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9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

David Wood

David Wood, formerly Vice President Accounting and Control, BHP Copper (USA)

9:40 CONSOLIDATION OF THE MINING INDUSTRY

Erik Sardain

Erik Sardain, Mining and Metals Analyst, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson

  • Overview of the changing mining markets
  • Impacts of consolidation for financing projects
  • Case Studies
  • 10:20 GOLD & METAL PRICE FORECASTING

    Walter Stroer

    Walter Stroer, Analyst and Publisher, Sprache der Markte (Germany)

  • Feedback on movement of gold price since Mining Finance II
  • Overview of forces at work in an environment of lower metal prices in mining
  • Applying the theory of self-organising dynamic processes to market pricing
  • Current movement of the gold price and other metal prices
  • Underlying patterns of the gold price
  • Future movements of the gold price
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE BUSINESS OF MINING

    Professor P.A. Dowd FREng

    Professor P.A. Dowd FREng, Head of Department of Mining and Mineral Engineering and Head of School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering, University of Leeds

  • Financial appraisal of mining ventures
  • Evaluating production plans and optimising production schedules
  • Assessing the impact of taxation regimes on production schedules and economic behaviour
  • Assessing and quatifying risk relational sensitivity and correlated risk analysis
  • 12:00 PROVIDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT

    Christopher Hall

    Christopher Hall, Managing Director, Behre Dolbear

  • Overview of the Behre Dolbear presence
  • Changes in financing of mining projects
  • Importance of a global presence in today’s consolidated mining industry
  • Transforming mining finance the new packages being developed
  • Volatile markets security for future finance
  • 12:40 Networking lunch reception

    14:00 THE POLITICAL AND BUSINESS RISK OUTLOOK FOR THE MINING INDUSTRY

    Martin Stone

    Martin Stone, Head of Country & Political Risk Advisory, Deloitte and Touche

  • Inevitable drivers: globalisation, technology and liberalisation
  • The world according to Thomas Friedman: democratic, democratising authoritarian, failed and messy states
  • Looking for the next Chile: ‘post-pariah’ states
  • Keeping a good reputation: advocacy group scrutiny
  • Effective techniques for political risk assessment in the mining sector
  • 14:40 MINING MARKETS AND THE RISK ELEMENT

    Bill Hooley

    Bill Hooley, , Micon International

  • Introducing a model for weighting total risks in mining projects
  • Applying the model to real mining projects: some case study material
  • Checking each type of risk to score the overall risk of the project
  • Bank risk, country risk and company risk
  • Resource risk, metallurgical/process risk, project risk
  • Operations risk, environmental risk, marketing risk, profitability risk
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 POLITICAL RISK INSURANCE

    Matthew Shires

    Matthew Shires, Director, Aon Political Risk

  • Scope of cover
  • Policies for investors
  • Policies for lenders
  • Underwriting market
  • Examples
  • 16:30 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:00 Drinks Reception

    9:00 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Walter Stroer

    Walter Stroer, Analyst and Publisher, , Sprache der Märkte (Germany)

    9:40 REASSESSING MARGINAL ORE RESOURCES TO CREATE ADDED VALUE

    Edmundo Tulcanaza

    Edmundo Tulcanaza, Corporate Manager Mine Planning & Technology Group, Codelco-Chile

  • Issues facing the industry
  • Mitigating risk factors by phasing learning capital investments
  • A methodology based on real options
  • Exploiting mine uncertainties
  • Case studies
  • 10:20 GLOBAL EQUITY AND PROJECT FINANCING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PLATINUM GROUP METALS

    Priscilla Ross

    Priscilla Ross, Independent Financial Journalist, Mining Finance

  • Europe/Russia
  • Canada
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Australasia and Africa
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE AFRICAN MINING RENAISSANCE FACT AND FICTION?

    Kevin P.C.J. D'Souza

    Kevin P.C.J. D'Souza, Senior Mining Engineer, Wardell Armstrong

  • Emerging Markets
  • Investment Climates
  • Risk

    Geological Potential

  • Exploration
  • Mining Activity
  • Major Projects

    The future

  • 12:00 INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT IN IRAN’S MINING INDUSTRY

    Rob Murdoch

    Rob Murdoch, Managing Director, Union Capital (Australia)

  • The projects
  • The Players
  • The financing
  • 12:40 Networking lunch reception

    14:00 MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS MEGALOMANIA OR ACUMEN

    Chalres Kernot

    Chalres Kernot, Head of Metals and Mining Research, BNP Paribas

  • Takeover activity has taken off
  • Not restricted to any particular commodity or region
  • But synergies are difficult to extract
  • So are mining companies wasting shareholders’ cashflows
  • 14:40 DEBT AND EQUITY FUNDING

    Dr Mike Armitage

    Dr Mike Armitage, Director, SRK (UK)

  • Competent Person’s Reports
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Project Finance Audits
  • Completion Tests
  • Operational Reviews
  • 15:20 PANEL DISCUSSION

    16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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