25th ANNIVERSARY WORLD MINING CONGRESS – a unique chance for the country to show its potential in the mining and metallurgical industry in the international arena
Two major international events will be held in Kazakhstan in two months of 2018. One of them is the Astana Economic Forum (May 17-18), at which a record number of guests and speakers - experts in the sphere of economy and politics, as well as co-founders of major international organizations was reported. The second event - no less large-scale in its sphere – the 25th Anniversary World Mining Congress (June 19 - 22). Such an event of world significance is held for the first time not only in Kazakhstan, but also in the territory of the CIS countries as a whole.
The World Mining Congress is the largest and most important event in the Mining and Metallurgical Industry (MMC). It was first held in 1958 in Warsaw (Poland) and ever since it has been held once every 2-3 years. WMC brings together specialists and scientists from different countries working in the sphere of development of deposits of solid minerals. Over its history the number of states – participants of the Congress has increased from 10 to 49 and continues to grow.
The 2018 Congress will be marked by three anniversary dates: 60 years since the foundation of the WMC, 25th Anniversary WMC and the 20th Anniversary of Astana city.
Kazakhstan was not chosen as a venue for holding the Anniversary Congress by accident - the resources of our country are a rich mineral and raw material base: 99 elements of the periodic table are found in Kazakhstan, 70 of which have been discovered, and more than 60 are already used in production. Kazakhstan is one of the top ten aluminum miners in the world, it ranks third in iron ore reserves among the CIS countries, in uranium mining is second only to Australia, it is firmly in the list of countries rich in copper ores. Annually in the country it is extracted over 100 million tons of coal. The products of MMC enterprises are exported to Japan, South Korea, the USA, Canada, Russia, China and the EU countries.