The 8th Annual Mining and Exploration Forum MINEX Central Asia-2017 was held in Astana on 18-20 April 2017.  Over 300 executives and specialists representing 128 international and Kazakh companies took part in the event. 

TA3A9572Facts and figures

MINEX Central Asia Forum has 8 years of successful experience in delivering large-scale and content reach mining event covering Central Asian region.

The Forum regularly brought together over 300 from 128 companies and government organisations.

Over 40% delegates of the Forum were CEOs and board members

Over 100 speakers and panellists from Central Asian countries (Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan), Russia and Europe, North America, Canada and Australia presented at the Forum .

17 companies from Kazakhstan, Russia, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Germany exhibited at the Trade and Investment Show organised alongside the Forum.

  • The 3-day agenda is packed with content rich sessions and panel discussions
  • In-depth master-classes delivered by top experts
  • The Forum offered extensive networking and business development opportunities
  • MineTech competition enhanced practical exchange between mining companies, service and solution providers.
  • MineVenture competition provided powerful promotional platform to start-up mining and technology projects

DSC_1031Master classes

Prior to the on 18 April Forum specialists from SRK Consulting (UK) and DMT (Germany) held master classes, where they discussed technical and financial parameters of mine planning, mining projection and dilution and loss minimisation, how geotechnical and hydrogeological data can influence pit slope stability as well as using machine learning to monitor seismic activity for risk management.


The forum was opened on 19 April by Mr Timur Toktabayev the Vice Minister for Investments and Development, and Dr Carolyn Browne, British Ambassador to Kazakhstan.
During the next two days of the forum over 100 speakers and panellists voiced their opinions on the pressing matters of the mining industry.

AM2_8483Trade show

17 local and international companies exhibited at the industry exhibition organised alongside the forum.

In total approximately 500 attendees visited the forum and exhibition.

RTPresentation of the draft Code “On Subsoil and Subsoil Use”

An important highlight of the event was the Round Table where the Ministry of Investment and Development representatives, members of the Majilis Parliament and mining, legal and consulting companies representatives discussed the draft Code “On Subsoil and Subsoil Use” that is currently being developed in Kazakhstan.
MineVenture and MineTech competitions
For the first time MINEX Central Asia hosted two new industry competitions – MineVenture (Start-up and Venture projects) and MineTech (Technological challenges and solutions).


MineVenture participants presented start-up investment projects in front of a jury of investors. Mr Baurzhan Duisebayev, Advisor to the Chairman of JSC Volkovgeologia, presented and nickel-cobalt ore production project and has won the competition.


The MineTech competition saw technological companies provide solutions to the cases offered by the Eurasian Resources Group (ERG).

MT1Reef Centrifugal Technologies LLP from Kazakhstan emerged victorious in the waste recycling category with their presentation on innovative ways of processing dumps and production of manganese concentrates.

The British company Intellisense.Io won in the digital technologies nomination with their presentation on deploying Industry 4.0 technologies for the Mining Industry.
The forum was closed with the awards ceremony for both competitions.

“We would like to thank all participants, sponsors and partners of the forum. We hope technological innovations and ideas offered at the forum will be implemented in mining projects, driving further efficiency and profitability”– noted the Head of the MINEX Organisational Committee Arthur Poliakov.


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