Col. Philip Aguer Panyang, the SPLA spokesperson

Mr. Zhang Jingxin (1st in left row) and Mr. Vermo Oduho Mamur (dressed in black suit) with other stakeholders during the meeting [©Gurtong]

Mr. Zhang Jingxin (1st in left row) and Mr. Vermo Oduho Mamur (dressed in black suit) with other stakeholders during the meeting [©Gurtong]

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

“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,” revealed the Director of Industrial Promotion, Development & Control in the RSS’ Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Investment, Mr. Vermo Oduho Mamur Mete who led the exploration delegation from Juba to EES last Sunday and concluded their feasibility study yesterday. 
  
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.

Mr. Mamur disclosed in an inclusive interview 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. 
  
Mr. Mamur disclosed 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 understand 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. 
  
Uses of the Cement 
Jingxin elaborated in response to a posed question by Gurtong that apart from using cement along with tar to tarmack roads, the most important use of the cement is the production of mortar and concrete -the bonding 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.

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

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