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Although the AIM Rules do not require the Company to comply with the United Kingdom corporate governance code (the “Code”), the Company fully supports the principles set out in the Code and will attempt to comply wherever possible, given both the size and resources available to the Company. Details are provided below of how the Company complies with the Code. However, this is not a statement of compliance with the code.

The board of directors

The board of directors (“the Board”) currently comprises one executive director and four non-executive directors, one of whom is the chairman. The roles of chairman and chief executive are split in line with the recommended policy.

The Board meets regularly throughout the year and receives a board pack comprising individual reports from the executive director together with any other material deemed necessary for the Board to discharge its duties. The Board also conducts telephone board meetings as issues arise which require board attention. It is the Board’s responsibility to formulate, review and approve the Group’s strategy, budgets and major items of expenditure. The Board sets the Group’s objectives and policies and monitors the implementation by the executive team.

The Board considers two of the non-executive directors other than the chairman to be independent.

Audit committee

The Board has an audit committee which comprises Richard Round and John Sununu and is scheduled to meet at least twice a year. The external auditor attends the meetings and the chief executive and chief financial officer are invited. It is the audit committee’s role to provide formal and transparent arrangements for considering how to apply the financial reporting and internal control requirements of the Code, whilst maintaining an appropriate relationship with the independent auditor of the Group.

Remuneration committee

The Board has a remuneration committee which comprises Khosrow Zamani and John Sununu and meets as required. It is the remuneration committee’s role to establish a formal and transparent policy on executive remuneration and to set remuneration packages for individual directors.

Nomination committee

The Board has a nomination committee which comprises Khosrow Zamani and John Sununu. It is the role of the nomination committee to review and consider the Board structure and composition and it meets as required to consider and make recommendations on the appointment of directors to the Board.

Health, Safety, Environment and Technology Committee

The Board has a health, safety, environment and technology committee which comprises John Monhemius and Reza Vaziri and meets as required. The committee’s primary function is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities in the following areas:

Shareholder relations

The Company meets with its institutional shareholders and analysts as appropriate and encourages communication with private shareholders via the annual general meeting. In addition, the Company uses the annual report and financial statements, interim statement and website, (www.angloasianmining.com), to provide further information to shareholders.

Internal control and risk management

The Board is responsible for the system of internal control and for reviewing its effectiveness. Such systems are designed to manage rather than eliminate risks and can provide only reasonable and not absolute assurance against material misstatement or loss. For each year, on behalf of the Board, the audit committee reviews the effectiveness of these systems. This is achieved primarily by considering the risks potentially affecting the Group and discussions with the external auditor.

The Group does not currently have an internal audit function due to the small size of the Group and limited resources available.

A comprehensive budgeting process is completed once a year and is reviewed by the Board and where appropriate revised forecasts are prepared and also reviewed by the Board. The Group’s results, as compared against budget, are reported to the Board on a monthly basis and discussed in detail at each meeting of the Board.

The Group maintains appropriate insurance cover in respect of legal actions against the directors as well as against material loss or claims against the Group and the Board reviews the adequacy of the cover regularly.

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