Bishkek ICF-CIRDI Workshop “Sound Management of Natural Resources: The State’s Role in the Resource Sector”

Co-Organized, Funded, and Hosted by:

From the perspective of the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute, this workshop continues discussions during a workshop held in May 2016. With participants from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolian and Myanmar, this workshop pointed to the variety of governance models that are available for states to get involved in the mining sectors, but also to some of the risks these models bare. As the Oslo Centre has also been collaborating with the ICF on similar topics, we’re very happy to be joining with them to host this workshop in Bishkek with participants from Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Myanmar and Timor-Leste.

Venue: Golden Tulip Hotel, Bishkek

The workshop is open to the interested public, but we would ask participants to register.

November 2, 2016, Wednesday

08:30 Registration of Kyrgyz participants

09:00 Opening Remarks

  • Ms. D. Gerelmaa, Deputy Director, Department of Multilateral Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia
  • Mr. Duishenbek Zilaliev, Director of State Committee on Industry, Energy and Mining of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General, University of Central Asia

09:20 “Challenges and opportunities for the State in the Sound Management of Natural Resources”, Mr. Einar Steensnæs, Senior Advisor, The Oslo Centre

Coffee Break

10:30 Panel One – Defining the State’s Role in the Management of Natural Resources

Moderator: Dr. Julian Dierkes, University of British Columbia


  • Mr. Ulan Ryskulov, Vice Director of State Committee on Industry, Energy and Mining of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • Mr. Umar Izabaev, First Deputy Director, Altynken
  • Mr. N. Algaa, President, Mongolian National Mining Association
  • Mr. Kh. Bayarkhangai, Senior Officer, Geological Policy Department, Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry of Mongolia
  • Mr. Ch. Sukhbaatar, Director, Erdenes Mongol LLC

13:45 Panel Two – Taking Care of Values: The State’s Financial Challenges and Opportunities

Moderator: Mr. Claes Reksten, Norway


  • Mr. Maung Maung Win, Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance of Myanmar
  • Ms. Aicholpon Zhorupbekova, Kalikova & Associates
  • Mr. Kubanychbek Aidaraliev, Head of Fiscal Policy Department, Ministry of Economy
  • Mr. D. Bailiikhuu, Researcher, OSF, Mongolia

15:00 Coffee Break

15:15 Panel Three: Enhancing Coordination and Collaboration among the State, Industry and Public

Moderator: Ms. E. Odjargal, Mongolian Mining Journal


  • Mr. Mars Cherikchiev, State Committee on Industry, Energy and Mining
  • Ms. Venera Osmonkulova, KazMinerals (Mining Company)
  • Ms. Dinara Musabekova, Eurasian Foundation of Central Asia (mediator)
  • Ms. J. Sunjidmaa, Chair, Mongolian National Mining Association

16:30 Networking and Bilateral Meetings


November 3, 2016, Thursday  

09:00 Panel Four: Challenges and Opportunities for Increased Transparency

Moderator: Ms. Nazgul Kulova, NRGI Consultant


  • Mr. N. Dorjdari, NRGI Mongolia
  • Mr. Mung Don, Steering Committee Member, MATA, Myanmar
  • Mr. Ch. Tsogtbaatar, Senior Officer, Mining Policy Department, Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry of Mongolia
  • Ms. B. Sunderiya, Chief Legal Officer, Erdenes Mongol LLC

Coffee Break

10:30 Panel Five: ‘Ensuring State’s Interests in the Extraction of Natural Resources’

Moderator: Mr. J. Mendee, UBC


  • Mr. Alfredo Pires, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Timor-Leste
  • Mr. Claes Reksten, Norway
  • Ms. B. Solongo, Senior Officer, Legal Department, Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry, Mongolia

13:45 Question and Answer Session, including responses to written questions

Coffee Break

15:15 Question and Answer Session, including responses to written questions


About Julian Dierkes

Julian Dierkes is a sociologist by training (PhD Princeton Univ) and a Mongolist by choice and passion since around 2005. He teaches in the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He toots
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