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March 5, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s petroleum and mining minister on Thursday signed an order meant to regulate the extraction of minerals in the world’s youngest nation.

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South Sudan’s oil minister, Stephen Dhieu Dau.

The order, Stephen Dhieu Dau said, is in line with the Mining Act 2012.

“By signing this regulations today as we completed the legal framework this is the message for everybody, for governments at all levels and all who are illegally working on mining activities they have to stop,” Dau told reporters in the capital, Juba.

“And we have to abide by the regulations. We don’t want to go to the courts or to arrest or to imprison people because they are violating the laws, and nobody above the law," he added, warning against any illegal mining activities existing in the country.

The minister was optimistic the new regulations will attract investors to the mining sector.

“The signing of mining minerals title regulations today means a conducive atmosphere and open up South Sudan for investment in the mining sector,” Dhieu added.

REDUCING OIL DEPENDENCY

South Sudan relies on oil to fund up to 98% of its budget. However, its oil production declined by about a third since fighting broke out in the country in December 2013.

But concerns have been raised about the current decline in prices of crude oil in global markets with South Sudan looking at minerals to reduce dependency on oil resources.

South Sudan president Salva Kiir signed into law a 2012 Mining Act permitting foreign entities to explore the country’s minerals and reversed earlier licenses it had imposed prior to South Sudan’s July 2011 independence from its northern neighbour

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  • 6 March 2015 07:41, by Joseph Canada

    So the money for the Oil from the Nuer land is gone and and the bullet is hot there.Now you have to come down to those poor miners in Equatoria. I smell something bad!!!

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    • 6 March 2015 08:28, by Mayom County Boy

      Good move Mr minister for signing mining in to order
      thank for that , but make sure we need good development to be carry out , when mining money are flow by companies.

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      • 6 March 2015 22:22, by Bentiu Sudan

        Moyam County woman,

        Bul of Mayom county stop licking Salva Kiir feets, then there would be development.

        repondre message

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