The Fourth Annual Sudan International Mining Forum and Exhibition opened on Monday in capital Khartoum, with more than 40 countries in participation.
“This forum is convened under very complicated regional and international circumstances,” said Sudan’s Prime Minister Mutaz Musa, when addressing the forum’s opening session.
The current challenges need efforts to enhance partnerships in mining field, create an appropriate atmosphere and provide the required infrastructures, he noted.
Musa further reiterated Sudan’s commitment to opening the doors for people willing to invest in Sudan’s mineral fields.
Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum and Minerals Azhari Abdelgadir Abdullah reiterated his country’s keenness to provide investment opportunities and double the production.
He explained that around 460 mining companies were operating in Sudan, saying that the traditional mining is considered the biggest sector as it employs nearly two million people.
The forum, convened during Feb. 18-20, is scheduled to discuss mining issues presented by Sudanese and foreign scholars.
Sudan is seeking to make gold a major source of foreign currency after losing three quarters of its oil revenues due to the separation of South Sudan in 2011.
In 2018, Sudan produced more than 110 tons of gold and it works to rank first in gold production in Africa.
The Karamoja region in North Eatern Uganda was first mapped at a scale of 1:250,000 and published in the ‘Geology of Karamoja’ by Williams (1966). Macdonald (1961, 1966), Williams (1966), Elepu et al. (2012) and Baglow et al. (2012) sub-divided the rocks of the Karamoja region into the Karamoja and the Karasuk. The Karamoja Group is made up of a mixed assemblage of granite gneiss, migmatite, biotite gneiss, banded biotite and garnet gneiss, granulite and charnockite, leucocratic granite gneiss, and minor intrusive rocks. The Karasuk Group consists of a mixture of undifferentiated granite gneiss, quartzite with amphibolite bands and marble.
Gold has been exploited in several places in the Karamoja region in shallow alluvial pits and as alluvials in streams in several locations. Production and grades have not been recorded. Artisanal gold workings have been developed on alluvial gold occurrences in many of the streams in the Karamoja area and on less common colluvial gold locations.
The first competitive licensing round for some of the unlicensed areas was announced in February 2015. It covered six areas in the Albertine Graben for which data was already available. They are Ngassa (410 Km2) in Hoima District, Taitai & Karuka (565 Km2) in Buliisa District, Ngaji (895 Km2) in Rukungiri & Kanungu Districts, Mvule (344 Km2) in Moyo and Yumbe Districts together with Turaco (425 Km2) and Kanywataba (344 Km2) in Ntoroko District. .