Sudan has expressed its readiness to cooperate with South Sudan to develop minerals in the two countries under the great drop in the oil prices and the increasing rise in prices of minerals, namely gold.
South Sudan’s Minister of Minerals Taban Deng arrived in Khartoum on an official visit, leading a high-level delegation to get acquainted with Sudan’s experience in filed of minerals.
“Sudan has become one of the pioneering countries in field of minerals via attracting a great number of international and local companies in addition to developing its experience of traditional mining,” Sudan’s Minister of Minerals Ahmed Mohamed Sadiq Al-Karuri said.
“The visit of South Sudan’s minerals minister comes within the contest of cooperation between the two countries to establish common interests,” he noted.
He said, “we are ready to develop the minerals in the two countries under the great drop in the oil prices and the great progress in the prices of minerals, particularly gold.”
South Sudan’s Minerals Minister Taban Deng, for his part said, “this visit tends to strengthen the ties with Sudan and how it could contribute to developing the mining sector in South Sudan.”
“We are one people, but circumstances wanted us to be in two countries, and therefore, we must make use of our presence in two countries by investing in our resources for the interests of the two peoples,” he noted.
During 2016’s first quarter, Sudan’s gold production reached 22.3 tons, a three percent increase from the same period last year, where companies produced 3.4 tons against 18.8 tons for traditional mining.