Astana to Host Days of Mining and Metallurgy

ASTANA – On June 12-13, Days of Mining and Metallurgy Sector (MMS) will be held in the capital’s Palace of Independence.

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Mining and metallurgy have since 1950s been one of the backbones of Kazakhstan’ s industry.

The Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan has designated this project for the industry as the main and annual event in the domestic mining and metal sector.

The Days will bring together a number of important events of the industrial sector, including the 4th International Mining and Metallurgy Congress Astana Mining & Metallurgy (AMM 2013) and the 4th Congress of MMS employees. The programme will also include the national industrial competition Golden Hephaestus and events dedicated to the professional holiday,Day of Metallurgist, as well as study tours for delegates around Astana.

During the congress, the topic of MMS technological growth prospects against the background of an unstable global economy will be addressed. Speakers from Australia, Britain, Germany, Kazakhstan, China, Russia, Turkey and France will present their reports at the congress.

Astana Mining & Metallurgy is expected to host more than 700 delegates from Kazakhstan and neighbouring countries, as well as members of official delegations of the participating states, ambassadors and representatives of trade missions of countries accredited in Kazakhstan.

The 1st Kazakhstan Conference on wastes of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, as well as panel discussions on topics including utilization of energy of waste gases in the ferroalloy industry, advanced solutions for processing of ores and industrial wastes, and a new era of rare and rare-earth metals will be held within the Congress.

On June 13, at the 4th Congress of MMS employees, a number of specific initiatives will be presented. In particular, a presentation of the Fund of Kazakhstan subsoil users will take place within the industrial forum. Thematic round tables will also be held on issues of the development of human capital in the MMS and the improvement of the legislation on subsoil use.

A separate set of questions will be devoted to the development of social partnerships in the MMS, proposals to improve the system of remuneration of MMS employees and other topics. The congress of MMS employees will bring together about 400 delegates, including heads of mining and metallurgical sector enterprises, trade unions of MMS employees and the coal industry, government agencies and members of the Parliament of Kazakhstan.

The concept for holding the Days of Mining and Metallurgy in Kazakhstan meet the country’s basic objectives of industrial and innovation policy on increasing exports and creating high value-added products, as well as the introduction of innovative developments and the training of qualified personnel who will bring the Kazakhstan MMS to higher level.

The Congress is an open platform for the discussion of strategic issues of the MMS of Kazakhstan and international partnerships. The key theme of the forum is “Exploration. Production. Processing.”

Within the MMS event, the winners of the National industrial competition Golden Hephaestus will be declared and industry awards for achievements in geology, metallurgy, mining and the coal industry will be presented.

ENRC company is the general partner of Golden Hephaestus.

The main organizer of this event is the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan.

The organizer of the Congress of employees of the mining and metallurgy industry is the National Association of Mining and Metallurgical Enterprises. Kazakhstan’s exhibition company Iteca jointly with international partner ITE Group Plc are responsible for organizing the Congress. The Astana City Administration, the Samruk Kazyna national welfare fund and others are also providing official support to the organization of the event.