Kenya’s Foreign Minister, Amina Mohamed, and Sudan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kamal al-Din, signed a number of agreements between the two countriesin the field of mineral resources and another deal for cooperation in the fields of oil and gas, in the presence of Presidents Omer al-Bashir and Uhuru Kenyatta at the Sudanese Presidential Palace in Khartoum, Sudan Tribune reported.
The Kenyan president paid a visit to the oil crude refinery in Khartoum state, where he was briefed on the advanced techniques used in the refining operations. Kenyatta praised the progress Sudan achieved in the oil industry and the expansion of its infrastructure. He added that Sudan has a long experience in the oil industry and associated industries, stressing his desire to transfer Sudan’s experience in the oil industry to his country, according to All Africa.
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. Further, it will boost Kenya’s mining industry through the exchange of expertise and training
Sudan is an established oil exporting country and has also made progress in mineral business with the government owned Sudan Gold Refinery in Khartoum producing 80 tons of pure gold in the last one year. While recently Kenya discovered oil in Kenya’s northern Kerio Valley. Nairobi sought to export the expected small production via a joint pipeline that the land-locked Uganda can finance to export its oil but Kampala preferred to partner with Tanzania.