Ta M. Li, USA

Yerlan and Yerden were commissioned by the World Mining Congress, held in Astana between 18 to 23 June 2018 to support services including social and commercial tours for the International delegates. First, the cultural tour was executed by Yerlan and was a most outstanding experience as we drove and visited Astana\'s tourist attractions. In the evening we toured the Bal Qaragai Family resort where was were introduced to Kazahk foods, dance culture, music and life in a Yurt with a full banquet. They described all the food being served as well as the local adult beverages. Needless to say, these were great experiences for us. They were also responsible for four industrial site visits for delegates to a precious metals, industrial mineral, coal and copper tour, all about 4 hours from Astana by bus We took the trip to the Bozshakol copper mine, owned and operated by KazMinerals. This was well done as we visited the mining camp, open pit mine, followed by a brief walk through the crushing and grinding facilities in the mill. Kaz Minerals was well cognizant of world safety practice as we were outfitted with safety glasses, shoes and hard hat. We also wore reflective flap vests. The Safety program included a comprehensive video outlining the hazards associated with open pit mining. Yerden had knowledgeable facts of the Kazakhstan country side during our journey to and from the mine. In closing, I would definitely call on the Guidemeinastana group on any and all future ventures to Astana and Kazakhstan. In support of both business and leisure visits, they offer both professional and educational experiences that is sure to make your stop in Astana memorable and enlightening.