This year, sessions will explore what miners and investors can expect from the commodity outlook in 2020, a look at how mining companies can work with Chinese investors, and discussions about how miners can speed up the process of taking a mine from exploration, to development to production and start delivering bottom-line profits sooner. You’ll also hear presentations and insights from key names in the mining industry, such as IAMGOLD’s Steve Letwin, Zhaojin International Mining’s Leo Zhao, and Franco Nevada’s Kevin McElligott
Recent record highs in nickel. Strong long-term demand for copper. Supply imbalances in iron ore post Brumandinho. If there’s a lesson to be learnt from the past 12 months, it’s that there are plenty of opportunities in base and bulk metals for the savvy investor, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
The future of exploration and exploration funding is one of the biggest challenges the facing miners right now. While there may be increased appetite for some commodities at the exploration end, actual funding has not always followed. Consequently, fewer mining projects are progressing from the exploration stage through to production and subsequent profitability.
Mining is increasingly looking towards frontier and emerging markets for new opportunities. However these new ventures are accompanied by a host of new challenges, including permitting risk, resource nationalism, and governments whose mining codes are likely to change with little forewarning.
Gold is back. Since May 2019, the rising price of gold has triggered renewed interest in the yellow metal. And that’s not just the case for established gold majors and mid-tiers, but also in exploration juniors as everyone looks for the next ‘ten bagger’. The silver price has since followed, and 2020 looks set to be a bumper year for precious metals.
Environmental and Sustainable Governance (ESG) and brand image are two of the cornerstones of how the industry can win over new investors, be they millennials previously lured to other sectors such as crypto and cannabis, or generalist investors who would allocate more capital to mining if the industry could address these issues.
Declining grades. The challenges of digging deeper to discover a good orebody. The increasing need to explore in emerging markets as opportunities in developed markets dry up. Whether you’re at a winning company or supplying financial services to mining companies, these are just some of the universal challenges faced by almost everyone working in the mining industry right now.