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Sudan’s first gold refinery seeking international recognition


September 21, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The head of Sudan’s maiden gold refinery admitted, in a radio interview broadcast on Friday, that his establishment is facing problems in meeting standards for receiving international recognition.

Workers processing gold at the new Sudan Gold Refinery. (Reuters)

Sudan opened its first gold refinery on Wednesday, 19 September, with the aim of boosting state revenues and improving the quality of its gold exports for the sake of tradability.

The East African country is looking for gold to make up for the budget deficit it incurred since losing three quarters of its oil production due to the secession of South Sudan in July last year. Government officials say gold exports generated 2.6 billion US dollars over the past 16 months.

Mohammed Hassan Osman, the general manager of the refinery, said during an interview with Sudan state-owned radio that the newly-opened facility needs to have uninterrupted production for three years in order to gain the international recognition that would allow Sudanese gold to be traded at international bourses.

Osman went on to reveal that he is planning to eke out international recognition within a year on the basis of the availability of resources and capabilities. He added that the lack of international recognition is causing Sudanese gold to be traded at low prices in international market.

Osman however expressed concerns that local companies operating in the field of gold mining would not abide by sending their production to the refinery. He called for ordering local gold-mining companies to process their production at the government-owned refinery.

Most gold industry groups such as London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) and Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) condition recognition of gold refiners on the "conflict-free" designation of their products.

Sudan recently issued 500 licenses for companies and individuals to mine for gold in the country’s southern region of Blue Nile, where ongoing fighting since August last year between the government and local insurgents has created dire humanitarian conditions.

The official said that the capacity of the refinery allows it to produce 200 kilograms on daily basis. He also said the facility would be able in the future to process Gold nuggets and produce silver and copper.


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  • 22 September 2012 10:56, by Northern Sudanese

    Great news :D , thats how all refineries and factories start :)

    • 22 September 2012 11:22, by Aaban

      What a foolishness heart the Ja lain have,? they rejected international support to deliver humanitarian food to war affected area yet they are begging to get international support , what a joke they Ja lien become? These people are foolish and Godless indeed,
      There is nothing positives things that will come out of those who sold their soul to evil at all, their faith is beged and deny,

    • 22 September 2012 12:12, by Logic

      You idiot
      Unless the elite recognize the people living in those areas of rich resources as equals, the refinery will never reach the projected capacity. Its so funny how you racist retards start to show more of the Nubian culture on t.v recently to alter the simple minds of your likes and project N.Sudan as a just and inclusive society. Loooool

    • 22 September 2012 12:57, by panchol

      Northern Sudan.
      Don’t weep! You had lost 75% of Crude oil from South Sudan.
      S.Sudan has not opened any of its mind since it has the followin:-
      3.Daimond 4.Zinc 5. Copper 6. Lead 7. Urenuim 8. Magnesium 9.Iron Ore 10. Cement 11.graphite and the list goes as started.
      Junubean Oyee! South Sudan Oyee! Pan e koc-col Oyee!

    • 22 September 2012 15:07, by Ruach

      Who will buy Islamic gold designed with religion?It will be a rubbish one

  • 22 September 2012 10:59, by zulu

    There you go. We knew all along that Sudan’s moves were facades, designed and orchastrated to raise public and international support. In reality, Sudan is not a rich country. Its resources are exagerated to mantain the elite in power. The real richest country in Africa, without the per capita income, is still South Sudan

  • 22 September 2012 11:43, by forza

    good move that the refinery is established, next step is how to meet international standards..if the gold is produced without impurities definitely it will meet the international standard.the profit gained from this item need to be invested in improving mining work and create jobs in this field

    • 22 September 2012 13:13, by panchol

      Hohohohohohoho! wow! how can Gold be discovered in desert with out the following features:
      1. Mountains
      4.loam soil
      6.Grasslands with escattered trees
      For other Arabs countries like Yamen,Suadi Arabia, Iraq and Iran may have Gold & Silver because they have features mentioned above. Leave this Coutry and go to Middle East.

      • 22 September 2012 14:06, by forza

        without ,mountains,valleys,rocks..etc!!!!what is this nonsense??obviously you lack basic info’s about sudan geography..i can give you an example http://www.torogold.com/en/projects/project?id=3
        we are afro-arab and no force can take us out of our land either you like or not,if you want to stay it’s ok ,if you want to go back to your ancestors it’s even better..go find them in the bush.

        • 22 September 2012 14:42, by panchol

          Refinery can be put anywhere, but for sure this Gold is either being broght from Kurmuk,S.Kordufan, Kasala or Somewhere in Darfur.
          The land of Sudan does not belong to Arab Jahalin, Arabs came to Africa as Traders with Following:
          1.Ostrich feathers 2.Beads 3.Salt 5. Curvitures 6. ear-rings

  • 22 September 2012 21:49, by ViVa Sudan

    panchol & other southners are so worried & they get so frustrated when they hear any good news for Sudan.obviously they don’t have idea of sudan coz they were not sudanese & will never be sudanese furtinatly they dispart away now we got rid of uneducated & sick with AIDS,ignorant etc..they are still refagees even though they are in a fake state hhhaaaaaaaa..

  • 23 September 2012 04:37, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Northern Arab settlers will not mined the Blue Nile Region Gold peacefully,it is a part of south. The time is ticking for good leaders in south to claim the whole Sudan land. Bullets will not fair any Arab who will try to mines there.
    SPLA waoyaee!
    SPLM waoyaee!

  • 23 September 2012 20:09, by ViVa Sudan

    Nguetbuny de Luelpiny
    Are u out of ur mind offcourse yes 4 get about sudan u can’t do anything even with mighty spla/m/n or harami bagan & salva & rich meshar

  • 24 September 2012 01:07, by Eyez

    Viva Sudan
    What kind of garbage are you chucking, Afro-What....huh?
    Sudan is a black land and you - hybrid skit marks - will one day, have to swim across the Red Sea to join your kind in the Arabian Gulf or face the fury and wrath of the new, real Sudanic generation, from the jungles of the South, Darfur, and to the 99 Nuba Moutains.
    Watch, observe and learn, for we are about to re-write history.

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