29 February 2012

South Sudan: Large Deposits of Cement Discovered in Kapoeta, Eastern Equatoria State

The Governor for Eastern Equatoria State Louis Lobong Lojore has hailed the discovery of huge deposit of cement wealth in the greater Kapoeta.

He called upon the citizens that the state development would now be speedily be done given the numerous valuable mineral the region has across the ten counties.

Governor lobong reiterated in his statement that the state is subject to change toward a prosperous equitable development that would be foreseen in the nearest future. " I hope all the people will be proud of this though a lot more are to emerge as we move forward in putting our houses in order and deliver to the expectation of our people," he said.

In order to facilitate development of the much needed infrastructure in the country and support social welfare development projects in the State, the National Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment in South Sudan has signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a cement plant in the potential South Sudan's area of Kapoeta.

The director of Industrial Promotion, Development & Control in the RSS' Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Investment, and Mr. Vermo Oduho Mamur Mete who led the exploration delegation from Juba to EES to conduct their feasibility study concluded it with great inputs that they said was more than they expected as compared to some of the countries producing cement today.

The delegation is composed of six Chinese experts led by Zhang Jingxin and two South Sudanese nationals; Mr. Vermo Oduho Mamur Mete and a Geologist from the RSS' Petroleum & Mining Ministry Mr. Stephen Massimo Amin.

One of the leading Chinese companies, Chinese Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), has expressed great interest to explore cement investment in Kapoeta County of Eastern Equatoria State.

Mamur stated at Hotel Torit that their main objective of the visit to the region was to re-explore in depth since they conducted a similar exploration last year with another Chinese company.

He said the ministry together with potential foreign investors like CMEC strives to develop industries in mining, agriculture and related types of manufacturing industries in the State.

Mamur said that his ministry selected Kapoeta for the cement factory to be built by CMEC, a site located about 3 kilometres away from Kapoeta town of Kapoeta South County.

"The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment has signed a memorandum of understanding with CMEC to set up a cement plant in Kapoeta which will facilitate the development of the much needed infrastructure in the country as well as support social welfare development projects in the State" a letter dated 19th February 2012, addressed to EES Governor from the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Investment reads.

Jingxin elaborated in response to a question by Gurtong that apart from using cement along with tar to tarmac roads, the most important use of the cement is the production of mortar and concrete -the making of both natural and artificial aggregates to form a strong building material that is durable in the face of typical ecological effects.

He said CMEC is an international engineering contractor, ranked 3rd among the top fifty China's enterprises listed by the Ministry of Commerce of China in terms of the business turnover completed in foreign engineering contracting in 2008.

Established in 1978, as the first large national corporation integrating foreign trade with industry in China, CMEC is a large global conglomerate with the engineering contracting as its core business and its main business includes international service which forms import and export trade, R & D work and design, building and electrical work are not exclusive.

Zhang explained that CMEC was restructured and renamed from 'China National Machinery & Equipment Import & Export Corporation' on January 18, 2011.

Mamur commented that if the Cement Factory is established, it will create an economic marvel to the people of the region and beyond as the State sells its products both regionally and worldwide.

"If all goes well, a cement factory here will supply more than 4,000 kilometres of railroad ties and this could transform Kapoeta into the base of development," an economic analyst has expressed.

Copyright © 2012 The Citizen. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.