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October 11, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan is set to ship the first batch of gold coming out of the refinery inaugurated last month according to an official in Khartoum.

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Gold bullion blocks are pictured at gold refinery in Khartoum on 11 October 2012 (SUNA)

The director of the refinery, Azhari al-Tayeb Faki Ahmed told Sudan’s news agency (SUNA) that the shipment is worth $5.6 million but did not specify where it is destined.

Ahmed added that the refinery produces 300 kilograms of gold per shift which he noted is equivalent $17 million under current prices.

He pledged an increase in gold exports over time.

In September, Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir inaugurated the country’s first gold refinery in a fresh bid to lift an economy still struggling from the impact of losing the oil-rich south last year.

Sudanese officials say that they are capitalizing on increased gold mining activities primarily by ordinary citizens as well as foreign companies. They project around $3 billion in gold exports this year.

But some analysts are skeptical that the gold production will offset only a tiny fraction of the lost oil revenues. So far there is no evidence that the new discoveries have helped to shore up the budget deficit or boost foreign currency inflows.

(ST)

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  • 12 October 2012 07:20, by Akol Liai Mager

    This is no more than the job of then Major Yonnis Mahmoud who used to shout Sun-rise and Sun-Set over the racist Omdurman’s Radio daily in the earlier golden days of NIF Junta regime.

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    • 12 October 2012 07:45, by Hardball

      If Sudan has anything that makes $ 3 billion annually in revenue apart from the oil lost to South Sudan; Sudan economy wouldn’t be going down the sewer before our eyes.

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      • 12 October 2012 08:07, by Northern Sudanese

        looool its just funny you speak as if sudans economy is lower than yours, dude your economy is fucked with a 98% budget loss. dude you are unable to feed more than halve your people, 2012/12 are hard economic years for north, we know that already. wbu?
        this website only speaks negative about sudans economy but positive about souths economy!

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        • 12 October 2012 09:05, by Hardball

          Which area in Sudan that has ever been known to have gold? The gold has been well known in the mountains of Buma in Jonglei State and the hills of Kapoeta in Eastern Equatoria.

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          • 12 October 2012 12:21, by mohammed ali

            Hardball, it is very strange that gold is coming from all states in Sudan.More than 500,000 are working in minning gold!

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            • 12 October 2012 13:47, by Hardball

              Ali, it will be very strange as well if I said to you that every single state in South Sudan has its own oilwell! Yea, every single reasonable person in this world will think we are actually telling the truth!

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              • 12 October 2012 16:23, by mohammed ali

                Hardball,that is very well,good for you.I will be more than happy for you. There is no need to think that something good for me is bad for u or vice versa.We will die in a vicious circle of hatred & morbid jealousy.Have all of the oil of the world,am still happy with what I have & satisfied with it.We are not the only 2 countries on Earth.It is all over, you have your country & I have mine!

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        • 12 October 2012 11:57, by Wan Dhokyol

          Northern Sudanese
          The website is actually reporting accurate information about Sudan economy. It is only denying true thing is your natural habit

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          • 12 October 2012 11:58, by Wan Dhokyol

            correction
            It is only that denying thing is your natural habit

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      • 12 October 2012 13:44, by Paul Ongee

        What economic sense does it make by claiming that Sudan could export gold worth $5.6 and $17 million dollars annually? Why does Khartoum dream of partitioning Abyei if gold could bring such revenue?

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        • 12 October 2012 15:11, by mohammed ali

          Paul, what sense connect exporting gold with Abeyei? It is just hallucination.What sense makes you remain till now in Khartoum, which you hate so much?!

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      • 12 October 2012 17:05, by mohammed ali

        Hardball,who told Sudan economy is going down the sewer? Everyone is getting his salary in full no cuts whatsoever,housing allowance as well & all the benifits.We are facing difficulties that is true.Bad managment true.But it is not going down like what you dream of!Do your pple have cut in salaries?Do they get salries at all?I heard police are shooting their seniors for not getting salaries!

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    • 12 October 2012 08:43, by Dinkawarrior

      Ha ha ha hahaha! Is it the Gold you stealing from Kapota? I know it’s not gonna take long to end, let’s wait and see how fare is it going!

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      • 12 October 2012 10:17, by forza

        You guys are so funny,anything with a revenue to Sudan means it’s stollen from ssudan!! Land stolen from ss,oil stolen from ss,identity stolen from ss and now gold stolen from ss.it looks like ss is heaven on earth!! I know you really hate to hear good news about Sudan.I almost fell from my chair laughing when I heared that gold stolen from kapoeata.your bedtime stories are getting more interestin

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        • 12 October 2012 11:14, by Dinkawarrior

          Mr. Forza!
          Yes, South Sudan is like Heaven. That is a reason why you refused to let the border demarcated, without South your lives will be in jeopardy. We try our best to let you think twice on how we coulc build our relationship but you’r on denial. It’s simple and easy to say yeah brothers and sisters we are still one people, let’s share together. You only want to steal instead help need!!!

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        • 12 October 2012 12:11, by Logic

          Most of this gold is coming from BN, an area of conflict which makes this another case of a "resource war"! The NCP only care about their political patronage system and survival of their regime way beyond 2015, so that none of them is convicted with treason of the highest order. Pathetic retards.

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          • 12 October 2012 12:51, by mohammed ali

            The illogical jalabbi, yes there is gold in BN; but this gold is not coming from BN. There is no mining in BN now.Gold is coming from north Sudan , River nile state, red sea state,north Kordufan and west Darfur; but all the states are full of gold.Die with your hate to your country and people!

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            • 12 October 2012 14:02, by Hardball

              Ali, Logic is actually right, places like SK, Blue-Nile and Darfur are places now you can’t afford to let go like South Sudan because this time, 100% of Sudan wealth will be gone and Sudan will remained economically useless! Proved wrong now if that scenario happened?

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              • 12 October 2012 15:30, by mohammed ali

                Hardball,go where?Nobody wants to go SS. Who will go if your leaders are fighting for 4 freedoms?Now the borders are open many started to go north.There is a very strong opposition to the 4- freedoms on the street from ordinary pple.For sure there is gold in BN,but gold mining stopped due to the war.PPle are coming from SS to Sudan & you tell me"you wont let go"U don’t know what is happening in SS

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                • 12 October 2012 18:08, by Hardball

                  Ali, people from the other planets may be the ones you’ll convince if there are any; that South Sudanese are the ones crying to have four-freedoms. Unreasonable people like you’re who don’t ignore the facts and evidences behind four-freedoms would believe you. The “Straw man arguments” don’t connect to reasonable people not just in South Sudan but the whole world.

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                  • 12 October 2012 18:15, by Hardball

                    Ali, people from the other planets may be the ones you’ll convince if there are any; that South Sudanese are the ones crying to have four-freedoms. Unreasonable people like you’re who ignore the facts and evidences behind four-freedoms would believe you. The “Straw man arguments” don’t connect to reasonable people not just in South Sudan but the whole world.

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                  • 12 October 2012 19:13, by mohammed ali

                    Hardball, even before the referundum Pagan & Machar were calling for the dual nationality!It is no secret! It is the SPLA who requested to include it in the negotiation, not us!There are 500,000 S.Sudanese still in Sudan.Your government requested to keep them in Sudan untill September last year.Again they asked for extension.We didn’t ask you any such a favour!

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            • 12 October 2012 14:42, by Logic

              M.Ali, first of all, my love for my people is the reason why me & you differ so much! Its well documented that the majority of gold extracted so far is in BN and most of the contracts signed are for BN, why do you like to twist facts to suit your nonsense!! I will die knowing the truth while you are a sad case of sheep led by a manipulative shepherd (NCP). Retard.

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              • 12 October 2012 16:31, by mohammed ali

                The illogical jalabbi,that is not true.All the mining in BN stopped after the war.Even the professional mining of chrome & mica had stopped and the mining companies are trying to withdraw their equipment.They are affected by the snippers whose aim to stop progress in the area.The only professional mine is in red sea area by a Frensh joint venture company whose share by an Egyptian Billionare..con

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                • 12 October 2012 16:39, by mohammed ali

                  con:The other mining is mainly in north Sudan,river nile state, red sea , n.kordufan and west darfur.It is only superficial with simple metal detectors; no gold mine per se.All the agreements so far signed are for North " geographical" Sudan.The most serious one is,the Morocan company probably Frensh in origion. Other companies are yet to start.I challange you to prove the reverse...con

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                  • 12 October 2012 16:44, by mohammed ali

                    con:No doubt that BN has got a huge potential of gold deposits, but 100% there is no mining & no gold coming from BN.After-all it is all ours, what is your problem with that; you claim to be southerner!

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    • 27 November 2012 11:34, by narmjat

      I have been reading in a class and we are looking at this subject in the next week. I will be assign my student to look at your post for good information.
      Jacob

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  • 12 October 2012 07:58, by Dumodit

    What will benefit someone if paid $5.6 million for ship without destine?
    We just see it valueless even useless to buy. There’s nothing consider original in Khartoum factories or industries all are Chinese photocopies machines. That was a Fake product!!

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  • 12 October 2012 08:10, by Mangulung Rooric

    Sudan should export her gold to either Chaina or Russia, becuase they will help Bashier regime to get ride of south Sudan, but we are ready to defence our tritory, so wish Sudan the good lack with their dirty trading with China & russia.

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  • 12 October 2012 12:57, by mohammed ali

    It is just funny! Why are you so angry?! Anything which is postive for Sudan makes you angry and unhappy! You will kill yourself with the hate.

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    • 12 October 2012 14:14, by Loko El Pollo

      Gold export and underground water the size of Togo, we are going back for federalism.

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    • 12 October 2012 14:43, by Hardball

      Mohammed Ali, what is funny is you believe to be well-off with gold and yet fighting over South Sudan territories! No one is angery about you being well-off if it’s really true but lying about it is what made it funny.

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    • 12 October 2012 15:00, by Ruach

      A fake gold!Who will buy a gold with Islamic design?

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  • 12 October 2012 13:14, by Sweetmouth

    NO!NO!no!no!northerners president have start stealing our wealth.

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  • 12 October 2012 14:34, by Mangulung Rooric

    Hahaha Sudan Government is like drug dealers, they looted Sudanese properties to & kill anyone attempted to report unlawful act they impose on people, they loot South Sudan oil which resulting to shout down of South Sudan oil, that has lead two country to lost their economic.

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