Angola and South Sudan prepare protocol for mining sector

Angola Geology and Mining minister, Francisco Queiroz (Photo: Rosarios dos Santos) Angola Geology and Mining minister, Francisco Queiroz (Photo: Rosarios dos Santos)

The areas of training, laboratory, negotiation of mining contracts and policy-defining were identified on Tuesday in Luanda as concrete domains of cooperation between the Angolan Ministry of Geology and Mining and its South Sudanese counterpart.

These areas could be converted into a protocol that could be signed shortly between the two ministries, said on Tuesday the Angolan Minister of Geology and Mining, Francisco Queiroz, at the end of a meeting with South Sudanese counterpart Gabriel Thokuj Deng.

The Angolan official said it is a cooperation that could be very advantageous for Angola, since South Sudan is a country rich in minerals and could be an investment opportunity for Angolan companies that want to expand their investment area.

He said that the investment could also be advantageous for Sudan because Angola has a long experience in mining, as an example the National Geology Plan (PLANAGEO).

“We have a model of exploration of natural resources that was the basis of the reconstruction of the country, it is a model of success and we can convey ideas about it”, he said.

Even without protocol, said the minister, South Sudanese technicians will be able to come to Angola so as to work with Angolans and get trained in various areas.

Meanwhile, South Sudanese minister Gabriel Thokuj Deng said that Angola was the first country chosen by his government to visit and gain experience in mining.

Our meeting was based on our need to learn and gain experience with Angola, he said.

“This meeting laid the foundations that will allow us to briefly sign a protocol of cooperation between the two ministries. We have instructions for the two technical teams to start working immediately so that the agreement is implemented as soon as possible”, he said.

The South Sudanese official is paying a four-day working visit to Luanda since Monday.

In the country, the South Sudanese delegation will exchange experiences in the framework of the strategy of the Angolan government for the Geology and Mining sector, visit the headquarters of the Catoca Mining Society in Luanda, to learn about its functioning and the Geongol laboratory.

Source: Angop