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August 17, 2017

Ministry of Minerals Gives Companies in Blue Nile Choice to continue work or de-licensing
Al-Rouserris, (SUNA) The State Minister at the Ministry of Minerals, Aoushaik Mohamed Tahir has given choice to the companies acquired squares for gold an chrom production in Blue Nile state to continue work and production or de-licensing. During the Minerals Council expanded meeting held at the Hall of Heightening of al Rouserris Dam, in the presence of the state's Wali (governor), Hussein Yassin Hamad, and mining companies operating in the state, the state minister promised to resolve all the problems that face the companies to enable it to continue work. He noted that he was reassured him during the visit that the state is secure and stable and enjoys social coexistence that has contributed to the productions increase. He stressed that no company would be allowed to own space of land without exploiting it, calling on the state to speed the exploitation of the squares by serious investors. He called on the companies to commit to payments for sums allocated for the social responsibility, revealing intention to hold meeting for the mining companies in the state to review the state investment resources and work for its development. The Wali (governor) of Blue Nile state on his part has asserted the stability of security situations, and that all the companies working sites are secure demanding the companies to exercise their activity.

President of Republic, Ethiopia Prime Minister visit Bash Pharma Pharmaceuticals and Dal Farms
Khartoum, (SUNA) In context of the program of visit of the Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desaline, to the country, President Omar al-Bashir, accompanied by the country's guest and his accompanying delegation, paid a visit to Bash Pharma Pharmaceutical Company in Soba area, where they inspect the factory's production process and stages. The Federal Minister of Health Bahar Iddriss Abu-Garda, noted in press statements to the strategic relations between the Sudan and Ethiopia, and the importance of the visit in consolidating relations in various domains, pointing to the two countrys close cooperation in previous years. He indicated importance of the visit of the Ethiopian Prime Minister to Bash Pharma Pharmaceutical factory which besides its production to human medicines, produces veterinary medicines exported to Ethiopia. He added that the visit will be a major starting point for the export of Sudanese veterinary and human medicines to African countries, and would enable the Sudan to support African countries in the field of medicines and other health fields. Meanwhile, the Ethiopian Prime Minister accompanied by the President of the Republic Field Marshal Omar al-Bashir visited the farms of Dal Production Company, which works in the field of agricultural and animal production in al -Aelafon area and inspected the company's work in the fields of fodder and milk. It is to be noted that the Ethiopian Prime Minister arrived the country, yesterday, Tuesday, leading a high-level delegation on a three-day official visit.

Agriculture Ministry and FAO Agree on Sudan’s Benefit from Communications Technology
Khartoum - State Minister at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Al-Sadiq Fadlallah stressed the availability of political will, infrastructure and support of his ministry to benefit from communications technology in the agricultural field.In a workshop organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry yesterday at the Grand Holiday Villa, the minister said that the Sudanese staff is qualified to apply the information technology in the agricultural field, stressing that this workshop is preparing to launch a number of services that help farmers throughout Sudan, adding that the agricultural sector is more vulnerable now to electronic services, which contribute to facilitate communication between the ministry and farmers. For her part, FAO representative, Veronica Quatorolla stressed the importance of using modern means to develop the agricultural sector to provide food security in Sudan, pointing out that it is a national strategy that enables Sudan to enter the sustainability of technology, noting that there are 7 billion people suffering from hunger due to weather fluctuations, revealing that Sudan has been successful in this area. Director General of the National Information Center, Eng. Mohamed Abdul Rahim said that Sudan has taken great steps in the field of information and that there is good infrastructure in this field, pointing out that there is a plan for the electronic government, including digital transformation. FAO Regional In charge, Dr. Magdi Latif pointed out that this workshop is the beginning to develop strategy for information and communication systems in relation to what is called e-agriculture, which is part of agricultural investment plan in Sudan, revealing a number of workshops that will be held in the same field.

Industry Ministry: Al-Genaid Sugar Factory Realized Unprecedented Production Leap
Khartoum- (Khalda Elyas) Industry Minister Dr. Musa Mohamed Karamah has praised the great leap in production realized by Al-Genaid Sugar Factory for this season, as the factory has registered a production of 71,000 tons of sugar, with an increase of 18% of its designing capacity of 60,000 tons. The factory has also realized high productivity of sugar cane.This came when the Minister received at his office here a delegation of the Sudanese Sugar Company, headed by the company’s general director Ahmed Al-Mesbah. The minister affirmed that this high productivity of the factory has been realized thanks to cooperation and coordination among the administration of the Sudanese Sugar Company, employees of the factory and the sugar cane farmers. He promised to visit the factory to congratulate the farmers, employees and management on the unprecedented leap in production.

August 16, 2017

Al Bashir and Desalegn Summit Begins
Khartoum-Three-day visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to Sudan began yesterday when he was welcomed at Khartoum airport by the President of the Republic of Sudan Omer Al Bashir.The Prime Minister was accompanied by a number ministers and officials. Sudanese Foreign Minister Professor Ibrahim Ahmed Ghandour briefed media following the arrival of the Ethiopian delegation that the two presidents will review several issues related to bilateral relations and regional and international security and political development. “The talks will focus on security situations in South Sudan, the Renaissance Dam, issues concern with IGAD members and bilateral relations” said the foreign minister who confirmed the keenness of Sudan to strategic ties with Ethiopia. He stated that the Prime Minister is going to meet the First Vice President who was also appointed recently as Prime Minister and Vice President. Also he will inaugurate a number of development projects and visit others. The Ethiopian Prime Minister will give a lecture about the Horn of Africa at the Friendship Hall and to participate in cultural night events, he will then end his visit on Friday evening. Ethiopia and Sudan have a strong historical relationship. This long historical relationship dates back to the time when Meroe and Axum were great states. The two countries have strong social and cultural ties. The Blue Nile River, which emanates from Ethiopia and roars past Sudan, has also created a strong bondage between these historic nations. Based on their mutual interest and respect, the two countries have a good relationship in various fields. This mutual respect and interest do not out flowing to Sudan alone. The foreign policy of the country is based on understanding the interest of others. Relations with all neighbors over the last two decades have been a testament to the seriousness with which the country has adhered to these principles. Ethiopia believes that whatever differences countries may have, issues of common concern can only be addressed on the basis of constructive engagement, dialogue and in a manner that allows a win-win outcome for all. Ethiopia's relationship with Sudan is one of the many bilateral relations that the government of Ethiopia has been working hard to develop along these principles. Ethiopia and Sudan, of course, have a long relationship dating back several thousand years. Apart from the cultural and historical ties that have bound them together, both countries have been closely involved in the cause of Africa in general and East African issues in particular. Above all, the River Nile which has been the strong bond tying the two countries and their peoples together for millennia.

Sudanese-British meeting to discuss steps to implement Gum Arabic Quality Control Center in Khartoum
Khartoum, (SUNA) The Chairman of the Gum Arabic Council, Dr. Tajul-Siir Moustafa, Dr. Abdul Majid Abdul-Gadir the council's secretary genera met, yesterday, Sunday, at the British embassy in Khartoum Mr. Michael Aron, Britain's Ambassador to Khartoum, and Mr. David Lilliot, Deputy Ambassador, to discuss the steps made for the establishment of the center to guarantee the gum Arabic quality control which is will be established in Sudan with collaboration with Phelps International Center. The Gum Arabic Council briefed the British ambassador on the different stages of implementation, the proposed studies from the British Center sponsored by Professor Phelps Qallain, which will draw up the road map for the establishment of the International Quality Center in Khartoum. The council pointed out to the directives of the First Vice President of the Republic for the implementation of the center as a fruit of the Sudanese -British cooperation. It is worth noting that the Gum Arabic Council has announced last month the agreement of the UN INKTAD organization for the establishment of the African Center for Gum Arabic based in Khartoum under supervision of the Gum Arabic Council and the sponsorship of the FVT.

National project of agricultural production Affirms Success of Experiment of Pivotal Irrigation Systems in Country
Khartoum, (SUNA) The Director General of the National Project for Agriculture and Horticultural Production, Engineer, Kamal Abdulla, has asserted the standard success of the experiment of the pivotal irrigation systems in the country especially the targeted areas and crops such as fodder, alfalfa and wheat. He said in the workshop organized by the project, Monday, at al -Shariqa Hall in Khartoum, in collaboration with the American Nelson Irrigation Company, that the pivotal irrigation systems is one of the modern and renewable technologies that have been used in large areas of the country, the North, the Nile River (Nahr al-Neil), North Kordofan and others, calling for the need to qualify and raise the capacity of cadres working in this field. For his part, the representative of the American Company, Mr. David Bedneck, presented a detailed enlightenment on the company's capabilities, and its modern products, pointing out that many problems face these products worldwide, including the mud and grass deposits. He expressed the company's readiness to meet the Sudan's need from all the irrigation systems that suits its environment with the company's full commitment to its economic partnership with the project. The Director of Khartoum University Advisory Board, sponsor of the workshop, Dr. Moudether Sulieman Mohamed Ali, noted that the experience of pivotal irrigation in Sudan started with the projects associated with the Merowi Dam at the beginning of 2009, which led to the accumulation of experience in Sudan, adding that Sudan succeeded in attracting Nelson Company, the designer of these systems through the national project of animal and horticultural production to support the process of agricultural horticultural production in the country, referring to the need of major agricultural projects to global expertise to develop.

Islamic Development Bank to Fund New Projects in Sudan
Khartoum- The Jeddah-Based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has promised to finance new projects in Sudan within the bank’s plan for the period 2017-2019 in accordance with the requirements of the government of Sudan. Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Dr. Mohamed Osman Al-Rikabi, meanwhile, stressed the importance of focusing on projects that are related to the peace agreements of Darfur and East Sudan, electricity projects, electrification of agricultural schemes and water harvesting projects. This came when the Minister received at his office yesterday the official of Sudan operations at the Islamic Development Bank Zuhair Kachgari, in the presence of State Minister Magdi Yassin. Meanwhile, the IDB’s official said his visit to the country aims at following up the bank’s projects in Sudan and considering new projects to be financed during the bank’s plan for the period 2017-2019.

August 14, 2017

Government: Sudan Will Soon Access WTO
Khartoum- (Mohamed Babikir – Khalda Elyas )First Vice President of the Republic Prime Minister 1st Lt General Bakri Hassan Saleh yesterday inaugurated at Al-Bagair region the country celebration of the day of national industrialization with a wide participation of the ministers of economic sector, representatives of Gezira state government, presidents of Commercial Chambers Unions and Employers Unions. Bakri affirmed while addressing the celebration that state commitment to developing industrial sector as industry is the train of the economy noting that Sudan will soon access the World Trade Organization (WTO) a matter that requires huge preparedness by the industrial sector to cope with the international standards calling for realizing a surplus value for the products of the country. The Prime Minister further said the outcomes of the National dialogue have recommended the development of industrial sector of the country and removing all the obstacles disrupting its progress. He directed the banks to facilitate financing to the sector of industry so that it may contribute in supporting the national economy directing the realization of an added value for the Sudanese product and not to export it in a form of raw material. He noted that Sudan has gone far in substituting industry of edible oils and medicines however some industries require efforts like sugar industry noting that imposing high fees on the product will reduce its competitiveness domestically and externally. Bakri brought the glad tidings of providing stable electric current in the two industrial regions of Al-Bagair and Soba highlighting the inauguration of Soba transformation electricity station on the twenty fifth of the current month of August Meanwhile Bakri inaugurated at the sidelines of the celebration Muawia Al-Bireir complex for printing, book binding and stationary and inaugurated the spray drying powdered milk factory with a productive capacity of 33 metric tons per day

Minister of Industry Announces Treatments to Develop Industry
Khartoum, (SUNA) The Minister of Industry, Musa Karam, announced Sunday, in the National Industrialization Day, a number of treatments for obstacles facing industry, on top of which the agreement with 10 banks to resolve problems of the stalled factories, resolve the factories electricity problems in the industrial areas, paving roads, the focus on research by linking manufacturers with innovative students, and unifying of the administrative window through coordination relations and integration with the relevant bodies. During his address, Sunday, to the celebration of the Industrialization National Day in al -Bagair area, in the presence of the First Vice President of the Republic, the National Prime Minister, the ministers of the economic sector, the Wali (governor) of Khartoum state, the Deputy Wali (governor) of al -Gazera state, the Japanese Ambassador and a number of manufacturers, he said that the industrialization national day would be organized every year to gather the manufacturers, the executives and the workers in the field to inspect what had been accomplished, hold workshops to resolve the outstanding issues, with the organization of exhibitions and the inaugurations of new projects. He has appreciated the experiment of the soybeans, which has been proved as useful for producing flour, milk and oil, indicating that the spray drying factories of DAL Food Industry Group, for milk and gum Arabic, and the packing factories of Ma'awia al -Berier considered a quantum leap in these areas.

Government Discloses Increase of Exports by 43.5% Drop of Imports by 21.4 Compared to 2016
Khartoum - The Technical Committee of Economic Development Sector has reviewed in its yesterday meeting at the General Secretariat of Council of Ministers performance report of the first half of the year 2017. The committee is chaired by Bilal Al Mubarak the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry. It turn up through that reports that exports has increased by a percentage of 43.5% compared to the equivalent period in the year 2016 and an improvement in the balance of trade along with the decline of imports by a percentage of 21.4% compared to the previous year. The committee has recommended halting activities of water mining along the two banks of the River Nile for preserving the environment and establishing a number of programs top of which monitoring the genetically modified organisms and insurance against the risks of climate change as well as establishing a number of awareness activities on environment.

Communication Minister: Empowering women essential for increasing production and productivity
Khartoum,(SUNA) - The Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Dr. Tahani Abdalla Attia, on Sunday said empowering women is a vital question for increasing production and productivity and better her chances of economic and social empowerment. The Minister has stressed at the opening session of the fourth conference of the League of the Working Sudanese women, which was held under the motto of "working women is support for development, vanguard for creativity" that this conference seeks to uphold the values of and achieving the aspiration of working women, adding that women in the Sudan have shown success in all fields they entered, notwithstanding the multiple challenges. She said more attention should be given to education and to health care among working women in the country. She said the presidency of the republic pays special attention to issues related to women and that the executive in the government also shows keenness to provide impetus for the success of women and empowering the through information technology.

Minister of Minerals Orders Suspension of Mining Companies do not comply with Environmental Requirements
Khartoum, (SUNA) The Minister of Minerals, Prof. Hashim Ali Salim has given orders for suspending work of any company that does not commit to the environmental requirements. He said: "Any factory that does not cover the cyanide ponds would directly be stopped from work", he demanded the Sudanese Mineral Resources Company (the regulatory arm of the Ministry of Minerals) to oblige companies to appoint environmental and safety supervisors. The minister has revealed a proposal that the ministry is seeking to submit to the Central Bank of Sudan for keeping all the gold bought by the bank as a reserve to be used in bringing funds. During his address, Sunday, to the 5 th National Coordination Council, which includes the states ministers relevant to the minerals file, Prof. Hashism noted that the ministry set a number of future plans of which most outstanding is the establishment of a gold and mminerals exchange as well as the establishment of an approved laboratories and a mining development bank to finance investment in the mining sector, which is funded by the commercial banks, with the many risks in this sector in addition to the establishment of a new gold refinery besides the existing refinery. He confirmed the stability of the security situation in Jabal A'amer which its production is received in Khartoum for more than two months ago. The Minister has called for the development of the traditional mining and suggested its transformation for "small mining projects" by assembling the minerals in small associations owning small squares for mining. For his part, the Director General of the Sudanese Mineral Resources Company said that the traditional mining project and its legalization has contributed in the states revenues, revealing that the project revenues for the states during the first half of this year have reached (212) million SDG, and it is expecting to reach (500) million SDG by the end of the fiscal year. The meeting has discussed a number of reports, including the traditional mining, its regulations and organization, as well as reports on the social responsibility, environmental and occupational safety, and reports on the ministry's policies.


August 11, 2017

Sudan, Turkey Inaugurate 3rd Round of Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in Ankara
Ankara, (SUNA) The third round of negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreement between Sudan and Turkey has been launched in Ankara. The Sudanese side was headed by the state Minister of Trade, al- Sadiq Mohammad Ali and the Turkish side by the Deputy Minister of Economy al -Fatih Matin. The State Minister was accompanied by a number of the state's ministers, and the representatives of the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Industry, Agriculture and Animal Resources. The two sides affirmed that the negotiations are held in a spirit of brotherhood, friendship and cooperation between two countries, they lauded the great and continuous effort exerted by the negotiating delegations, stressing the importance of this agreement in establishing and developing economic partnership between the two countries. The state Minister at the Ministry of Commerce has briefed the Turkish side on the opportunities and areas of investment in Sudan. For his part, the Turkish Deputy Minister of Economy, has welcomed the visit of the Sudanese delegation, stressing the depth of the Sudanese-Turkish relations and the readiness of Turkey to provide the necessary support to Sudan to develop its national capacities for the support of the exports, appreciating Sudan's natural resources and significant geographical location. During the visit, the Minister of State, al -Sadig Mohamed Ali, and accompanying delegation of representatives of states of al- Gadarif, North Kordufan, and South Darfur, visited Konia Trade City Stock Exchange to inspect Turkey's experience in the establishment and management of agricultural stock exchanges, and the contribution of the Stock Exchange to the promotion and development of agricultural and livestock production. The Sudanese visiting delegation met also with the chairman of the Sudanese-Turkish Business Council, and visited the silos for grain storage, and the Turkish standards and metrology, and the laboratories of quality development centers. The Sudanese delegation visit program includes meetings with a number of ministers of state in the Turkish economic and development sector and senior officials. Meanwhile, the third round of the trade negotiations between the two countries continue.

Amira Al-Fadil Praises the AU Partnership with the Arab League
Khartoum - African Union (AU) Commissioner for Social Affairs, Amira Fadil stressed that the partnership between the African Union and the Arab League is one of the most important of the African Union's partnerships. In press statements on the sidelines of the Arab-African Coordination Meeting at the Secretariat General of the Arab League, the Minister pointed out to the importance of the participation of the African Union delegation, which comes to follow up the outcomes of the Malabo Summit and come up with recommendations on how to strengthen this partnership in joint areas, saying that her delegation had a clear vision in dealing with the presented issues, stressing that this partnership is one of the most important partnerships of the African Union, lauding the successes achieved in areas of cooperation in agriculture, food security and economic cooperation issues. Assistant Secretary for Political Affairs, Head of the Arab League delegation, Ambassador Khalid Al-Habas said that the AL interest in this meeting comes within the framework of the two sides' keenness to continue consultations and coordination in order to support joint cooperation.


CBOS Continues Pumping of Foreign Currencies into Commercial Banks
Khartoum-The Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS) is continuing the process of pumping considerable amounts of foreign countries into the commercial banks to meet the requests of the public for the purposes of travel and medical treatment abroad. Director General of the Animal Resources Bank Awad Babikir said in a press statement that the central bank has fulfilled its commitments towards the daily flow of foreign currencies into the commercial banks, pointing out that the Animal Resources Bank achieves daily more than 50 requests that comprise a number of beneficiaries of the citizens. He said the central bank and a number of commercial banks cover most of the requirements of the citizens, pointing out that increase of the exchange rate of the dollar in the parallel market is illogical and unjustified.

Efforts Exerted for Accession of Sudan to TIR Convention
Khartoum, (SUNA) The Minister of International Cooperation, Idris Sulieman, met at his office in the ministry with the Secretary General of the Union of Chambers of Commerce, Dr. Yassin Hamida Ibrahim, and the visiting Senior Advisor to the Middle East in the International Union for Road Transport (IRU) , Rani Wahbi, and tackled with thim the efforts exerted for speeding up Sudan's accession to the TIR Agreement "Transports Internationaux Routiers" or "International Road Transports". The meeting also reviewed the role played by the Union of Chambers of Commerce in this regard, especially that the union was accredited by the Customs as a national guarantor. Rani Wahbi has reviewed the functions of the International Transport Union for the TIR Convention and the importance of Sudan's accession to the active international agreement in the field of transit trade, particularly that the Sudan is surrounded by many closed countries, and the International Federation looks at Sudan as a pivotal country in the region which it is joining the agreement would be an incentive for the countries surrounding it to join the convention. He noted that the number of countries that have joined the agreement reached 71 countries. On his part, the Secretary General of the Union of the Chambers of Commerce informed the minister on the efforts exerted by the Union in this regard, considering that the transit trade is a way out for Sudan in the current economic conditions. Meanwhile, the Minister of International Cooperation has promised to exert efforts for speeding up accession of the Sudan to the TIR Convention.


Ibrahim Mahmud Meets Minister of Animal Wealth
Khartoum, SUNA)- The Assistant of the President of republic, Engineer, Ibrahim Mahmud met, Thursday, at his office, MINISTER OF Animal Wealth, Bushara Guma and reviewed with him the development of the animal wealth sector and strengthening its role in supporting the national economy. The minister said he briefed Engineer, Mahmud on his ministry's vision for promotion of the sector through increase of production and productivity. He said the meeting focused, among other issues on the local production of the vaccines, improvement of work environment, provision of incentives and possibility for establishment of partnerships between the small producers and the private sector.


August 10, 2017

Plans for Early Production from Oil Exploration of Al- Rawat Field
Khartoum, (SUNA) The technical meeting for the announcement for project of Al Rawat Company for petroleum exploration will be held Thursday. The company works in the services production in block (25) in space of 25000 klm, a 350 klm North East of the capital Khartoum, with the average height of (400) meters above sea level. The company's general director, Engineer Fahimi al -Awad, noted in press statements that al Rawat company plans for early production from the recently made explorations in al- Rawat and al-Teesh areas with a production rate expected to reach (7000) barrels per day from the total of (13) wells, (10) of which are in al -Rawat area and (3) wells in the area of (al-Teesh), a distance of (4) klm from al -Rawat. On the other hand, Eng. Salahuddin Mousa Saleh, the Director General of Asawer Company to execute the project, said that the company has completed the logistical and technical equipment for the implementation of the project, which is expected to contribute significantly in the increase of the production of oil and the recovery of the Sudanese economy. He indicated the ability of national qualified cadre to complete the project according to the highest international quality standards, referring to the previous successes achieved by the Asawar company (owned by the National Petroleum Company (Sudapet)) in the accomplishment of similar projects in Sudan with the experience of local and international success and achievements, such as it is the first Sudanese company to win tender for the implementation of oil projects in Iraq for the benefit Petronas company.

FVP to Launch Mechanisms of (Zero Thirst) Project Tomorrow
Khartoum, SUNA) The Vice President of the Republic, the National Prime Minister, General Bakri hassan Salih is due towitness tomorrow, Thursday, the inauguration of the mechanisms for the implementation of the (Zero Thirst) project. The Minister of State, Director General of the Dam Implementation Unit, Engineer Khedir Mohamed Gasmul-Seed, said in a press statement that the mechanisms that will be inaugurated include the mechanisms for the implementation of the program of (Zero Thirst) the different states of Sudan and will be followed by the arrival of other mechanisms later. He indicated that the mechanisms include (6) Rotor and hammer diggers for the rocks in depth of 2000 feet and 600 meters covering all the geological disparities in the country, beside (3) units for the wells development and its productivity testing. he noted that the mechanisms were imported from the company "KLR" and funded by the Ministry of Finance and National Economy, pointing out that the unit has already brought 12 same mechanisms by (12) units and (4) units for the development and test of wells which have proven work quality in a number of states for the implementation of the program of (Zero Thirst), saying that the unit has been concerned with the providing water resources for the people and the animals. It is worth mentioning that the project of (Zero thirst) is part of the president's electoral program, and is being implemented by the dams unit through its anti-thirst plan targeting 7,500 projects to be completed by the end of 2020, and is an obligation on the 1000 days existing government program.

Government to Conduct Comprehensive Review of Investments and Free Zones Acts
Khartoum - The Sudanese government has disclosed that a comprehensive review of investment Act and private businessmen transactions is to be carried out as well as amending the Free Zones Act by adding new zones towards realizing business community requirements. State Minister at the Ministry of Investment Usama Faisal has disclosed an amendment of all investments Acts and businessmen transactions noting that the Ministry has made the final touches for amending Sudanese investment map as well as adding new incentives for tackling all the elements associated with the previous joint Ministerial Committee , making bigger concession for investors and foreign investment in addition to amending the free zones Act by adding the comparative advantages of the economic zones which we think will make a real difference for the Sudanese economy. The two governments of Sudan and Jordan have acknowledged existence of a number of economic agreements signed by them and they did not come into force due to poor follow up. Usama Further affirmed that the three day meetings of the joint ministerial committee have discussed more than twenty agreements that would push forward cooperation between the two countries. Usama announced holding a bilateral Ministerial Committee between Sudan and Jordan to be co-chaired by Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh and the Prime Minister of Jordan State that will be crowned by signing a number of agreements. He said we look forward that the next round to include execution of all the previously signed agreements. For his part the President of the Jordanian Industrial Chamber Adnan Al Raghib said 13 thousand Jordanians are working in Sudan stressing that there iare no difficulties facing Jordanians in Sudan.

Ghandour Meets FAO Representative
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour met, Wednesday, at his office, the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) Permanent Representative, BaBa Ghana Ahmadou who presented his credentials to the minister to start his mission in Sudan. The newly appointed- representative has expressed appreciation over the concern he received, explaining FAO plans and programs during the coming phase, in Sudan. The minister wished Ahmadou a success, affirming the readiness of the Sudanese concerned officials to cooperate with him .

August 09, 2017

Al-Baher Receives Invitation to participate in Africa Forum for 2017 in Sharm Al-Sheikh
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour met, Tuesday, at his office, the Egyptian Ambassador to Sudan, Osama Shaltout . The ambassador , during the meeting, handed the Foreign Minister an invitation for the President of the Republic, Field Marshal, Omer Al-Basher from the Egyptian President, Abdul Fatah Al-Sissi , to participate in Africa Forum, for 2017, scheduled to be held, in Sharm Al-Sheikh during Sept, 7-9 .

Finance Ministry: Relative Stability of Foreign Exchange Market
Khartoum – State Minister at Ministry of Finance, Dr. Abdul Rahman Dirar said that the controls and procedures issued by the Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS), which aimed to increase the resources and the proceeds of foreign exchange during the first half of 2017, have achieved relative stability of the foreign exchange market and removed price distortions that prevailed during the same period last year. Reviewing the report of the performance of the external sector (CBOS) for the first half of the current year before the Council of Ministers yesterday, Dirar confirmed the CBOS directive to banks to purchase foreign exchange resources from the accounts of private entities owned or contributed by foreigners by 100% in favor of the bank at the advertised purchase price plus incentive, adding that the CBOS continues to apply the incentive policy to all foreign exchange dealers. He pointed out that the CBOS allows to companies that have a concession in the field of mining to export 70% of their production after deducting profits, returns and Zakat and selling the remaining 30% to the bank. The minister pointed out that the CBOS allowed the private sector to buy and export gold by buying and export the gold of traditional mining and through Sudanese banks and selling 50% of their purchases to the central bank and export the remaining 50% and give them discretion in the proceeds of export, in addition to allow commercial banks to buy foreign exchange from special accounts of missions, diplomatic bodies, voluntary and charitable organizations at banks declared rates plus incentive for sold amounts. He pointed out that the budget achieved, in the first half of the current year, revenues amounted to SDG 37 billion, performance rate of 95% and 33% increase on the performance of the first half of last year, explaining that the report indicated that the budget deficit during the first half was SDG 6.7 Billion. The report recommended to continue the implementation of the financial and economic reform program, focusing on increasing revenues from real sources, speeding computing programs and compliance with the implementation of the general budget in accordance with the priorities, while rationalizing public expenditures in accordance with the policies accompanying the budget of this year.

3.7 Million Dollars from Japanese Agency towards Developing Irrigated Projects
Khartoum - The Fifth meeting of capacity building project for managing irrigated projects at the River Nile State was held at the Ministry of Agriculture in cooperation with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). JICA representative said in a press statement in the presence of the representatives of the ministry, representatives of JICA that the capacity building project aims to improve agriculture practice at the River Nile State through a number of activities and expected outcomes at a cost amounting to nearly 3.7 million Dollars over a period of four years The meeting reviewed the plan of the second phase and the report of activities executed throughout this year including developing administrative capacities as well as boosting and managing irrigation facilities at the projects with the aim of improving irrigation and the targeted projects for resolving the problems facing irrigation canals.

August 07, 2017

Joint Chief of staff Commander receives American charge d'Affaires to the Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Chief of Staffs, Lt Gen Emad Mustafa Adawi, on Sunday received the American Charge D'Affaires to the Sudan Steven Kostis who was accompanied by the American Military Attaché Jordan Bong. The meeting discussed the ongoing arrangements for the coming visit of the second commander of the AFRICOM forces to the Sudan, this month, and ways of boosting and cementing bilateral relations in the military domains as well as a number of issues of mutual interest.

FVP Gives Directives for Intensifying Work in Files of Rights of Workers in Information Field
Khartoum, (SUNA) The First Vice President of the Republic, the National Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih has given directives for intensifying performance in outstanding files of the issues of rights of workers in the field of information, their affiliation, their promotions and the importance to revise the situation of the state's satellites, and to provide an integrated vision on how to realize the ambitions. During his address to the forum of the State's Information Ministers and Directors of the Information Organizations, at the Military Academy in Omdurman, Sunday, the FVP asserted the state's concern with the press freedoms, referring to the press freedoms that the country is enjoying, indicating that the country is free from any detained journalist. "We are striving to restore the discipline required by the pace of media performance," he said. He added, "As a reminder, reviewing the country's media plans is urgent so that they can keep up with developments of the national structure, and the global communication , an ongoing reviewing that does not preclude the amendment and reconstruction." He praised the Sudanese media noting to its honorable history, its ability to communicate, its boldness and steadfastness on the right, and its will to contribute to the homeland and build its future. He stressed that the celebration of the National Day of Information reflects the historical relationship between the sons of the homeland, stating that the National Dialogue Conference put the issue of the media before the dialogue members whom they deeply deliberated on the issues, considering the forum and extension to that ongoing efforts, indicating his concern and support to the forums' recommendations.

53,770 tons of crops Exported to international and Arab markets directly from North Kordufan
Al obied, (SUNA) The Director of the Sudanese Standardization Corporation, Kordufan Sector, Al-Tijani Al Nuaima Abdul-A'al said that about 53 thousand and 770 tons of different crops had been directly exported from North Kordofan State to various international and Arabic markets during the period from January to July of this year. He said that the exported crops included hibiscus, peanuts and sesame seeds, indicating that 472 certificates were issued for these crops which were exported to Germany, Mexico, North America, Brazil and China along with the Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, Yemen, the UAE and Syria. He pointed out that there is a strong demand for the direct exports from the state, referring that to the enter of new companies working in the field of trade in crops beside the preferential advantages, and the quality of these crops and its reputation in those markets, noting to 784 thousand tons of various crops were transported to different parts of the country.


Japan: Return of Sudanese Sesame to Our Markets Soon
Khartoum - The government of Japan State has affirmed boosting bilateral relations with Sudan particularly in the economic sphere. Japan affirmed its keenness on existence of Sudanese exports at the Japanese markets particularly Sudanese sesame commodity after exiting the export cycle in the Japanese markets due to not matching the specifications. State Minister at the Ministry of Trade Alsadiq Hasssabalrasoul said the Japanese government represented by JICA has affirmed that it is keen on providing technical assistance to Sudan for tackling the difficulties of sesame export and its return to the Japanese markets once again. He added while addressing yesterday the seminar of upgrading sesame export which was organized by the Ministry of Trade in cooperation with Employers Union, that Sudanese sesame is recognized worldwide and Japan is caring about with the return of sesame once again.

August 03, 2017

Ministry Announces State Commitment to support Chronic Diseases-Drugs
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Federal Ministry of Health has announced the government support to the chronic diseases-medicines and cut its prices by 70% for the private and public sectors besides supporting the free drugs-policy in the public sector institutions . The Federal Minster of Health, Bahr Idriss Ab-Garda, addressing the consultative meeting with the importers of medicines has affirmed the arrangements concerning the directives of the President of the Republic with regard to supporting the free-medicines-policy .

Al-Bashir Chairs Meeting of Defense and National Security Council
Khartoum, (SUNA) The President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al- Bashir has chaired, Wednesday, at the Republican Palace the meeting of the council of defense and national security which was devoted to define the importance of the Red Sea as it relates to security, trade movement, navigation, and the sea military deployment and imposition of influence and the resulting threats. The Minister of the Presidency, the rapporteur of the council, Dr. Fadul Abulla Fadul, noted in press statement that the meeting has discussed ways for the security and defense and the development of the Sudanese coasts in all the economic fields including tourism, fisheries, and the mineral wealth. The council's rapporteur indicated that the councils periodic meetings are devoted for the deliberation over the issues of the hour, and its recommendations focus on service of the homeland issues and the citizen, pointing out that the coming meetings will tackle a number of issues directly related to national security and how to develop the required solutions on all levels. It is worth noting that the meetings of the former National Defense and Security Council have contributed to the success of various initiatives and the resolution of the problems. Meanwhile, the Council is expected to continue its contributions in the various issues according to an ambitious plan based on the healthy atmosphere that has resulted from the formation of the national reconciliation government in the country.

First Vice - President and National Prime Minister Affirms Sudan Keenness to Consolidate its Relations with China
Khartoum,(SUNA)- The First Vice - President of the Republic and National Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, has appreciated firmness of the relations between Sudan and China in all fields. During his meeting Wednesday at the Republican Palace with the Ambassador of China to Khartoum, Li Lianhe, the First Vice - President and National Prime Minister has affirmed Sudan keenness to consolidate its cooperation with China all levels and to coordinate with it on all the international and regional issues of mutual concern for the interest of both countries. In a press statement after the meeting, the Chinese Ambassador said that the two sides have shared identical views concerning enhancement of the relations between the two countries in the economic, social and political fields. He asserted the readiness of China to strengthen further its relations with Sudan. He said that the meeting has touched on the visit paid by the President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, to China in the year 2015 which has witnessed the signing of the strategic partnership agreement between the two countries, affirming the readiness of China to implement all items of the strategic partnership agreement for the interest of the two countries.

August 02, 2017

The Sudanese Egyptian political consultation committee convenes on Thursday
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The Joint Sudanese Egyptian political consultation committee is to convene here on Thursday, chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, professor Ibrahim Ghandour and his Egyptian counterpart, Samih Shukri, who is due to arrive to |Khartoum on Wednesday. The meetings will focus on the bilateral relations, the implementation of the outcome of the presidential committee meeting that was held in Cairo in October last year, particularly the document related to the strategic cooperation and the consular work, the border outlets and the coordination in the regional and international fora, beside a review of the developments in the region.

Malaysian ambassador: Malaysian companies want to invest in mineral sector
Khartoum, (SUNA) The Minister of Minerals, Professor Hashim Ali Salim discussed, Tuesday, at his office with the ambassador of Malaysia to Sudan, Mustafa Haj Mansour aspects of joint cooperation between the two countries. The Malaysian ambassador has expressed his country's desire to invest in the minerals sector of the Sudan, pointing out that a number of Malaysian companies have the desire to work in this sector. The Minister of Minerals, on his part, has welcomed the investment of the Malaysian companies in the minerals sector, indicating readiness of the ministry to provide all facilitation and necessary support to the Malaysian investors.

Minister of Oil and Gas Welcomes Desire of Turkish Company to Invest in Sudan's Oil
Khartoum, (SUNA) The Minister of Oil and Gas, Abdul Rahman Osman Abdulrahman has presented an open invitation to all those who have the desire to invest in the field of oil and gas through exploration, oil production, fields development, and the refineries and all the different oil services, pointing to the Sudan abundant resources, especially in the field of oil and gas. This came during his meeting at his office, Tuesday, with the delegation of the Turkish METALEX company, working in the field oil, gas, refineries pipe lines construction, led by the chairman of the company's board of directors Aydin Yordariar, in the presences of the minister of investment, and the oil state minister. The head of the Turkish visiting delegation, on his part has expressed the desire of his company to invest in different fields of investment in the Sudan, especially the oil field , asserting their providing of all their scientific and practical experiences in the field of oil and gas and the constructions, referring to his company's financial and technological capabilities, and their experiences in different countries

Trade State Minister Affirms State Concern to Involve Private Sector in Sudan's Accession to WTO
Khartoum, (SUNA) The State Minster at the Ministry of Trade, Al- Saddig Mohamed Ali, has indicated the state concern to involve the private sector in the Sudan's file for accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), pointing to the positive impact of a dialogue between the two public and private sectors on the negotiation process. During his address to the workshop of "Sudan's Accession to the World Trade Organization and its Impact on the Private Sector", held at the meeting hall of the Union of Sudanese Businessmen, the state minister pointed to the requirements for achieving the interests of the private sector as a key partner in the accession process, indicating the commitments for a gradual liberalization of trade to realize the objectives of national economic development and the balanced benefits of liberalization. He pointed out to the WTO role as an institutional framework for regulating the trade and economic exchange in the world. He referred to the Sudan efforts to join the WTO to benefit from the many advantages to access the world markets. He called for concerted official and popular efforts, the participation of relevant bodies and institutions to achieve the national strategy to complete Sudan's accession to the WTO. The Secretary General of the Sudan High Commission for joining WTO, Dr. Yassin Issa stressed the commitment to cooperate and the coordination with all the various institutions in order to achieve the national strategy for the Sudan accession to WTO, indicating that the Sudan has fulfilled all the conditions of joining the organization, lauding the organization support to Sudan with the experiences and training. The workshop comes in context of the Japanese project and the world trade center for the support of Sudan with 100 thousand dollars to join the WTO, and to make dialogue with the private sector to complete the Sudan's file for joining the international organization.

August 01, 2017

Al Bashir: 2020 Elections would be Conducted According to Dialogue Outcomes
Khartoum- President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir has said war is useless except that it stops development and construction and causes destruction, noting that completion of peace in South Kordofan State comes first to pave the way for realizing development and provision of services there. Addressing a mass rally in Kadugli town, capital of South Kordofan State, yesterday, President Al Bashir vowed to continue the method of peace till the state returns to its first course. He added that peace would come and the development march would continue, noting that war should stop as it deprived the state of many opportunities of development and reconstruction. President Al Bashir declared that he had signed yesterday a decree on the return of the Nuba Mountains Agricultural Corporation anew, and handed it to the Governor of the State, Eissa Adam Abbakar, saying that the esteemed agricultural corporation should return with new technological packages in farming. The President, furthermore, pledged establishment of new cotton ginneries and spinning and weaving factories in Kadugli town that would provide employment opportunities to youths. Al Bashir voiced thanks to the citizens of South Kordofan State for their response to the peace programs, indicating that his repeated cease-fire declarations have been intended for encouragement for peace. South Kordofan should return to its first course of peaceful coexistence between all its components, President Al Bashir said. He added that his call for the National Dialogue has been translated into reality with consensus on all issues, including the important question of identity. Al Bashir stressed that the dialogue document has settled all the issues and it is now put into effect by formation of the National Accord Government at the national and state levels, noting that the coming stage is the one for making ready for the coming elections. The President noted that the 2020 elections would be conducted in accordance with what had been agreed upon in the dialogue, after which the issue of the permanent constitution, which is to be approved by all, comes. President Al Bashir hailed the people of South Kordofan State for their steadfastness and sticking to their homeland.

Al-Bashir Announces Return of Nuba Mountains Agricultural Corporation with Modern Technologies
Kaugli, (SUNA) The President of the Republic, Field Marshal, Omer Al- Bashir, has asserted the state's keenness to realize development, stability and peace in the state of South Kordufan, saying that the peace issue is a top priority, and we work for the state to restore its previous position. During his address to the mass rally, Monday, at Kadugli Stadium, Al- Bashir added that the development will only be achieved by peace that we will work for, praising the state's people response to the peace and their rejection to war despite the difficult conditions they have undergone, "we stand with you to complete the peace process" he said. President Al- Bashir has announced the issuance of a decision for the return of the Nuba Mountain Agricultural Corporation with a modern agricultural technologies, pointing to the resume of work of Kadugli textile factory to create job opportunities to the youth. He renewed the government keenness to complete the state's ring road, and to continue providing necessary services to the citizens, pointing to the great tolerance and coexistence witnessed among all the state's components. He indicated that the coming period will witness the implementation of the outcomes of the national dialogue, the preparation for the election phase, and the preparation of the permanent constitution. Al- Bashir has praised the great role played by the armed forces and the other regular forces to restore security and stability in the country.

Egypt's Foreign Minister to Arrive Khartoum Wednesday
Khartoum -- Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, will arrive in Khartoum on Wednesday to participate in the meetings of joint Sudanese-Egyptian committee for political consultations, spokespersons for Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Gariballah Khidir has announced. Khidir said that the Egyptian official will discuss overall relations with Sudan and progress in the recommendations of the presidential Sudanese-Egyptian committee on strategic cooperation, especially in the spheres of consulate work, border crossings and coordination in international and region forums, in addition to conditions in the region.

First Plastic Cards Factory to Be Inaugurated Next September
Khartoum- The Chief Executive Officer of Sudan's Currency Printing Company Limited Abdulkarim Abdulhamid told Sudan Vision following the inaugural session of the fifth forum of the states Said the company has produced form 15 through the best integrated technological service and vision satisfactory to the beneficiaries.The said forum was held under the motto "Towards Integrated Electronic Applications for the Financial and Accounting Systems"Abdulhamid further stressed that the company is undertaking a leading role of providing the best solutions for the secured applications. He outlined that the company has established the first modern factory for manufacturing cards and roles of electronic revenues collection.

Minister of Industry Inaugurates Training Course for Women Union on Medical and Perfume Oil
Khartoum - (Khalda Elyas) Minister of Industry Mousa Mohamed Karama has inaugurated at the premises of the General Union of Sudanese women , the training course in the field of manufacturing medical and perfume oils which is implemented by the training secretariat at the general union of Sudanese women in cooperation with the Researches & Industrial Consolations Center under the motto of " Together Towards Sustainable Development". Karama noted that this course is qualitative as it is targeting a broad sector of the Sudanese community which the sector of the Sudanese women who are partners to men in bringing about sustainable and comprehensive industrial development. He hailed the Sudanese women working in the industrial sector in particular highlighting the line of the ministry of industry in reviving the industrial sector via the national project of industrial development. For her part the Secretary General of the Sudanese Women Union Mariam Jisour has hailed the role of the Ministry of Industry via its technical arm the Center of Researches and Industrial Consultations in implementing such courses that target the private and the public sectors and the civil society organizations and the General Union of Sudanese Women through which it is seeking the increase of production and productivity.

July 31, 2017
President Bashir says government keen to preserve peaceful religious coexistence in the country
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The President of the Republic, Omar Bashir, on Sunday reaffirmed the keenness of the Sudanese government to further strengthen religious coexistence in the country and to protect religious freedoms in a way that achieve religious security and stability in the country. The President who received at the presidential Guests House, the vising archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, stressed the peaceful coexistence that prevails even within the one family that comprises Muslims and Christians, living side by side in harmony. The president has stressed that no chritian establishment, church or institjtions, were ever attacked in the Sudan, matter that underlines the peaceful coexistence in the country. The president welcomed the visit of the highest angelican clergy official to the sudan, expressing hope that this would not be an impetus to the relations between two churches but also between the Sudan and the UK as well. Welby who is leading a delegation of the Canterbury bishops from different parts of the world to the inauguration of Anglican Church which will be an independent national church carrying number 39 worldwide, said he held a 50 minute long meeting with the Sudanese head of state centering on his concern for provision of assistance to the poor and disposed people. He commanded the way Sudan hosts refugees and said he talked with President Omar Bashir on the policy of his country, the UK, which encourages the "end of (economic) sanctions" on the Sudan. Sudan is under economic sanctions for now 23 years. The Minister for Orientation and Endowment, Abu Bakar Osman Ibrahim, has meanwhile said the archbishop has installed the Sudanese Bishop Hezgial Kindah in Kadogle, Nuba Mountains of South Kordufan.

Vital Development Projects with Japan in Mining Areas
Khartoum, (SUNA) The Minister of Minerals, Prof. Hashim Ali Salim, stressed the states keenness to provide security to the mining companies, and facilitations to the investors in mining sector. The minister has lauded, during his meeting, Sunday, at his office with the Japanese Ambassador to Khartoum, Mr. Hideki Ito, the strong bilateral relations between the two countries, noting that the minerals ministry is looking for more development grants provided by the Japanese government to the Sudan government to be directed for more vital development projects , such as, the water wells, medical units, and generating electricity by the solar energy for the development of the different mining areas in the country. The Japanese ambassador has reviewed the development projects implemented by his country in different sectors in the Sudan in the health, environment and education fields. He stressed his country's readiness to study more projects presented by the minerals ministry, adding that tow Japanese companies are working in the mining sector in the Sudan where they work to establish good relations with the local communities, and to implement projects of the social responsibility.

Parliament Speaker Reviews 2ith Sudanese-American Friendship Society Lifting of US Sanctions
Khartoum- Speaker of the Legislature, Professor Ibrahim Ahmed Omer has praised the efforts exerted by the Sudanese community in the United States of America. He said upon meeting yesterday at his office, Dr. Yassir Gurashi the chairman of the steering committee of the Sudanese-American Friendship society, that the homeland needs the efforts of its sons in all fields. Dr. Gurashi for his part presented a briefing on the activities of the Sudanese community in the United States of America and its endeavor with organizations and pressures centers for lifting the economic blockade off the Sudan next October. The Chair of the steering committee has extended an invitation to the Speaker of the Parliament for attending the Sudanese cultural-sport week in the state of Connecticut at the United States of America which is scheduled to be held on the second of next September.

Hassabo Affirms State Keenness to Disseminate Tolerance and Lofty Values
Khartoum, (SUNA)- Vice - President of the Republic, Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman, has affirmed the government keenness to disseminate the values of tolerance and peaceful co-existence in all communities, lauding the noble customs, values and morals that characterizes the Sudanese people. This came when he received in his office at the Republican Palace Sunday the General Khalifa of Tijaniya Sect, Sheikh Ali Bl-Arabi, who called in a press statement after the meeting for refrain from violence and differences in the Sudanese society. He said that all the people of Sudan are required to unite their rank and avoid the seditions that are being woven by the enemies of Sudan. The Sheikh of Tijaniya Sect has appreciated the participation of the Vice - President in concluding sitting of the International Conference of Tijaniya Sect in Al-Fasher, the capital of North Darfur State.

July 28, 2017

Al-Basher Receives Message from President of Central African Republic
Khartoum, (SUNA) - President of the Republic, Field Marshal, Omer Al-Basher received, Thursday a message from the President of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadéra dealing with the bilateral relations and issues of common interest . The visiting Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, Simplice Sarandji who delivered the message to President Al-Basher, at the Guest House, has affirmed in a press statement that his visit to Sudan comes in the context of the sisterly and friendly relations between the two countries .


Minister of Finance calls on US Administration to totally revoke the sanctions in October
Khartoum,(SUNA) - The Minister for Finance and national Economy has called on the US Administration to totally revoke the economic sanctions as promised in October. Dr. Mohamed Rikabi, has pointed out when he received the US charge d'Affaires to the Sudan on Thursday that Sudan would continue working for lifting the sanctions, urging the American diplomat to reflect the developments on the ground in the Sudan to his country's leadership. He said the economic hardship caused by the sanctions on citizens should be reflected as well as the fact that the Sudan host huge number of refugees from neighboring countries who share with Sudanese their meager food, medicinal, housing and school resources. He said the lifting of the sanctions would help the Sudan integrate in the international economy, stressing that Sudanese government is keen for economic stability, economic reform and increasing production and productivity. He said the government is also keen to provide social assistance to the poor sectors of the society and to continue with its five year economic reform programmes. The charge d'Affaires has meanwhile said they were able convince the US congress that Sudan has continued implement programme of lifting any subsidies so that sanctions would be completely ended and that he was aware of the fact that the Sudan hosts huge number of refugees. He said in the coming period the two sides would work together government would work closely so that sanctions would be totally revoked.

Ministry of Finance to organize Fifth Forum on Electronic Money Collection Project Next Sunday
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning is due to organize the Fifth Forum on the Electronic Money Collection Project under the slogan "Towards Integrated Applications of Financial and Accounting Systems" Sunday and Monday, July 30-31 at the Friendship Hall at 9:00 am. The forum is to be held under the supervision and honoring of the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning and the Minister of Communications and Information Technology.

Ghandour Receives Message from French counterpart
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour received, Thursday, thank message from his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian in response to the congratulatory message he sent him on the occasion of assuming office as Foreign Minister . The French diplomat, in the message, expressed his country's desire to develop its relations with Sudan in all domains as Sudan is considered important state in Eastern Africa . He said his country will continue the political dialogue with Sudan concerning the big challenges facing European and African continents .

July 27, 2017

Al Bashir Calls Muslims to Cooperate, Bear Responsibilities and Abandon Differences
Khartoum - (SUNA) President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir has called on Muslims to cooperate, abandon differences and bear responsibilities towards ongoing plotting and killing in the Muslim world. Receiving in the Guest House the Sufi Sects participated in the Al-Tijaniya Sufi Sect's First International Conference which concluded sessions in Al-Fasher, North Darfur State, last Sunday; President Al Bashir said incidents in the Muslim world news cover the World, due to conspiring, killing of Muslims and desisting them from their religion. "The current regional and international situation required us to be united and to help each other to support Islam and Muslims." The President added, referring to ongoing killing in Palestine and Al-Aqsa Mosque. President Al Bashir indicated to afflictions the Islamic nation is experiencing, especially in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. He said Muslims are brothers for they have one belief and destination and that Sharia gives wide room for people of Sudan to cooperate with all and that Muslims differ over branches not over the ends. President Al Bashir thanked the world Caliph of Tijaniya Sufi Sect, Ali Bel Arbi for choosing Sudan and Darfur for holding the Sect's General Conference a matter which, he underscored, asserts that Darfur is safe and stable.

National Dialogue Secretary General stresses the importance of Classification of Dialogue recommendations
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Secretary-General of the National Dialogue, Minister of Minerals Prof. Hashem Ali Mohammed Salim, has underlined the importance of classifying the recommendations of the national dialogue concerning the executive body to imp0lement the directives of the dialogue higher committee . This came when Prof. Salem chaired, Wednesday, the meeting of the committee assigned to classify and follow up the implementation of the outcomes of the dialogue . Meanwhile, the Rapporteur of the committee, the State Minister, at the Council of Ministers, Jamal Mahmud stressed the necessity for distribution of the recommendations according to the jurisdictions and assignments of the ministries .

Higher Committee for Supervision of Relations with BRICS Meets
Khartoum,(SUNA) The Higher Committee for the Supervision on the relationships between the Sudan and the BRICS countries held, Wednesday, its periodic meeting at the Republican Palace, chaired by its head Dr. Awad Ahmed Al-Jaz. In press statements, Al Jaz noted that the meeting concluded with a recommendation to conduct a detailed study on the gold through the companies in the country and the obtrusion on the spaces specified for its work. He added that the meeting concluded with the recommendation specifying the organs concerned with the control of the gold production, and means for the perfection of the production performance via the companies and the traditional mining. He said that the study and its recommendation will be provided the ministry of finance, the Ministry of Minerals and the Central bank of Sudan. It is worth noting that the BRICS countries include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Al-Mahdi Calls for Reviewing US Administration Policies towards Sudan
Khartoum - (SUNA) The President of National Umma Party Imam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi has criticized American policies towards Sudan, saying that there are essential errors in the American policies evidenced by their admittance of their errors in Afghanistan and Iraq which led to the emergence of Al Qaida and ISIS. He called, in an interview with Sudan News Agency, for assessing the American stance from all angles and discuss the American polices from a Sudanese perspective, along with providing solutions to the American policy-makers for rationalizing their policies perfectly. He outlined that America has admitted that dealing with Sudan on the basis of sanctions is wrong, adding that dealing with America is an imperative need, citing a totality of reasons and basic contradictions, including US desire to deal with Sudan, and enlisting its citizens as part of citizens of six countries barred from entering American territories, while it says Sudan is cooperating with America in fighting terrorism and at the same time it puts Sudan in the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, and in the list of the countries of human trafficking. He stressed the need of abandoning the mindset that America is the master of the globe, and looking at a world that have become of multi-polar, stressing that his party is currently studying response to a number of studies related to relation between Sudan and America and giving solutions for them. The lengthy dialogue has tackled an assessment on the Sudanese policy performance, its elites and the accusations of Dr. Mansour Khalid on the performance of those elites, along with topics related to performance within his party, including why does he intends to leave party presidency. The dialogue included issues of parties and their splits, and his stance towards the national dialogue along with the situation on the Arab, Gulf and international arenas and his views of the future relations with Egypt and America. Al-Mahdi further called, in the dialogue which will be published by SUNA later, on in its website to strategic relation with Egypt saying that "we need a strategic relation with all of our neighbors" particularly with Egypt due to cultural and social reasons, noting that the Egyptians need for Sudan is bigger for reasons related to their food and water security. Al Mahdi believed in this regards that the Egyptian stance towards the Muslim Brothers has complicated relation between Egypt and a number of countries including Sudan, Turkey and Qatar. He called for an Egyptian reconciliation, saying that he has proposed to the Egyptian President Abdulfatah Al Sisi to issue an amnesty to the leaders of the Muslim brothers who were sentenced to death as their elimination by security means is something impossible.

July 26, 2017

Al Bashir Directs NSWF Concern with All Student Sectors
Khartoum - President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir has instructed the National Students Welfare Fund (NSWF) to provide support to all sectors of students in all areas of the Country.This came during his meeting in the Republican Palace, Monday with the Fund's Secretary-General, Professor Mohamed Abdallah Al-Nagarabi in presence of Minister of Presidency of the Republic. Professor Al-Nagarabi said that he briefed the President of the Republic on implementation of the President's directives regarding expanding the Fund services to include students of the higher, general and technological education as well as his directive concerning providing houses for universities lecturers. He pointed out that the meeting reviewed the achievements of the Fund during the past period and projects for the stage to come, indicating to plans and programs put by the Fund to enable it to fully carry out its role. It is worth mentioning that the Students Welfare Fund has 160 towns providing housing for 262,000 students.

Canadian company expresses desire to invest in oil and gas in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Oil and Gas Dr. Abdulrahman Osman Abdulrahman has discussed desire of the Canadian State Petroleum Company to enter into the oil investment in Sudan, stressing that the doors of Sudan are open before all the serious companies desiring to invest in the this field and have sufficient experience and technical and financial capacity This came during a meeting at his office Tuesday with the delegation of the Canadian State Petroleum Company headed by Lutfal-Rahman Khan, in the presence of the State Minister the Ministry of Oil and Gas Engineer Saad-Eddin Hussein and a number of technicians in the ministry and Sudanese Sudapet Company. The meeting discussed the company's desire to enter into a partnership with Sudapet Company in blocks (17) and (25) to work on financing, exploration and oil production, in which Sudapet operates. The head of the delegation expressed their keen desire to enter the oil investment in the country in a number of oil blocks in cooperation with Sudapet Company, extending adequate briefing on the activities of the Canadian company, stressing their financial and technical capability to achieve success in Sudan. It is worth mentioning that the Canadian State Petroleum Company had worked previously on the exploration and production of Sudanese oil and is now operating in a number of countries in the world.

Joint Sudanese-Saudi Ministerial Committee Meets in Jeddah Today
Khartoum - (smc) The Joint Ministerial Committee between Sudan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia convenes the meetings of its sixth session in Jeddah on July 26-27. The Sudanese side at the meeting of the joint ministerial committee would be led by Minister of Agriculture and Forests Dr. Abdel-Latief Egaimi, while the Saudi Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Engineer Abdul-Rahman bin Abdel-Mohsen Al Fadhli would head his country’s side. The delegation of Sudan to the meeting comprises representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and International Cooperation besides other ministries and government departments. The official spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ghariballah Khidir, said that the joint ministerial committee would discuss the issues of bilateral cooperation in all political and economic fields, especially in the domains of dams, water, electricity, animal resources, health, education and other fields. He pointed out that convening the Sudanese-Saudi Arabian Business Forum would coincide with the session of the joint ministerial committee, which would be attended by Chairman of the Saudi side in the joint businessmen council Shiekh Salih Al Kamal and from the Sudanese side the State Minister at the Ministry of Investment Osama Faisal and head of the Sudanese side at the businessmen council Saud Elberair. Meanwhile, State Minister at the Ministry of Investment Usama Faisal told (SMC) that the strategic understandings particularly in the fields of dams, agriculture and economy are for the benefit of the two peoples noting that Saudi Arabia has played a huge role in supporting development projects via its investments in Sudan. For his part the Saudi Ambassador to Khartoum. Ali Bin Hassan said the meetings of the joint ministerial committee represent an extension to the developed relations between Khartoum and Riyadh noting that the Kingdom is keen on advancement of the Saudi Sudanese relations and pushing them forward to wider prospects in the light of the discrete leaderships.

Ghandour Will Head to Bulgaria Tomorrow
Khartoum, (SUNA) The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour will head tomorrow morning, Wednesday, to the Republic of Bulgaria in response to an invitation from his Bulgarian counterpart. The visit is considered the first for a senior Sudanese official to Bulgaria for decades. The Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ambassador Ghareeb-Allaha Kheidier, noted that the FM will meet during the visit with Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria, the prime minister and the bulrgarian parliament speaker. Foreign Minister Ghandour will also hold talks with his Bulgarian counterpart to discuss opportunities and cooperation in the political, cultural and economic fields, besides meetings and talks with a number of the businessmen and the Bulgarian media organs. He added that the visit comes in context of the Sudanese - European dialogue during the past period in line with the state's reform program.

July 25, 2017

Minister of Interior receives Japan ambassador to Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The Minister of Interior, Gen Hamid Abdul Manan, has received the ambassador of Japan to the Sudan Hideki Ito, and reviewed with him cooperation in the various domains of interests to the two people and in the field of police and security in particular. During the meeting which attended by the Director of International Cooperation, Gen Imad Khalafalla, the Japanese ambassador briefed the minister on the assistance his country provided for the Sudan with regard the cementing of peace, training, water, health and environment . The ambassador promised to do his level best for strengthening the bilateral relations and particular with regards to the actions relevant to the ministry of interior. He also said he was assured by the Minister about the safety of all foreign subjects resident in the Sudan.

Sudan Pledges to Halt Mercury Import by 2020
Khartoum: Minister of Minerals Professor Hashim Ali Salim has put forward alternatives for mercury use in extracting gold from traditional mining. He disclosed while addressing traditional gold miners in Al Abideya market in Barbar locality yesterday a number of alternatives of mercury to be used for extracting gold in the traditional mining sector due to its health impact on miners top of which is an experiment introduced by a Turkish company that extracts gold by using water. The Minister noted that by the year 2020 Sudan will halt the use of mercury in mining adding that " by the year 2020 we will not import even one gram of mercury pledging at the same time to ban child employment in mining in the aftermath of the issuance of a regulation banning it disclosing that inspection campaigns will be launched for monitoring child employment in mining.

National Prime Minister Issues forms committees to implement National Dialogue outcome
Khartoum,(SUNA) - The First Vice President of the Republic, Gen Bakri Hassan Salih, on Monday issued a decree on the formation of committees to implement the outcome of the National Dialogue Conference. Lt Gen Bakri who is the National Prime Minister, said in the decree that the Deputy Premiers and the heads of the sectors at the Council of Ministers, should follow up the implementation each in their own sectors. The decree stipulated the formation of three committees: the General Policies committee to be headed by Professor Hashim Ali Salim the Minister for Minerals, the States Committee to be headed by Dr. Faisal Hassan Ibrahim the Minister for Federal Governance Chamber, and the Justice and Legislations committee to be headed by the Minister for Justice, Dr. Idris Ibrahim Jamil. The committees are inclusive of all political forces that are participating in the National Accord Government.

Council for National Unity Parties Supports Efforts for Communication with US Administration
Khartoum, (SUNA) The Council for the National Unity Parties has presented a memorandum for the Presidency of the Republic, the First Vice President and National Prime Minister, and the National Congress Party concerning its support to the efforts regarding continuation of communication with the US administration for lifting sanctions of the Sudan in or before 12 of next October. The secretary general of the council, Aboud Jabir, following his delivery to the memo, has praised the sovereignty, diplomatic, parliament and political efforts targeting the ending of the embargo, based on the national action. He considered the efforts made by the government to face the economic challenges resulting from the impacts of the embargo on the citizens are reasonable regarding the decisions appointment. He asserted the councils support to the decisions of the president of the republic on the extension of the embargo lifting date, referring to the work for mobilization for the lifting of the economic embargo. Aboud said that the council of the national unity parties will deliver similar memorandums to the parliament, and the ministry of foreign affairs concerning claims for lifting the embargo and removing its impacts.

Foreign Ministry Summons Iraqi Charge D'Affaires over torturing Sudanese citizen in Basra
Khartoum, (SUNA)-The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned, Monday, the Iraqi Charge D'Affaires in Khartoum, Ambassador Mohammed Samir Hassan, where the Director General of the Department of Consular Affairs, officially informed him on the Sudanese government's protest against the torturing of Sudanese citizen, Musa al-Bashir , who was tortured and physically abused after leaving a hospital where he received treatment from a gunshot wound sustained during clashes between armed groups near the city of Basra . The Iraqi diplomat expressed his regret and apology over this incident and pledged to convey this message to his government for an urgent investigation and bring that group to justice . He affirmed Iraq's appreciation for the Sudanese community in Iraq . The Foreign Ministry official spokesman, Ambassador, Gariballah al-Khider, said that the Sudanese embassy in Baghdad is monitoring the situation of the Sudanese citizen and reassuring his health situation and transferring him to a safe area in coordination with the concerned Iraqi authorities .

Khartoum says consultation underway to make use of Sundus Agriculture project touristic merits
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The Governor of Khartoum state, Gen Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein, on Monday met with the leaders of the Sundus Agriculture project to review means of making the best out of it, especially from the touristic stand point The meeting which brought together the leadership of the project along with the government officials from Khartoum state, has underlined the need to add new production modalities to the project, commending the fact that the project already included housing siliviculture, stressing the fact that all production means including the irrigation and production cycle including plant and animal production have been completed. The meeting said use should be made of the advantages provided by the project to utilize them for touristic ends

July 24, 2017

Ghandour Meets UN Secretary General Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour received, Sunday, at his office, the United Nations Secretary General Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom. Ghandour, during the meeting, briefed the UN official on the process of Sudan-US relation following the extension of lifting the US sanctions imposed on Sudan until next Oct . The meeting also discussed peace in South Sudan State, the efforts of IGAD, Troika and the donors and means for reaching a peace formula to restore peace and security in South Sudan .

Minister of Intl Cooperation meets WHO Director in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of International Cooperation Idris Suleiman discussed, at his office Sunday, with the Director of the Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Sudan Dr. Naima Hassan al-Qusair the Development Assistance Framework and FAO projects in Sudan as well as the guidelines of the work and international cooperation in relying on the framework of the information system of the ministry, which enables the ministry to assemble all the aid coming into Sudan. In a press statement after the meeting, the State Minister at the Ministry of International Cooperation Sumaya O'kud said that the organization's director was briefed on the National Aid Information System, the National International Cooperation Strategy and the priorities of the Sudanese government regarding the international cooperation in the coming stage, in addition to the dialogue structures on the sustainable development goals. The minister said that the meeting discussed what can be done in the framework of resources mobilization to support the Sudanese health strategy and to achieve the health goals under the sustainable development agenda. Sumaya added that the meeting agreed on communication and coordination between the ministry and the organization as the Ministry of International Cooperation is the focal point for all aid and external support. For her part, the WHO's Office Director said that the meeting reviewed the activities of the organization in supporting health activities besides supporting the national strategy for development and health. She praised Sudan's efforts in this regard, stressing provision of technical and technological support and resources mobilization for the national strategic plan in Sudan as well as consolidation of strategic partnerships.

Agriculture Minister: Government Keen on Providing More Facilities to Saudi Investors
Khartoum- Minister of Agriculture and Forests Dr. Abdul-Latief Egaimi has affirmed the strong relations linking Sudan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Minister of Agriculture reaffirmed keenness of the Government of Sudan on giving the Saudi investors more facilities, especially that Saudi Arabia is among the leading Arab countries investing in the various fields, especially in the agricultural domain. Dr. Egaimi praised the cooperation between the two countries and exchange of expertise in the field of technology, saying that Sudan is endowed with vast natural resources that avail big opportunities for investors.

Ministry Keen on Supporting Industrial Efforts of the Private Sector
Khartoum- (Khalda Elyas) State Minister at the Ministry of Industry Dr. Abdu Dawoud has affirmed keenness of the government on supporting efforts of the private sector for developing the industrial sector in the country.The State Minister, inaugurating yesterday at western Omdurman area Maiar Shoes Factory, said the launching of the factory copes with the policies of the state for indigenizing basic industries and reduction of imports in accordance with the five-year economic program, referring to the great development witnessed by the sector of shoes industry. Chairman of the board of directors of the factory Abu-Obeida Mohamed Al Shiekh, on his part, has explained that the establishment of the factory complies with the economic and industrial policies of the state, noting that the factory has four production lines equipped with most modern machines with a total cost of two million dollars. The factory produces high quality shoes, he said, adding that they are planning to open markets for their products at the countries of the region.


Some 12 Kilograms of Gold Produced from Mining Residuals in River Nile
Khartoum- Minister of Minerals Prof. Hashim Ali Salim begins today a visit to River Nile State to inspect the situations of the mining process in its various sectors there. The Minister would get acquainted during the visit with the efforts of Zikra Company operating in the domain of mining residuals, which has launched its first gold production amounting to 12 kilograms of gold at the company’s premises at Abu Hamad Locality in River Nile State, reflecting a successful partnership between the private and public sectors. Representative of the chairman of the board of directors of the company Dr. Abdallah Osman Abdallah has said their partnership with the public sector is fruitful and successful, disclosing that they have programs for promoting and upgrading the company. Deputy chairman of the board of directors of the company Mahmoud Mohamed Mahmoud, on his part, has said the first batch of the company’s production of gold, amounting to 12 kilograms, would be handed over to the Ministry of Minerals, hoping that this production would be a boost to the national economy. Secretary General of Mining Workers Trade Union, Ibrahim Beraimah, on his part, has described reaching by the company to the stage of production as a big step and comes in implementation of the directives of the Ministry of Minerals.

Sudanese-German Cooperation Discussed
Khartoum- State Minister at the Ministry of International Cooperation Somaya Ukud has appreciated the great support Germany extends to Sudan in the development, engineering and technical fields. This came when the State Minister received at her office yesterday the official of Quality Guarantee at the office of the German Development Agency (GIZ). The State Minister said in a press statement that the meeting tackled the volume of development and economic cooperation between Sudan and Germany, especially in the fields of vocational training. She expressed pleasure over the continued cooperation between the Ministry of International Cooperation and the German Development Agency in the domain of direct projects or that implemented through IGAD organization. The German official, on her part, affirmed that Germany is keen on its relations with Sudan, noting that Germany implements projects in Sudan through GIZ in the fields of vocational training, food security and combating the illegal migration.

July 21, 2017

Ghandour: President Al-Bashir Will Visit Kuwait and Qatar
Khartoum, (SUNA) Foreign Minister, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour revealed that the President of the Republic will visit Kuwait and Qatar during the coming period to support mediation efforts to resolve the Gulf crisis. The Foreign Minister said in press statements at Khartoum airport after the return of the President of the Republic, Thursday afternoon, from a tour that included the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, that the Sudan supports the Gulf mediation to find a solution to this issue. In response to a question about the cancellation of the president's visit to Kuwait as part of the tour he ended today, Ghandour said: "The president can visit one country in one visit, or two or three states, or postpone it, and Al-Bashir will visit Kuwait and Qatar.", "not visiting a state during a tour does not mean that it has been ignored", he pointed out that the visit was not to resolve the crisis, but was made to communicate with the brothers in general, and to discuss bilateral, regional and international files and others, he added, "definitely the Gulf issue is among these files."


Oil and Gas State Minister Announces 90% of Khartoum Refinery Company Owned by Sudan Government
Khartoum, (SUNA) The State Minister at the Ministry of Oil and Gas, Engineer Saadul-Deen Husein Al-Bushra reviewed the efforts made by his ministry to attract investors for oil sector and the development of the national companies to realize a quantum leap in the history of industry in the country. He announced that 90% of Khartoum Refinery Company is now owned by the government to be added to the oil constructions 100% is owned and directed by Sudanese cadres. This came during the inspection visit he made, Thursday to Khartoum Refinery Company accompanied by engineer Ali Abdul-Rahman the refinery's director. The state minister heard to a report on the phases of the new and old refineries, their performance during the past years, the position of production of oil derivatives for the first half of this year and the future plan to increase refining capacity to 50 thousand barrels. Saadul Deen stressed giving top priority to occupational safety and health programs for workers and the establishments, noting to the state's economic conditions and the challenges facing the oil sector at the internal and external levels of prices and the need to intensify further efforts to manage the sector in accordance with an economic process that contributes to reducing the costs of production and expenses. He praised the national cadre efforts, experience and devotion in the production process which has prevailed in the stability of the supplies of petroleum materials in the country. General Director of Khartoum Refinery Company referred that the refinery works with the capacity of 90 thousand barrels per day to cover the country's consumption of petroleum materials with the cover of 80% of cooking gas, 50% of gasoline and 100% of the benzene consumption, in addition to the production of heavy gas, and petroleum coal for the production of electricity and operation of cement factories. He pointed out that the refinery is the fourth of its capacity in Africa a leader in the field of oil industry at the internal and external level, stressing it is subjection to international specifications in refining, indicating it is contribution to reduction of financial costs for importing petroleum products. The state minister has also inspected Al Royan station of the pipe line company, giving directives for focusing on the strategic planning for the increase of the future qualified operational process of the station in the distribution of the petroleum derivatives to all parts of the country.

FVP Lauds Trade unions Movement
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The First Vice-President,(FVP) the National Prime Minister, General, Bakri Hassan Saleh has greeted the national role being played by the trade union movement to realize development, stability, increase of production and productivity as well as giving great concern to the living condition of the citizens . This came when the FVP met, Thursday, at the Executive Bureau of the Sudan Workers Trade Union Federation (SWTUF) headed by Engineer, Yousef Abdul Karim, the union's Chairman . Abdul Karim said in press statements that the meeting discussed issues pertinent to the state employees concerning the implementation of Five years program and the National Accord Government program.

NC Economic Sector Stresses Support to Productive and Private Sectors
Khartoum, (SUNA) The economic sector of the National Congress party (NC) has stressed on the necessity that the government work, during the coming phase, to adopt policies for the support of the essential productive sectors and the private sector to realize the economic stabilization. The meeting chaired by the sectors chairman, Dr. Hassan Ahmed Taha, has called for the stop of the pound devaluation against the dollar by attracting expatriate resources, investment and increasing production and productivity by focusing on the basic commodities set by the five-year economic program for the export purposes. The Federal Minister of Finance, presented a report during the meeting reviewing his vision for the economic program in the coming phase to contribute in bridging the external gap by the increase of production and productivity, and to adopt policies for the support of the of main sectors for the production of export commodities. The meeting has tackled the accomplishments and the failure in some sectors. The NC economic sector has also discussed the recent economic developments that have witnessed the rise of the dollar prices against the Sudanese pound, calling for the adoption of polices to halt the deterioration of the local currency, control of the inflation and the realization of stability for the national economy.

July 20, 2017

Saudi Foreign Minister: Our Efforts for Lifting American Sanctions from Sudan Are Continuing
Jeddah- Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir has said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would continue its efforts for final lifting of the American sanctions on Sudan as well as removing its name from the US list of countries sponsoring terrorism.
The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs described the meetings held by President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi Crown Prince His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed bin Salman in Jeddah as fruitful and constructive and tackled bilateral relations and the issues of the region. Al-Jubeir indicated in press statement with his Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour Tuesday evening at the conclusions of the talks between the leaderships of the two countries in Jeddah that Sudan has realized marked progress towards lifting of the sanctions and removing its name from the list of terrorism sponsoring countries. He has said he is looking forward for visiting Sudan shortly to continue the consultations between the two countries on a number of issues and boosting the relations between the two countries, adding that Sudan and Saudi Arabia are major partners in the Islamic alliance for combating terrorism and extremism and the alliance for supporting the legitimacy in Yemen.

Sudanese-Turkish Partnership in the Agricultural Field
Khartoum - Minister of Agriculture and Forests Dr. Abdul-Latif Egaimi has affirmed existence of a partnership between Sudan and Turkey in the agricultural field. The Minister met at his office yesterday members of the committee on implementation of the Sudanese-Turkish partnership in the agricultural field, where they discussed the areas targeted for the joint agricultural projects between the two countries. Dr. Egaimi affirmed in a press statement that the committee works to boost the joint cooperation between Sudan and Turkey through establishment of a joint model farm and formulating a vision for projects to be presented to the Turkish side. He urged members of the committee to start the procedures for registration of the joint Sudanese-Turkish Company and formation of its board of directors. The State Minister at the Ministry of Trade, Al-Sadik Mohamed Ali, on his part, said that the Turkish investments can play a major role in contributing to the Sudanese economy and transferring the Turkish expertise to the country.

Hassabo calls on authorities concerned to facilitate delivery of Ethiopian goods via Sudanese ports
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Vice-President of the Republic, Hassabo Mohammed Abdul Rahman has directed the authorities concerned to facilitate procedures of delivery of the Ethiopian goods through the Sudanese ports . Hassabo who chaired, Wednesday, the meeting of the Sudanese-Ethiopian Committee has affirmed the dealing through one window-system for import and export procedures, in Port sudan besides, the transit fees in high ways and the development of the economic relations in the light of the agreements signed by the two countries . The Wali (governor) of the Red Sea State, Ali Ahmed Hammed the meeting, also, discussed transport of the Ethiopian pilgrims via Port Sudan ports .

Director of Exports Financing Agency: Resumption of Transactions with International Banks Supports plans for increase and flow of exports
Khartoum, (SUNA) The General Director of the National Agency for Exports Financing and Security, Ahmed Babiker Ahmed stressed that the full resumption of the financial transactions between the Sudan and the international banks supports the agency's efforts for the increase and flow of Sudan's exports to the international markets and facilitates transfers to all the world banks. he said that the agency is prepared to secure exports revenues paid by various means, especially the long-term payments, including the documentary credits, adding that the agency, since the begging of this year, has provided coverage of security credits to the exports of the various commodities including sesame, edible oils, gum Arabic, meat, livestock and other exports to a number of states including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other countries of the world. Ahmed Babiker noted that the agency has recently renewed the agreement on re-insurance of export revenues with the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit of the Islamic Bank in Jeddah, adding that the agency has obtained large ceilings for importers of Sudanese goods including the return of all export earnings, especially gum Arabic and livestock. Meanwhile, he welcomed the decision of the United States Department of Agriculture for the addition of Sudan to the export credit guarantee program, indicating the direct and indirect impact of the decision on increasing the exports and enabling the country to import high-quality production inputs to the industry for export. he pointed out that the return of Sudan to the US export credit program provides an opportunity for Sudanese exporters to directly deal with US importers of agricultural commodities required in the US market such as gum Arabic, adding that the program also allows the local banks to directly deal with their US counterparts in importing productions inputs, the agricultural, and animal technologies that lead the Sudan's exports.

Sudan Asserts Commitment, Seriousness to Join WTO
Khartoum, (SUNA) The Sudan's delegation participating in the 4th session of negotiation for joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), has asserted the commitment and seriousness of the Sudan to join the organization via its adjustment to the trade and economic conditions with the requirements of the WTO. Referring to the great concern of the organizations member states to give Sudan full membership in the WTO to start progress in a new phase. The Minister of Commerce, Hatim Al- Siir, noted in press statements, following his participation in the negotiations meetings in Geneva, indicated that t the meetings were positive and fruitful, expecting that Sudan would recently gain fruits of these efforts. He added that joining of the WTO would provide Sudan with opportunities to benefit from the world's modern technologies, the foreign modern investments in all fields that would enable it to increase production for exportation and the realization of the motto of the fifth year's program (increase of production for exportation). He said that the Sudan presentation has been appreciated by all the WTO member state a mtter that would pave the way for the Sudan to be part of the world trade and economy, referring to the Sudan's vast potential. He lauds the Sudan's permanent mission in Geneva lead by Dr. Moustafa Osman Ismail for the full support it provided to the Sudan's delegation, hoping for completion of steps for joining the WTO.

July 19, 2017

President Al Bashir and King Salman Hold Talks in Jeddah
Khartoum - The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has yesterday received at Al Salam Palace in Jeddah, President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Hassan Ahmed Al Bashir. The Saudi Press Agency said during the reception relations between the two sister countries were reviewed and the latest developments in the region. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque has held a dinner banquet in honor of President Al Bashir. President Omer Al Bashir had left on Tuesday, for Saudi Arabia for a three-day official visit, after talks with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour said that the visit will discuss the bilateral relations between the two countries and the developments in the Arab region and that it comes within the framework of Sudan and the President's communication with his brothers in the framework of the presidential diplomacy which he leads with the leaders of the Arab region. Media Advisor of the Embassy of Sudan in Abu Dhabi, Emad Sayed Ahmed said that Al Bashir's visit to the UAE comes within the framework of his ability to solve problems, adding, "The president has ideas that can contribute to compromise solutions to calm the Gulf crisis, expecting that the visit will have positive results.

Britain Supports Lifting of Economic Sanctions
Khartoum - British government has announced its support for decision to lift the sanctions on Sudan. British Ambassador to Khartoum, Michael Aaron said the UK government supports the decision to lift economic sanctions, imposed by the US administration on Sudan, in next October. "We are optimistic that positive cooperation during the next three months will ensure success," Aaron said Sunday, pointing out to continue work with the government and the international community to support the issues of comprehensive economic development to achieve development and stability in the country, announcing their order to prepare for a bilateral strategic dialogue in London in the coming period, referring to the upcoming visit of a group of Sudanese parliamentarians to the United Kingdom this month, to visit the Welsh National Assembly and the British House of Commons to see the work of the various committees in those councils.

Water Resources Ministry Signs Survey Contract for Using Solar Power Pumps
Khartoum - (SUNA) The Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity signed an initial survey contract with the Newtech consultancy for the areas targeted by the project of the use of solar power pumps in the northern state. The Director of the Project on the Promotion of the use of solar power pumps, Eng. Abdel-Moneim Hassan Idris, said that preliminary surveys in the northern state aimed at determining the social and economic indicators of the project, revealing that the study will be completed within (6) weeks from now. Idris pointed out that the first stage of the project has been witnessing installation of 28 experimental pumps while 1440 pumps are to be installed in the second phase and will be implemented during (4) years prior for the implementation of the project in the rest of the states, particularly in areas far away from the axis of the National Electricity Grid and island areas. Idris expected the project to make a quantum leap in the northern state to support the government trend to increase production. For his part, the Consultant of the Study, Dr. Babikir Ibrahim, said that the project of using solar water pumps for irrigation was a new breakthrough for the agricultural sector in Sudan in terms of its cost and ease of its operating systems, explaining that the study aims at determining the economic and social levels of the project and conducting a comprehensive evaluation after the implementation phase.

Foreign Ministry: We Will Work to Lift Sanctions
Khartoum - Foreign Ministry said that freezing the work of the negotiating committee does not mean freezing communication to lift the sanctions. State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hamid Mumtaz said, in press statements in the parliament Monday, that the session of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Committee of the parliament tackled the nature of relations between Sudan and America, which started dialogue on strategic important issues that have become national agenda for the Sudanese government and the society. “We listened diplomatic and political bodies, organizations and partners will work to lift the sanctions on October 12 next, indicating in a press statement to the Parliament on Monday, “We listened to the questions of members of the committee on the decision and its details and what is expected to happen the next phase," Mumtaz said, adding that relevant bodies, whether popular, native or organizations were invited, to clarify their visions on the decision, and work to lift sanctions in the next phase. "The issue of Sudan is a just cause that we accept from all international and local parties, to lift injustice from the country, and to benefit from loans, grants and international facilities”, Mumtaz said.

Inflation rate for June drops by 8.14 % compared to May this year
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Inflation rate for the month of June 2017 has dropped by 8.14 %, down from 32.63% in May to 35.52 in June, according to a National Statistics Center report. The report said inflation in commodities and services has went down to 28.98 % against 31.53% in May that is a drop of 8.08%. However in rural areas the inflation in consumer commodities went down to 35.95% in June against 39.18% in May.

Purchase of new cotton gin for Khor Abu Habil agricultural project in North Kordofan at 3 million pounds
Al-Simaih, (SUNA) - The Director General of Khor Abu Habil Agricultural Project in Al-Simaih area at the North Kordofan State Engineer Makki Abdullah Adam has revealed that detailed studies have been conducted for the purchase and installation of a new cotton gin at a cost exceeding 3 million pounds. He pointed out that the gin will enter the service during this season, adding that its purchase was through the holding company, which was formed recently in the state, explaining that the capacity of the new cotton gin multiplies the capacity of the old one and in high specifications working electronically in the cotton ginning, stressing that it will contribute significantly in the ginning operations.

July 18, 2017

Bashir discussed with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zaid the latest development on the regional and international scenes
Abu Dhabi, UAE, (SUNA) - The President of the Republic Omar Bashir on Monday met HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zaid al Nahian, the hire apparent of Aby Dhabi, who welcomed the visit that comes, he said, within the context of the brotherly relations and continued consultations on issues of mutual interests for the two countries. The two sides discussed in the meeting the outstanding relations and the cooperation between the two countries in the economic, political and development domains and the means for taking this development further to wider horizons. The meeting reviewed as well the latest developments in the regional and international arenas and the challenges that face the region top of which terrorism and violent extremism as well as the regional interventions that seek to undermine stability and security in the region. The meeting discussed how to combat terrorist groups and dry their sources of financing. It is to be noted that the President arrived here heading a high level delegation that included the presidential Affairs Minister, the Minister for Foreign Affairs as well as senior other official. The President visit is the first leg of a tour that will also take him to Saudi Arabia, Tuesday.

Government Opens New Humanitarian Assistance Routes to S. Sudan
Khartoum - The government of Sudan represented by Humanitarian Assistance Commission and the government of South Sudan have yesterday signed a memo of understanding for extending the period of delivering humanitarian assistances to south Sudan's citizens for a period of one year for delivering 90000 metric tons of humanitarian assistances. Signed for the government of Sudan was Ahmed Mohamed Adam, the General Commissioner of humanitarian assistance while Mayan Dot, the Ambassador of South Sudan State to Khartoum signed for south Sudan. The General Commissioner of humanitarian assistance, Ahmed Mohamed Adam said in a press statement yesterday that the memo comes in the framework of the endeavours and efforts of Sudan for supporting humanitarian conditions in South Sudan He noted that Sudan government continued to sign cooperation agreements with south Sudan State and the United Nations towards delivering assistances to the war-affected citizens inside south Sudan He added that the said agreement continued to be renewed every six months since the year 2014 for transporting the assistances provided by the World Food Program for mitigating food shortage in a number of South Sudan regions He noted that the agreement has been extended this time for a period of one year instead of six months along with opening three new routes in addition to the old cross-point located in the Blue Nile.


US Company Mulls over Investment in Sudan Oil
Khartoum -- The extension of the US sanctions on Sudan for another three months will not discourage US companies from investment in Sudan, the Manager of US based Capital Partner Trading, has said. The US Administration's decision to extend sanctions does not include any conditions to prohibit the entry of US companies into investment in Sudan, he said. He added that there is a positive trend to lift the sanctions permanently after the set three months timeframe, pointing out that US companies are in favor of their country to become a key player in Sudan economy through strategic partnership with the public and private sectors in both countries. The meeting between the visiting US delegation with Abdul-Rahim Osman, the Minister of Petroleum and Gas looked at available investment opportunities in the fields of development and oil industries.
The Head of the US delegation, Peter Watson, stressed the importance of maintaining cooperation with Sudan on the specific area of energy in favor of attracting major companies to invest in Sudan oil sector.

Minister of Oil meets companies desiring to invest in gas field
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Oil and Gas Abdul-Rahman Osman Abdul-Rahman has stressed the need to introduce technology and modernize the gas sector in order to achieve the highest efficiency by benefiting from the oil production and its increase. This came during his meeting with the Malaysian-Saudi Investment Group, which desires to enter into the gas field in Al-Fula area in partnership with Sudapet. The minister provided data on opportunities for investment in energy, welcoming investment in the field of gas and describing it as a vital investment. The company's chief executive Rashid Mohamed Ali affirmed the availability of resources and studies that encourage access to energy and gas production. meanwhile, the Minister of Oil and Gas met, in the presence of the of State Minister at the Ministry of Oil and Gas Saaduddin Hussein Al-Bushra and the Undersecretary of the Ministry with the UAE Crescent Group, which has completed its field studies in a number of oil fields and expressed its desire to establish a gas city to benefit from it in the gas-related industries as well as the cooking gas production in block 8, which is located in Sennar state, underscoring the opportunities available now for the extraction of gas for electricity production and industrial uses.

July 17, 2017

Al Bashir Leaves Khartoum on Tour to UAE and Saudi Arabia
Khartoum -The President of the Republic, Omar Al Bashir, leaves Khartoum on Monday to the United Arab Emirates, in a tour that will also take him to Saudi Arabia. The President will hold talks with his brothers the leaders of the United Arab Emirates during the two day visit there, focusing on bilateral relations and issues of mutual interests. The President will leave from the UAE to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday on a three-day visit during which he will confer with his brother the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and with the Crown Prince, Emir, Mohamed Bin Salman.

Minister of Intl Cooperation meets Japanese Ambassador to Sudan
Khartoum, (SANA) - The Minister of International Cooperation Idris Suleiman has discussed with the Ambassador of Japan to Sudan Mr. Hideki Ito the Japanese assistance in Sudan in the fields of agricultural development and skills development in the various training fields, praising the valuable support provided by the State of Japan to Sudan through developmental projects in different states of Sudan. In a press statement after the meeting, the State Minister at the Ministry of International Cooperation, Hussein al-Sharif Al-Hindi expressed Sudan's appreciation to Japan and the Japanese International cooperation Agency (JICA) for their role in promoting sustainable development in the country, referring to the great cooperation and support provided by Japan to Sudan in the fields of water, health, education and agriculture as well as various domains in all the states of the Sudan, praising the support it has provided to Sudan in the field of capacity building and acquisition of technical skills. For his part, the Japanese ambassador stressed his country's keenness to strengthen the cooperation relations between the two countries, stressing the continuation of the provision of more assistance, revealing that Japan attaches great importance to the provision of assistance in the fields of training and strengthening of skills in the technological fields.

Sudan embassy in Paris organizes a protest march demanding revocation of sanctions
Khartoum, (SUNA)-The official spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ambassador Gharib Alla Al Khidir, said the Sudan embassy in Paris, France, organized a protest march against the American economic sanctions imposed on the Sudan. The march took place in the Human rights square in Trocadero Station in Paris. Sudanese community members and charity organizations took part in as the demonstration. Some members of the Arab Call Society also participated along with some French national who are in solidarity with the Sudanese people for lifting the economic sanctions. The chair of the Arab solidarity society, Ali Almuraabi, addressed the gathering which was covered by some local French media outlets.

Sudan Signs Biggest Agreement towards Building Green Trees Wall
Khartoum: The Ministry of Environment has disclosed the signing of the biggest agreement towards building an African green wall with the participation of eleven African countries under the sponsorship of the United Nations. The President of the Malaysian Bionas company which is to implement the project, Ali Idris said the agreement aims at halting desert creep southwards and reducing the percentage of carbon emissions in the globe via building the tree wall and Sudan wall whose length totals to 1520 kilometers and 30 kilometers in width and it will pass across the states of the River Nile ,Kassala, Port-Sudan , Northern State , Kordofan and North Darfur. He affirmed the company preparedness to implement the whole project and Sudan is the number one beneficiary of this agreement. He noted that the project aims at planting four billion trees including Gum Arabic trees whereby some three million families from the project He said services will be delivered to the citizens along with indigenizing or building permanent residential houses

Al-Rikabi: American Confirmations of Full Re-Allowing of Remittances
Khartoum - Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Mohamed Saleh Al-Rikabi announced that Sudan received letters and assurances from American institutions on re- allowing of financial transfers to and from Sudan from all over the world as of last Thursday. The minister said that their obtaining ,for the first time since the partial lifting of the economic sanctions in January last year, of written letters from US financial institutions on bank transfers, is considered a major breakthrough in Sudan's relations with the global financial sector, international institutions, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, investors, In addition to the Sudanese expatriates, estimated at about five million transfer outside the banks, about six billion dollars annually. "Despite the resentment of the decision, it has made significant gains on the issue of international and banking remittances from and to Sudan, where Sudan receives a written letter signed by the US Treasury on the total re-allowing of remittances and the flow of remittances," the minister said. Al-Rikabi stressed the continuation of his ministry in dealing with regional and international financial institutions such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, African Development Bank, Arab funds and friendly countries to achieve economic stability and attracting foreign investments to productive sectors.


July 14, 2017

President Bashir to leave for Kuwait, starting a tour for resolving Gulf crisis
Khartoum (SUNA)- The President of the Republic, Omar Bashir will on Sunday fly to Kuwait at the start of a tour that will also take him to the United Arab Emirates in support of efforts by the Emir of Kuwait for resolving the Gulf crisis, Minister of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday. Foreign Minister Professor Ibrahim Ghandour said in a press conference he called here on Thursday that the President tour comes within the context of the role by the Sudan in support of Kuwaiti initiative to put an end to the dispute among the Gulf States. Dr. Ghandour has categorically dismissed any relationship of the Gulf States with the American three-month extension of the review of revocation of the unilateral economic sanctions on the Sudan. He thanked those states for the efforts they exerted for lifting the sanctions from Sudan as well as similar efforts by the United Nations, the African Union, the Arab League and other organizations.

Ghandour: American Sanctions have Harmed Poorest Categories
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, said that the American sanctions have affected the Sudanese citizen, harmed the poorest people in the country, including women and children and violated the right of the Sudanese people for development and getting clean water. At a press conference he held Thursday at the Foreign Ministry, Prof. Ghandour pointed out that the decision of the US administration extending time of the sanctions on Sudan will encourage the armed movements to continue hostilities and obstinacy awaiting overthrow and collapse of the government at any time. He said that the American decision will also lure the armed movements to refuse sitting for peace negotiations and to attempt to achieve a security breakthrough, calling on the wise elements on the armed movements to stick to wisdom and to work for achieving peace. He warned that the American sanctions also affected the peace and security process in Sudan and at the region. The Foreign Minister affirmed that Sudan has fulfilled its commitments in the five tracks, depending on acknowledgement of the American side itself, adding that Sudan has been regarding these commitments as pure national agenda. On the dossier of peace in Sudan, Prof. Ghandour has affirmed Sudan commitment to cease-fire at the two areas unit next October as well as its readiness to continue the negotiations for realizing peace and stability, referring to stability of the situation in Darfur.

The Minister for Finance: the American decision has placed no further economic restriction on our economy
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The Minister for Finance and National Economy, Dr. Mohamed Osman Rikabbi, has stressed that his ministry would continue with its interaction with the international and regional financial institutions such as the WB, the IMF, the ADB and other area and friendly funds. The Minister pointed out in statement following the American decision abstaining from total revoking of the economic sanction that intercourse would continue with these financial institutions and funds with the view to help achieve stability of the country's economy through attacking of new investments for the production sectors and work to write off Sudan's foreign debts. He further pointed out that the American new stand has not added any further burden on current economic situation in the country. He said the presidential order has instructed authorities and individuals and institutions to deal directly with the Sudanese government with regards to trade and export and imports and transfers as well as all other financial interactions. He said this should be seen as a positive development on the side of the American administration. He said the partial lifting of the sanctions was not used to the best possible manner in financial and momentary transactions because the name of thy country was still in the list of countries accused by Washington of sponsoring international terrorism. The minister has said the ministry of finance along with other relevant ministries and the Central Bank of Sudan would continue with their reform programs and financial reform as well as the five year economic reform programme and the third strategic plan.

National Assembly Affirms Support to Decision of President of Republic to Freeze Work of Government Committee for Dialogue with US
Khartoum, (SUNA) The National Assembly has issued, Thursday, a statement affirming its support to the decision of the President of the Republic for freezing work of the government dialogue committee with the government of the United States of America. The statement indicated that the Sudan will remain faithful to its international commitments, noting that the National Assembly will work in the coming stages with all the world's counterparts to explain its position and to confer the facts. The National Assembly's statements pointed to the role has been played in support of the president's efforts in context of its cooperation with leaderships of the sisterly and friendly states to evaluate the Sudan's issue with the US administration, and which had been of great support to the meetings of the joint committee formed by the two governments to implement the five tracks road map. The statement went on to say that the US administration has acknowledged that the Sudan has proved it is keenness on the safety of its citizens and their security, it is against terrorism and is exerting efforts to combat it. Despite this the American administration does not fulfill what it promised and issued this unjust decision. The statement indicated that the National Assembly, as the legitimate guardian of the rights and gains of the Sudanese people, expresses regret over the decision issued by US President Donald Trump, under which the partial lifting of unilateral sanctions imposed on the Sudanese nation was extended indefinitely for three months until the 12 th of October. The statement has reiterated the National assembly support to the President of the Republic to freeze work of the government committee for dialogue with the US administration, and the commitment of the Sudan to its international obligations despite the injustice American decisions against the people of the Sudan. The statement has provided thanks to the parliament of the sisterly and friendly states, the regional and international parliaments that have been supporting Sudan in all forums.

Arab League Regrets US Administration's Refuse to Lift Sanctions Imposed on Sudan
Cairo, (SUNA) - The Arab League has expressed its regret over the American administration's decision not to lift its unilateral sanctions imposed on the Republic of Sudan finally and to suspend the lifting these sanctions until October 12, 2017. In a statement, the Arab League's spokesman, Mahmoud Afifi, said that the Arab League has expected Washington to lift the sanctions imposed on Sudan finally by the end of the era of the former President Barak Obama early this year 2017. He reiterated the Arab League's firm position on rejection of the imposition of these sanctions, reminding with the contacts made by the League's Secretary General, Ahmed Abu-Ghait, with the American side for lifting the sanctions imposed on Sudan without delay.

Ghandour, Indian Counterpart Discuss Boosting two Countries Relations
Khartoum, (SUNA) Foreign Minister Professor Ibrahim Ahmed Ghandour has received, Thursday, a phone call from the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, during which they tackled a number of the bilateral relations including the implementation of the 3 rd session of the meetings of the joint Sudanese Indian ministerial committee held in New Delhi last February after the stoppage of the committees work for 17 years, besides bushing forward the relations in all the political, economic and cultural fields. The two ministers were satisfied with the steady progress in bilateral relations, which enjoys the support of the political leaders of the two countries. The FM Minister and his Indian counterpart have also exchanged coordination in a number of positions in international and Indian forums through mutual cooperation and support.

Foreign Minister: President Kiir of South Sudan to visit Khartoum shortly
Khartoum, (SUNA) -The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, is to come to Khartoum During the Coming few weeks at the invitation of President Omar Bashir, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour said at a press conference he called for on Thursday. He said the visit comes with the efforts of achieving peace in south Sudan, saying peace and stability in South Sudan would mean peace and stability in the Sudan, adding that it is also a moral obligation for the Sudan to help achieve peace in South Sudan. He said Sudan has a spear head role in achieving peace in south Sudan and a prominent role within the IGAD as well as within the regional and international efforts to this end.

Al-Gaz, Ambassador of China discuss development of Sudan-China relations in field of medicines
Khartoum, (SUNA)-The Deputy Chair of the High Committee for Supervising Sudan Relations with BRICS countries, Dr Awad Ahmed Al-Gaz discussed in Khartoum, Thursday , with the Chinese Ambassador to Sudan, Li Lian , relations between Sudan and China and Ways of boosting them further as well as bolstering ties of cooperation in all fields , especially in medical field. The Ambassador of China said in press statements following the meeting which was attended by Shanghai Company which operating in pharmaceutical and health materials production , that the Shanghai Company plays important and effective role in meeting Sudan's needs for medicines. He pointed out that the meeting sought ways of development of cooperation between Sudan and China in field of medicines and health materials, indicating to importance of cooperation of the two countries in this field.

July 13, 2017

Republican decree freezing negotiations with the United States of America
Khartoum,(SUNA)- The President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir, on Wednesday issued a Republican Decree freezing the work of the negotiation committee with the United states of America, up till October the 12th,2017.

WTO commends Sudan's efforts to join WTO
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Head of the Negotiating Team and the Director of the Accession Department at the World Trade Organization (WTO) praised Sudan's efforts to meet all the requirements of joining the organization. At the first meeting in Geneva with the Sudanese delegation to the negotiation on joining to the World Trade Organization (WTO) headed by the Minister of Trade Hatim Al-Sir and the Head of the National Technical Negotiating Delegation Dr. Hassan Ahmed Taha, the two officials stressed that the meeting constituted an important point in the accession process, where the summary of facts is to be discussed prior to the preparation of the report of the working group to be presented at the next meeting. The head of the delegation and Minister of Trade Hatim Al-Sir reiterated readiness of the Sudan to meet all the requirements of accession, stressing the impetus of the political leadership of the country in this direction. Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, the Permanent Representative of the Sudan to the United Nations in Geneva, said that contacts with the countries at the bilateral level confirmed their readiness to sign bilateral agreements with Sudan, which will contribute to speeding up Sudan's accession to the Organization during the next WTO Ministerial Conference in December 2017. Dr. Hassan Ahmed Taha, the National Negotiator on Accession to WTO, said that the Sudan delegation started its consultations with the meeting of the Head of the Negotiating Team and the WTO Secretariat of the Accession Department to prepare for bilateral and multilateral meetings in the framework of the fourth round of the negotiating team in Geneva during the 11-14 of the current July, pointing out that the delegation participates in the WTO Accession Forum on the sidelines of the week of the Assistance for Trade, where the Sudan needs in the field of technical cooperation are to be presented during and after accession. The delegation is to meet during this period with the Director of the World Trade Organization and the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to discuss cooperation in the field of technical assistance for capacity building. The delegation will also participate in the Secretariat of the Integrated Framework Program meeting, while bilateral talks with the United States and Kenya will begin Wednesday. The Sudan Negotiating Delegation includes the General Secretary of the General Secretariat of the World Trade Dr. Yassin Issa, the Sudan Ambassador in Geneva Kamal Jabbara and a number of specialists in the relevant fields.

United States Government Partners with DAL Group to Advance Education and Nutrition through Milk for Children
KHARTOUM, SUDAN — (Press Release ) The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), signed an agreement on Tuesday July 11, 2017 with DAL Food to provide locally sourced, pasteurized milk to 5,308 malnourished school children in Red Sea State, as part of a public-private partnership to improve education and nutrition through dairy distribution. DAL Dairy Factory has supported Sudan’s School Milk Program since 2011 by providing 17,000 underprivileged students in the greater Khartoum area with daily servings of long-life milk. USAID’s alliance with DAL has expanded this successful model to provide milk to primary school children in Red Sea State. According to a nutrition survey released in January 2014, East Sudan recorded the highest rate of malnutrition in the country. Malnutrition hinders children from achieving their potential in school and can have lifelong negative consequences. In Red Sea State, global acute malnutrition -- measured by the mid-upper arm circumference -- was recorded at 47 percent. This is well above the 15 percent maximum threshold that indicates a critical situation. This USAID-DAL Food alliance is an example of the increasingly common public-private partnerships designed to assist underprivileged communities. “The American people want to address the underlying causes of poverty and marginalization in Sudan, and by partnering with the private sector, we will be far more effective if we can bring our combined skills and resources to the effort,” said USAID Mission Director Dr. Jeffrey Ashley “The U.S. Government affirms its continuing commitment to work with DAL Group and other like-minded business colleagues to alleviate poverty and support economic development in Sudan,” said U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires Steven Koutsis. “The spirit of this partnership project, providing a daily source of critical nutrition to school children, reflects the ongoing support of the American people for the people of Sudan.” The United States is the largest donor of food assistance to Sudan.

Organiztion of Medicine Without Borders Inaugurates Program of Providing Medicine for Free
Khartoum - The organization of Medicine Without Borders has inaugurated an official program for providing medicine for emergency cases and the vulnerable families from the Ibrahim Malik Hospital in Khartoum in the presnce of a number of physcisans and pharmacists and humanitarian affairs stakeholders. The head of the society doctor Mohamed Awad Algeed said the this inauguration is the real kick off start of the organization for providing medicine for urgent casesin addition to providing it the vulnerable and needy families across Sudan He noted that by virtue of the nature of his work in the United states of America the society was officially registered there with the aim of attracting support from the American community for supporting medicine for the poor families notng that the organization adopts the principle of transparency with regards to the question of attracting and dsitributing medicine through the different means and it will officially registered in the international organization of transparency The Secretary General of the Organization Al Samani Awadalla has affirmed that the organization is operating in the field of providing medicine only.

July 12, 2017

Al Bashir Renews Sudan's Commitment to Stand by World Nations against Drugs
Khartoum- (SUNA) The President of the Republic Field Marshal, the Police High Commander Omer Al Bahsir reiterated the Sudan's firm stance with world nations to but limit to the spread of drugs, which represent a major factor that threatens the state's security. During his address, Tuesday, the International Day for Drug Control at the Friendship Hall, he stressed the active participation in all international efforts aimed at a world free of drugs. The President of the Republic has called on all the concerned ministries, institutions and relevant authorities to redouble their efforts to eradicate drugs, stressing the state's keenness and its response to provide the technical, material, legal and structural aids that help to block the spread of drugs. He praised highly the efforts exerted in combating drugs, giving directives for a comprehensive awareness campaign involving all relevant parties in order to consolidate the convictions on the dangers of drugs, which he considered as the first line of defense. He also called on the community starting with the families, the educational and social institutions, to make a comprehensive address to the youth to prevent and protect them from drugs. President Al- Bashir has lauded the great success achieved in the field of drug combating by all organs, expressing thanks to the National Committee for the Drugs Combating for its efforts in this regard, indicating the state's sponsorship to the committee for its local and international initiative in the drug combating.

Cautious Optimism Prevails Among Sudanese People about Lifting Economic Sanctions
Khartoum - The Sudanese political and popular circles are awaiting the US Administration decision of total lifting of the economic sanctions from Sudan after the six months time when the Administration of the former President Obama has two weeks before the end of his term of office issued a partial lifting of sanctions from Sudan. A state of anticipation and anxiety is prevailing in each of Khartoum and Washington due to the lack clear stance of the White House and its intention particularly after all the official agencies have ascended to it reports specially the State Department , and the Treasury Department , the office of the envoy and the Central Intelligence Agency,(CIA) , The National Security Council and the Ministry of Defense , supporting research reports and agencies backing the decision at the United states, and all these agencies are no longer arguing that Sudan did not meet all its commitments in the five tracks specified for looking into the extent of progress from the part of Khartoum so that the certificate of good conduct is given to it paving the way for lifting the sanctions. Observers believe that Sudan has exerted all efforts for enabling political dialogue between the Sudanese factions and the peaceful transfer of power, and made positive negotiation a springboard for ending the file of strife and war ( in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile ) Darfur and the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the war affected citizens in the two regions . Sudan has contributed substantially in resolving South Sudan State problem and there not even one sound accusing Khartoum because of the Ugandan Lord Army or accusations of terrorism which all acknowledge that Sudan is distant from it by far The United nations Team in Sudan has expressed hope that the American administration would issue a decision to the effect of lifting the blockade form Sudan after it has shown huge cooperation in the field of humanitarian assistance. The Minister of Foreign affairs Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour has warned against the risk of extending sanctions on Sudan noting that this will encourage the rebel movements to stage the war and those which rejected resuming talks except after the month o July. He went on to say that if the decision is lifting the sanctions these movements will joint talks if not lifted they will prepare for war. The Minister further said that the American political legislator will have a big role in war and peace in Sudan and the region adding that continuation of the sanctions means pushing the arms carriers for more intransigence and this what is desired by Enough movement. Ghandour Affirmed that Sudan is an outward looking country highlighting the repeated visits by the American envoy to Sudan and the tour of the American Charge De Affairs in Sudan to Darfur, the Blue Nile have confirmed security and stability in these regions. The Secretary General of the Council of Peoples International Friendship Eng. Abdulmunim Al Suni it is time for the United States of America to lift the blockade from Sudan by which the Sudanese people are deeply affected. He affirmed that the non-lifting of these sanctions has no ethical or legal backing as Sudan has succeeded in realizing total stability and exerted considerable efforts in humanitarian work which transcended the regions of the Blue Nile ad south Kordofan to South Sudan State a matter that made the United nations seek to reduce UNAMID forces in Darfur and this is an implied recognition from the International Organization.

NLJ: Government Met Conditions for Lifting US Sanctions
Khartoum -- Sudan has met the US conditions for lifting economic sanctions on the country, Spokesperson for National Liberation and Justice Party Ahmed Fadul Abdullah has said Speaking to the press, Abdullah called upon the US Administration to honor obligations on its part to remove economic sanctions on Sudan after the latter has met all conditions, according to him. He pointed to the importance of lifting the sanctions to normalize relations between the two countries. Mohamed Yousif, MP, expected that the US would lift the sanctions to greet the government's show goodwill and appreciations to the government's efforts in this regard. He reiterated that the US economic sanctions are having their toll on the Sudanese people not the government.

July 11, 2017

Presidency of Republic Approves Pricing of cotton According to Market Mechanism
Khartoum, (SUNA) The President of the Republic, Filed Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, chaired Monday, at the Republican Palace a meeting attended by the First Vice President of the Republic, the National Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, the ministers of Finance, Roads and Bridges, the Water Resources and Electricity, the State Minister of the Presidency of the Republic, the Director of Office of the President of the Republic and the Governor of the Sudan's Central Bank. The meeting has discussed the announced prices for cotton, approving the government abandoning the pricing of cotton and to be left to be determined by the market mechanism for the benefits of the farmers. The meeting tackled the problems facing microfinance in order to achieve the capacity of its umbrella, and to get out of the poverty circle to production stage. The meeting has called for the preparation of an integrated plan in line with announced policies according to priorities. The meeting has also addressed the problems of delay of ships unloading in port Sudan, issued a package of directives aimed at accelerating the unloading process, stressing in the same context the need to continue the policy of modernization of goods services in the port and its mechanisms to achieve the desired benefit of its expansion and enhance the assurance of its good management.

Foreign Ministry Welcomes Statement on UN Country Team on Lifting of US Sanctions
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has welcomed the statement issued by the United Nations Country Team in Sudan, dated on July 10, 2017, which has expressed the aspiration for a positive decision that will lift the American sanctions imposed on Sudan. The ministry also announced its satisfaction on the facts and evidence included in the UN Country Team which has affirmed the close cooperation between Sudan and the international community on the humanitarian issues at both the regional and international levels. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has highly appreciated the constructive spirit reflected in the statement. The ministry has renewed Sudan welcome of the American initiative for arrival of the humanitarian assistance to the two areas, especially under the atmosphere of confidence and optimism which have been supported by the decision of the President of the Republic to extend the unilateral cease-fire and to direct the official and civil institutions to continue delivering the humanitarian aid to the brothers in South Sudan State. The ministry has reiterated the resolution and commitment of the government of Sudan to continue cooperation with the United Nations and all the partners operating in the humanitarian field, exerted all efforts for realizing durable peace and sustainable development and to work seriously with the regional and international partners to keep international peace and stability.

Minister of Intl Cooperation affirms government's commitment to implement country program in cooperation with UNPF
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of International Cooperation Ambassador Idris Suleiman has underlined commitment of the Government of Sudan to fully implement the country program in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) in Sudan to meet the needs of the citizens. The minister reviewed the great role played by the ministry with the technical bodies in the preparation of the country program with the participation of all relevant parties, said Dafallah Jabir, the Director General of the Department of Organizations and Blocs at the Ministry of International Cooperation. Jabir said that the meeting touched on coordination and working together in the projects being implemented by the United Nations Population Fund in Sudan within the framework of the country program. The Representative of the United Nations Population Fund in Sudan Lina Mahmoud Musa said that the meeting touched on the prospects of cooperation and partnership between the Fund and the Government of Sudan in the field of the UNPF activities at the federal and states level, in addition to the continuity of cooperation in the important national achievements, which were achieved through the current national program as well as the preparation for the country program 2018-2021, which was ratified by the Government of Sudan through the coordinating role of the Ministry of International Cooperation. The UNPF representative in Sudan stressed the importance of continuing the partnership with the Government of Sudan to achieve the commitments, objectives and national priorities adopted by the current program. She hoped strengthening of coordination and partnership with the Government of Sudan in order to promote the program in a broad manner satisfies the needs of the citizen.

White Nile Sugar Project's Director: The Project will bridge sugar production gap in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Director General of the White Nile Sugar Project Hassan Abdulrahman Satti has said that the project would fill the sugar production gap in Sudan in the coming years within the framework of the state policies to increase production through the tripartite program. He denied, in a statement to SUNA, any existence of technical problems facing the project in any of its agricultural, engineering or technological components contrary to what was reported in some local media and newspapers. According to Satti, the project was designed in accordance with the best technical and engineering standards, benefiting from the Sudanese expertise in Kenana and other sugar factories, where the technologies and mechanisms imported were the latest achieved in the field of sugar industry worldwide, adding that the said technologies have been used in order to achieve high production rates with low cost, especially in energy consumption and environmental conservation. Regarding the project soil, Satti explained that the issue of soil has been raised by some non-specialized bodies in this field and do not have sufficient information on the quality and composition of the soil of the project land. He explained that the soil analysis was carried out by soil scientists and experts in Sudan at the Soil Research Institute of the Agricultural Research Corporation in Medani, which the White Nile Sugar Project's administration resorted to it from the beginning for the soil analysis for its technical insights in this regard and in how to formulate agricultural practices to deal with the soil in the project. The project manager affirmed that the results of the research proved the validity of the soil to grow sugar cane, explaining that the Soil Research Institute took thousands of samples from different depths of the soil of the project land to examine their validity for the requirements of sugar cane plant with greater attention to the drainage of irrigation water and deep plowing of the soil as they are fertile lands, which have not been cultivated before within the irrigated agricultural project He said that the company has also benefited from a Brazilian company specialized in this field, where the results are exactly identical with the study of the Soil Research Institute in Medani. According to Satti, the results indicated that the land of the project was not very different from most of the territory of the Sudan, where there are different types of soil with the presence of salinity to varying degrees, but sugar cane crop is one of the salt-resistant crops in itself. He added that the company did not stop at this limit, but used a number of research centers in the world specialized in cane samples in Australia, South Africa and Mauritius, where more than 20 new cane samples have been testing at the company's research center and the Research Institute at Shambat prior to be introduced within the recognized samples in Sudan and therefore to be included into the commercial production, referring to the benefit of other sugar companies from the efforts of the White Nile sugar in this area. Satti stressed that the productivity of some fields exceeded 50 tons of reeds per feddan, which proves that the problem of raised soil does not reflect the reality of all the lands of the project.
July 10, 2017

United Nations Hopes for Positive Decision on US Sanctions Relief
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Sudan has confirmed that there has been a marked improvement in humanitarian access over the past six months, since Executive Order 13761 was signed on 13 January 2017, as a result of improved engagement between the Government of Sudan and humanitarian actors. The revision of the Government of Sudan's Directives and Procedures for Humanitarian Action in December 2016 has allowed for improvements in the scope and quality of humanitarian access. Recent months have seen UN agencies and partners increasingly working in areas that were previously inaccessible, to carry out needs assessments and provide humanitarian assistance. Notable areas of increased access include parts of the Jebel Marra region in Darfur, some of which had remained inaccessible to humanitarian actors for the past seven years. The UN statement has stressed that while full humanitarian access remains a challenge in Blue Nile and South Kordufan states - particularly in areas under the control of armed groups, which remain inaccessible - UN agencies and partners are now able to provide humanitarian assistance in a number of government-controlled areas which were previously blocked. It said this has allowed essential assistance to reach previously underserved communities, including assistance in health, food, nutrition, water, sanitation, child protection, education and mine action. In response to the declaration of famine in parts of South Sudan in February 2017, the UNCT has worked closely with the Government of Sudan to support South Sudanese refugees inside Sudan, as well as to establish and operationalize three humanitarian corridors, facilitating the delivery of essential food aid to South Sudan. The statement said improved engagement between humanitarian actors and the Government of Sudan has recently led to agreement on a set of positive reforms to recruitment procedures for INGOs, increasing their operational independence in the country. The UNCT has also observed increased acceptance for national NGOs working in the field, as well as increased engagement of civil society and the private sector on humanitarian issues. While the UNCT recognizes that regulatory improvements can take time to fully materialize on the ground, and that some issues remain to be addressed, the past months have clearly shown that constructive engagement is the best way to maintain the progress already made, as well as to collectively resolve pending issues. The statement said the UNCT looks forward to the decision that will shortly be taken on the sanctions, and is committed to continue its engagement in order to further improve humanitarian access. It is to be noted that the UN Country Team encompasses all the entities of the UN system that carry out development, emergency, recovery and transition activities in Sudan.

Agriculture State Minister: Meetings of Technical Committee of (AARDO) Programs Important Event
Khartoum, (SUNA) The State Minister of the Agriculture Ministry, Saabri Bakhiet Dawul- Bait stressed the importance of Sudan hosting tothe meetings of the technical committee of the programs of the African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO), referring to the importance of the agriculture sector. During his address to the meetings of the technical committee for the (AARDO) programs, started Sunday morning at HollyDay villa Hotel in Khartoum, in the presence of the undersecretaries of a number of the federal ministries, representatives of the diplomatic missions and the organization's secretary general, the state minister pointed to the Sudan's national resources, water, land and biological diversity a matter which qualifies it to be basket food for both the local and regional levels. He indicated that the government determined to make strategic plans that comply with comprehensive program for the agriculture development in Africa that works for promotion of rural areas residents 2016-2020. He pointed out that the program is in line with the five-year economic reform programs aimed at restoring economic growth at a sustainable rate of 7% on annually average and growth rate of GDP to reach 7.1% by the end of the program. He said that the organization is one of the old models of the south-south cooperation, and plays pioneer role in the field of rural development, and the poverty alleviation. The organization's secretary general Wasfi Hassan Al-Serehein, noted that this fifth meeting of the program preparation committee is held to discuss and evaluate the previous work programs and the technical work programs for the coming years (for three years), noting that the meetings are held alternately in Asia and Africa.

Minister of Minerals: We Encourage Investment in Mineral Processing, we will Prevent Export of Raw Materials
Khartoum, (SUNA) The Minister of Minerals, Professor Hashim Ali Salim indicated that most important recommendations the Government of national reconciliation work to implement is the prevention of export of the Sudan's different raw materials especially the minerals. During his meeting, Sunday, with the official of the (Old Civilizations Company), working in the field of metal mining in the northern state, he added the processing of the raw materials is a priority to the government, beside the encouragement to investors in this field. He noted that the metal industry works in the field of iron scrap recycling while there are millions of tons of iron in Sudan, appreciating the work of the (Old Civilizations Company) in focusing on investment in other minerals than gold. The company's director, Abdul Gadir Mohamed Zaine revealed the great work in the exploration works which has reached the deep digging stage as well as the identification of reserves of up to one billion and two hundred tons of iron.

July 07, 2017

President of Republic Affirms Support to all Official and Popular Efforts to Combat Drugs
Khartoum, (SUNA) The President of the Republic Field Marshal, Omer Al Bashir has affirmed the state's keenness to support all the peoples and official efforts for combating drugs to guarantee the country's safety and security, and preservation of its youth. During his meeting, Thursday, at the Republican Palace, the delegation of national commission for combating drugs, led by Dr. Al Jozouli Dafualla, the commission chairman, said that the president has accepted an invitation for honoring the country's celebration of the international day for combating drugs in 21 st of current month. Dr. Al Jozouli noted in press statements that the celebration aims at reminding of the dangers of drugs that target the country's youth, adding that the president attendance to the celebration indicates the states concern with citizens life as the country's real wealth .


Hassabo Informed on Performance of Commission for Disarmament, Demobilization and Re-Integration
Khartoum, (SUNA)- Vice - President of the Republic, Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman, received in his office at the Republican Palace the General Commissioner for Disarmament, Demobilization and Re-Integration, Gen. Salah Al-Tayeb Awad, and discussed obstacles facing implementation of the commission's program and the projects being given for the demobilized forces and their communities. In a press statement, the General Commissioner has affirmed the importance of increasing finance for the fund, reviewing the situation of the demobilized persons and involving the states in the commission's programs.


FVP chairs meeting of Heads of Ministerial Sectors
Khartoum, (SUNA)-The First Vice-President of the Republic and National Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih presided over meetings of Heads of the Ministerial Sectors and their deputies , and chairmen of the technical committees. Minister of State at Council of Ministers, Jamal Mahmoud said the meetng heard a paper on regulation of organization of the Ministerial Sectors work for the year 2017 and study on development of the Sectors work. He stated that the meeting followed the National Prime Minister's decision on reshuffling the ministerial sectors and appointment of the three deputies of the Prime Minister. He added the regulation takled use of technology in propounding the issues , and contributions of experts and studies centers to preparation of issues. The Minister of State at the Council of Ministers said the meeting was beginning of adopting scientific way in joint work of the ministerial sectors during the coming stage , especially after adoption of program of the national accord government.

July 06, 2017
Ministry of Minerals: UAE Expresses Desire to Invest in Minerals Sector
Khartoum, (SUNA) The United Arab Emirates has expressed desire to invest in Sudan's minerals sector. During his meeting with the high official envoy of the of UAE Ministry of the Presidency Affairs, Ahmed Shamsi, the Minerals Minister, Professor Hashim Ali Salim pointed to the good environment of investment in the minerals sector, referring to more than (30) minerals to invest in on top of which are gold, iron and chrome. The minister revealed the decrease of the gap of gold production and exportation in which the difference between the production and exported gold of 60% decreased to 30% due to the new policies approved by the government which has allowed the purchase and export of gold. The envoy of the UAE Ministry of the Presidency Affairs, Ahmed Al Shamsi has indicated his country's serious desire to invest in the minerals sector, particularly in the gold mining through partnerships in existing companies and the financing to be provided by UAE government. It is to be noted that the visiting delegation will visit a number of the government and the private sector companies to acknowledge ways of partnerships.
Presidency of the Republic Affirms Importance of Implementing State Reform Decisions and Support to Peace process
Khartoum, (SUNA)-The First Vice - President of the Republic and National Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, received in his office at the Republican Palace Wednesday the Assistant of the President of the Republic, Maj. Gen. Abdul-Rahman Al-Saddiq Al-Mahdi, and underscored the importance of implantation of the decisions on state reform and the support to the peace process by ensuring the participation of all the political forces.
In a press statement after the meeting, the Assistant of the President of the Republic said that the meeting has affirmed the importance of providing basic services for the citizens, realization of national accord and implementation of the national dialogue outcome. He indicated that the meeting has underscored the importance of adherence to neutrality on the international issues.
Oil and Gas Minister Welcomes Desire of Russian Gazprom to Invest in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) The Minister of Oil and Gas, Dr. Abdulrhman Osman Abdulrhman has welcomed the Russian investments in the field of oil and gas. During his meeting Wednesday, at his office with the delegation of Gazprom Bank Company the minister expressed readiness of the country to engage in economic partnership with all the world states in the field of oil and gas, while the meeting has discussed the opportunities of investment in this sector. The minister briefed the visiting delegation on the country's oil infrastructure, stressing the ministry's support and facilitation for the investors in sector of oil, noting to the available opportunities in the not licensed squares a matter which would aggrandize the oil revenues through the capable partnerships of experience and financial capabilities. On his part, the head of the Russian company delegation has expressed desire to invest in a number of oil squares in the country referring to the investment encouraging environment in the country. He reviewed the company's activities in a number of states, its financial capability and experience, and its work in the field of minerals in the country, stressing the company efforts to develop its works in the country.
Yemeni Vice - President Lauds Sudan Efforts in Supporting Legitimacy in his Country
Khartoum, (SUNA)-The Yemeni Vice - President of the Republic, Ali Muhsin Salih, has lauded the efforts of Sudan in supporting the legitimacy in his country and its effective participation within the Alliance countries in bolstering the legitimacy in Yemen. This came when he received Wednesday the Ambassador of Sudan to Yemen, Lt. Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Al-Dabi. The meeting has discussed the political developments and the field situation in Yemen, the bilateral relations between the two countries. The Yemeni Vice - President has appreciated the valor and sacrifices given the Sudanese Armed Forces through its effective participation in the Alliance for boosting the legitimacy in Yemen. The Yemeni Vice - President has strongly condemned the aggression and the looting committed by the coupists against Sudan Embassy in Sanaa describing these acts are reflecting the real face of the plotters who disrespect the diplomatic customs and the international charters. He said the coupists are more mover posing a real threat to the international navigation and humanity by their continuous attacks on ships and their looting to the humanitarian aid. Ambassador Al-Dabi has affirmed the continuous participation of Sudan in the Alliance for supporting the legitimacy in Yemen and its keenness to stand alongside Yemen in its tragedy.
He expressed Sudan condemnation of the crimes and violations being perpetrated by the plotters in Yemen, reiterating Sudan readiness to strengthen further the cooperation with sister Yemen.
RASCOM Meetings Kicks off In Khartoum with 20 Countries Participating
Khartoum - The meeting number (68) of the African Sattelite Board of Directors has started in Khartoum whose meetings will continue up to the sixteenth of the current month at the communications tower under the sponsorship of the National Authority of Communications with the participation of the members of Board of Directors who are represneting twenty African countries. The General Manager of the National Authority of Communications, Dr. Yahia Abdallah Mohamed has addressed the events of the inauguration of the said meeting elaborating on the importance of sattelite communications in the African continent for connecting remote places with the services of mobile telephones. Meanwhile Engineer Mustafa Abdulhafiz the director of the General Administration of communication services said Sudan hosts the meeting number (68) of the African Sattelite Board of Directors during the period from 4-6 July 2017 is soponsored by the National Authority of Commuincations.
July 05, 2017
Al Jaz Stresses Sudan Keenness to Remove Obstacles Facing Investors
Khartoum,(SUNA) The Deputy Chairman of the Higher National Committee for the Supervision of the Sudan's Relations with the (BRICS) Countries, Dr. Awad Al Jaz was informed on the progress of performance of Russian (ALLIANCE) gold mining company . Dr. Al Jaz has appreciated during his meeting, Tuesday, at his office the Russian company's delegation, the company's performance in the gold mining, calling for exerting more efforts to achieve more production. He stressed the committee's support and keenness to remove all the obstacles that are facing the work of the investors from the (BRICS) countries working in Sudan in all fields.
AU Summit Appreciates Sudan's National Dialogue and Outcomes
Addis Ababa, (SUNA) The 29th summit of the African union in conclusion of its works, Tuesday, has appreciated the Sudan's national dialogue which has resulted in the formation of a national unity government and the appointment of a prime minister. In Its final communiqué the AU has appreciated the cease-fire and peace agreement signed in Darfur by the United Nations and the African Peace and Security Council in accordance with a decision to withdraw 50 percent of the UNAMID troops from Darfur. Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour indicated that the summit has provided chance to the Vice President of the Republic to meet with a number of the African leaders to review the continent issues. The AU summit in which the Sudan has participated with a delegation led by the Vice President of the Republic, Hassabo Abdul Rahman has concluded its work and issued decision and recommendation Tuesday evening.
Vice-President Meets Ethiopia's Deputy Prime Minister
Addis Ababa-The Vice-President of the Republic, Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman met with Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen at premises of Ethiopia Council of Ministers.The Vice-President said the meeting discussed consolidation of relations between Sudan and Ethiopia and meeting of the Joint Sudanese-Ethiopian High Economic Committee, referring to achievements made by the Committee. Hassabo added that the Committee holds meeting every three months by rotation in Khartoum and Addis Ababa and looks into commercial , investment and traffic issues between the two countries, border issues, railway, use of Port Sudan , movement of banks, opening of Ethiopian commercial bank in Sudan, opening of offices for Sudanese commercial banks in Ethiopia to serve the common interests of the two people. He indicated that political will in the two countries work for widening scope of cooperation and that the two countries are linked by strategic relations. The Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister, on his part, said the relations between Ethiopia and Sudan remarkably developed and that the governments of the two countries are working for interest of the two people. He added the relations between the two governments and nations are at their best stage and became a model for relations of neighboring countries so that, he further added, the two governments are working for boosting them further to cover all fields.
Vice - President Meets Saudi Foreign Minister on Sidelines of African Summit
Addis Ababa, (SUNA)- Vice - President of the Republic, Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman, received in the on the sidelines of the 29th African Summit in Addis Ababa the Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubair, and discussed progress of the firm relations between Sudan and Saudi Arabia and exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern. The Vice - President has described the relations between Sudan and Saudi Arabia as historic and strategic. The meeting also tackled the current differences at the Gulf and Arab arena. Hassabo has affirmed Sudan support to the initiative of the Emir of Kuwait for patching up the rift between the sister countries. He announced that the President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, will visit Saudi Arabia the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar to hold talks with the leaderships of these countries in support of the Kuwaiti initiative. The Saudi Foreign Minister has appreciated the deeply-rooted relations between his country and Sudan and commended the stances of Sudan in supporting Saudi Arabia. He gave a detailed briefing to the Vice - President on the root causes of the current difference at the Gulf. At the end of the meeting, the two sides agreed on reactivating the mechanisms of the cooperation between Sudan and Saudi Arabia for the interest of the two peoples.
July 04, 2017
Ghandour Meets China's Vice Foreign Minister
Khartoum, (SUNA) Foreign Minister, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour met , Monday, the Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming on the sideline of the meetings of African Union in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The meeting has discussed a number of issues that aims at the promotion of the cooperation programs between the two sisterly countries in all fields. The Chinese vice Foreign Minister has expressed relief and satisfaction over the level of relations between the two countries, calling for expanding these fields. He indicated his country readiness to start work of implementation of Khartoum new international airport, and the project of the central slaughterhouse. On his part, Professor Ghandour has expressed the keenness of the Sudan to develop its relations with China, stressing his appreciation to the political and economic support of china to the Sudan, and its support to the Sudan issues in the United Nations, meanwhile, both sides have been satisfied with the bilateral coordination on the level of the multi-parties international arena and organizations.
FVP Briefed on Outcomes of Sudan Participation in Climate and Desertification Conference
Khartoum- The First Vice - President of the Republic and National Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Saleh informed, Sunday, on the results of Sudan's participation in the of Climate - Desertification and Anti-Drought conference recently held in Nairobi and organized by the United Nations in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency - JICA with the participation of the countries of Sahel and Horn of Africa. This came during his meeting, today at the Council of Minister, the Minister of Environment, Rural Development and Natural Resources, Dr. Hassan Abdul-Gadir Hilal, who explained in a press statement the goals of the conference, pointing to the program presented by the Sudan in the conference and approved by the participating countries. Dr. Hilal noted that he also briefed the Prime Minister on the results of Sudan's participation in the Meteorological Conference and the Sudan entry to the era of meteorological technology, and the urgent weather forecasts. He added that the meeting has reviewed the preparations for convening the Conference of Heads of State of the Great African- Green Fence due to be host by Khartoum by the end of current July and with the participation of eleven States.
President Al-Bashir to Visit Russia in Mid Next August
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, will visit Russia in mid next August on the invitation of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, for consolidating the bilateral relations in all fields. In a statement to SUNA, the Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, said that the two sides will discuss during the visit a number of important files on the economic and trade relations as well as the political consultation and the exchange of support at the different international forums, especially that Russia is a major supporter of Sudan issues at the Security Council and other international organizations. Prof. Ghandour indicated that the visit comes at a time when Sudan foreign relations are witnessing inclusive openness to all countries and effective presence at the level of the regional and international organizations.
29th African Union Summit begins with Participation of Vice - President
Addis Ababa, (SUNA)- The 29th Summit of the African Union began Monday at Mandela Hall in the African Union's premises in Addis Ababa with participation of the Vice - President of the Republic, Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman, presidents and heads of state of 29 African countries, the Palestinian President and heads of regional and international organizations. Addressing the summit, the Guinean President and current chairman of the African Union, Alpha Conde, said that implementation of the agenda 2030 - 2063 will contribute effectively to realization of the goals of youth stability and enabling the African countries to build strong economies and achieving inclusive development. He called for the empowerment of youths and women and enabling them to contribute to the decision-making as well as the establishment of efficient health systems to deal with diseases, especially AIDS. President Conde warned that conflicts are still endangering the African citizens, but Africa has determined to silence guns and to solve disputes by advent of the year 2020. He called for realization of financial independence and conducting institutional reform at the African Union to as to be capable of carrying out its role effectively. Meanwhile, the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Musa Fekki, announced before the summit adoption of an initiative for peaceful conflict solution, indicating that some African countries are still suffering from disputes like South Sudan, Somalia, the Central African Republic and other countries, but the African Union has determined to exert maximum efforts for ending these disputes toward achieving comprehensive development. The Deputy UN Secretary General, Amina Mohamed, said in her address to summit the importance of realizing sustainable development and pledged to sponsor a strategic partnership between the United Nations and the African Union toward realization of reform and investment in manpower and effecting change in Africa. The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas Abu-Mazin, has lauded the African countries' support to the legitimate Palestinian cause.
Gandour Discusses with Zambian Counterpart Bilateral Relations
Khartoum, (SUNA) Foreign Minister Professor Ibrahim Ghandour has discussed, Monday , with the Zambian Foreign Minister Harry Kalaba, the future of the bilateral relations with the Republic of Zambia, and the preparations for the visit of the Zambian President, Dr. Edgar Lungu to the Sudan on response to the Presidents' of the Republic, Omer Al- Bashir invitation to frame the cooperation between the two countries, develop the bilateral relations and discuss the various African regional issues. This came on the sideline of participation of Prof. Ghandour in the 29th summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa, while the two ministers have determine to set the dates of the visit through diplomatic channels in both countries.
President of the Republic issues a republican decree on extension of unilateral ceasefire on all military operation scenes
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omar Bashir on Sunday issued a Republican Decree extending the ceasefire on all military operation scenes, starting today the 2nd of July 2017 and ending on October the 31st 2017. The decree argued that the moves comes in continuation of the policies adopted by the government which hold high the values of peace to the detriment of those of war. It added that the presidential decree also comes within the context of implementing the outcome and recommendations of the National Dialogue. It said the decision is also seeking to encourage those who still carry guns to join the peace and National Accord process. The ceasefire is effective as of the date of its signature by the President of the Republic that is the 2nd of July 2017
July 03, 2017
Minister of Minerals Calls For Increase of Production, Exports Diversification
Khartoum - The Minister of Minerals, Prof. Hashim Ali Salim has disclosed that in the recommendations of the national dialogue which have totaled 994 recommendations the share of the Ministry of Minerals have amounted to 58 recommendations stressing that his mission is laying down an executive program for implementing these recommendations throughout the lifetime of the national accord government totaling three years. The minister noted, while addressing Eid congratulations programs held at the Ministry yesterday for the personnel of the ministry, that a plan was laid down for these recommendations and they will be immediately implemented top of which is increasing production and diversifying exports He noted that Sudan has more than 30 minerals of which only 13 are invested top of which is gold which is accorded attention of the state stressing that they are not intending to focus attention on gold only so they laid down the programme for according attention to other minerals.
Prof. Ghandour: Decisions of Security Council and African Peace and Security Council Represent Acknowledgement of Security and Peace in Darfur
Addis Ababa, (SUNA)- The Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, pointed out that the decisions of the Security Council and the African Peace and Security Council to withdraw 50% of the UNAMID forces was considered a clear acknowledgement of the prevalence of security and peace in Darfur region. He said in a statement to SUNA that Sudan is concerned with the issues of peace and security in Africa besides its concern with its own affairs, top of them is the issue of peace. Prof. Ghandour has pointed to the experiment of Sudan in the fields of national dialogue and formation of the national accord government which he described as suitable for realizing national unity and resolving many issues in Africa, top of them are security and peace. He said that the African summit provides a good opportunity for the Vice - President to meet with a number of African presidents and heads of state to discuss Sudan relations with their respective countries. He indicated that the foreign ministers of the IGAD member states will hold a meeting before the African summit in accordance with a decision of the recent IGAD summit, which was attended by the President of South Sudan to follow up implementation of the summit's decisions and recommendations, including the inclusive cease-fire and resumption of the peace negotiations for achieving peace in South Sudan. Prof. Ghandour said that the ministerial council of the African summit has concluded its meetings on Saturday and approved its recommendations which will be submitted to summit on Monday.
Water Resources Ministry Allocates SDG136 Million for Gezira Scheme
Khartoum - The Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity (MWRI) has allocated 136 million pounds to meet the needs of clearing the mud from the irrigation networks, removal of grasses and provision of machines and removal of high bridges. The Undersecretary of Irrigation at the Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity Hassabal-Nabi Musa revealed completion of the removal of 1.9 cubic meters of silts at the upper and lower network at 29% during the period from April 15 to May 27 of the current year, in addition to the removal of 673.7 cubic meters of mud of the canals of upper and lower network at 32.5%. Musa announced the allocation of 17.3 million pounds to provide pipes, doors and maintenance of irrigation channels, explaining completion of the installation of pipes by 95% and the doors by 87% as well as coverage of 4,300 cubic meters with stones, pointing to the allocation of 959,000 pounds to meet the cleanliness of walkways, crossings and siphons. The Undersecretary of Irrigation pointed out that the under-secretariat's plan for the agricultural season 2017-2018 aims at the development of specifications for maintenance, operating and rehabilitation of companies working in clearing the silts and grass, filling the fractures, reinforcing the bridges, supplying and installing the mechanical parts of the irrigation facilities, in addition to the allocation of funds for the summer maintenance works.
Dubai Welcomes Inaugural Badr Airlines Flight
(TradeArabia News Service) Dubai Airports last week welcomed the inaugural flight of Sudanese carrier Badr Airlines coming from capital Khartoum with traditional water salute after it landed at Dubai International Terminal 2. With this launch, Badr Airlines will bring more convenience and choice for the thousands of passengers travelling between Khartoum and Dubai with three weekly flights. Badr Airlines, formerly Sarit Airlines (from 1997 to 2004), operates cargo and passenger air services besides chartered VIP flights and humanitarian aid missions, said the company in a statement. Its main bases are Khartoum International Airport and Sharjah International Airport. Badr has an international office at Sharjah Free Zone (SAIF-Zone), it added.
June 23, 2017
President Al-Bashir Congratulates Prince Mohamed bin Salman on his Selection as Crown Prince
Khartoum, (SUNA)- President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, has sent a congratulatory cable to Prince Mohamed bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, on his selection as the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence
Cooperation Minister Meets Resident Representative of African Development Bank
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Minister of International Cooperation, Ambassador Adris Suliman, met today with the Resident Representative of the African Development Bank in Khartoum, Abdoul Kamara. The meeting reviewed projects and programs financed by the Bank in Sudan, including water, health, education, the capacity building of public finance and macroeconomics, women empowerment, and the projects of combating drought and the provision of livelihoods. Particularly in the states of Kordofan, the Blue Nile and Darfur, in addition to the financing of some studies in the field of railways, water, economic development and agriculture. The resident representative has demanded the publication of the comprehensive families' survey data. On his part, the International Cooperation Minister praised the Bank's continuous efforts in supporting and the country's economic and social development. He pledged the Bank help to the country's programs to move to the phase of development aid and providing assistance to the programs of public and private sectors partnership. Ambassador Adris Suliman, has called on the Bank to contribute in the in the infrastructure projects such as railways, dam construction, support for small producers, the graduates employment , bridging the irrigation gap, and the projects of health and drinking water. The Resident Representative of the African Development Bank in Khartoum, Abdoul Kamara has stressed the role of the International Cooperation Ministry in the coming phase, especially after the expected total lifting of the ban in July, and his role in the mobilization of the support and coordination with other development partners.
First Vice - President Receives US Charge d'Affaires to Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The First Vice - President of the Republic and National Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, received in his office at the Council of Ministers Thursday the American Charge d'Affaires to Khartoum, Steven Koutsis, and discussed progress of the Sudanese - American relations and the issue of the lifting of the American sanctions which is expected to be on July 12, 2017. The American Charge d'Affaires said in a press statement that he has informed the First Vice - President on the outcome of his recent visit to Darfur and the positive development and stability that he felt during the visit. He indicated that the meeting has touched on the existence of the UNAMID mission in Darfur, stating that the First Vice - President affirmed that Sudan government will live up to its role in keeping security and stability in Darfur.
June 21, 2017
President Al-Bashir Meets Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
Mecca, (SUNA)- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, has held a Ramadan Iftar at Al-Safa Palace in honor of the President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, and the accompanying delegation who are visiting Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah. The Iftar was attended by a number of Saudi princes and officials.
Sudan condemns van attack in London's Finsbury Park community
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday expressed its strong condemnation of the vehicle crashing onto people coming out of Finsbury Park mosque in London on June the 18th. The attack targetted group of Muslim worshipers who came out of the mosque after performing the tarawih prayer, leaving many victims dead and injured. The Ministry has described the attack as a crime that is contradicting all human and religious values. The ministry in a statement it issued expressed its sympathy and support for the victims of the aggression, and its support and backing for the people and government of the United Kingdom. It said this incident was a criminal act which showed that terrorism has no religion and that this was a hand that tried to terrorize al innocent people and mar with the lives of innocent people through acts of terror and fear and sowing the seeds of sedition and division among followers of the different faith in the same homeland. The ministry expressed its full solidarity and support and backing for the British government and for any measures it takes to preserve the life and the security and peace of the people. The statement also called on the international community to double efforts for and cooperation with others to counter those terrorist and criminal activities.
Dr. Al-Jaz Discusses Horizons of Cooperation with Brazil
Khartoum, (SUNA)- Deputy Chairman of the National Committee for Sudan Relations with China, India, Brazil and South Africa, Dr. Awad Ahmed Al-Jaz, Tuesday received at his office the Ambassador of Brazil to Sudan and discussed horizons of the cooperation between the two countries and the opportunities of investment in Sudan. In a press statement, Dr. Al-Jaz said that the meeting has discussed the historical relations between the two countries and ways of consolidating them. DR. Al-Jaz indicated that he exposed around 200 projects to the Brazilian side with focusing on the productive and partnership projects taking into consideration the vast potentialities that are available in Sudan. He referred to the tremendous experiences of Brazil in the agricultural field and the scientific research, asserting the desire of Sudan to benefit from Brazil in this domain.
June 20, 2017
Parliament Briefed By Minister of Animal Resouces on Export of Female Animals
Omdurman: The National Assembly has listned in its yesterday session which is chaired By professor Ibrahim Ahmed Omer, the Speaker of the national Assembly to a response of the Minister of Animal Resources & Forestry , Bushara Jumma to the question raised by mp Abulgasim Burtum on exporting female animals The Minister reviewed the decision of the Presidency of the Republic which allows export of both male and female animals due to the increase of demand for animal resources saying that the export is based on restrictions provided the animals are old in age and unproductive. Meanwhile the committee recommended exporting slaughtered sheep and prohibited export of race camel The Minister outlined the number of exported animals from the year 2007 to 2016 The Assembly has also been briefed by the Minister of Industry Dr. Mousa Karama on the project of white Nile Sugar in response to a question raised by mp Khalil Moamed Alsadiq representing Al Giteina constituency whereby the Minister said the factory is located in Al Atshana region and the production has stopped due to the company’s plan of cultication and harvest factories in Sudan noting that the plan works towards avoiding the rainy season and this is true for all sugar. Meanwhile the assembly has approved the report of agriculture , irrigation and animal resources committee which was presented by Engineer Abdalla ali Masar which aims to increase production whereby Masar reviewed the plan of the Ministry for the year 2016 which targets cultivating 40.1 acres
Bakri Honors the annual Iftar of army officers batch 24
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The First Vice President of the Republic, lt Gen Bakri Hassan Salih, on Monday attended the annual Ramadan Iftar thrown by army officer Batch 24 The members of the army batch 24 have congratulated the First Vice President of the Republic, Bakri Hassan Salih, who is appointed Federal Prime Minister expressing him every success in his new post.
President Bashir arrived in Jeddah
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, (SUNA)-The President of the Republic, Omar Bashir, arrived in the Saudi Arabian town of Jeddah and was received upon arrival at the King Abdul Aziz International Airport by the deputy Emir of Mecca area, HRH Abdalla Bin Bandar Bin Abdul Aziz. The Commissioner of Jeddah, Dr Hani bin Mohamed Abou Ras and the Director of the Mecca area police, Gen Saeed Bin Salim al Garni and the Director of King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Abdalla al Rimi as well as the director of royal protocols in Mecca area Ahmed Bin Zafir. Sudan's ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Abdul Basit Al Sanousi, as well as the Consul General in Jeddah,Awad Hassanain
Ahmed Al Fadul, were also at the airport to receive the President and the accompanying delegation.
June 19, 2017
Finance Minister Participates in Asia Bank Meeting in South Korea
Khartoum- The Minister of Finance, Mohamed Osman Al Rikabi, and Governor of the Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS) Hazim Abdel-Gadir participate in the second annual meeting of the council of governors of Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), held in South Korea. The meeting, which was inaugurated by President of South Korea Moon Jae, is held during the period June 16-18. Sudan is considered as one of the countries contributing to the capital of the bank among 80 states from Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and Latin America. The Minister of Finance and CBOS Governor met on the sidelines of the meeting with the President of AIIB and discussed the fields to which the bank can contribute in Sudan, where the bank agreed to extend technical aid to Sudan in various fields. The Asia Bank President welcomed invitation extended to him to visit Sudan, pointing out that he would make the visit during his expected tour of a number of African countries. The bank focuses on development of the productive sectors and projects that constitute the pillars of sustainable development such as energy, roads and bridges and dams.
Agreement to Establish African Center for Gum Arabic in Khartoum
Khartoum - (SUNA) Gum Arabic Council announced an agreement with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Switzerland to establish an African center for Gum Arabic in Khartoum, funded by the United Nations, in September, in conjunction with the establishment of the reference laboratory in Sudan. Secretary General of the Gum Arabic Council, Dr. Abdul Majid Abdul Gadir said that the center aims to serve the issues and care of African countries and provide their needs of Gum Arabic, referring to the efforts of the Embassy of Sudan in Geneva in this regard, adding that it is scheduled to be implemented in September under the auspices of the FVP, National Prime Minister, Bakri Hassan Salih.
Ibrahim Mahmoud affirms existence of wide opportunities for Sudanese-Turkish successful strategic partnership
Khartoum, (SANA) - The Assistant of the President of the Republic and Deputy Chairman of the National Congress (NC) for Party's Affairs Engineer Ibrahim Mahmoud has affirmed existence of broad prospects for the success of strategic partnership between Sudan and Turkey under the great political support of the two countries' leaderships. In a meeting with the Turkish businessmen delegation, in the presence of their Sudanese counterparts, the Investment Minister Mubarak Al-Fadhil and the State Minister at the Ministry of Information Yassir Yousuf, Engineer Mahmoud revealed embark of the concerned parties in the country on the arrangements for receiving the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdo?an in Khartoum during the coming days accompanied by a high-level delegation including the Turkish government and businessmen. The Assistant of the President pointed out that Sudan has a strategic location, tremendous resources and membership in regional Arab and African organizations, explaining that Sudan's integration with Turkey's capital and technologies will provide the necessary guarantees for the success of this strategic partnership between Khartoum and Ankara, where a large market of about half a billion consumers is available for multi-billion dollar products, especially in the fields of agricultural production, stressing that Sudan is qualified to represent the entrance and portal of Turkish products to the African and Gulf markets. The meeting reviewed the investment opportunities and the comparative advantages Sudan enjoys.
President Al-Bashir Affirms State Keenness to Reconcile between Sister Gulf States
Khartoum, (SUNA)- President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, has affirmed Sudan keenness to make good offices for reconciliation between the brothers in the Gulf. At a Ramadan banquet given Sunday at the Guest House by the Presidency of the Republic in honor of the Sheikhs of the Sofi sects, President Al-Bashir called for aborting the conspiracies against the Sunna community in Sudan and to oil the attempts to create seditions and to undermine the unity of rank. He referred to the role of the Sofi sects and their Sheikhs in expanding Islamic Da'awa. President Al-Bashir asserted that the Salvation Revolution program is aimed for disseminating the religious values and the lofty virtues. He indicated that the Sennarist State and the Sufi sects have been the basis for the noble Sudanese morals and deeds and have established the community of morals, chastity and honesty. He announced the plan to establish a committee to receive and to solve the complaints of the Sheikhs of the Sufi sects. Meanwhile, the Assistant of the President of the Republic and Deputy Chairman of the National Congress for the Party's Affairs, Engineer Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid, said that the Sheikhs of Sufi sects have supported the National Salvation Revolution since its advent because it has raised the slogans of the Sennarist and Mahdism States and worked to expand the lofty religious values and principles in the Sudanese communities.
June 16, 2017
Assistant of President Affirms State Keenness to Enhance Micro-Finance Experiment
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Assistant of the President of the Republic and Deputy Chairman of the National Congress for the Party's Affairs, Engineer Ibrahim Mahmoud, has affirmed keenness of the state to enhance the micro-finance experiment toward transferring all the society sectors into productive ones by engagement in the small and medium-scale industries and benefiting from the available experiences and abundant resources. Addressing a festival held Thursday at the Green Park to mark the inauguration of Sawaed Al-Binna initiative, Mahmoud has asserted keenness of the state to remove all the obstacles impeding the increase of productivity. He said that the micro-finance is one of the solutions to overcome the funding problems. The Secretary General of Economic and Social Projects, Dr. Hadia Al-Magzoub, has reviewed in her address the objectives of the micro-finance project, especially the increasing of productivity.
Al-Rahad Agricultural Corporation announces launch of replacement of four pumps at cost of 4 million euros
Medani, (SUNA) - The Director of Al-Rahad Agricultural Corporation Eng. Abdullah Mohammed Ahmed said that irrigation represents the challenges of the corporation, announcing in a statement to SUNA about the start of work in the replacement operations of 4 pumps at a cost of 4 million euros as a first stage. Engineer Ahmed admitted the slowness of removing the mud and weeds, pointing to the stability witnessed by the corporation at the present time despite the poor budgets, praising the continuous contributions of the Presidency of the Republic in the rehabilitation of the project, calling for the need to rehabilitate the asphalt roads within the project and pest control and prevention, especially the African worm as well as the commitment to applying technical packages, praising the role of the Agricultural Research Corporation. The Director of Al-Rahad Agricultural Corporation announced that the plan of the 2017-2018 season targets cultivation of 120,000 feddans with the cotton crop as well as the soybean and maize crops. He called for the return of the money collection and the small irrigation channels to the project management and the standardization of cotton prices to prevent the leakage of the cotton produced by the project, announcing cessation of wheat cultivation with the commitment to encourage the pioneers who grow it in limited areas.
First Vice - President Informed on Plan for Ministry of Mining
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The First Vice - President of the Republic and National Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, received in his office at the Council of Ministers Thursday the Minister of Minerals, Prof. Hashim Ali Salem, and reviewed the plan of the Ministry of Minerals for the coming period and the efforts it is exerting for organizing the traditional mining process. In a press statement, Prof. Salem said that the meeting also discussed the ministry's vision in the exploration of gold by use of mercury and the plan of the ministry for introducing advanced Turkish and German technology in the gold mining. He said that the National Prime Minister has given a directive for launching educational and guidance campaigns for the traditional miners.
Minister of Trade stresses importance of Sudan's accession to WTO
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Trade Hatim Al-Sir has stressed the importance of Sudan's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to become a part of the global trading system. The Minister urged coordination between the Ministry of Commerce and other relevant bodies and preparation of the national economy to meet the WTO challenges. This came during his address at the Cabinet of Ministers Thursday the meeting on the transfer and receiving of the General Secretariat on Sudan Accession to the World Trade Organization, which became a part of the Ministry of Commerce after the issuance of the Republican Decree No. 21 of 2017. For his part, the Minister of International Cooperation Ambassador Idris Suleiman stressed the importance of working hard to enable Sudan meet all the necessary requirements on its set time to facilitate the accession process.
June 15, 2017
Finance Minister praises to Support AAAID activities in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Dr. Mohamed Osman Al-Rikabi met with the Head of the Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID) Mohamed Bin Obaid Al Mazrowei at his office in the Ministry's buildings Wednesday within AAAID efforts to promote Arab food security. The AAAID chairman briefed the Minister on the AAAID vision, mission, objectives and investments, reviewing its investments and companies which are distributed in the Arab countries, explaining the sectors in which the AAAID has been operating including the industrial sector as well as the agricultural and animal production alongside the services sector. Al-Mazrowei also acquainted the Minister with the AAAID efforts to achieve food security, referring to the 3rd Arab Conference for Agricultural Investment, which it organized recently in the Sudan under the honor of President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir. He also briefed him on the conditions of the AAAID investments in sugar and oil and the difficulties facing the sectors, praising the support and concern of the Government of the Sudan with its various activities in the Republic of Sudan. For his part, the minister praised the efforts exerted by the Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development to increase investment in Sudan to back the Sudan economy, explaining that the AAAID can play major role in the field of food security for its position and experience in this domain by exploiting the expertise and capabilities in Sudan, pointing to the importance of establishing a fund to serve development in Sudan in cooperation with the Arab funds to support small farmers in the Arab world, stressing the importance of raising production and productivity for the Arab citizen. The Minister pledged to provide all possible assistance to the Arab authority and its companies in the headquarters country to carry out its activities aiming at enhancing Arab food security and achievement of the initiative of the President of the Republic through the optimal use of agricultural resources in Sudan.
Minister of Industry: Next period will witness more coordination and cooperation with the industrial sector
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Industry Dr. Musa Mohamed Karama underlined that the coming period will witness more coordination and cooperation with the industrial sector, holding of regular meetings with each chamber separately and study its recommendations in order to be implemented, pledging to make every effort to pass the Industrial Development Law. This came during his discussion Wednesday with the Chairman and members of the Federation of Chambers of Industry headed by Muawiya al-Berair difficulties facing the industrial sector. The Minister of Industry revealed that field visits would be paid to the factories to get informed on the impediments facing each sector on the ground, "There are obstacles and challenges facing the industrial sector, but we are optimistic to overcome these challenges through close coordination with all relevant parties," he said, praising the role of the both public and private industrial sectors in achieving social responsibility and opening employment opportunities for youth. For his part, the delegation of the Federation of Industrial Chambers urged approval of the Industrial Development Law as soon as possible as it is relied on to solve all the problems facing the industrial sector, stressing the importance of coordination with the Ministry of International Cooperation to provide development funding through the international funds, supporters and donors, pledging to work with the Ministry of Industry with the spirit of one team to achieve the joint goals.
Minister of Agriculture affirms his ministry commitment to provide inputs to agricultural season in North Kordofan State
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry DR. Abdullatif Al-Ajeimi has stressed his ministry's commitment to provide all inputs to the agricultural season in North Kordofan State, pointing to the importance of introducing crop varieties structure, particularly maize in agricultural projects in the state. During his meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Resources and Rural Development in North Kordofan State Engineer Al-Nour Awad Al-Karim called for close coordination relations between all relevant parties to ensure the success of the agricultural season, stressing that the introduction of the crop varieties structure in the state is the right trend as well as the need to introduce the integrated solutions and technological packages. Engineer Awad Al-Karim said, in a statement to SUNA, that he briefed the minister on the preparations and plan of the state for the new agricultural season and the completion of the previous plan, explaining that the meeting came within the framework of deliberation to secure production inputs for the agricultural season. Engineer Awad Al-Karim said that the meeting underscored necessity of meeting the actual needs of the agricultural inputs before rainfall, asserting the importance of changing the agricultural work patterns through the introduction of modern technologies and enforcement of successful models in the agricultural field.
Strengthening of Economic Cooperation between Sudan and UAE
Khartoum - Investment Minister, Mubarak Al-Fadil discussed, during his meeting with UAE Ambassador Hamad Mohamed Al-Junaibi, ways to strengthen and develop economic cooperation between the two countries, especially the increase in the flow of UAE investments in the country. The meeting stressed the importance of investment in the economic mobility of resources and its role in the issue of food security, and the need to direct resources especially in the fields of agricultural production to food security issues, pointing to the growing volume of UAE investments in Sudan in various investment sectors and their contribution to increase production. The UAE ambassador affirmed the relations of joint cooperation between the two countries and the role of investment in its development in the interest of mutual interests. Minister of Investment stressed the ministry's keenness to attract more UAE investments for its role in introducing modern technologies and developing production systems, pointing out to the continuous efforts to deepen the role of investment in the national economy. He praised the continuous communication and coordination between the ministry and the UAE embassy in investment issues and removing obstacles facing the UAE investments in Sudan.
June 14, 2017
President Bashir returns home following participation in IGAD Extraordinary Summit
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The President of the Republic Omar Bashir on Tuesday returned to Khartoum from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he led the Sudan delegation the IGAD Extraordinary summit meeting called for by Ethiopia prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalign to discuss the situation in South Sudan. The President was received at the airport by the First Vice President and Federal Prime Minister, Bakri Hassan Salih, and a number Federal Ministers and senior officials. Dr Abdul Malik Al Birair, Director of the Department for Political Affairs and Media at the Republican Palace told the media upon the return of the delegation that the president briefed the summit on the most recent development in South Sudan and their impact on the Sudan and other neighboring countries. He said the president said it was imperative to implement the peace agreement signed by the parties in south sudn and that all political forces be involved in the peace process to achieve peace and stability and security in south Sudan. He said the president has referred to south Sudanese refugees Sudan is hosting and how they are being treated on equal footing as the Sudanese citizens. He added that the president of the republic has briefed the IGAD leaders about the support being provided by the south Sudan government to rebel elements against the Sudan, threatening security and stability in the country and particularly in Darfur state, as shown by recent aggression in that region of the Sudan. Brair has meanwhile referred to several meetings held by the President of the republic on the sideline of the summit, including a meeting with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Haile Mariam Desalign, and another meeting with the Somali Prime minister. He said in each of those meeting bilateral relations and issues of mutual interests were discussed. He further pointed to the final communique issued at the end of the summit meeting and which called for the full implementation of the peace agreement signed by the southern parties and also to the fact that the summit has welcomed the National Dialogue initiative as launched by the President of South Sudan, Salva kiir.
IGAD appreciates the great role played by the Sudan in hosting south Sudan refugees
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, (SUNA)- The extraordinary IGAD summit meeting which concluded session here Monday, has appreciated Sudan's role in hosting south Sudanese refugees who fled their country following the clashes there and for treating them on the same ground as Sudanese citizens.
Ambassador Jamal Al Sheikh, Sudan's ambassador to Ethiopia, told the Sudan News Agency SUNA that the summit has commended the opening of Sudanese humanitarian corridors to forward relief to the affected civilians in south Sudan. He said the summit has also underlined that IGAD would continue cooperating with partners and that it has decided to take concrete steps in this regard. He referred to the outcome of the summit which stand out as a qualitative move in how to deal with the crisis in south Sudan
Investment Minister Affirms Important Role of Private Sector in Realizing Economic Development
Khartoum - The Minister of Investment, Mubarak Al-Fadil, has affirmed his ministry’s keenness on introduction of advanced agricultural technologies through the investment in the agricultural sector as well as expanding the pharmaceutical industries as a strategic trend for indigenizing medicines production in the country. The Minister discussed during his meeting at his office yesterday with the Palestinian Ambassador to Sudan, Dr. Samir Abdul-Gabir, preparations for a visit by a delegation of the Palestinian Agency for International Cooperation and a number of Palestinian businessmen and experts to Sudan in next July. The Palestinian Ambassador explained that the visit of the delegation aims at exploring the investment opportunities in Sudan, indicating that the delegation would discuss the possibility of establishing a pilot farm for the production of medicinal plants, which, he said, is one of the biggest Palestinian exports, besides establishment of pharmaceutical factories. The Minister of Investment indicated that the policies of his ministry are based on facilitating and expediting the procedures of investment, presenting a number of options pertinent to investment in the pharmaceutical industries sector and the possibility of partnerships with the private sector, affirming the important role of the private sector in realizing economic development and mobilization of resources. He affirmed keenness of the Ministry of Investment on extending all possible facilities for making the visit of the delegation of the Palestinian agency a success.
Al Gaili Industrial Town will be Ready for Investors from Abroad
Khartoum- Minister of Industry Dr. Musa Mohamed Karama has affirmed readiness of his ministry to extend all the necessary support to all industrial projects of Khartoum State, including establishment of an industrial park at the industrial area at Suba and setting up of Al Gaili Industrial Town over an area of 150 million square meters and providing it with all required services. The Minister pointed out during a meeting with Governor of Khartoum State Gen. Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein that Al Gaili industrial town would be ready for receiving investors from abroad after the anticipated economic openness, indicating that Khartoum State, with its political, industrial and urban weight and the services available in it, is considered as the leading state in attracting investments. The Minister reiterated readiness for coordination with Khartoum State to boost industry through training and capacity building as part of the National Project for Sustainable Industrial Development. The Governor of Khartoum State presented a briefing on the industrial projects being implemented by the state, which are represented in establishment of industrial towns at Suba and Al Gaili areas, disclosing that the state has 10 industrial towns and that plans are being made for making Suba industrial area as a model for industrial parks. He said the coming stage would also witness establishment of Al Gaili industrial town, which would comprise a number of industrial parks for the various types of industries. State Minister at the Ministry of Industry Dr. Abdou Dawoud Suliman, on his part, affirmed that the National Project for Sustainable Industrial Development aims at training of 60,000 of skilled industrial manpower, saying that the training program would be carried out in coordination with Khartoum State to benefit from the vocational training centers that are present in the state, besides the Industrial Research and Consultancy Center, the technical arm of the ministry.
Khartoum State Presents Its Plan for Investment in Livestock, Agriculture and Industry
Khartoum - Governor of Khartoum State, Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein, presented plan and vision of his state on investment in livestock fields to increase production and increase exports in line with the directives of the senior leadership to achieve the outcomes of the five-year economic reform program. This came during his meeting here yesterday with the Minister of Animal Wealth, Bushara Juma Aror and a number of officials, where the governor confirmed that the ministry of animal wealth is the main axis to support development and the national economy. For his part, the Minister of Animal Wealth directed to form a committee and a working group to begin implementation of the plan, praising the role of the state government as a model in the establishment of projects. Minister of Industry and Investment, Abdullah Ahmed Mohamed Al Shaigi presented an investment map for the state, revealing the opportunities available for investment in the production and manufacture of poultry, dairy, fodder and leather, praising the role of the state in the development of productive projects. For his part, Minister of Agriculture in the State of Khartoum, Dr. Mohammed Saleh Jabir confirmed the readiness of his ministry to implement programs and plans to develop the sector to increase production and productivity.
June 13, 2017
IGAD extra-ordinary summit meeting kicks off
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, (SUNA)- The extraordinary summit meeting of the intergovernmental authority for development IGAD to tackle the situation in South Sudan, kicked off here Monday with the participation of President Omar Bashir, along with president Museveni of Uganda and the vice president of south Sudan Taban Deng and Prime minister of Ethiopia Haile Mariam Desalign. The summit, the 31 extraordinary session, was called for by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Desalign to discuss the security situation in South Sudan, the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation and the resumption of the National Dialogue in South Sudan. The opening of the summit was addressed by Prime Minister Desalign who welcomed the participants, expressing his hope they would reach a solution to the question of south Sudan calling for the full implementation of the peace agreement signed by the parties concerned in south Sudan and stressed that the reinvigoration of the summit is the sole means to restore stability and revive the economy and instill security in south Sudan. Prime Minister Desalign has stressed that the national dialogue in south Sudan should be an all-inclusive process that leaves no body out, saying IGAD works in one voice to find solution for the south sudn situation saying it was imperative to resume the ceasefire and observe a cessation of hostilities there by the different parties The Prime minister has pointed out to the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation there and the lack of improvement in humanitarian situation while at the same time the circle of violence has widened, impeding the implementation of the agreement signed by the parties in the south, urging partners to work in one spirit for the resolution of the conflict in south Sudan. Participants who addressed the session have outlined the need to fully implement the peace agreement signed by the parries and to engage in the national dialogue while at the same time observing the ceasefire and the cessation of hostilities there, stressing the only guarantee was the IGAD. South Sudan representative, vice president Taban Deng, said the summit was coming at an appropriate timing, given the rapid developments witnessed by South Sudan. It is to be noted that the summit saw the participation of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Vice President Taban Deng of south Sudan, Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalign of Ethiopia, Mohamed Ali Yusuf, Foreign Minister of Djibouti, Amina Mohamed Foreign Minister of Kenya beside representatives of the UN and AU.
Aror Welcomes Cooperation with FAO in Animal Resources Development
Khartoum- (SUNA) The Minister of Animal Resources Bishara Jumaa Aror has welcomed the activation of comprehensive cooperation in the animal resources' sector with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). During his recent meeting with the FAO Resident Representative Baba Jana Ahmed, Aror expressed his ministry readiness to implement the joint plans and programs for the development of the animal resources' sector with the FAO. The minister said that, in the framework of his recent visit to the State of Norway, he discussed with the FAO Director-General the joint issues and extended invitation to him to visit Sudan. For his part, the FAO Resident Representative in Sudan stressed the FAO concern and its willingness to support all animal resources' projects in Sudan. The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Animal Resources Dr. Kamal Taj Al-Sir underlined the ministry's efforts to establish the comprehensive animal census before the end of this year.
National Prime Minister: State Reform Program is Continuous Process
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The First Vice - President of the Republic and National Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, has affirmed the National Assembly's concern with the policies and programs of the national accord government. Addressing the National Assembly Monday, Lt. Gen. Salih announced that the national accord government will appoint a commissioner for the Corruption Combating Commission. He affirmed the government resolution to increase the productivity by focusing on the use of the technological packages, enhancing the citizens' living conditions, concern with the food strategic reserve, The First Vice - President and National Prime Minister said that the state reform is a continuous process and comes in implementation of the national dialogue outcome. He stressed the importance of cooperation between the legislative and executive authorities for implementing the national dialogue outcome and the programs of the national accord government. He indicated that the local government system is the best one for providing services.
Minister of Intl Cooperation underlines fair distribution of foreign aid to all states to achieve qualitative and geographical balance
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of International Cooperation the Ambassador Idris Suleiman stressed the importance of benefiting from foreign aid and to be directed to the development projects by focusing on the states that have recently suffered difficulties such as the states of Darfur and eastern Sudan, pointing out the fair distribution of aid to all states to achieve qualitative and geographical balance. In a press statement following the workshop held Monday at the Corinthia Hotel in Khartoum on the coordination of efforts between the Government of Sudan and the organizations working in the field of European aid, the Minister said that Sudan has been seeking a development partnership through close links with the European Union and national and international civil society organizations as well as development of one strategy for the management of foreign aid to avoid intersections that occurred in the past, adding that the Ministry of International Cooperation is considered as the focal point in the country's dealings with the international organizations and looking forward to establish an encouraging working relationship with the European Union. The minister stressed that the workshop aims to identify the needs of Sudan with partners to employ and guide the aid towards the development projects in the field of education, health, water and capacity building of cadres at the federal and state level. The Ambassador Suleiman pointed out to the Sudan's entitlements to the international community as a result of hosting of about 5 million Africans, including two million as refugees and three million as workers, revealing that Sudan is a donor country providing all services to residents in Sudan, calling for the importance of assistance exchange between it and the donor countries to achieve the desired benefit.
June 12, 2017
Ghandour in Norway for the Oslo forum on peace
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The Minister for Foreign Affairs, professor Ibrahim Ghandour, arrived in Oslo Norway on Sunday in response to an invitation by the Norwegian minister for Foreign Affairs to take part in the Oslo forum on peace in which a number of foreign ministers and people concerned with peace around the world are taking part. The forum is set to take place there from June 12th to the 14th of the same month.The Minister is due to meet his Norwegian counterpart on the sideline of the Forum and also to hold meetings with a number of businessmen and corporates in Norway.
President Bashir honors the Presidency annual Ramadan breakfast
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The President of the Republic, Omar Bashir, on Sunday honored the annual Ramadan Iftar Breakfast organized by the Presidency of the Republic. The event was also attended by the First Vice President of the Republic and the Federal Cabinet Minister, Lt Gen Bakri Hassan Salih, as well as a number of federal Ministers and government officials beside leaders of political parties, Sophie leaders and Islamic and Christian religious leaders. Leaders of regular forces, media, diplomatic corps and media and civil societies attended the event which was convened at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum.
Khartoum State: Strategic partnership projects with GIAD Zadna
Khartoum, (SANA) - The Wali (governor) of Khartoum Lt. Gen. Engineer Abdul-Rahim Mohammed Hussein has held an extensive meeting with the two groups of GIAD and Zadna on production strategic partnership in the presence of the Ministers of Finance and Economy, Industry and Investment and the Urban planning and Infrastructure. The meeting discussed a number of projects related to this partnership including the operation and management of the river transport project by GIAD as a public transportation and tourism project. The meeting stressed the importance of moving forward to complete the steps of operating this project. The meeting also discussed the projects of production augmentation for export and internal food security by expanding the Irtigaa (Ascending) Project in North Omdurman besides expansion in the production of calves for meat production with a modern and integrated slaughterhouse that achieves the highest levels of animal products. The agreement also focused on the activation of the partnership for starting implementation of fish farming project, development of the state structures in the field of poultry production, improvement of horticultural products for export and establishment of advanced center for this purpose. The meeting also discussed other issues related to the development of the performance of the Khartoum Water Corporation and support of the state hygiene project by providing machineries and containers for the project.
President Heads Meeting of Higher Committee on Relations with Russia, China and India
Khartoum-President Omar Bashir on Sunday headed the meeting of the Higher Committee on Relations with Russia, China and India and at the end of which the meeting decided to add each of Brazil, and South Africa dossiers to be handled by the same committee. The Deputy chair of the committee, Dr. Awad Ahmed Al Jazz, said following deliberations the meeting headed by President Bashir, decided to add the dossiers of Brazil and South Africa to the same Committee thus the committee will supervise the dossiers of five count4ries namely Russia, China, India, Brazil, and South Africa with the view to further cement Sudan's relations with these countries He said the president has instructed the committee to go forwards with strengthening partnership with these countries in a way that would be beneficial to the two sides. Dr Al Jazz noted the particular relations Sudan enjoys with each of these countries. He said he briefed the committee, headed by President Bashir, as to the progress of relations with these countries and the partnership between them and the Sudan.

June 08, 2017

Sudan Allocates 2,4 Million Feddans for Largest Agricultural Scheme
KHARTOUM) - (Sudan Tribune) The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir Tuesday has issued a presidential decree to allocate 2,4 million feddans of land in the River Nile State for a national agricultural scheme. Sudan has 175 million feddans of arable land, 118 million feddans of natural grassland nature and 102 million head of livestock. The feddan is a unit of area equivalent to 1.038 acres (0.42 ha). The proposed scheme at Wadi Al-Hawad valley, which extends from the eastern plains of Al-Butana to the River Nile State, would be the largest agricultural scheme in Africa under one management. In 2015, Sudan’s National Investment Authority (NIA) said Al Dhahirah Agricultural Holding Company, a leading farming and animal production company from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has expressed its desire to invest $10 billion in the Wadi Al-Hawad project. According to the presidential decree, the Wadi Al-Hawad project, which has been described as “national project for integrated development”, would be administered at the federal level. The presidential decree provided to enact a law determining the purpose of the project, how it would be administered and how its revenues would be distributed. It also prohibits infringement on the rights of the existing landowners within the boundaries of the project, detailing ways to engage them in investment partnerships and how their revenues would be determined. During the meetings of the 3rd Arab Economic and Social Development Summit in Riyadh in 2013, al-Bashir launched an initiative to achieve Arab food security through offering investment opportunities in agriculture and livestock in Sudan. Last year, Sudan has allocated 1 million feddan in Upper Atbara and Setait Project, which is expected to start production at the end of 2016, for Saudi Arabia government investment. In May 2015, Sudan said it offered UAE’s companies $59 billion investment opportunities mainly in agricultural projects.
Housing Development Fund seeks to strengthen its external partnerships to benefit from investments and expertise
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Acting Secretary-General of the National Fund for Housing and Development Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Tayib Ayoubeh has said that the fund sought to strengthen external partnerships to benefit from foreign investment and expertise. Dr. Ayoubeh said, during the Annual Occasion of Ramadan Fasting organized by the Fund Staff Tuesday, that the Arab Union for Investment and Real Estate Development would be the key supporter of housing projects and real estate development in Sudan in the coming period as it is a country of residence and has great opportunities for investment in this sector, pointing out to the leading positions Sudan assumed in the union in the forefront of which the taking over of Dr. Gholamuddin Osman the duties of the First Deputy Chairman of the Union as well as the assumption of the position of the Secretary General of the Union. Dr. Ayoubeh explained that the plans and programs of the fund included the concern with the implementation of productive rural housing projects, application of cooperative housing models by taking advantage of the experiences of brotherly and friendly countries and cooperation between the fund and the professional associations as well as the techniques of construction alternatives and media. He said that the fund studied ways to benefit from international experiences to implement models of integrated solutions housing projects that include the provision of shelter with agro-industrial livelihoods projects.
Minister of Foreign Affairs: solution of Halaib question at the hands of two presidents
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Ghandourو has said the resolution of the question of Halaib remains in the hands of he heads of state of the two countries, Sudan and Egypt, stressing that the solution should either be by direct dialogue between the two or via an international arbitration. Ghandour told the parliament, while reviewing his ministry's performance for the past period of the fiscal year, 2016-2017, that relations between Sudan and Egypt should be seen within their geographical and historical dimensions and that preserving them at the darkest of periods should be in observance of the interests of the two peoples of the Nile valley. Ghandour has meanwhile urged Sudanese traditional gold miners to keep away from crossing into Egyptian border. He said combating illegal migration and human trafficking is the responsibility of the government.
Commenting on the current gulf crisis, Ghandour has st4ressed that Sudan would work to mend the fences between its sisters and brothers and that he was sure that the leaders of those countries would reconcile as what bound them is more than blood kinship.
June 07, 2017
Second Five-Year Plan: State's Concern with agriculture is a top priority for food security and export support
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The report on the evaluation of the performance of the second five-year plan 2012-2016, which was discussed by the National Council for Strategic Planning, focus on the production and agriculture. The report stressed that the means of agricultural data need a census and accurate survey enable translation of the state's concern with agriculture with its both husbandry and animal sections as the top priority for food security and export support in accordance with the five-year program. The report revealed that some states showed self-sufficiency in cereals, vegetables, meat and dairy, explaining existence of surplus in some states with a gap in others a matter necessitates encouragement and development of state trade and marketing mechanisms. The report pointed out that the year 2015 witnessed a decline in the rate of inflation for the year 2014 by 20%, revealing that South Darfur state registered the lowest inflation rate of 7.1, whereas the rate of inflation in the states ranged between 7.1 - 45.6. The report referred to the high inflation rates in North Kordofan and Sinnar states a matter needs to be studied. The report also pointed out that the area of rain-fed agriculture decreased in 2015 compared to 2014 due to the scarcity and fluctuation of rainfall, the continuous waste of irrigation water, the lack of optimal exploitation of river water and groundwater, which has a clear impact on the decreasing areas targeted by agriculture, which in turn can cause food gaps that are difficult to avoid.
Minister of Intl Cooperation stresses importance of strengthening external partnerships to open wider horizons for international cooperation
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of International Cooperation Ambassador Idris Suleiman underlined, in his ministry's performance report for the year 2016-2017 before the National assembly, the ministry determination to strengthen external partnerships to open wider horizons for international cooperation and the shift from humanitarian aid to early recovery and development. The report pointed out to the activities carried out through bilateral cooperation including signing of documents of the Japanese grant to buy vegetable dryers at 101 million dollars, signing of a memorandum of understanding with Germany at 51 million euros in the field of displaced persons and refugees and ratification of a number of agreements signed with the Japan's International Cooperation Agency on Kassala Water, Kosti Water and the agreements of the agricultural development infrastructure at the Northern State. The report also comprised the most important participations mainly holding of meetings with the United Nations organizations and the European Union. The ambassador Suleiman revealed the challenges facing his ministry such as the completion of governance for external aid as well as consolidation of coordination with the development partners and working to increase development partners by attracting more resources and focusing on national execution of projects.
SSWA Inaugurates Video Communications System
Khartoum - Secretary-General of the Secretariat of the Sudanese Working Abroad (SSWA), Karar Al-Tuhami inaugurated video conference system from the Consulate General of the Republic of Sudan in Dubai.Al-Tuhami expressed his happiness with the start of the system of through the virtual room (video conference) as one of the most important results of the conference of Sudanese scientists and competencies abroad, which was held in Khartoum last February, stressing that the system of communication that began yesterday provides the opportunity to transfer knowledge and experience in the easiest ways and enables the SSWA to communicate directly with Sudanese scientists and experts in the Gulf region and hold workshops and specialized conferences without the need to come to Sudan. Director of Knowledge Transfer Department, Osman Hassan announced the completion of all technical arrangements for the start of the project, while members of the diplomatic mission in Dubai praised the project.

Al-Basher Issues Decree establishing a national project for integrated development in Wadi Al-Hawad in Nahr El-Neil State.
Khartoum 6-6-2017 (SUNA) The President of the Republic, Field Marshal, Omar al-Bashir, issued, Tuesday, a decree allocating two million four hundred thousand feddans in Wadi Al-Hawad in Nahr El-Neil State for the establishment of a national project for integrated development . The decree stipulates the establishment of a law defining the management of the Wadi Al-Hawad project and its purposes . The decree prohibits infringement of the rights of owners of agricultural land located within the boundaries of the project and details the formulas of their making investment partnerships

June 06, 2017
World Bank Grant Sudan Sum of US$4999000
Khartoum - Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has yesterday signed a grant agreement with the World Bank to the value of 4999000 US Dollars towards financing the project of enhancing the management of financial policies at the States. Under the agreement the Ministry of Finance shall pay the local component amounting to 135 million Sudanese pounds while the term of the project shall be three and a half years. Signed for Sudan government was the Minister of Finance General Dr. Mohamed Osman Al Rikabi while the manager World Bank office in Khartoum signed for the world Bank. The project aims to improve the efficiency of financial policies management in a manner that comprises integrity , and transparency in exploiting public financial resources towards reducing corruption opportunities in the selected states , these are The Red Sea , The River Nile m North Kordofan and Sennar. The Minister of Finance General Dr. Al Rikabi has affirmed the world bank's support to development projects in Sudan highlighting the role of the said project in boosting states' transfers and realizing transparency of the budget. For his part the World Bank country manager in Khartoum has affirmed continuation of cooperation with Sudan noting that the World Bank has financed has financed a number of projects in Sudan to the value of 140 million Dollars.
Al Bashir Reiterates Call on Arms Holders to Renounce Violence and Join the National Building Process
Khartoum- President of the Republic and Chairman of the National Council for Strategic Planning Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir has reiterated call on the arms holders to renounce violence and join the national building process.
Addressing the first session of the National Council for Strategic Planning for the year 2017 convened at the Republican Palace yesterday, Al Bashir said peace will remain as our biggest achievement of which we are proud and continuously endeavor to boost continuation of dialogue among the people of the homeland and among all political components on the society to realize development and improve the livelihood of the people. Al Bashir added that the call for durable peace will not prevent us from endeavoring to build and develop the military capabilities and the defence system to guard peace, noting that the government will continue its efforts through the third plan to build the Armed Forces in accordance with the highest standards of quality. President Al Bashir affirmed readiness of the Armed Forces, the Rapid Support Forces and all security organs to perform their duty at any time, hailing the big role being assumed by the Armed Forces in restoring the legitimacy in Yemen and combating terrorism, stressing that they will press ahead with this participation until it realizes its objectives. President Al Bashir noted that the National Dialogue, with its political and societal components, have provided answers to issues that have remained controversial since the independence of the country, saying that commitment by all to the outcome of the dialogue would lead to promoting the concept of the affiliation to the homeland an respecting its sanctities and reflecting its bright image internally and abroad. President Al Bashir referred to Sudan’s contribution to mapping out of the 10-year African strategic plan 2023, saying that Sudan is classified as among the five best African countries in strategic planning process, directing the Secretariat General of the Strategic Planning to prepare a report on the situation of the implementation of the 10-year African plan to be presented to the coming meeting of the African leaders. Al Bashir indicated that the outcome of the National Dialogue would be incorporated in the the strategic plan of the state for the period 2017-2020. He directed that the third strategic plan (2017-2020) should adopt a vision of development for improving the living conditions of the people through a trend for development projects that help achieve this goal, affirming that the state will spare no efforts in reducing the cost of living for the citizens in a view to realizing their aspirations for the society of abundance and justice. The President of the Republic affirmed that the successes that have been realized by the Sudanese people through the second five-year plan are considered as the fruits of the political, economic and social stability the country has witnessed. This stability emanated from the fulfillment of the peace agreements in a smooth and responsible manner by the signing parties and the positive transformation in the country’s foreign relations, Al Bashir said. He pointed out that the third five-year plan targets realization of national accord through implementation of the outcome of the National Dialogue, adding that the supreme goal of the plan is realization of peace all over the country and national security, development, reconstruction of what had been destroyed by the war, good governance and a political system based on democratic participation that leads to responsible political partnership for realizing renaissance in the country. President Al Bashir lauded the Secretariat General for Strategic Planning for its efforts in mapping out the third plan for 2017-2020, saying that it has realized great success in incorporating the outcome of the national dialogue. Al-Bashir noted that the plan also included the recommendations of the Conference on Assessmet of the Decentralized Rule, adding that the country, despite challenges has been able to realize big successes in all sectors based on strategic planning.
President Al Bashir said the third plan should include in its goals the efforts and policies of rehabilitation of the macro economy besides adoption of the policies of production and productivity in the main sectors of the economy and raising the capacities of the produces.
Industry Minister Urges Industrial Research Center to Put its Research in Practical Implementation
Khartoum- Minister of Industry Dr. Musa Mohamed Karamah has got acquainted with the activities and programs of the Industrial Research and Consultancy Center. The Minister urged the center to put its studies and research in practical implementation, saying that the center is a mainstay for the development of the industry, which is the driving force of the national economy. He directed the center to focus on practical research in the field of renewable energies besides training and capacity building and giving concern to industry in the various states of Sudan. The Minister urged the center in coordination with the universities and technical institutes to give concern to the industrial innovations of students. State Minister at the Ministry of Industry Dr. Abdou Dawoud Suliman, on his part, affirmed that the Industrial Research and Consultancy Center, which works for the development of the industrial sector, implemented a number of projects last year including modernization of its research laboratories at the rate of 80% besides implementation of the national project for sustainable industrial development.
Omdurman National Bank Opens Five New Branches in Kassala and Khartoum States
Khartoum- Omdurman National Bank (ONB) opened last week five new branches in Kassala and Khartoum States, in a view to realizing balanced development and spreading the bank’s branches and its services in a way that copes with the big financial and and banking capabilities of the ONB. The inauguration of the Branch of Omdurman National Bank in Kassala town was attended by Acting Governor of Kassala State Dr. Idriss Al Faki Ali and a number of the leaderships of the executive and administrative work in the state, besides companies and the banking sector as well as big gathering of citizens and prominent figures of the society of the state. Dr. Idriss, addressing the inauguration ceremony, praised the great role being assumed by the ONB in boosting the national economy and undertaking implementation of roads and dams projects in Kassala State. The Director General of the Bank, Dr. Abdel-Hameed Mohamed Jamiel, also adressed the occasion, referring to the capabilities of the Bank as the biggest of the Sudanese banks, stressing that ONB accords due concern to the real economy in the fields of industry, agriculture, services, ifrasturcture projects and development and rehabilitation. Meanwhile, the Deputy Director General of the Bank, Yahya Mohamed Mukhtar, opened the Bank’s Ebaid Khatim Branch on Martyr Ebaid Khatim Road in Khartoum. He also inaugurated a new branch of ONB at Al Kalakla Alfa suburb, Jabal Awalia Locality, Khartoum State, in the presence of Ustaza Faiza Gaiballah, representing the commissioner of the locality. In Khartoum North town, the Commissioner of Khartoum North Locality, Maj. Gen. Hassan Mohamed Hassan, opened the new branch of the Bank in Khartoum North town (Bahri) in the market area, lauding the role of ONB in financing many national projects with high efficiency. The Sudan University for Science and Technology also witnessed opening of a new branch of the Bank, which is located at the western wing of the university, in the presence of the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Rashid Mohamed Al Hassan. Prof. Al Hassan affirmed the pioneering role of the Bank in financing the projects of the university and extending banking services to the staff and students. The Director General of ONB affirmed that the Bank would press ahead with boosting the national economy by financing big projects as well as availing wide area for microfinancing.
Foreign Ministry Issues Statement on Step of Arab Countries to Cut Relations with Qatar
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Monday issued a statement on the decision of a number of Arab countries to sever their relations with the State of Qatar. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its regret over the decision of a number of sister Arab countries on June 5, 2017, which are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the legitimate government of the Republic of Yemen to cut their diplomatic relations with sister Qatar. The Foreign Ministry described the decision of the five sister Arab countries to sever their diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar as a sorrowful development between a number of sister and dear countries to the hearts of the Sudanese people and the entire Arab nation. The statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reads that " based on its role that is stipulated by religion, the blood relation and the common history, and based on enshrined principles for protecting and defending the stability and security of the entire Arab arena in general and the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council especially, Sudan calls for self-restraint and works to surpass the differences through the known wisdom and experience for the sake of protecting the interests of the Arab countries and peoples". The statement has affirmed Sudan absolute confidence on the desire and capability of the Arab brothers to surpass the current crisis. The Foreign Ministry has expressed Sudan full readiness to exert every possible effort and endeavor to cooperate with all the brothers to effect calmness, halt the escalation and to achieve reconciliation and restoring the relations and issues to their normal course toward guaranteeing the supreme interests of the peoples of the region.
While Suzie Garai, who works for number of American companies, pledged to play the role of facilitator, to link Sudanese business companies to its US counterpart. The participants agreed that remittance of money and banking transactions are the only obstacles between Sudan US business relations. SBEF has revealed that 82% of development projects were allocated to the private sector according to the Public Private artnership policy. The recommendation of the workshop focused on educating businessmen to use modern technology in dealing with international business houses.
March 01, 2017
Agreement on government formation criteria, Bashir to select Prime Minister
Khartoum, (SUNA)-The Higher Committee for the Implementation of the National Dialogue Outcome on Tuesday approved in a meeting chaired by President Omar Bashir, the criteria for the formation of the National Accord Government and delegated Bashir to select the coming Prime Minister and to take all necessary measures for implementation of what has been agreed upon. The Deputy Chairman of the National Congress Party and President Assistant, Ibrahim Mahmoud, pointed out in press statements following the meeting of the committee that they have discussed in details the criteria and principles on the formation of the National Accord Government. He pinpointed that it was also agreed to delegate the president of the Republic to select the Prime Minister and that Bashir shoulders all final arrangements after all political forces that took part in the national dialogue are duly represented. He said the meeting also stressed the need to continue with the efforts exerted to bring in those who expressed readiness to join the process and to also receive any political force that seek the security and stability of the country. He said this was dictated by the fact that the country is now heading towards a new phase of national accord and of looking into the real issues of concern to the homeland. He said efforts continue to convince those elements which did not join the national accord and the homeland building and stability process. Responding to question about as to when the government would be formed, Ibrahim stressed that the important thing now was the agreement reached on the criteria upon which all political force and movement and societal dialogue elements would participate in the national accord government. He said it was also agreed on the percentage for each group in the legislature and in the executive bodies. He said agreement on the names would require further consultations and exchange of views among those forces and the president of the Republic. He said women have been added to the formation of the higher committee and that the president is delegated to name a suitable number of women. He stressed that the government would be a government with a national programme and that its formation would not be subject to mere sharing and participation. He stressed the important thing is that the best qualified and strongest elements would be selected for the government.
Ministry of Mineral warns any attack against mining company means targeting national economy
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Ministry of Minerals on Tuesday condemned attacks against any property of any mining company, saying such act is considered an assault against Sudan's National Economy. The Ministry cited in particular attacks against companies working to get rid of the mercury residues left by traditional miners for gold extraction. The Ministry was referring to an attack against Al Hadaf Company which is working in south kordufan state. The Minister for Minerals, Dr Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Al Sadiq Al Karouri, told group of officials including head of the minerals and energy committee in the national assembly that the assault on the company was under the pretext that it provides no social responsibility services inside the community where it operates. The Minister argued that on the contrary the said company has implemented 25 million pounds worth of social responsibility projects and programmes. He said the attack in which the properties of the company were burned down, was an organized act that target the company and that such attack is in fact targeting the national economy by targeting gold related company. He said they target gold companies because the country was now one of the main resources of the national economy. The company said it has incurred a loss of over 44 million Sudanese pounds that is about 23% of the company's properties.
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