Ministry of Minerals, Northern Darfur Sign MoU to Regulate Traditional Mining
Al Fashir - Ministry of Minerals and Northern Darfur State, signed a memorandum of understanding, on a package of administrative and technical measures and procedures to organize and regulate the traditional mining of gold in a number of localities of the state.
Minister of Minerals, Kamal Abdul Latif signed for the Ministry, while the Governor Osman Mohamed Yousif Kibir signed for the state.
Minister of Minerals affirmed, in a joint press conference he held with the State governor in this regard, that the signing of the memo between the ministry and the state comes to identify the functions and duties of the ministry and the state government towards the traditional mining activities in order to achieve the desired benefits, besides that the memo is also the beginning of the coordination between the two sides to provide security, health and environmental services in areas of ??mining, praising the level of cohesion, coexistence and cooperation between those working in the said field at Al-Sareef Locality, where the Minister, Governor and the accompanying delegation inspected the progress of mining operations there.
The minister said that he had held an open meeting with the miners, where they were enlightened on the government's policy which is based on maintaining the traditional mining activity by increasing its potentiality, besides work to provide good environment for miners, announcing that his ministry is working hard with the federal concerned bodies to start work of the gold refinery in June this year, stressing that the impact of the refinery would be great on production of gold, as it will work to assemble, filter, manufacture and stamp all the product of gold in Sudan to be valid for international marketing.
He revealed that the estimated production of gold in Sudan for the current year amounted to 50 tons, which is expected to support the public treasury with a total price US$2.5 billion, adding that Darfur states had been divided into several mining blocks, where it were distributed to a number of specialist companies to undertake exploration for gold and minerals, in coordination with state governments.
Abdul Latif affirmed that his ministry intends to hold a meeting for all concerned commissioners of localities in Sudan in the coming days for more coordination, organization and regulation of traditional mining activity, calling on the people of Darfur in all the Diaspora to return to Darfur to take advantage of this enormous wealth.
For his part, the Governor of Northern Darfur State expressed appreciation of the citizens and the state government to visit of the Minister of Minerals and the accompanying delegation, considering it as a good start for traditional mining of gold, noting that this visit led to promising results, confirming the presence of evidence of many other minerals, announcing that a new field of "Attron' was discovered in Kabkabiya Locality, describing the situation in Saborna field as stable and calm.
Kibir announced that his government will provide favorable security conditions that enable miners to continue their work, along with the state government's commitment to provide water and health services.
Minister of Finance and Civil Service at the state, Dr. Abdu Daoud Suleiman had reviewed the potentialities of mining in the state, stressing that the said memo contributes directly to organize and regulate the traditional mining for the benefit of the state and the country in general.
By Al-Sammani Awadallah, 13/02/2012