The Sudanese First Vice President/National Prime Minister, 1st Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, called for close control over the mining sector for ensuring the optimal utilization and achieving mining economies to support national economy.
HE the First Vice President addressed the opening session of the Sudan International Forum and Exhibition in its 2nd edition organized by the Sudanese Ministry of Minerals at the Friendship Hall at Khartoum today, Monday, 27 March 2017. HE directed the Ministry of Minerals to work on attracting international experiences and pay more attention to training, control and performance appraisal for the sake of public interest. HE asked that this should be coupled with safeguarding environment, preserving the rights of coming generations and effective contribution to the reduction of unemployment in Sudan.
Bakri pointed out to the large mineral capabilities the Sudan is endowed with.
Bakri referred to the large minerals potential of Sudan as home of the first commercially exploited mine more than five thousand years ago. He also pointed out to Sudan’s overcoming of the economic blockade, explaining that it will speedily move towards construction and development. He praised the efforts and the role played by the Ministry of Minerals in promoting the sector.
From his side, the Minister of Mineral Resources, Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Sadiq Al Karori encouraged investors from all countries to invest in the mining sector. He stated that the environment became conducive after the partial lifting of the American sanctions. He presented the privileges that Sudan will provide to investors at the top of which are custom exemptions to machinery and equipment, provision of information, and facilities through the one window service. He assured that the government gives the highest importance to investment in minerals through issuing encouraging legislations and the President of the Republic himself heading the High Council for Minerals.
Al Karori presented the large mineral resources available in the country. He pointed out to the presence of more than 30 minerals including rare, precious, strategic and agricultural ones. He highlighted the efforts of his ministry on the traditional mining sector and transforming it into an organized one through issuing of organizing legislations. In addition, attractive policies are developed for control over gold and permitting the private sector to buy and export it, besides establishment of stocks market for gold to cut on its smuggling and increasing its contribution to the national product.
He confirmed the commitment of his ministry to the implementation of the plan for integration of mining to contribute to development and poverty alleviation at the African level. In addition, they are committed to implement all the positive visions related to the development of the sector. He stated that the second cycle of the conference convenes with a large participation from countries and local and international companies, and will discuss many papers besides Sudan’s presentation for many successful investment projects.