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Mexico Mining Forum 2020 Preliminary Program

8:30
APPRAISAL OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S FIRST YEAR AND PRIORITIES FOR THE COMING YEARS
  1. Speaker
    Francisco Quiroga
    Undersecretary of Mining at the Ministry of Economy

The AMLO administration won the 2018 election by advocating change and subsequently set out its goals in the National Development Plan. This presentation looks at the administration’s successes and setbacks related to the country’s mining industry during its first year in office. Moreover, it evaluates the actions that the Mexican government has undertaken to enhance the sector’s performance and the impact these actions have had on the industry’s value chain. It will also detail what steps come next.

9:15
LICENSE TO OPERATE: SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCESS TO LAND
  1. Moderator
    Gabino Fraga
    Director General of Grupo GAP
  2. Panelist
    Michael Harvey
    Specialist in Government Relations, Sustainability and Communications
  3. Panelist
    Luiz Camargo
    Country Head of Minera Cuzcatlán
  4. Panelist
    José Tovar
    Community Relations Manager at Alamos Gold
  5. Panelist
    Daniel Santamaría
    Vice President of Minera Gorrión, Almaden Minerals

Operators must obtain a social license if they want to work in harmony with local communities. To the same end, miners also have to thoroughly comply with all legal caveats regarding land ownership. This panel discusses two interrelated key topics. First, the best practices for collaborating harmoniously with local communities throughout the mine’s life cycle, from exploration to closing. Second, the soundest methods for successfully navigating Mexico’s intricate agrarian system in order to access land securely.

10:00
NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
10:40
FINANCING TRENDS AND INVESTMENT DYNAMICS
  1. Speaker
    Javier Reyes de la Campa
    Chairman of Accendo Banco

In an industry mostly dependent on volatile metal prices, strong financial structures are vital. Miners in Mexico have a wide variety of solutions to turn to, including private and public equity, debt refinancing on international markets, traditional loans from banks and other institutions, production-based financing and even crypto and crowdfunding solutions. This presentation will outline the current investment environment in Mexico, focusing on recent financing activity and capital market trends.

11:00
RISK MANAGEMENT: FINANCING BROWNFIELD PROJECTS IN MEXICO
  1. Moderator
    Alfredo Phillips
    President of Guerrero Mining Cluster
  2. Panelist
    David Chelich
    Head of Business Development Mexico at Toronto Stock Exchange
  3. Panelist
    Enrique Rodríguez del Bosque
    Partner at RB Abogados
  4. Panelist
    Alfredo Tijerina
    Director General of FIFOMI
  5. Panelist
    Javier Reyes de la Campa
    Chairman of Accendo Banco

Keeping a healthy project pipeline is not only about finding new deposits but also about expanding existing ones. Technical and managerial expertise coupled with intelligent financial strategies are crucial to this end. This panel will put in conversation representatives from successful brownfield projects with key financers that help bring the projects to fruition.

12:00
NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
12:25
USING AUTOMATION AND DIGITALIZATION TO IMPROVE THE OPERATION OF MINING COMPANIES
  1. Panelist
    Jaime Gabarró
    Senior Business Development Consultant at Datamine
  2. Panelist
    Paulo Martins
    Regional Director South America at Datamine

One the major advantages of investing in technologies to digitalize mining operations is to give miners more control over their project’s value chain. Digitalization can provide the ability to manage a detailed operational plan, using different parameters to map out a variety of scenarios to optimize decision-making. This short presentation will highlight the main operational hurdles digital technologies can solve.

12:45
THE VALUE CHAIN BEHIND SUCCESSFUL PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
  1. Moderator
    Gerardo Durán
    Director General of Chihuahua Mining Cluster
  2. Panelist
    Alejandro Espejel
    Country Manager of FLSmidth
  3. Panelist
    David Vizcarrondo
    Director of Strategic Accounts at Emerson
  4. Panelist
    Agustín Enciso
    Director General of Cozcyt
  5. Panelist
    Enrique Espinosa
    Subdirector of Mineral Resources, Mexican Geological Survey

Once the mineral reserves are proven and the project is determined to be feasible, the operator undertakes the great task of developing the new project, often from scratch. The goal is to ramp it up to efficient and cost-effective production. But no miner succeeds on its own: there is always a long value chain behind every successful operation. This panel, seeks to deliver an in-depth view into the intricacies of taking a project to the development phase and ultimately, to production.

13:30
NETWORKING LUNCH
15:00
REDISTRIBUTING VALUE IN THE INDUSTRY: FONDO MINERO
  1. Moderator
    Alberto Orozco
    President of Sonora Mining Cluster
  2. Panelist
    Hilde Salgado
    Undersecretary of Economic Development in Sinaloa
  3. Panelist
    Miguel Ángel Lucero Olivas
    Senator and President of Mexican Senate's Mining Commission
  4. Panelist
    Bernardo Ramírez
    Partner at Chevez,Ruiz,Zamarripa
  5. Panelist
    Luis Javier Sánchez
    Undesecretary of Investment in Zacatecas
  6. Carlos Silva
    CEO of Santacruz Silver Mining

With the aim of raising the living standard of populations in mining-oriented areas, Mexico’s so-called Mining Fund was established as a result of the fiscal reform of 2014. The adequacy of the use of the fund’s resources has been a point of debate ever since. Given that mining tends to have local costs, while its benefits are often not fully experienced in its immediate location, devising strategies for redistributing value in the industry is a pressing matter.

16:00
OPERATIONAL SUCCESS: CHALLENGES AND EXEMPLARY STRATEGIES
  1. Moderator
    Héctor Quezada
    Country Manager of Victaulic Mexico
  2. Panelist
    Jody Kuzenko
    COO of Torex Gold Resources
  3. Panelist
    Adrián Blanco
    General Manager Mexico of McEwen Mining
  4. Panelist
    Salvador García
    COO at Starcore
  5. Panelist
    Ramón Mendoza
    Vice President Operations at First Majestic

Mexican mining has a myriad of successful operators that have come to outstand in the mining landscape over the years. Have they all followed the same strategies for operational and financial success or is there a key secret ingredient that has allowed them to thrive in the industry? This panel brings together the leaders behind these success stories in an opportunity to learn their story directly from the authors.

17:00
NETWORKING COCKTAIL

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