Nigeria and the Republic of South Africa have commenced discussions on practical areas of cooperation in the nation’s mining sector.
Receiving a delegation from South Africa in his office in Abuja, Minister of State for Solid Minerals Development, Hon. Abubakar Bawa Bwari ,said the need for the two countries to share knowledge and expertise became necessary, given South Africa’s advancement in mining, and Nigeria’s interest to diversify its economy through the sector.
The minister pointed out that there are areas where Nigeria has relative advantage where South Africa can learn from as well as areas of advancement that Nigeria is looking up to South Africa.
Leader of the South African delegation, Mosa Mabuza, had earlier explained that their visit to the ministry was necessitated by the delegation led by the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to South Africa to find areas of mutual benefits.
He said that the cooperation between the two countries is not a one-sided affair but an opportunity for meaningful and mutual benefits to leverage on each other’s strength.
He outlined the possible areas of cooperation to include upstream, geology cooperation in geo-scientific exchange, mineral processing technologies as well as steel development.