The 5th MINEX Central Asia Mining and Exploration Forum will be held in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan, from March 31 to April 2, 2014. The annual event brings together more than 500 senior executives from local and international companies, representatives from local Government organisations and VIP guests.

More than a third of participants come from overseas creating a diversified geographical representation from the neighbouring countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Mongolia, China as well as from countries further afield, including Australia, Canada, USA, Finland, Germany, UK and UAE.

Speaking at the closing of the forum last year Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan and Minister of Industry and New Technologies Aset Isekeshev acknowledged that MINEX Central Asia Forum plays a significant role in promoting investment, technological and business partnerships in Central Asia’s Mining sector as well as facilitating international dialogue between local governments, mining companies, mining services and investors.

Managing mineral resources in a sustainable and responsible way is a challenge that affects resource-rich countries of Central Asia. The World Bank’s latest report called on these countries to diversify their asset base with investments in human capital, institutions and infrastructure to be successful in the long run.

With rebound economic growth and rapid expansion across Central Asia’s states in 2014 predicted by the IMF and ADB, the local governments and companies are taking advantage of the favourable near-term conditions to rebuild what was eroded by the global crisis and to set in motion a process of structural transformation and dynamic growth.

The governments of Kazakhstan and other Central Asia states have set out intentions and are making changes to legislation to encourage investment and development of the mining industry. With these latest developments in mind organizers look forward to creating an extensive discussion at the forum on emerging business and investment opportunities in Central Asia’s mining sector.

MINEX Central Asia incorporates a two-day technical and investment conference on April 1and 2, a trade exhibition on April 1 and 2, pre-forum master classes on March 31, one-on-one meetings, networking receptions, gala dinner and awards presentation to the winners of the Central Asia Prospector, Miner, Metallurgist 3rd annual photography competition.

The mining and trade exhibition organized alongside the forum will offer opportunities for showcasing successful mining investment projects and innovative technologies for mineral exploration, extraction, processing and business planning.

Individual meetings and consultations organized alongside the forum’s main events will stimulate discussions on creating new partnerships and investment projects.