September 16th 2019 (Nyamilepedia)-Last week, a high-level delegation from South Sudan, led by the Minister of Mining, Hon. Gabriel Thokuj Deng, reached cooperation agreements with three imaging satellite companies from the US and Canada.
According to US media, the agreement signed between South Sudan and three companies was to seek technical assistance from foreign experts in an effort to conduct research on satellite mapping of all mineral resources in South Sudan.
Speaking after the signing of the agreements, South Sudan’s Minister of Mining, Gabriel Thokuj, said that for years, South Sudan has been aiming to unleash its potential by building strong cooperation agreements with foreign companies.
“Today is a great day to begin real cooperation between South Sudan, US and Canada to unlock the mineral wealth of my country. It has been quite a long time that South Sudan has been waiting for this day. South Sudan is committed through the guidance and close supervision of the President of South Sudan to fulfill its commitments to the international community and its business obligations to corporations such as CVMR and REE Magnesium. Now that I have signed the first agreement with these Canadian and American companies let us start the business and share the wealth,” said Gabriel Thokuj, South Sudan’s Mining Minister.
The agreement, signed at the South Sudan Embassy in Washington, DC, will help South Sudan make more efficient use of its mineral resources of oil, iron, copper, chromium, nickel, cobalt, zinc, tungsten, mica, silver and gold.
South Sudan’s oil production is entirely managed by a consortium of foreign oil companies called the Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company (GNPOC).