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“Qualified Persons” (QPs) are integral to the Canadian National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) standards for mineral project reporting. These professionals must have a minimum of five years of experience in the area of mineral exploration, mining, or project evaluation related to the deposit type and activity being reported on. Importantly, QPs are required to be members in good standing of a recognized professional association, such as the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC), among others across Canada and internationally that uphold similar professional standards and ethical codes.

The independence of QPs is critical to maintaining the credibility of NI 43-101 reports. To ensure impartiality:

Professional Ethics and Standards: As members of reputable professional associations, QPs adhere to strict ethical codes that mandate integrity and objectivity in their assessments.

Regulatory Criteria for Independence: NI 43-101 defines clear criteria to prevent conflicts of interest, ensuring that QPs do not have a vested interest in the projects they report on, beyond their professional fees for services rendered.

Mandatory Disclosure: QPs must disclose any potential conflicts of interest in their reports, including financial interests or any relationships with the company that could be perceived as compromising their independence.These measures guarantee that mineral resource estimates and technical evaluations are conducted following the highest standards of professional conduct, offering a reliable and unbiased perspective to investors and the public.

FAQs

What is the NatGold ecosystem?2024-04-21T19:08:58+00:00

The NatGold ecosystem is a comprehensive hybrid ledger/blockchain-based platform designed to facilitate the tokenization of qualifying mining titles containing certified gold resources into NatGold coins, ready for storage, distribution, and global trading within a DeFi framework. Operating in a fully auditable, transparent, and strategically managed manner, the ecosystem encompasses key components such as the NatGold Trust, NatGold Digital Vault, NatGold Bilateral Bridge, NatGold Multichain, and NatGold Media DApp. Together, these elements ensure a secure, transparent, and regulatory compliant environment, exemplifying a robust NatGold framework.

What is the NatGold Digital Vault?2024-04-21T19:41:01+00:00

The NatGold Digital Vault, operated by OroEx Corp., is a crucial component of the NatGold ecosystem, specifically engineered to tokenize, securely manage, and store NatGold Coins before their distribution, storage, and trading on the NatGold Multichain. These coins result from the tokenization of mining titles containing NI 43-101 certified gold resources. The vault utilizes ledger-based technology that incorporates some blockchain principles, such as ledgering and digital signatures. However, it remains a closed system to ensure controlled access and enhanced security, distinguishing it from public blockchains, which are accessible by the general public.

This Digital Vault is designed with a robust security architecture to safeguard sensitive information. It operates on a closed ledger system, which allows for stringent control over all transactions related to the creation and distribution of NatGold Coins. To maintain data integrity and prevent tampering, each transaction is securely hashed using advanced cryptographic algorithms. Additionally, comprehensive audit trails capture detailed logs of all operations, enhancing the vault’s compliance and auditability.

Access to the NatGold Digital Vault is tightly regulated through sophisticated authentication mechanisms, ensuring that only authorized personnel can interact with or access the system. This is further supported by role-based access control, which assigns different levels of permissions based on the specific roles of the participants. The physical and network security measures in place, including encryption of sensitive data and regular security audits, ensure that the vault remains not only compliant but also resilient against unauthorized access and data breaches. This combination of privacy, security, and transparency makes the NatGold Digital Vault a pivotal element in maintaining the integrity and trustworthiness of the NatGold ecosystem.

What is the International NatGold Council?2024-04-20T23:26:47+00:00

The International NatGold Council, initially known as the International Green Gold Council, was founded in December 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland, by New York-based OroEx Corp. as a Swiss commercial foundation.

Structured as an independent governing body, the Council functions separately from industry participants, including its founding entity, OroEx Corp. Its Board of Directors consists of an exceptionally experienced and diverse team of individuals with international expertise.

Isn’t silver considered to have monetary utility, similar to gold? What happens when there are certified silver resources in addition to the primary deposit of certified gold resources? Is the silver given any gold equivalent value?2024-05-01T17:22:10+00:00

It’s extremely common for a gold deposit to include significant amounts of other metals—both precious and otherwise—alongside the gold. Silver is one such metal that frequently occurs with gold and has a rich monetary tradition alongside its “big monetary brother.”

Silver has always played an important monetary role throughout history. Sometimes referred to as the “common man’s gold,” silver was historically used for more routine commercial transactions of a smaller nature, whereas gold fulfilled larger transactions. The true monetary history of the world is bimetallic: gold and silver.

One significant difference between gold and silver is that over time, the monetary utility of silver became overshadowed by industrial usage, which accounts for about 60% of its utility. Thus, its monetary utility is no longer its primary utility, whereas with gold, its store of wealth utility remains its primary function.

Because silver plays an important role in the global investment world, with as much as 40% of its demand for investment and store of wealth purposes, it is important to recognize their value. Therefore, in models like NatGold, certified silver resources are valued on their gold equivalent ratio basis. This means that the NI 43-101 certified silver resource is converted into its gold equivalent value within the same resource category; inferred, indicated, or measured resources.

It is important to note that NatGold’s legislative policies are focused on gold as the primary element of tokenization. The silver resources to which we are referring would be a by-product resource that occurs along with the primary certified gold resource.

What is Tokenization?2024-04-20T23:35:52+00:00

Tokenization is the process of converting rights to an asset into a digital token on a blockchain. These digital tokens represent ownership or a claim on the asset, enabling it to be traded or managed on digital platforms. This innovative approach offers a secure and efficient means of handling assets, utilizing the transparency, immutability, and distributive nature of blockchain technology.

In the context of the NatGold model, tokenization involves creating digital tokens that represent ownership of a certain amount of gold resources, as certified by NI 43-101 reports. Each NatGold coin is a digital representation of gold resources, making the intrinsic value of gold easily transferable and accessible without the need for physical handling. This process democratizes access to gold as an investment, making it possible for individuals and institutions to invest in gold resources with ease and confidence.

Tokenization transforms traditional asset management and investment by breaking down barriers to entry, reducing costs associated with transactions and storage, and enhancing liquidity in the market. By leveraging blockchain technology, tokenization introduces a new era of asset utilization and investment, opening up opportunities for innovation and value creation.