The Russia-Ukraine conflict, the rising energy costs, and the disruption of international logistics and supply chains have severely affected mining operations across the Eurasian continent and other parts of the world. To maintain production targets and commitments the mining industry went through a major overhaul which also opens opportunities for wider cooperation with global markets.
The energy transition is causing a surge in demand for minerals for clean energy technologies. As Russia’s and China’s dominance as the global suppliers of these raw materials is diminishing due to sanctions and trade disputes, Central Asia, Mongolia and some European countries are likely to become new hotspots for mineral extraction and a major global supplier of selected critical materials for clean energy technologies.
• How the companies are mitigating operational challenges caused by disrupted supply chains, adverse exchange rates, and increases in energy prices?
• Meeting ESG and Climate change commitments.
• Securing the supply of critical raw materials to global markets.
• Enabling traceability and product provenance in raw material supply chains.
In the current geopolitical environment, Russia’s and China’s status as the dominant foreign business partners and financiers could diminish in Central Asia and other regions. This creates opportunities for major international firms to increase their engagement in mining modernisation and exploration projects across the Eurasian continent.
• An overview of foreign investment in mining in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia.
• Mining IPOs pipeline.
• What alternative sources of finance are available to mining companies operating projects in Eurasia?
• Export finance opportunities.
• A closer look at major investment opportunities and the risks they entail.
• What geopolitical discount investors are expecting in the regions?
• Central Asia and Middle East collaboration in the mining sector: investment, security of supply, ESG and operational best practices.
• Investing in “Environmentally sustainable” businesses.
• Application of the EU Taxonomy Regulation to the mining, metals and minerals sector.
• Green finance projects and the ESG role in mining financing.
The global energy transition based on the principles of decarbonization, technological modernization and integration of ESG principles into corporate governance processes underline long-term economic development strategies of many countries. Achieving a low carbon emission status in mining requires rethinking and redesign at all levels from operations to capital expenditure and corporate governance.