5 April, Tuesday

09.00–10.00Welcome coffee
10.00–17.30Master Classes for Mining Professionals
10.00–11.30Master Class 1 (Sary Arka 1)
“Reserves and resources reporting for international financial markets”
Organiser: SRK Consulting
10.00-10.20Preparing for IPO.The Independent Engineers Report and how it sits in the context of the IPO process.
Tony Thornton, General Director, SRK Consulting (Kazakhstan)
10.20-10.40Computerised geological modelling – how to maximise the benefits.
Alexander Polonyankin, Senior Resource Geologist, SRK Consulting (Russia)
10.40-11.00Evolution of geotechnical evaluation.
Sergey Ogorodnikov, Geotechnical Consultant, SRK Consulting (Russia)
11.00-11.20Developing mines for Kazakh and international requirements.
Nikolai Yenshin, Business Development Director, Senior Mining Engineer, SRK Consulting (Kazakhstan)
11.20-11.30Objectives of the State committee on Reserves of Republic of Kazakhstan.
Alexander Kuzovenko, Head of Department on Subsoil Expertise, State Geology and Subsoil Use Committee, Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan
11.30–12.00Coffee Break
12.00–13.30Master Class 2 (Sary Arka 1)
“Complex engineering solutions for mining enterprises”
Organiser: TOMS
12.00 – 12.05Development stages of mining enterprise.
Artem Romanchenko, General Director, “TOMS Engineering”
12.05 – 12.25Use of modern techniques and equipment for the study of technological properties of ores and the development of efficient technologies of ore processing.
Arkady Senchenko, Director of Research and New Technologies, NIIP “TOMS”

12.25 – 12.40 Metallurgical technologies of processing thrust concentrates.
Alexander Aksenov, Chief metallurgist and head of metallurgy design bureau, NIIP “TOMS”
12.40 – 12.55Integrated design of mining and processing enterprises
Artem Romanchenko, General Director, “TOMS Engineering”
12.55 – 13.10Turnkey integrated technological solutions.
Roman Men’kin, Head of Engineering dept., “TOMS Engineering”
13.10 - 13.30Using EPCM approach in designing mining production
Artem Romanchenko, General Director, “TOMS Engineering”
14.30–15.30Master Class 3 (Sary Arka 1)
“Managing mining IPOs”
Organiser: KPMG
Moderator: Olga Plevako, Associate Director, Transaction Services, KPMG
Presenters (awaiting confirmation)
14.30-14.50Financing of mining companies through IPO.
Vassily Savin, Director, Corporate Finance, Valuation Group, KPMG Russia and CIS
14.50-15.00Listing requirements and IPO process overview.
Olga Plevako, Associate Director, Transaction Services, KPMG in Russia and the CIS
15.00-15.15IPO management.
Eduard Yegay, Associate Director, Transaction and Restructuring, Almaty
15.15-15.30Listing on Kazakh Stock Exchange
Asel Khairova, Partner, Metals and Mining, KPMG Kazakhstan
15.30–16.00Coffee Break
16.00–17.30Master Class 4 (Sary Arka 1)
“International aspects of Mining Industry and its role in economic development”
Presenter: Alexei Mojarov, Economic Affairs Officer, Special Unit on Commodities, UNCTAD

• Sustainable development and mining
• International legal framework for the development of mining industry
• The evolution of international policies, international organisations and their initiatives

17.30–19.00Welcome drinks (Sary Arka 2)

6 April, Wednesday

09.00 – 09.45Welcome coffee
09.45 – 09.50Welcome address from the forum organisers
Jan Lewis, Chairman of the MINEX Central Asia Technical Committee, President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
09.50 – 10.00Opening address
Murat Musatayev, Deputy Secretary General, Eurasian Economic Community (EvrAzES)
10.00 – 11.00Plenary sessions (Sary Arka 1)
10.00 – 11.00Plenary session 1
“Modernisation and growth developments in Kazakhstan’s mining and exploration sector”
Moderator: Kairat Kelimbetov, Chairman, Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Welfare Fund
10.00 – 10.10Opening address
Kairat Kelimbetov, Chairman, Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Welfare Fund
10.10 – 10.30 Keynote address
Aset Issekeshev, Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan
10.30 – 10.45Nurlan Sauranbayev, Managing Director, Samruk-Kazyna
10.45 – 11.00New development trends in mining industry.
Oleg Soskovets, Chairman, Eurasian Business Council
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
sponsored by Uranium One
11.30 – 13.15Plenary session 2
“Current regulation and investment climate in the mineral exploration and extraction sector in Kazakhstan and Central Asia”
Moderators: Oleg Soskovets, Chairman, Eurasian Business Council and Lady Barbara Judge, CBE, Special Advisor to the Chairman of Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Welfare Fund - Chairman emeritus of UK atomic energy authority
11.30 – 11.45Key priorities for development of metals and mining industry in Kazakhstan
Bolat Svyatov, Chairman, National Mining Company, “Tau-Ken Samruk”
11.45 – 12.00New developments in the law on “Subsoil and subsoil use” in Kazakhstan”
Bulat Uzhkenov, Chairman, State Geological Committee of Kazakhstan
12.00 – 12.15Fiscal regulation of mineral exploration and extraction in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.
Graeme Huggins, Director, Tax Services, Ernst & Young Kazakhstan and Zhanna Tamenova, National Director of Tax for Central Asia, Ernst & Young
12.15 – 12.30The role current role of mineral exploration companies in Kazakhstan
Bulat Bagadayev, President, Association of industrial geological organisations of Kazakhstan
12.30 – 12.45The World Bank's role in mining sector reform - drawing from international experiences.
Alexandra Pugachevsky, Senior expert, Oil Gas and Mining Division, World Bank
12.45 – 13.00Implementation of transparency initiative in mineral extractive sector in Kyrgyzstan.
Karybek Ibraev, Executive Director, Kyrgyz Mining Association
13.00 – 13.15Priorities for development of the mineral resources and mining industry in Tajikistan
Rakhmonbek Bakhtdavlatov, 1st Deputy Head of Geology Administration under the Government of Tajikistan

13.15 – 14.45Lunch (Sary Arka 4)
14.45 – 16.00Parallel technical sessions
Technical session 1 (Sary Arka 1)
“Accessing exploration targets in Central Asia. Projects and technologies”
Moderator: Phil Newall, Director - Minerals, Wardell Armstrong International
Technical session 2 (Sary Arka 3)
"Integrated approaches in mine management”
Session sponsor: Irgiredmet
Moderator: Grigory Voiloshnikov, Deputy General Director, Science & Innovations, Irgiredmet
14.45Investment opportunities in mining and metals sector of Kazakhstan.
Yerlan Ramazanov, Head of Investment Projects Dept., National Mining Company, “Tau-Ken Samruk”
14.45Priorities for development of mineral resources of Kazakhstan
Tulegen Mukhanov, Deputy Executive Director, Association of Mining & Metallurgical Enterprises
15.00Chris Welton, General Manager Exploration - Central Asia, Rio Tinto 15.00Grigory Voiloshnikov, Deputy General Director, Science & Innovations, Irgiredmet
15.15International tender for the development and exploration of the Konimansuri Kalon silver, lead and zinc deposit in Tajikistan.
Oleg Kudashov, Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation
15.15Vladimir Menshenin, Director of Metallurgy Department, ENRC Kazakhstan
15.30Kounrad Project: Introducing an Advanced Dumps’ Processing Technology in Kazakhstan.
Pavel Semenchenko, General Director, TOO Sary Kazna
15.30 Joint Kazakh-International Technical Studies
Mike Beare, Principal Mining Engineer, SRK Consulting (UK)
15.45Spectral Capital: Unlocking Resource Sector Value in Emerging Markets
Jonathan Dariyanani, General Counsel, Spectral Capital Corporation
15.45Mineral processing pilot plants using drill core to better represent a deposit.
Timothy Elliott, Divisional Managing Director - Geochemical & Assay, Stewart Group
16.00Raising the technological level of mineral exploration.
Tamara Golovina, Executive Director, RJC Consulting and RJC Project
16:00Supply of technological equipment and reagents for mineral processing. Key issues.
Andrey Koshkin, Principal commercial manager, Irgiredmet
16.00 – 16.45Coffee break (sponsored by Uranium One)
16.45 – 18.05Technical session 3 (Sary Arka 1)
“Future development of Kazakhstan’s Uranium and Rare-Earth metals potential”
Session sponsor:
JSC NAC "Kazatomprom"

Vladimir Shkolnik, Chairman of the Board, “Kazatomprom”

Technical session 4 (Sary Arka 3)
“Environmental and CSR challenges in mining sector”
Moderator: : Svetlana Ivanova, Head of Environmental Department, ENRC Kazakhstan
16.45International cooperation on development of uranium and rare earth metals and creation of high-tech industries in Kazakhstan.
Nurlan Ryspanov, Deputy Chairman of the Board, JSC NAC “Kazatomprom”
16.45Mine Closure Planning and Post Mining Regeneration
Jan Lewis, Managing Director, Wardell Armstrong International
17.00Current state and future of rare earth metals mining in Russia.
Vladimir Servetnik, Director for Non-Uranium Projects, Atomredmetzoloto Uranium Mining Co.
17.00Implementation of advanced environmental technological process in mining and metallurgical activities at Kazzinc.
Boris Kolpakov, Chief ecologist, Kazzinc
17.15Fletcher Newton, Executive Vice President, Strategic Affairs, Uranium One17.15Corporate Responsibility and CIS Mining Industry.
Dr Ken Charman,, IMC Montan
17.30AREVA's strategy in Central Asia.
Jacques Peythieu, Vice President, Strategy and Development, AREVA Mining Business Group
17.30Undertaking Environmental and Social Assessment of Projects to comply with Kazakh standards and international requirements for project financing.
Craig Watt, Principal Environmental Engineer, SRK Consulting (UK)
17.45Foresight and strategic development of Kazatomprom
Kalilallo Baitasov, Manager, Technology and Research Development Dept., JSC NAC “Kazatomprom”
17.45Mining industry: non-technical social and environmental risks.
Elena Amirkhanova, Principal Consultant,
ERM Eurasia
17.55Creation of complex high-tech production of beryllium products at Yermakovskoje mine
Vladimir Savin, Deputy Project Director “Yermakovskoje mine”, MBC Corporation
18.00Problems of closing (conversion to gold mining) of mercury mines.
Valentin Bogdetsky, Board member, Kyrgyz Mining Association
18.05Lady Barbara Thomas Judge, CBE, former chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority
18.00 – 19.30DRINKS RECEPTION (Sary Arka 2)
sponsored by Atomredmetzoloto
19.30 – 22.00Gala Dinner (Sary Arka 4) - by invitation only

7 April, Thursday

09.00 – 10.00Welcome coffee
sponsored by Ogier
10.00 – 13.30Plenary sessions
10.00 – 11.00Plenary session 3 (Sary Arka 1)
“Mining leaders: strategies and plans in Central Asia and beyond”
Co-moderators: Nurlan Sauranbayev, Managing Director, Samruk-Kazyna and Asel Khairova, Partner, Metals and Mining, KPMG Kazakhstan
10.00 – 10.15Patrice L'Huillier, Vice president operations, ENRC
10.15 – 10.30Vitaly Nesis, CEO, Polymetal
10.30 – 10.45Kevin Fox, Managing Director, Exploration for Africa , Europe and Asia, Rio Tinto
10.45 – 11.00David Woodall, CEO, Altynalmas Gold
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
sponsored by Ogier (Sary Arka 2)
11.30 – 13.30Plenary Session 4 (Sary Arka 1)
“Financing mining projects: private equity, strategic financing, IPO”
Lydia Petrashova, Head of CIS Metals and Mining, KPMG
11.30 – 11.45Overview of principal ways of financing mining companies
Lydia Petrashova, Head of CIS Metals and Mining, KPMG
11.45 – 12.00Lucy Tarleton, Business Development Manager, UK Equity Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange
12.00 – 12.15Where East Meets West. Financing Mining Projects in Central Asia.
Alexander Lopatnikov, Managing Director, American Appraisal)
12.15 – 12.30Maximising asset value for IPO.
Phil Newall, Director - Minerals, Wardell Armstrong
12.30 – 12.45The importance of having the right International Holding Structure for IPO.
Marc Yates, Partner, Ogier
12.45 - 13.00Key credit consideration for rating mining companies.
Larissa Loznova, Vice President - Senior Analyst, Moody's Eastern Europe
13.00-13.15Fanglu Wang, Chief Investment Officer, CITIC-Kazyna Investment Fund I
13.15 – 14.30Lunch (Sary Arka 4)
sponsored by American Appraisal
14.30 – 16.15Technical session 5 (Sary Arka 3)
“Mine design and planning: practices and technologies”
Session sponsor: Micromine

Moderator: : Serikjan Urbisinov, Senior Geological Consultant, Micromine Consulting
14.30 – 14.45Mining project management: realities and perspectives.
Dr. Alexei Tsekhovoi, Director, Central Asian Mining Industrial Union - President, Project Management Union
14.45 – 15.00Resources, reserves and classification issues.
Dmitry Pertel, Principal Consultant, Resources, Micromine
15.00 – 15.15Advanced technologies for the passage of mine workings and linings optimisation.
Denis Dikun, Chief Expert, Mining Department, MCC Shaftproject
15.15 – 15.30Mining and logistics control systems: current status and development prospects.
Mikhail Makeev, Projects manager, VIST Group
15.30 – 15.45Key aspects of improvement of economic efficiency of mining projects.
Alexander Polyakov, Deputy General Director, Engineering and Development, VNIPI “Promyshlennoy technologii”
15.45 – 16.00Production of high quality copper by solvent extraction.
Philip Crane, Regional Business Manager, Cognis: a part of BASF
16.00 – 16.30Coffee break
sponsored by Ogier
16.30 – 17.15Closing discussion (Sary Arka 1)
“Mining in Central Asia. Going forward”
Moderator: Alexei Mojarov, Economic Affairs Officer, Special Unit on Commodities, UNCTAD
Closing speech: Kairat Kelimbetov, Chairman, Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Welfare Fund
17.15 – 19.30Drinks (Sary Arka 4)

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Preparations have commenced for "MINEX Central Asia 2012" - the 3rd Mining and Exploration Forum, which will be held in Astana on April 17-19, 2012*

According to the statement issued by Asset Issekeshev, Vice Prime Minister and the Head of the Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Industry and Trade - MINT, published by Kazakh Today on October 6 2011 **, the results of the audit conducted by the Ministry, revealed a number of systemic problems in all segments of the country’s mining industry, including mineral reserves and resources, regulatory framework, infrastructure and personnel policy. In particular, as noted by MINT, mineral resources near several purpose built “mining towns”, are close to exhaustion and unless Kazakhstan takes prompt action, in 10 - 15 years the resource base of non-ferrous and precious metals will be exhausted.

In addition, MINT notes that the law "On Subsoil and Subsoil Use" does not fully encourage mineral exploration and needs to be amended. The country's leadership hopes that the new regulatory changes will boost mineral exploration and attract junior and large mining companies to Kazakhstan.

Another matter of concern is the lack of infrastructure. According to the survey Kazakhstan’s Mining industry lacks technical and technological expertise which cannot be offered by currently operating companies. The government believes that alongside modernisation of existing organisations, it will be crucial to create a mining research and engineering centre. Furthermore, geological exploration industry experiences acute shortage of qualified staff. To address this problem, several “Geology and Mining” faculties should be established at the leading Kazakh universities. Also, specialist training centres must be created and funded by the subsoil users. Asset Issekeshev also proposed to establish a Mining Advisory Council which would consist of respected experts. The Council should evaluate and determine training needs for the geological industry and in cooperation with the leading mining companies, will be taking part in shaping up new state policies in the mining sector.

The head of MINT also called on creating greater transparency and accountability at the Committee for Geology and Subsoil Use, urging it to avoid inefficient and illegal use of budgetary funds. "The development of geology equals development of the regions, creating new industries and service companies. Therefore, there is an urgent need to solve all these problems. This means that the industry's major changes have to be systematic. It is necessary to develop a clear action plan, make changes in current legislation and adjust mining development program presently being reformed within the framework of the presidential industrial growth program. There is a need for coordinated work of all parties: the government agencies, businesses, and non-governmental organizations ", - concluded the Vice Prime Minister.

"MINEX Central Asia” forum is organised with the aim of unlocking underexplored mineral potential of Kazakhstan and Central Asia and focuses on creating of new international partnerships and attracting investments in the development of mineral exploration and sustainable mining in the region. The organisers of "MINEX Central Asia 2012" commend the leadership of Kazakhstan, which celebrates this year its 20th independence anniversary, for taking proactive approach in resolving the issues faced by the mining industry. Forum’s technical committee comprised of 30 leading industry experts and chaired by Mr Jan Lewis, President of IOM3, will be preparing forum’s agenda in close cooperation with the leading mining companies, government agencies and foreign investors. Forum will address proposed changes in the reorganisation and further development of mining and geological industry of Kazakhstan. The forum will also offer platform for other Central Asia states for showcasing mining investment projects and innovative technologies for more efficient mineral exploration, extraction and processing.

* Further information about the forum will be announced in December 2011 on:

** “Kazakhstan Today" news: