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Rio chief on the challenges ahead for mining

Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques gave a frank assessment of the challenges and opportunities ahead for the mining sector at the Melbourne Mining Club’s annual London gala.

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J-S Jacques at the Melbourne Mining Club in London

Jacques said for the mining sector, there were two key growth drivers: GDP and trade.

"Over the past three decades, there is no doubt that trade was the key driver of growth," he said.