Russia and Sudan on Wednesday can sign contracts on minerals

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in fotobanka. Archival photoRussia and Sudan on Wednesday can sign contracts on minerals© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich the image Bank

The signing of several contracts in the sphere of mineral resources is expected during the visit of the Sudanese President in Russia, said RIA Novosti the representative of the Ministry of minerals of Sudan, Rukabi Hassan.

The head of the press service of the presidential Palace Abdullah Gadulla earlier told RIA Novosti that the President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir will visit Russia with official visit on Wednesday, November 22.

Hassan said that the Minister of minerals will be in the delegation. According to the representative of the Ministry, «it is expected the signing of several contracts, particularly in the field of investment in mineral resources of the Sudan».

«The Ministry has developed a plan for the period after the lifting of American sanctions against Sudan. Now there are ample opportunities for investment. In Sudan, there are few ready-made platforms for the development of mineral resources for new companies that will come to Sudan,» — said the representative office.

Hassan described the activities of several Russian companies in this industry of Sudan as «successful.»

In turn, the head of the press service of the Ministry of oil and gas in Sudan Shadia Arabi told RIA Novosti that despite the atmosphere of openness between the Sudan and Russia, «in the country there is not a single Russian company essentially invested in the field of oil and gas in Sudan».

According to her, signed earlier with the Russian company investment contract is still in the stage of «implementation». According to Arabi, the Ministry looks forward to more active participation of Russian companies in investment after the lifting of US sanctions from Sudan.

Washington in early October lifted sanctions against several Sudanese companies. Their list includes banks, petroleum, port, construction and industrial companies. The US imposed sanctions against Sudan about 20 years ago.