Sponsors and Partners

Gold Sponsor

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Polymetal International is one of the world’s largest producers of primary silver and is one of Russia’s three largest gold mining companies. The Company’s production and exploration facilities are based in four regions of Russia – Magadan, Chukotka, Khabarovsk and Sverdlovsk,  in Armenia and Kazakhstan.

Polymetal International carries out the full range of deposit development, from exploration to production. One of the key elements of the Company’s strategy is to set up large processing hubs and to position the operations around them in order to maximise staff and cost efficiencies, and to optimise return on investment.

In November 2011 Polymetal International completed its premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (Ticker: POLY).

Polymetal has operated in Kazakhstan since the fourth quarter of 2009, when the Company acquired Varvara gold and silver deposit in the Kostanay region. The facility, which includes processing and gold recovery plants, has a capacity of 4.2 Mtpa. Varvara’s output consists of gold-copper concentrate and gold-bearing alloy.

In September 2014, Polymetal International completed the acquisition of the Kyzyl gold project in north-eastern Kazakhstan. The Kyzyl Project includes Bakyrchik, one of the largest gold deposits in Kazakhstan.




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SRK Consulting is the world’s first one-stop consultancy offering specialist services to mining and exploration companies for the entire life cycle of a mining project from exploration through to mine closure.

Among SRK Consulting’s clients are most of the world’s major and medium-sized mining houses, exploration companies, banks, audit firms and government departments.

Formed in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1974, SRK now employs over 1,500 professionals in 50 permanent offices in 22 countries on six continents.

In 2009 SRK Consulting opened its office in Moscow. Opening of the office in Russia has allowed SRK Consulting to provide its excellent quality technical solutions in Russian and with consideration of the existing Russian legislation in the sphere of subsoil use.

SRK Consulting employs leading specialists in each field of science and engineering. Its seamless integration of services, and global base, has made the company the world’s leading practice in due diligencefeasibility studies and confidential internal reviews.




Gold Sponsor

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Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) is a leading diversified natural resources producer with integrated mining, processing, energy, logistics and marketing operations. It has a portfolio of production assets and development projects in 14 countries, crossing four continents, being a major employer in the industry. In 2014 the Group has celebrated its 20-year anniversary. ERG S.à.r.l., the Group management company, has its headquarters in Luxembourg.

Today ERG is the world’s largest ferrochrome producer on a chrome content basis and a key supplier of iron ore. The Group is also among the global top-10 alumina producers and a principal copper and cobalt manufacturer.

In the Republic of Kazakhstan ERG represents about one third of the country’s metals & mining industry. It is also a key power supplier and a large railway operator in Central Asia. Kazchrome, SSGPO, Aluminum of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Aluminum Smelter (KAS), Eurasian Energy Corporation (EEC), Shubarkol Komir and Transportation Group TransCom LLP are among the Group’s major assets located in Kazakhstan. ERG employs more than 61,000 people in the Republic.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo ERG mines copper and cobalt and processes the ore at Boss Mining, Frontier and Comide. A number of other development and near-production assets, including the Metalkol Roan Tailings Reclamation (RTR) Project, are also located in the DRC.

ERG’s copper smelter, Chambishi Metals PLC, is a major enterprise in Zambia and a large producer of copper metal. The Group also has a number of projects in coal, manganese, platinum, bauxite and fluorspar across the African continent, embracing the Republic of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mali and Mozambique.

In Brazil ERG continues development of Pedra de Ferro project, a 18 mtpa iron ore production complex.




Silver Sponsor

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WAI has provided the mineral industry with specialised geological, mining, processing and environmental expertise since 1987, initially as an independent company, but from 1999 as part of the Wardell Armstrong Group (WA). Our experience is worldwide and has concentrated on the metalliferous mining sector and coal.

Our parent company is a mining engineering/environmental consultancy that services the industrial minerals sector from nine regional offices in the UK and international offices in Russia and Kazakhstan. Total worldwide staff complement is now in excess of 300.

The Group provides a wide range of services for minerals-related projects. This ranges from preliminary exploration planning, through reserve estimation, mine design and financial appraisal, to bankable final feasibility study.

WAI has a strong client list, including companies and organisations from the private and public sectors, as well as many major lending institutions. In addition, WAI has been involved in many AIM and Full Board London stock exchange listings.




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Rio Tinto is one of the world leaders in the exploration, development and mining sector. We have a long and proud history of developing global mineral assets based on the quality of opportunity not constrained by the commodity or location.

Rio Tinto has been active in Kazakhstan for more than 12 years pursuing opportunities in the field of exploration and business development. We are currently implementing two greenfield exploration projects in Kazakhstan and pursuing further partnerships in exploration for copper with local and international companies as well as the government of Kazakhstan through the Ministry of Investments and Development.

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Bronze Sponsor

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The largest specialized institute in the CIS, providing engineering and consulting services for the mining industry. Some of the areas of expertise of the institute include innovative import-substituting technologies: management of information flows in quarries and mines using the GIS GEOMIX geological system. Geometry and useful components distribution prediction of blast rock mass formation. Regulating the quality of raw materials and managing the parameters of drilling and blasting operations. Geodynamic modelling of mineral deposits and the development of unique technical solutions for their dehydration. Underflooring protection. Risk assessment (geomechanical, hydrogeological, economic) and deposit development safety and efficiency consulting. Development of high-tech equipment (robotized telemetry wells, unmanned aerial vehicles, gyroscopic crack measurement). Geodynamic landslide monitoring.




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Bryanston Resources is one of the world’s fastest growing advisory firms offering a comprehensive range of professional services to our clients in the natural resources area.

Our business model consists of three pillars: investments, consulting services, and technology commercialization with focus on raw materials. This advantageous combination enables to help our clients to create value using our key offerings, such as strategic advisory, operations efficiency increase measures implementation, principal investment and management, project development, new technology selection and deployment.

Our network of global offices serves clients around the world. Through our network we access deep technical and financial expertise across all relevant disciplines: exploration, project development, operations, logistics, marketing and finance. We maintain close relationships with investment banks, technical consultancies and geologists, and cooperate with traders to bring value to our clients.




Bronze Sponsor

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DMT GmbH & Co. KG is an independent engineering and consulting company active all around the world. The firm’s activities focus on the fields of mining engineering, natural resources exploration, construction and infrastructure projects, safety in buildings, product testing and measurement instrumentation in industrial settings and cokemaking technology.

DMT provides consultancy services and assistance which are tailored specifically to the clients’ needs. It also provides impartial assessment or in the following six business units:

– International Mining Consulting
– Exploration & Geosurvey
– Geo Engineering
– Cokemaking Technology
– Industry Systems
– Building Safety

We provide multi-disciplinary engineering services to assist mining and exploration/development companies at all stages of the mining life-cycle, from the initial exploration stage, onwards. DMT´s joint-venture subsidiary IMC Montan is the leading consultancy, representing group´s interest and competence for over 20 years in cooperation with mining companies and investors in Russia and CIS countries.




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IMC Montan is an independent international mining consultancy and one of the leading consulting companies in mining sector of Russia. The Group also includes such companies as DMT GmbH & Co. (Germany), WYG Plc. (UK).

IMC Montan successfully operating in Russia and the CIS since 1992. Since then the company implemented over 500 projects for Russian and international mining companies, investors and banks.

IMC Montan  is a recognized technical consultant and sector expert; its opinion is respected by analytical agencies, financial institutions and  Russian state supervisory bodies.

The range of the Company consulting services covers all solid minerals, all types of deposits and full cycle of the mine life.

Disciplines covered by the Company services include reserve audit in compliance with international standards, technical and technological consulting, feasibility studies, higher labour productivity or core business production build-up justification, engineering services.




Corporate Sponsor

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AMC Consultants is a leading mining consultancy providing services to the exploration, mining, and financial industries. We work with our clients to plan new mines or improve the operations of existing mines, with a primary focus on achieving optimum output and return.

With experience gained on more than 7,500 assignments over 30 years, AMC is an expert in the business of mining. Our expertise spans mining engineering, exploration, geotechnical engineering, geology, feasibility studies, strategy optimisation, technical audits, appraisals, expert reports, and business improvement services. Our clients include mining companies, insurance companies, banks, and investors.




Official Partner

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Department of Subsoil Use is a structural subdivision of the Ministry for Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The main task of the Department is to develop and implement the state policy in the areas of subsoil use, groundwater, therapeutic mud, solid minerals except coal and uranium.




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The Ministry for Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan (hereinafter – Ministry) is a state authority of the Republic of Kazakhstan leading in the sphere of industry and industry-innovation development, scientific-technical country development, mining-metallurgic complex, development of local content, machine building, chemical, pharmaceutical and medical industry, light, wood-working and furniture industry, construction industry and production of construction materials; machines and equipment safety and safety of chemical products in accordance with field direction; state innovation policy and policy of investments support, creating a favorable investment climate; creating, functioning and abolishment of special economic zones; export control; technical regulation and measuring unity support; mineral resources, except from hydrocarbon crude; state geological study, reproduction of mineral-raw materials base, rational and complex subsurface use, state management of subsurface use in parts of groundwater and therapeutic muds, hard commercial minerals, except from uranium and coal; energy saving and increasing of energy effectiveness of the tourist activity, realization of state policy of investment support; in the spheres of railway, automobile, internal water transport, trade sailing, in the field of use of air space of the Republic of Kazakhstan and activity of civil and experimental aviation, auto roads; industry safety; communication, informatization and «E-government», information; space activity (hereinafter – regulated spheres).




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“The Republican Association of Mining and Metallurgical Enterprises”, LE Group (AGMP) was founded in 2005 upon an initiative of mining industry enterprises of Republic of Kazakhstan with the assistance of branch ministry.

As of today, AGMP is the biggest branch association in Kazakhstan, with the membership of 96 enterprises in non-ferrous metal, iron-steel, uranium and coal industries. Among them: “ERG” enterprises, “ArcelorMittal Temirtau” JCS, “Kazakhmys” Copporation LLP, “Ust-Kamenogorsk Titano-Magnesium Combine” JCS, “NAC “Kazatomprom” JSC, “KSP Steel” JCS etc.

AGMP is included in Republican Tripartite Committee for social partnership and social-labor relationships’ regulation, and is a signatory of General agreement. Also, association concludes Industrial agreement, in which the general principles of socio-economic and labor regulations in industry are defined.

In accordance with the “On private entrepreneurship” law, AGMP is accredited in 14 ministries and administrative entities, included in the working parties in the Government and Parliament of Republic of Kazakhstan, as a joint industry representative and a plenipotentiary representative of employers in the social partnership process, involved in development of legislative acts. In addition, AGMP is accredited in the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan, where it represents mining industry.




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The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps UK companies involved in the mining and construction equipment sectors export overseas.

UK companies deliver solutions across the mining lifecycle, from initial scoping studies through all phases of feasibility and detailed mine design, and ultimately construction and operation.

The UK is the leading global source of mining finance, providing liquidity for all sizes of projects and operations. Support is delivered by a broad range of professional services and consulting organisations that work to recognised global standards.

The UK’s construction equipment sector produces innovative products with around 75% of the output sold overseas, contributing £11 billion per annum to the UK economy.




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GIZ provides services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations and governments of other countries all benefiting from our services. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is our main commissioning party, but we also work closely with the private sector, fostering successful interaction between development policy and foreign trade.