Kenya partners with China for geo-mapping of minerals

Kenya partners with China for geo-mapping of minerals

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Kenya: The Kenyan and Chinese governments have entered into a partnership that will help the latter do a geo-mapping or airborne survey of minerals in all counties from next year onwards. “The Chinese government has equipment that would make this project a success,” said Najib Balala, Mining Cabinet Secretary, Kenya. “After the underground survey it will be possible for us to know which minerals are there and their value and how much resources we have underground,” he added. The mapping exercise will involve the county governments. Balala further stated that the resource mapping exercise would be done countrywide.

“Collaboration between counties and the central government is as critical as the Constitution dictates. To alleviate our people from poverty, they should also benefit from these resources,” said Salim Mvurya, Governor. The amount of titanium in Kwale, if fully explored, is expected to contribute about 10 per cent of the global supply.

Source: Standard media