- The Mineral Wealth and Mining Development Act (2015 Act)
- The Technical Committee for Mining (Technical Committee) which must:
- Receive and evaluate applications for licenses and mining contracts
- Submit recommendations to the Minister pertaining these applications
- Supervise and regulate the exploitation and exploration of Sudan’s mineral resources
- The Geological Research Authority of Sudan (GRAS) which is empowered to:
- Supervise the marketing, production and disposal of mineral resources that are mined
- Organize, promote and develop the mining sector in Sudan
- Maintain an inventory of Sudan’s mineral resources which have been identified through geological mapping, geophysical and geochemical exploration programs.
- Sudan Mineral Resources Co (SMRC):100% owned by the Government and delegated to inspect and monitor the mining industry. It holds the shares of the state in the mining companies.
An application for a grant of mining license shall be submitted to the Mining Cadastre Office and shall:
- Contain the registered name and place of incorporation of the company, its certificate of incorporation and certified copy of its memorandum and articles of association, the names and nationalities of its directors and the name of every shareholder who is the beneficial owner of 10% or more of the issued share capital.
- Contain the applicant’s profile and history of exploration operations and mining operations in Sudan or elsewhere
- Identify the name and qualifications of the person who will be the mine manager responsible for supervising the mining operations;
- Identify the proposed large-scale mining license area delineated in such manner as may be prescribed that shall be considered definitive should there be any discrepancy with the plan submitted under subsection (6) of this section
- Be accompanied by a plan of the proposed large-scale mining license area over which the license is sought, drawn in such a manner and showing such particulars as prescribed
Step by step process on how to acquire the Mining License
- Present a certificate of registration, where the applicant is a company, business name or a branch of a foreign company.
- Provide the financial ability for fulfilling contractual obligations.
- Possession of competence and sufficient experience in the field of mining
- Present a clearance certificate from Taxation and Zakat
- Present a certificate from the competent bodies to the effect that the area is clear of conflicts
- Provide a certificate from the competent authority which confirms that the proposed license area is clear of conflicts
- Pledge that it will pay the prescribed fees, rents and other financial obligations.
How long does it take to acquire the mining license?
The Minister on the application of an applicant under Section 63 of this Act, after being satisfied that all qualification and other requirements under this Act have been complied with, shall grant a Large-Scale Mining License to the applicant in such manner and form as prescribed by regulation. The 2015 Act does not prescribe the time periods within which the applications must be processed, but shall be processed under a minimum of three weeks.
Large-Scale Mining License
- Title Holder shall be a company, duly incorporated or registered as a company under the Companies Act 2012 or its successor legislation, which has the technical competence and financial ability to fulfill the License obligations and which is not disqualified under Section 7(2).