Regional Development

Fourth OECD Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities



20-23 June 2023  Karratha, Western Australia












What's the issue?

World cosumption of raw materials is set to nearly double by 2060 - mining regions supply the raw materials for the future. There are unique opportunities here (investment and technological innovation, high wage jobs, participation in global value chains) - but also challenges (Dutch disease, vulnerability to external shocks, and environmental impacts). These impacts, are amplified at the regional and local scale where mining and extractive operations take place.

Successfully navigating these challenges requires the implementation of regional development policies. The OECD is implementing a project to develop recommendations for improving regional development outcomes for regions and cities specialised in mining and extractive industries. 

About the event

The meeting in Karratha will have a special focus on policies to increase local productivity and value chain participation related to the mining and resources sector and to support economic diversification that builds long-term economic resilience.

The meeting will focus on sharing lessons and leading practices related to: 

  • Supporting the participation of local firms in global value chains;
  • Managing regional transitions and the closure of mining operations;
  • Automation and the future of work for mining regions and cities;
  • Indigenous communities as partners in regional development;
  • Creating local economic opportunities outside of mining and resources; and,
  • Collaboration with the private sector to invest in regional infrastructure, skills and business development

Find out more about the OECD mining regions project...




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About the region


Karratha is the capital of the Pilbara Region in Australia’s north west. The region is well known for its Aboriginal history dating back 40,000 years and its spectacular scenery that is thought to be around 2.8 billion years old. The Pilbara supports 63,850 jobs and has an annual economic output of more than AUD 61 billion. 


Dampier Archipelago

Karratha hosts multi-national corporations and has a long history of exporting iron ore, liquefied natural gas, salt and ammonia products. While this activity is set to continue into the future, the region boasts numerous other comparative advantages that present opportunities for new industries and economic diversification.

Karratha is also known for its spectacular landscapes and recreational offerings, which include world-class camping, boating, fishing, four-wheel driving and unique eco-cultural experiences.

Rock Art located in the Murujuga National Park



Red Earth Arts Precinct
27 Welcome Road
Karratha WA 6714

Travel and Accommodation

The airport is located 20 minutes by car from Karratha’s town centre. 

Suggested accommodation

Karratha has a range of accommodation types to suit all budgets. To book, please contact the hotels directly using the links below, identifying yourself as an OECD 2020 delegate.

Below is a listing of local accommodation providers:






Sponsorship is with the City of Karratha, all enquiries are to be made directly with the Event Secretariat Event & Conference Co. via

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