REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN
MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM & MINING
MINING INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH
Dr. Andu Ezbon Adde
Undersecretary for Mining
Presentation at Round table Discussion in Mining on Top: Africa-
LOCATION OF SOUTH SUDAN IN AFRICA
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE MINISTRY OF PERTOLEUM AND MINING
THE MINING OPPORTUNITY
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MINING ACT OF 2012
RANGE OF MINING LICENSES
MINING SECTOR A TOOL TO DEVELOPMENT OF OTHER INDUSTRIES
ARTISANAL GOLD WORKING
INVESTMENT IN INDUSTRIAL MINERALS /BUILDING MATERIALS
PROCESSES OF ACQUIRING A MINERAL CONCESSION IN SOUTH SUDAN
LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR MINERALS IN SOUTH SUDAN
South Sudan is rich in Mineral resources– with over 20
different types of Minerals with Gold being the Most important
. The others are Copper , Iron Ores ,Bauxite Lead , Zinc,
Manganese ,Nickel , Cobalt, diamonds, Uranium, etc
South Sudan is establishing a legal and regulatory
environment which includes competitive and open
bidding, new licensing frameworks, EITI principles, and
HSE assessments, among other components…
… allowing the private sector to embark on greenfield
opportunities and service existing operations in South
Sudan’s mineral resources frontier.
Establishment of mining license cadastre system based on
The mineral wealth of South Sudan is in the very early stages of exploration
offering green field for opportunities
Establishment of mining license cadastre system based on international
Establishment that an Exploration License Title Holder with an economic
find has the exclusive right to apply for a Mining License (Security of
Provision of one of the lowest tax jurisdictions in sub-Saharan Africa with
a maximum statutory rate of 20%, simple and transparent depreciation for
capital investment, and 5-year loss carry-forwards.
Option equity for the Government of South Sudan, up to 15% stake in
large scale mining operations.
Relinquishment or formalization of illegal operations.
Implementation of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EATI).
License Planned Duration Area Extension
Reconnaissance 26 2 years
Maximum of 25,000
sq. km and Minimum
of 10 sq. km
Exploration 94 5 years
Maximum of 2,500
sq. km and Minimum
of 10 sq. km
Renewable for 2
terms of 5 years
Large Scale Mining 2 25 years
As required by the
20 years each
Small Scale Mining 215 10 years 1 sq. km
Renewable for 10
Artisanal Mining License 200 1 year 1 sq. km
Must be renewed
•Operating in South Sudan also provides market access to Common Market for East and
Southern Africa (COMESA) and international markets of European Union (EU), General
Systems Preference (GSP), and American Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
Gold mining, both in the form of artisanal and small scale operations for job creation and of
industrial scale, commercial operations, based on identification of world-class underground
Massive scale of Industrial mineral quarrying for building and road construction (>100 mil
Opening of lime quarries and the construction of kilns for the manufacture of cement
Opening quarries and the associated rough stone cutting installations for marble/decorative
stones. Finish cutting and polishing facilities can be added as a follow-on phase.
Gemstone mine – e.g. diamonds
Provision of required infrastructure equipment and experience for the Mining Directorate:
Development and implementation of a digital mining cadastre system
Working with partners for practical experience
The Natives are engaged in rewarding Gold working
The Secondary Gold is 800- 900 fine with 4-11% Silver.
Choose the mineral (s) of your interest, from our
vast mineral occurrences.
Choose the area, preferably after a reconnaissance
study on the ground, complete with its coordinates.
Register your Company in South Sudan and obtain
all legal documents and prepare your work plan
program in accordance to the Ministry of Petroleum
and Mining’s requirements.
Consult with the Cadastral Office in the Ministry of
Petroleum and Mining, to check if the area of your
interest is free and then apply.
Pay the prescribed fees after being awarded the
block by a Committee and then mobilise the
resources for the work.
Head to your Concession after presenting your
work program and budget to the Ministry of
Petroleum and Mining for discussion and
The State Governor, the County Commissioner,
the Payam Administrator plus the Boma Chief all
line up in that order to receive and give support
to the Investor now considered as a Family
Throughout the investment period the Ministry
of Petroleum and Mining assigns competent
geologists to work with the Company and be the
link between the Company, Community and the
Ministry of Petroleum and Mining to ensure
High demand for Construction Materials in South Sudan
Marble/Limestone for Cement Manufacture found in four
main areas in South Sudan.
High Concentration of CaO(>50% ) and Low Concentration
MgO(<1%) in Eastern Equatoria State.
Huge Deposits of Clay , Sand and Gravels every where.
Aggregates production for Construction in all Major towns .
To ensure optimum legal cooperation
with investors in our Country, we
secured the services of a Legal
Consultant from Adam Smith, a British
Law Firm. So far our Petroleum and
Mining Laws are firmly in places and
investments are flowing in, despite
security problems that we occasionally
The Mining Laws of South Sudan have
been simplified and designed to
encourage investors with any amount
of budget to flourish in South Sudan:
imports free of Customs duties,
generous tax holidays etc.
A hint that our Mining Laws are fair
may be noticed from two British
companies – Equatorgold and New
Kush Exploration and Mining which are
consistently exploring gold in South
Sudan. Both are at the stage of
evaluation diamond drilling aimed at
putting their gold production into the
world market by 2016.
A copy of the Mining Act, 2012
governing the mineral operations in
South Sudan may be obtained from
Ministry of Petroleum and Mining on
In conclusion, South Sudan is set on a firm footing under an elected Government.
It is a member of regional, continental and world communities.
Its geological aspects are conducive to various economic mineralisations. There
are many ore resources that it wishes to exploit, with investments from local and
international companies. It has devised its laws and mining regulations to attract
All interested investors are invited to South Sudan.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION!
Arkangelo Okwang Oler
Director General of Mineral Development
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Honorable Stephen Dhieu Dau
Minister for Petroleum and Mining
Dr Andu Ezbon Adde
Undersecretary for Mining
Thongjang Awak Thongjang
Director General of Geological Survey
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