The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) announces that Peru has become the first Mining Country Sponsor of the PDAC Convention, marking the first year the Mining Country Sponsorship opportunity has been developed at the annual event. Registration for the PDAC 2014 Convention in Toronto, Canada, from March 2-5 is now open.

“We’re proud to partner with Peru as a convention sponsor,” says PDAC president Glenn Nolan. “From copper and zinc to gold, the country is a growing leader in the mining industry. Peru has a long-standing presence at the PDAC Convention, and we’re thrilled they are our first Mining Country Sponsor.”

With more than 90 companies operating in Canada, Peru has a strong bilateral relationship with Canada. Canadian investment in Peru's extractive sector alone is approximately $8 billion. Last year, Peru had the third largest country delegation at the PDAC Convention, just behind the USA and Australia.

The PDAC’s annual convention, now in its 82nd year, is the industry’s premier event that brings together the world’s exploration and mining industry. For the past two years, the convention has hosted more than 1000 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees from around the world. Delegates from 126 countries participate in the Trade Show and Investors Exchange, as well as attend numerous short courses and technical sessions.

A few program highlights on the schedule for the PDAC 2014 Convention include:

Alternative Financing Sources for Junior Resource Companies - Providing an overview of the evolution of financing alternatives available to resource and exploration companies, this session will discuss innovative forms of capital funding that have recently emerged. Experts from various financial and mining sectors will be on hand to detail their strategies for investment and securing capital, and how junior companies can attract interest.

Commodities and Market Outlook - Examining the critical issues facing the industry, this session will host a panel discussion from our industry experts on their short- and long-term market views on copper, gold, silver and platinum group metals (PGM), nickel, uranium, iron ore, and potash/phosphates, as well as a China-centric macro analysis of the market.

Working with BRIC Countries: Exploration, Operation, and Investment - Focusing on strategies to successfully work with BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries and companies as it relates to exploration, operations and investment, this session will examine how BRIC countries and emerging markets are influencing the world’s mining industry, and includes discussions on each country.

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is a national association representing the mineral exploration and development industry with more than 10,000 individual and corporate members. The PDAC exists to promote a responsible, vibrant and sustainable Canadian mineral exploration and development sector. The PDAC encourages leading practices in technical, environmental, safety and social performance in Canada and internationally.

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