With more than 1.5 million square kilometres of varied geological terrain containing potential mineral resources, Mongolia provides many continuing opportunities for the mining industry and resources investors.

While the country’s mineral resources are largely unexplored and unexploited, some 80 different minerals have been discovered so far, of which the most valuable are coal, fluorspar, and ores of copper, gold, iron, lead, molybdenum, silver, tungsten, uranium and zinc.

Next month’s inaugural Metals Mongolia 2011 international conference on mining and metallurgy represents an ideal opportunity to learn more about Mongolia’s resources as well as the exploration and development that is occurring. The event will be held at the Government Palace in Ulaanbaatar on November 3 and 4.

Metals Mongolia will demonstrate the achievements to date and will showcase the latest technology being used. It will provide a forum for professionals from many countries around the world for mutually advantageous cooperation and efficient partnerships.

Speakers include Mongolia’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy of Mongolia D Zorigt; Minister of Road, Transportation and Urban development Kh Battulga, head of Mongolia's National Development and Innovation Committee

Ch Khashchuluun; general director of Oyu Tolgoi Co Cameron McRae; Erdenet copper mine CEO Ch Ganzorig; Mongolyn Alt president B Nyamtaishir; Arcelor Mittal, Luxembourg chairman and CEO Lakshmi N Mittal; Eurasian Natural Resources vice-president operations Patrice L’Huillier; Kazzinc, Kazakhstan vice-president Turarbek A Azekenov; SAIL, India, chairman Chandra Shekhar Verma; and POSCO, South Korea, CEO Chung Joon Yang.

Sessions will deal with the following topics: Mongolian mining and metallurgical industry outlook; world’s best practice in mining and metallurgy; world metals and market outlook; Mongolian mining and metallurgical projects – new investment opportunities; and international cooperation and collaboration in mining, metallurgical and infrastructure sector.

There will also be roundtable discussions including a professional associations’ hour and a government hour.

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