|China trains petroleum-related workers in South Sudan|
JUBA, July 11 (Xinhua) -- China has started a welder training course to help South Sudanese master knowledge and techniques relevant to the petroleum industry in which the newly-born nation has a large potential.
A total of 30 trainees selected from about 800 applicants are under the vocational training, the first of its kind in South Sudan, and are expected to be backbone workers in the petroleum industry in the future.
The project is conducted by the China Engineering and Construction Corporation (CPECC), an affiliate of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), in conjunction with
The training, free for all the students, started on July 4 and will last for more than a month. The trainees will go through theoretical knowledge lecture at Juba University for one or two weeks and the practical operation at working sites in Unity State for about three weeks, said a CPECC training coordinator surnamed Fan.
He said the trainees, mostly in their twenties, take the course seriously and are very active to communicate with teachers.
Some students from remote states who could not afford the accommodation fee in downtown
"We hope the trainees can be as skillful as Chinese in managing their own oil resources," he said.
While 75 percent of
Undersecretary in the Ministry of Mining and Energy, David Loro Gubek, said the lack of skills is a serious development bottleneck
Li Zhiguo, Charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in South Sudan, said
In the cooperation with South Sudan, the attention to human resources development will be a salient feature as it is in
"Compared with other countries,
Concerning the wide gap between the north and south on how to share the oil revenues, Li said
"Any intervention in this key sector from the outside would only complicate the situation and would not help resolve the issue, " he said, "we will respect the decision by the two sides and adjust our plans of cooperation accordingly."