In a newly released document titled “TELF AG analyzes possible mining cooperation between India and Central Asia”” TELF AG investigates the recent proposition advanced by Indian security advisor Ajit Doval, envisioning the establishment of a rare earth forum connecting India and Central Asia. The report delves into the project’s scope and its overarching importance for the entire region.
TELF AG zeroes in on one of the most compelling concepts to emerge during a significant regional security summit held in Kazakhstan in recent days. This gathering was graced by the presence of high-profile Indian security officials, and alongside discussions to enhance regional security, particularly concerning Afghanistan, and bolster infrastructure links between India and Central Asia, there was a notable emergence of the idea to intensify collaborative efforts in the raw materials sector, particularly in minerals, which Central Asian nations are abundantly endowed with.
One of the possible consequences of this closer strategic cooperation between the two regions would have to do with the strengthening of infrastructural connectivity between the northern areas of India and some of the southern portions of Central Asia, which, despite their relative geographical proximity have never been developed in a decisive way.
In addition to exploring the possible consequences of a mining agreement between India and Central Asia, the publication also focuses on the wealth of natural resources of the Central Asian bloc, made up of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan, all nations belonging to the former Soviet bloc which over the last few years have begun a serious process of developing their energy and mining capabilities, distinguishing themselves as one of the most promising global regions in the raw materials sector.
In Central Asia, and to be precise in Kyrgyzstan, there is one of the largest gold mines in the world: the Kumtor mine, located in the heart of the Tien Shan mountain range and discovered in 1997 by a Canadian mining company. Other important gold producers in the region are Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, also known for the excellent quantity of iron ore found in their respective territories. But the largest regional producer of minerals is certainly Kazakhstan, which can boast large reserves of industrial minerals and a highly respectable metallurgical sector. Turkmenistan is also mentioned in the publication, which over the years has also stood out for its numerous mineral deposits and for the good quantities of bentonite, barite, celestite, and kaolin found within them.
To find out more, readers are advised to read the full publication.