MiningWorld Central Asia 2004: a Decade Has Gone!
The tenth annual MiningWorld Central Asia 2004 International Exhibition has traditionally taken place in the southern capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty. This unique professional forum of miners and metallurgists has included a conference called Mining, Production and Mining Equipment; and an international exhibition called KAZCOMAK Central Asia 2004 (including Quarry Operation, Handling Equipment and Construction of Industrial Facilities and Roads). The organizers of these events are: the ITE Group Plc. (UK) and its partner in the Caspian region, Iteca.
During the decade of its existence, MiningWorld Central Asia has become the place for creating a foundation for co-operation between companies from various countries and sectors of the economy and a place where joint projects originate. This time 22 countries participated in the exhibition, displaying more than 700 types of equipment, technologies and services at 150 exhibition stands. The UK, Germany, Canada, Poland, Norway and Finland presented their displays. It should be noted that the number of participants at MiningWorld Central Asia 2004 has doubled compared with 2003, with 40% of the exhibits being displayed for the first time. Such a dynamic has been achieved due to the constantly growing interest of foreign investors and producers with the prospects of developing the mining and metallurgy complex in Kazakhstan and other Central Asian states. Special attention should be paid to KAZCOMAK Central Asia 2004, the new trend that has promoted the popularity of the exhibition.
The Kazakhstani government, the Kazakhstani Ministry of Industry and Trade, the International Metallurgist’s Union, and the diplomatic missions of the countries whose companies were participating in MiningWorld Central Asia 2004 officially supported the event. As in last year’s exhibition, Bogatyr Access Komir was the General Sponsor. Other sponsors were Komatsu, Mitsui, Adani, Grata, KPMG, New Technologies, Inpromservice, Altynalmas, and BelazServiceBalkhash.
MiningWorld Central Asia 2004 has become the main informative event for experts in the region’s mining and metallurgical industry. About 250 delegates and 50 speakers took part in the conference. The participants discussed fundamental issues such as resource replenishment, integrated processing of minerals, competitive recovery of domestic products, and development of international markets. Special attention has been paid to the legal and tax issues concerning geology, and production and processing of minerals. The attraction of investments, project financing, application of innovative technologies, and the creation of brand new products were discussed during some sessions. The conference participants adopted a resolution to be sent to the Kazakhstani government. The resolution presents their views on the development of the country’s mining and metallurgical complex.
During MiningWorld Central Asia 2004 the Best Worker of Kazakhstan’s Mining and Processing Industry was nominated. In the course of this event (organized by participants of the exhibition in 2003) about 25,000 experts from various companies and organizations were interviewed. The distinguished title was awarded to Mr. Mukhamedgaliyev, the Chief Engineer of Zhairemsky GOK.
It is planned to carry out the next Central Asian International Exhibition and Conference, MiningWorld Central Asia and the KAZCOMAK Central Asia exhibition, on 21-23 September 2005 in Almaty.
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