Yesterday, on June 19, in Astana the 25th Anniversary World Mining Congress began its work. RESULTS of the 1st DAY.
More than 2,389 delegates from 50 countries, 368 author speakers from 37 countries, 58 associations, 79 universities, including the delegations from Australia, Austria, Canada, Norway and France participated in its work.
Among the leading speakers there were such honored guests as Dean McPherson, Head of Global Mining of Toronto Stock Exchange (Canada), Torsten Gerlach, Head of the Mining Technology Division of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG (Germany), Jukka Maksimainen, Head of the Mining Division of McKinsey & Company, James Matcher, EY Head of Mining Industry in Africa and the leading expert on digitalization in the mining industry and many others.
The First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin opened the solemn ceremony dedicated to the start of work of the 25th World Mining Congress.
The key thread through all the speeches was the slogan of Congress “Innovative superiority is a step forward on the way to the growth of the world mining industry”. The Minister of Investments and Development of Kazakhstan Zhenis Kassymbek delivered a speech at the plenary session. “For Kazakhstan, the mining and metallurgy complex plays an important role in the development of the country’s economy. This sector ranks second in the structure of the country's economy after the oil and gas industry. The basis of development of the MMC is a rich mineral and raw materials base. Kazakhstan takes the 6th place in the world in terms of natural resources reserves, the 10th in terms of the total volume of mineral raw materials production (without oil and gas) and the third place in terms of mineral extraction per capita. The industry is represented on the world market of copper, uranium, titanium, ferroalloys and polymetals and has a significant impact on the regional iron, coal and aluminum markets”, - he said.
The Minister also highlighted that an important initiative was the introduction at the end of last year of a new code on subsoil and subsoil use to move to the West Australian model. The new code introduces the best international practices in providing transparent and understandable methods of state regulation of the industry, access to geological information, harmonization of national standards with global ones. This document is aimed at attracting foreign investors, including junior enterprises, which, as world practice shows, open more than 60% of new deposits.