9_MinexAsia_Day_2_Session_0672Over 70 national and international companies and experts presented at MINEX Central Asia Forum in 2014 offering their views on current mining practices, projects, technologies and regulatory developments. Forum provided a powerful incentive for the multilateral exchange of information and better understanding of the on-going changes in the mining industry of the Central Asian region opening new opportunities to international investors and business partnerships.

MINEX Central Asia Forum Technical committee calls on national and international mining experts, analysts, investors, technological companies and government authorities to submit before 1 February 2015 abstracts to be considered for presentation at the Forum which will be organised in Astana from 17 – 19 March 2015.

The Forum will address on-going problems and look into prospects of Central Asia’s mining industry’s development in current macroeconomic and policy climate. The Forum’s Technical committee will be happy to consider presentation papers on current state and further development of mining and exploration, technological modernisation, business optimisation and increasing general competitiveness of Central Asia’s mining industry. The presentations must cover topics that are of general interest to its key audiences. Please refer to the list of themes proposed to be addressed at the Forum.  Case studies based on practical experiences in the region or globally are welcome but should be free from direct advertising and self-promotional materials.

Special “Business Podium” area will be reserved alongside the Forum’s mainstream program for companies and exhibitors who would like to advertise their products or services. For rates please check the “Business Podium” presentation option in the delegate or exhibitor registration forms.

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Unless specifically agreed with the Organising Committee all speakers are expected to pay the Forum admission fee. Speakers presenting on behalf of the corporate sponsor or exhibitor will be provided with a complimentary admission in accordance with the sponsorship and exhibitor terms. When proposing speaker presentation please note that we are unable to cover speaker’s travel expenses or sponsor research. 


Should you wish to present at the forum, please submit speaker registration form with completed delegate or exhibitor forms before 1 February 2015. Please note that abstract should be no longer than 1000 words and include information about the author(s), contact details (tel, email), time required to deliver presentation and special technical requirements.

Speaker proposal form

and if you wish to attend the Forum, please also  complete: 

Delegate or  Exhibitor or  Sponsorshipforms

Please note that abstract should be no longer than 1000 words and must include information about the author(s), contact details (tel, email), time required to deliver presentation and special technical requirements. 

What is next?

If your paper presentation has been accepted by the MINEX Technical Committee, you will be expected to submit the following documentation prior to the forum (please refer to deadlines listed in the speaker form): 

•    Bio and Photo (to be submitted with speaker proposal form)
•    Presentation slides in PDF format (to be included in the MINEX CD materials) – Please submit before 1 March 2015 to  admin @ minexforum.com 
•    Handout notes in PDF format (to be included in the MINEX CD materials) – Please submit before 1 March to admin @ minexforum.com 
•    Presentation slides in PowerPoint format for on-screen presentation during the forum – Please submit before 6 March 2015 to admin @ minexforum.com 

NB: Speaker’s slides to be presented on screen should be prepared in PowerPoint or PDF formats. Please note Flash or other media files are not accepted for on-screen presentation. The slides should be sent to: admin@minexforum.com 
If the file size exceeds 10 MB, please upload it on free ftp server:  http://wikisend.com or https://www.dropbox.com and email the link to the file to admin@minexforum.com

Technical assistance offered to speaker at the forum will include:

  • Simultaneous Russian/English translation during the presentations, Q&As and panel discussions
  • Audio-Visual system for on screen slide presentation
  • Sound and video recording of speaker presentations, master classes and panel discussions  

Presentations can be presented in Russian and / or English

For more information please contact: 

Mr. Arthur Poliakov, Managing Director, Advantix Ltd (MINEX Central Asia 2015 Forum General Manager)
Tel: + 44 207 520 9341   Fax: + 44 207 520 9342  E-mail: admin@minexforum.com


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Mining and Mineral exploration trends and developments  

§  Global downturn cycle in the mining industry. What are the mid- and long term prospects?

§  Impact of Foreign Direct Investment in the Socio-Economic Development of Central Asia’s states.

§  Market outlook for mining commodities – where are the growth opportunities? Examining future metal needs and how industry is developing strategies to secure supplies.

§  Review of tax and other regulatory incentives for extractive industries

§  The way forward for the Central Asia’s mining industry – growth strategies for optimised shareholder return.

§  Investor’s perspective on the state of the junior sector in Central Asia.

§  Investor’s perspective on business prospects and constraints in the mining sector in Central Asia

§  Competition for Mineral Resources: supply/demand, regulation, taxation, de-offshorisation and investment.

§  Current role of state ownership of mineral resources in Central Asia. Forthcoming changes.

§  Government led programs and changes to boost Mineral Prospecting & Exploration in Central Asia.

§  Exporting global mining and exploration experience to Central Asia. Can this be done and at what level?

§  Social licence to operate and other important developments for creating sustainable mining in the region.

§  Performance and benefits of social responsibility in the mining sector.

Mining and exploration regulatory policies in Central Asia

§  Mining regulatory policies update and what it means for further mining development.

§  To what extent have changes to the mining laws benefited domestic and foreign mining companies?

§  Subsoil use and Mining Code developments and their impact on improving investment climate in Kazakhstan.

§  Overview of exploration and mining licences, permits and the application process.

§  What are common barriers faced by mining companies and what could companies do to overcome them?

§  Assessing successful practices for negotiating the regulatory framework and the timely granting of licences and  permits.

§  Examining successful practices for securing mining tenure.

§  Examining successful methods for settling disputes relating to mining and exploration in Central Asia.

§  Assessing the role and proposed structures of state-private partnerships in the mining sector.


Development of mining and mineral exploration projects in Central Asia – commodity focus

§  Gold, Platinum and Silver

§  Iron Ore

§  Cooper and non-ferrous metals

§  Uranium

§  Coal

§  Rare earths and metals

§  Industrial minerals

Mining Investment

§  The role of New Economic Policy on metals and mining in Kazakhstan

§  Silk Route infrastructure developments and its role in increasing cross – border investment in the mining sector

§  Mining in Central Asia – assessing risks and rewards balance.

§  Key mining investment trends and M&A developments in Central Asia.

§  Analysing opportunities for cross-border investment in Central Asia.

§  Foreign and domestic mining investor universe in Central Asia and emerging new players.

§  Foreign acquisitions in Central Asia – the role and practical experiences.

§  Emerging investment opportunities and current investor sentiment in Central Asia.

§  Analysing current government investment incentives offered in Kazakhstan and throughout Central Asia

§   What must mining companies do to regain investor appetite for the sector?

§  What investment strategies should companies implement to take advantage of a cyclical market?

§  Divestments and acquisition strategies. Allocating capital for growth and acquisition of core high-margin assets.

§  Preparing investment projects to ensure their appeal to potential investors.

§  Preparing investment presentation. Which reporting standard to use? 

§  Mining project selection criteria used by mining companies and investors.

§  The role of China’s demand for metals supply in funding mineral resources development in Central Asia.

§  The role of strategic partnerships to reduce investment risks.

Improving operational efficiency – innovative mining  technologies and solutions

§  Mining efficiency: automated technological and management solutions

§  Energy Efficiency in Kazakhstan’s Mining & Metals Sector – International perspective.

§  Mitigating transport and logistics challenges – Innovative transport technologies for mining industry

§  Modernising mining and ore-processing enterprises: practical experiences

§  Development of Low Grade Gold mine projects

§  New technical solutions and tools for mining and geological modelling.

§  Health and safety in mining: hazard and risk factor prevention practical solutions

§  Mines Design and Planning

§  IT in Mine Engineering and Management

§  Drilling, Blasting and Excavation Operations

§  Resources and reserves reporting and economic modelling

§  Exploring in hazard and remote areas. Practical experiences.

§  Mining Equipment Selection and Automation

§  The value of geological data in forming a vibrant exploration and mining sector.

§  Efficient Reclamation, Mine Closure and Mining Waste Disposal Methods.

§  Domestic and international technologies and approaches of geological survey and mineral exploration.

§  Ecological Aspects of Mining Engineering and Mineral Processing.

§  Developing new projects in Central Asia – successful examples.

§  Geological research and data evaluation practices

§  Renewal of the mineral resources – exploration programs.

§  How could mining companies in Central Asia best adopt the most advanced exploration techniques and equipment to rapidly advance their projects?

§  Implementation and monitoring of crisis management strategies.

§  Mining project cost management from project planning to construction.

§  Risk factoring and benchmarking.  Corporate, environment, investment considerations.

§  Temporary suspension of low-profit mining projects – decision and implementation processes.

§  Adapting and implementing planning systems at mining and metallurgical enterprises.

§  Best HR practices and challenges of developing effective training programmes to maximise the returns from mining projects.

§  Evaluating the use of technology in Central Asian mining operations from a global perspective.

§  Operational innovation: implementing the latest technologies to achieving optimal productivity of operations.

§  Valuation of mineral resources – buying and selling side perspectives.

§  Waste dumps turnaround management.

§  Latest International Developments in Underground Equipment Technology.

§  Information (IT) and Operational Technologies (OT) in the Mining Industry

Mining Finance

§  Future development trends in the mining capital markets.

§  Emerging sources of capital: Who and how?

§  Financing for mine developers – Structures, sources and availability

§  Private equity finance solutions and latest PE finance stories

§  What types of projects are attractive to PE funds

§  Alternative Funding Models for Exploration Projects

§  Financing mineral exploration projects in Central Asia – recent case studies.

§  Mining finance solutions and strategies for start-up mining companies.

§  Preparing company for an international listing – practical considerations.

§  Prospects for raising capital on the domestic and International financial markets.

§  Mining project and structured financing solutions.

§  Do local and international lenders understand the needs of mining industry for modernisation, acquisitions, exploration and project development? Are they able to meet these needs?

§  What role do the state banks play to support the development of mining industry?


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Plenary sessions

Technical sessions 

Business podiums


Panel discussions

Speaker presentation time: 10 – 20 min.

Speaker presentation time: 15 – 20 min.

Speaker presentation time: 20 min.

Presentation time from 20 minutes to full day  

As per agenda

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Held at the main conference hall, plenary sessions cover range of themes of general interest to the Forum audience e.g. industry trends, mining revaluation, presentations of the premier mining companies and investors

Held after plenary sessions, technical session offer insight in latest operational and management practices in the mining sector. Topics are ranging from mine planning to mining project financing

Held alongside the Exhibition, Business podiums provide platform to organising product or service demonstrations 

Organised on the first day of the Forum at Astana Park Inn Hotel, master-classes provide an opportunity for express learning of advanced mining technologies and their practical application

Panel discussions organised during the two main days of the Forum provide platforms for holding open discussions and expressing multilateral  views on current challenges and potential solutions for the mining industry