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

Wednesday, 19 June

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

Thursday, 20 June

Country session
Prospects for partnership with Sweden in the field of mining, development of alternative energy sources, and climate change

Trade and economic ties between Sweden and Central Asian countries are actively developing. One of the priorities for intensifying cooperation is the reproduction of critical metals and minerals in the region to meet the needs of the European economy. The session will examine case studies and development plans for partnerships between Sweden and Central Asian nations, as well as introduce new cooperation opportunities with the major Swedish companies. 

Breakout sessions – Country session
Technology and Investment Partnerships with the United Kingdom

The UK is the world’s leading financial, trade and technology hub. Shares of 175 mining companies are traded on the London Stock Exchange with a total capitalisation of $472 billion, or 16% of the global capitalisation. The annual turnover of the London Metal Exchange exceeds 15 trillion dollars.

In addition to investments, British companies offer advanced technologies and expertise in the assessment and development of mineral deposits, increasing productivity, introducing alternative energy technologies, reducing the environmental impact of mining, water management, etc.

Moderator
His Majesty Ambassador in Kyrgyzstan
British Embassy Bishkek
Presenters
11:30 - Weir Minerals development and capabilities
Key Account Engineer Altyn Almas & Armenia
Weir Minerals

11:45 - Chaarat Gold - Building a Leading Emerging Markets Gold Company
Technical manager
Chaarat Gold

Breakout sessions – Country session
Access to Markets – China's Role and Plans in Central Asia

The shared border between China and Central Asian nations spans approximately 3,300 kilometres. The abundance of mineral resources and geographical proximity contribute to the increasing growth of Chinese investments in the region’s mining sector. The “One Belt, One Road” initiative provides landlocked Central Asian countries with the potential to expand their exports to China and global markets by gaining access to seaports. The session will focus on exploring the experiences of implementing investment projects involving Chinese investors and presenting new cooperation opportunities in the mining and processing of metals and minerals.

Presenter
14:00 - Altynken
Chairman of the Board
Altynken

Business Track
Innovating for Smarter, More Efficient Mining and Mineral Exploration
  • Increasing the reliability of the results of geological and technological testing in the mining and metallurgical industry in Central Asia.
  • Early-stage exploration activities: cost optimisation experience and implementation of modern technologies.
  • Cutting edge airborne geophysical technologies.
  • Driving sustainable practices through drilling Optimisation.
  • Rock support technologies for efficient mining in difficult conditions
  • Mining lower-grade deposits – new technological solutions
  • Integrated approaches to mineral processing and processing.
Presenters
15:30 - Theme Pending
Vice President of Capital Sales
FLSmidth

15:45 - UAV technologies for mining companies
Leading Geophysicist
AGT Systems

16:00 - Modern geophysical equipment for geological exploration from GEODEVICE company
Director
Geodevice Kazakhstan

16:15 - Modern geological exploration technologies
Geophysicist
AGT Systems Vostok

16:30 - Glycine Leaching Technology (GLT)
Eurasia Technology Leader
Draslovka Holding

16:45 - Describing services of Stewart Assay and Environmental Laboratories
Chief Chemist
Stewart Assay and Environmental Laboratories

21-23 June

Visit to Kumtor Gold Mine (21-22 June)
Kumtor Gold Company

   

Company website 

Kumtor Gold Company will be able to invite a small group of delegates to visit Kumtor Gold Mine. The visit will take approximately 2 days (21-22 June).  Please keep in mind the important note about the high altitude and potential breathing difficulties. If you have any concerns, it’s best to consult with a medical professional before embarking on this trip. 

About Kumtor Gold Mine: 

The Kumtor mine, located in the Kyrgyz Republic, is one of the largest gold mines in Central Asia. The deposit is approximately 350 kilometres away from Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic. 

It has been producing gold since 1997 and has yielded over 13.8 million ounces of gold as of June 30, 2022. The mine operates at an impressive altitude of 13,000 feet, making it the second-highest mine globally, surpassed only by Newmont Gold mine Yanacocha in Peru.  Kumtor is an open-pit mine situated in the southern region of the Central Tien-Shan, at an elevation of 4,000 meters above sea level. It operates in a permafrost zone.   

Preliminary Itinerary: 

Compulsory Health Check. 20 June (Thursday) 

On 20th June registered visitors will be taken to the Medical Centre in Bishkek to go through a compulsory health check. If the test has been passed successfully, visitors will be required to abstain from alcohol before and during the visit.  

Day 1: 21 June (Friday) 

  • Coach transfer from Bishkek to Kaji Sai (south bank of Issyk-Kul Lake).
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Natalia
  • H&S briefing

Day 2: 22 June (Saturday) 

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Kumtor
  • Site visit
  • Lunch
  • B2B meetings
  • Transfer to Bishkek

NB. Visitors will be offered an option to extend their stay at the resort and participate in the program of recreation, leisure, and sports activities 

Visit to Altynken and ErAdia (21 June)

   

About Taldybulak Levoberezhny Gold Mine 

Altynken website  

The Taldybulak Levoberezhny Gold Mine is some 120 km (75 miles) east of the capital Bishkek 

The Taldybulak Levoberezhny Gold Mine is the third-largest gold mine in Kyrgyzstan, located in the Westen Tianshan Mountain gold-copper mineralization zone, known as the Golden Belt of Central Asia. It has a throughput of 2,500 tonnes per day. Zijin Mining holds a 60% interest in the project, and Kyrgyzaltyn JSC holds the remaining 40%. 

 

   

About ErAdia

Corporate profile

The company specialises in the production and sales of non-electric initiation systems and ⁠electronic detonators.

Preliminary Itinerary: 

21 June (Friday) 

09:00 Departure from Novotel Bishkek. Transfer to Taldybulak Levoberezhny Gold Mine 

11:00 Arrival to Taldybulak Levoberezhny Gold Mine. H&S briefing.  

11:00 Mine site visit.  

13:00 Lunch and informal meetings with the company management  

14:30 Departure for Bishkek  

15:30 Visit to historic nomadic site. Refreshments 

17:30 Arrival to Novotel Bishkek