Kazakhstan’s 3rd international mining forum is on this week at the Radisson Hotel in Astana, with more than 500 participants arriving to hear from more than 60 speakers during the event.

MINEX Central Asia 2012 from April 17-19 is designed to stimulate international business development and facilitate the exchange of technical and investment experiences in the Kazakhstan and Central Asia mining sector. The event has been officially endorsed by Kazakhstan’s Industry and New Technologies Ministry.

Twenty countries and 200 companies are being represented at this year’s forum, which is addressing current issues and the further development of the region’s mining and geological sector.

Technical sessions will demonstrate some of the world’s best practices and innovative technologies ready to be implemented in geological exploration, extraction and processing of Central Asian minerals.

International investors looking for opportunities in mineral exploration will receive first hand information from government agencies about regulatory changes designed to stimulate mineral exploration and mining in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.

Kazakhstan’s Industry and New Technologies Minister is among the guest speakers, along with the chairman of the Eurasian Business Council and Edward Bickham, who’s the senior adviser to the World Gold Council.

Mining companies which currently operate in Central Asia including Rio Tinto, Frontier Mining and Central Asia Metals, will present their growth strategies and projects to potential investors. Another 30 companies will be among those to exhibit their products at the corresponding trade show.

Organizers say there will be numerous opportunities for participants to expand their business contacts and develop relationships with potential partners during the forum. A gala dinner will also see awards presented to the finalists of the first amateur mining photography competition which has been organized in association with Kazakhstan’s Mining Industry magazine.

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