern Territory and Darwin


Northern Australia Development Office


Northern Territory Economy - Mining and Manufacturing


Tourism - Do the Northern Way












Project background

The OECD is implementing a project to develop recommendations for improving regional development outcomes for regions and cities that are specialised in mining and extractive industries. The project is inclusive of subnational and national governments, the private sector, universities, and not-for-profit organisations. It will create opportunities for peer-review and learning through events and studies undertaken by the OECD. 



  1. Provide a framework for the OECD, the mining industry, national and subnational governments, and non-government organisations to cooperate on addressing shared challenges related to mining, extractive industries and regional development. 
  2. Produce a series of publications that deliver regional specific recommendations and implementation support, and a tool-kit (benchmarking and guidance, indicators and data, and best practices) to support the implementation of better regional development policies in a mining and extractives context across countries
  3. Develop a global platform for mining regions and cities through events and peer-review that enable knowledge sharing, advocacy and dialogue between public/private sectors and local communities on better policies to enhance regional productivity and well-being.

 Background note


Discussion paper



Implementation plan


Previous events

First meeting - Antofagasta, Chile

 The first OECD Mining Regions event was held in Antofagasta, Chile in October 2017 and was attended by 275 participants across 14 countries.





Who's who




  Mineria Antofagasta



Why is this event important?    ¿Por que es este evento importante?

Please note that the event is designed to build a network for knowledge-sharing about regional development issues for regions and cities that are specialised in mining and extractive industries which would be composed of experts, policymakers and practitioners with a consultative role. It should under no circumstances be considered as an OECD body. 


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