Kenya and Sudan on Sunday signed agreements to deepen the two country’s collaboration in oil and mining sector. Kenya is poised to gain from the agreements as Sudan has made strides in petroleum and gas and mining sectors.
Sudan is an established oil exporting country and has made progress in mineral business with the government owned Sudan Gold Refinery in Khartoum producing 80 tonnes of pure gold in the last one year.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Omar Hassan al-Bashir witnessed the signing of the two MoUs at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum. The agreement on mining will enhance cooperation in the sector for mutual benefit.
It also aims to strengthen cooperation in mineral research and exploration institutions. It will also boost Kenya’s mineral sector through the exchange of expertise and training.
Before witnessing the signing of the agreements, President Kenyatta was taken on a tour of the Khartoum Refinery Company which refines petroleum.
The President also toured the Sudan Gold Refinery, which processed 80 tonnes of gold mined by small scale miners in the last one year alone.
President Kenyatta also toured Coffee tea factory which import and does value addition to tea from Kenya. More than 70 percent of the tea consumed in Sudan is produced in Kenya.
Addressing the press after witnessing the signing of the agreements, the two Presidents said Kenya and Sudan continue engaging with each other as neighbours.
The two countries shared a common border before the creation of South Sudan. “Kenya and Sudan are still neighbours despite the fact that there is a new country in between us,” said President Kenyatta.