A mood of increased optimism was evident at this year’s Mines and Money Hong Kong conference and exhibition from March 24-28. Exhibitors and delegates hope the seventh annual event signals the start of a return to growth for the global mining industry.

The event attracted around 2500 attendees with around 200 exhibitors and almost 200 speakers. Numbers were down a little on previous years but most exhibitors were pleased with the number of quality inquiries they fielded and impressed with the interest shown from investors.

The exhibition showcased a comprehensive range of global mining companies, including many mining companies, a number of investment firms and several mining suppliers. The exhibition was open during the three main conference days. The first and final days of the event were set aside for workshops and specialized conference sessions.

Organizers say the delegates present during the event were genuine investors from Asia and Australasia’s largest mining funds, private equity firms, alternative finance providers and private investors. Attendees were able to gain insight and perspective from world-leading speakers including Robert Friedland of Ivanplats, Clem Sunter of Anglo American, Jim Sinclair of Singapore Precious Metals Exchange, James G Rickards of Tangent Capital and many more.

Topics discussed were wide-ranging, providing analysis of the full spectrum of mining investment and capital raising opportunities. Discussion and keynotes covered private equity to Chinese outbound investment, opportunities in Mongolia to Africa to Australia and coverage of commodities from gold to copper to shale gas and more.

The Mines and Money team was also pleased to report that a significant number of exhibitors confirmed they would be back in 2015, a sign that it had been a week of valuable meetings and deal making.

At the Asia Mining Awards on the evening of March 27, Australia was the big winner, picking up the Mining Country of the Year award and Fortescue Metals picking up two awards.

Discovery of the year, sponsored by Dragon Mining, was Panoramic Resources; Project Development of the Year was Fortescue Metals; Deal of the Year, sponsored by The Lind Partners, was Fortescue Metals; Mining Country of the Year, sponsored by Roma Group, was

Australia; Development Funding, sponsored by Mining Journal, was General Nice Group; and Mining Personality of the Year, sponsored by General Nice Group, was Alexander Molyneux of Azarga Resources.

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