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MINEX Central Asia

The 10th MINEX Central Asia
Mining and Exploration Forum

19 – 20 June 2024, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic



The MINEX Central Asia Forum incepted in 2010 is being relaunched in the new Nomadic format.

The 10th addition of the Forum will take place on 19 – 20 June 2024 in Bishkek.

Organised annually in one of the Central Asian republics, the Forum aims to enhance cross-regional and international cooperation in the sustainable development of the Central Asian Altaids mineral belt riches and assisting with the transition to climate neutrality, social and economic growth  

On 19 and 20 June the Government of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic will be hosting meetings with the ministerial and trade delegations attending the Forum.  Visits to Kyrgyzstan’s mining companies will be organised on 21 – 23 June.


The MINEX Central Asia Forum will be held on the 19th and 20th June

under the Central theme “The Prospects and Scenarios for sustainable development of the Mining and Metals Industry in Central Asia”.  

Register as delegate, exhibitor, sponsor speaker or knowledge partner 


The UN Global Resources Outlook 2024 highlights a fourfold increase in mineral resource consumption since 1970


With projections indicating a 60% rise in production and consumption by 2060. Secure access to these materials is crucial for maintaining supply chain stability and fostering economic advancement in both producing and consuming nations

Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan possess vast mineral reserves essential for advancing clean energy technologies and achieving carbon neutrality. Through collaboration with both local and international firms, these nations are spearheading initiatives to replenish mineral resources, develop green energy, and modernise industrial infrastructure. 


a fourfold increase in mineral resource consumption since 1970


With projections indicating a 60% rise in production and consumption by 2060

In 2022, the trade turnover of Central Asian countries witnessed significant growth, increasing by 28.6 percent from 167.8 billion to 215.8 billion. Notably, there has been a change in the leader among trading partners in the region.


The region has witnessed a significant shift towards diversification in trade and investment since 2022, with a growing focus on non-traditional markets in Europe, North America, South Asia, and the Middle East. This transformation has been made possible by the region’s traditional multi-vector policy, which has evolved into a stance of emphatic non-alignment in response to escalating conflicts. By maintaining this position, the region has attracted increased political attention from global superpowers and expanded its trade and investment ties with diverse markets and geographies, yielding economic benefits.

China's trade volume with the region reached 48.7 billion, constituting 22.6 percent of the total trade for all Central Asian countries.
The Russian Federation, while no longer the leader, remained a significant partner. It accounted for 18.5 percent of the trade turnover.
EU countries played a substantial role, contributing 16.0 percent to the overall trade.
Turkey's presence is significant representing 5.8 percent of the total trade share in Central Asia.
The Republic of Korea participated with 3.9 percent in the trade relations.

The intense diplomatic and economic efforts of Central Asian countries over the past two years have started to bear fruit. In 2024, the region is set to launch large-scale investment projects under the EU Gateway Fund and intensify business cooperation with key partners such as the UK, Japan, Korea, and the US through initiatives like the Business 5+1 platform. Additionally, the Trans-Caspian Corridor route is expected to gain popularity as a safer alternative to the traditional Northern Corridor for transit between China and Europe. Russia also plans to increase investments in energy and industrial projects in Central Asia, further boosting economic growth. Overall, the region is poised to become a hub for economic cooperation and profitable investments, bridging differences between nations.

However, to capitalise on these opportunities, Central Asia countries must address existing institutional and regulatory hurdles that hinder domestic and international businesses and investors. This requires strengthening the rule of law, promoting fair competition, implementing business-friendly tax policies, and harmonising trade, customs, and logistical standards across the region.



The Mining and Metals industry is one the critical pillars of the economies of Central Asia. The development of mining or exploration projects often requires participation from experts and businesses with different backgrounds. In some cases, companies developing health and safety systems for mining enterprises, had to call on the experience from NASA scientists and psychologists specialised in critical decision-making.


“The Forum’s agenda will offer a broad spectrum of sessions and meetings to discuss challenges and prospects for international cooperation in the following areas:”

Demand vs Supply

Each country in Central Asia is pursuing its own dynamic set of objectives for their mining sectors, aiming to boost production levels, draw in international investments, and enhance both regulatory frameworks and environmental stewardship.

If you or your company or organisation believes it can provide distinctive services or products aligned with these goals, we extend you a warm welcome.   

Ideas and Cutting-Edge Content

The MINEX Forum is a platform built on an open-source mindset that aligns with hi-tech industries and venture entrepreneurship. It is designed to connect people and businesses in the mining and exploration industry, particularly in Eurasia.

The forum provides opportunities for individuals and companies to share ideas, showcase R&D projects, and discuss financing and development of mining projects in emerging markets. In other words, if you have great ideas which you would like to test-drive at the Forum, we look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us via email or contact form.  

Connections, Learning and Understanding

The Forum serves as both a mechanism and an instrument for fostering connections among individuals and businesses. In our fast-paced world, filled with constant interruptions, our ability to engage and comprehend one another is diminished.

In the context of Central Asia, building personal connections and fostering trust are particularly important aspects of doing business. By leveraging a forum community, businesses can create a space for customers to connect, share their experiences, and build relationships, ultimately helping the business succeed in the region. 


The country-focused sessions play a crucial role at the Forum in introducing Central Asian regions to cutting-edge mining technology, efficient management practices, and attractive investment opportunities.

Companies and Governments interested in expanding businesses, will be able to learn from collective experiences and communicate concerted suggestions on business and trade climate improvements. The region’s shared history and cultural connections have contributed to the success of some nations in doing business there, while others have faced challenges.

The quote "The East is a wispy matter" suggests
that understanding and adapting to the cultures and business practices
of Central Asia requires time and effort.

The region has a rich history, with the ancient Silk Road trade route passing through its territories and stimulating innovation, science, poetry, philosophy, architecture, mining, and metallurgy over millennia.   

One notable example of Central Asia's contributions
to science and medicine is Ibn Sina's Canon of Medicine,
published in Bukhara in 1025 AD.

The word “medicine” is derived from the Latin “ars medicina,” meaning “the art of healing,” but it is possible that Ibn Sina’s work had some influence on the development of the term. Another example of Central Asia’s cultural impact is the architectural style of the Taj Mahal, which was built by architects from the ancient trade cities of Bukhara and Samarkand. To successfully work and do business in the region, it is necessary to establish close contacts built on patience, understanding and mutual respect. 

Besides facilitating exchange and connecting people and businesses, the Forum provides a backdrop for the announcement of the trade deals, business agreements and partnerships. The presence of local and international media, as well as senior government representatives, ensures that deals signed and announced at the Forum will be broadcast via multiple channels and potentially attract new deals.   

If your company or organisation is interested in using the Forum platform for signing an important deal, please contact us via email or contact form. Our team will be happy to help with publicising your success to the Forum’s audience and beyond. 


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