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Wednesday, 19 June

Novotel Bishkek City Center
720010 Kyrgyzstan ­– Bishkek – Manas Avenue, 16

Keynotes
Presenters
Welcome on behalf of MINEX Forum
Founder and Executive Chairman
MINEX Forum

A welcome speech on behalf of The Government of Kyrgyz Republic
Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers
The Government of Kyrgyz Republic

Welcome on behalf of the British Government
His Majesty Ambassador in Kyrgyzstan
British Embassy Bishkek

Plenary Session 1
Drivers of the mining and metallurgical industry development in Central Asia in the new economic and geopolitical realities

Attracting foreign investment and implementing cutting-edge technologies are essential for maintaining competitiveness in the mining sector. Given that only a fraction of the metals mined in Central Asia are processed locally, the future of the mining industry in the region is tied to the establishment of “industrial hubs,” technology parks, and free economic zones. The session will offer a platform to showcase projects aimed at developing value-added production in Central Asian countries and to discuss the prospects for international trade and economic relations.

Presenters
09:30 - The mining complex is an integral part of the economy of Kyrgyzstan
Minister
Ministry of economy and commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic

09:45 - The Prospects and Scenarios for sustainable development of the Mining and Metals Industry in the Kyrgyz Republic
Minister
Ministry of Natural Resources, Ecology and Technical Supervision of Kyrgyz Republic

10:00 - Subsoil use in Kazakhstan
Vice-Minister
Ministry of industry and construction Republic of Kazakhstan

10:15 - Opportunities for greener practices in the mining sector in Central Asia
Head of Unit
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Plenary Session 2
Energy, Water and Climate Change Management – addressing critical challenges 

Due to faster warming than in other regions of the world, subsoil users in Central Asia will have to implement climate change and water management strategies much earlier. According to Harvard University studies, energy diversification is key to effectively addressing climate change and meeting the region’s growing energy demand. Energy resources account for approximately 30% of the total operating costs of mining enterprises. Companies can reduce energy consumption at existing facilities by 15-20% through effective energy management programs and achieve 50% energy savings in the design of new mines. Water is widely used in both underground and surface mining, about 40% in ore processing, about 40% in tailings dams and about 20% in dust control. To ensure the sustainability of mining and processing across the region, mining enterprises must develop water and climate management programs and integrate best available practices and technologies.  To encourage investment in renewable energy sources, local governments should provide long-term assurances and extended planning timelines.

Presenters
11:30 - Promising energy projects in Kyrgyz Republic
Minister
Ministry of Energy of the Kyrgyz Republic

11:45 - Aligning the growth of mining in Central Asia with low carbon outcomes
Economist and Policy Analyst
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

12:00 - Why coal is wrong path of long term energy security in the country
Associate Director, Regional Head Energy, Eurasia, Middle East, Africa
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

12:15 - Carbon sequestration through climate investments in forests and pastures in the Kyrgyz Republic
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Water Resources, Agriculture and Processing Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic

12:30 - Water in Mining: Challenges Ahead
Principal Consultant (Hydrogeology)
SRK Consulting (UK)

12:45 - Rehabilitation of uranium legacy sites in the Kyrgyz Republic
Deputy Director
Department of Tailings Management under the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic

Plenary Session 3
Unleashing Mining Potential: the leading role of mining champions and international investors

Central Asia is emerging as a global mining powerhouse, endowed with abundant rare earth metals and critical materials essential for the energy transition. Leading mining companies in the region are leveraging cutting-edge technologies and data-driven insights to optimise operations, enhance efficiency, prioritise sustainability, and navigate challenges, showcasing Central Asia as a frontrunner in the global mining landscape.

Presenters
14:00 - Kyrgyzaltyn: Achievements, prospects
Chairman of the Board
Kyrgyzaltyn

14:15 - Theme Pending
President (Chairman of the Board)
Kumtor Gold Company

14:30 - Bozymchak: investment opportunity success in the Kyrgyz Republic
General Director
KAZ Minerals Bozymchak

14:45 - Tereksay: to make an idea into reality
General Manager
Eti Bakir Tereksay Ltd

Plenary Session 4
Financing the development of sustainable supply chains of critical materials and precious metals in Central Asia

While Central Asia offers immense mineral potential, challenges such as infrastructure development, evaluation of the investment projects using internationally accepted standards and investment in geological exploration should be addressed to fully capitalise on the region’s resource. This session aims to facilitate discussions on tangible actions and showcase examples of how international collaboration with the local and international financiers is unlocking critical raw materials potential across Central Asia.

Moderator
Head of Business Development, EMEA
Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange
Presenters
16:00 - Investment climate of the Kyrgyz Republic
Deputy director of the National Investment Agency under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic
National Investment Agency under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic

16:10 - KSE is a platform for interaction between the state, companies and investors
CEO
Kyrgyz Stock Exchange

16:20 - Theme Pending
Deputy Minister-Director
Kyrgyz Geological Service of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Kyrgyz Republic

16:30 - Mining and the international capital markets
Head of Business Development, EMEA
Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange

16:40 - Derisking the CRM Initiatives through Strategic Partnerships
CEO and Director of the Board
Aldridge Minerals and Tethys : Trans-Eurasian Gateway

16:55 - Central Asia transfering from GKZ to CRIRSCO international reporting standars - KAZAKHSTAN (KAZRC) case
Head of Secretariat of Executive Committee
PONEN

Panel
First Deputy Director
Agency for Strategic Reforms under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan