VANCOUVER, Aug. 9 /CNW/ - Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation
(AMEX: TRE / TSX: TNX) is pleased to announce that it has entered into
contract negotiations with a company from the People's Republic of China (the
"PRC Company") for 13 Prospecting licenses in Tanzania.
The decision to proceed directly into contract negotiations for the
licenses at this stage follows the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with
the PRC Company in May 2007. The LOI granted the PRC Company an exclusivity
period of 150 days to evaluate the properties within the context of concluding
option agreements that are acceptable to both parties.
According to Tanzanian Royalty Chairman and CEO, Jim Sinclair, "The
Chinese have pulled out all the stops to expedite their due diligence on these
licenses and they are keen to negotiate contractual arrangements for them
while they assess the other licenses that are covered under the LOI."
The 13 licenses include gold properties in the Ushirombo, Lunguya, and
Nyanzaga areas of Tanzania and nickel licenses in the Kagera/Kabanga nickel
belt, he added.
While there is no guarantee that negotiations between Tanzanian Royalty
and the PRC Company will lead to the signing of any formal contracts, Sinclair
emphasized that the Chinese interest in Tanzania is genuine and reflects the
nation's strategy of securing long term sources of supply for key commodities
such as nickel, copper, gold and other industrial metals. "The Chinese have a
long history in Tanzania but their business priorities have changed in recent
years with industrial commodities leapfrogging to the forefront," he noted.
"Tanzanian Royalty's timely acquisition of its diverse asset base in one
of the world's great mineral producing regions - along with the political
capital it has built up in Tanzania over the years - bodes well for its
future," Sinclair commented. "And few would argue with the supposition that
the Chinese are the partners of choice in today's minerals industry."
Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation is a unique, publicly-traded,
financial minerals exploration company whose business strategy is to develop
royalty income under partnership arrangements from its world class gold,
diamond and nickel assets in the Lake Victoria Greenstone and Kabanga/Kagera
Nickel Belts of Tanzania.
James E. Sinclair
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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