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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.
June 05, 2017
Al Bashir to Chair the National Council for Strategic Planning Meeting Today
Khartoum-The President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir will chair on Monday, in the Republican Place, meeting of the National Council for Strategic Planning. The meeting will approve the third plan 2017-2020, which includes national and societal dialogues, state reform program and assessment and evaluation of decentralized government experiment to be the governing program for performance of government during the coming stage. The Council membership includes deputies and assistants of the President, governors of states, federal ministers, state ministers, undersecretaries of ministries, general directors, national persons, private sector, civil society organizations, Islamic and Christian scholars, political parties and other components of Sudanese society.
Ministry of Minerals asks Canada to assist in finding alternatives for gold extraction
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Minerals Prof. Hashem Ali Salem has asked the Canadian government to help resolve a number of pressing issues including alternatives to mercury using in gold extraction in traditional mining field. The minister stressed, in a press statement after his meeting with the Canadian ambassador Sunday, that the Sudan needs Canada help in importing modern equipment used in the Sudanese factories as well as its help to extract other minerals in order not to rely on gold metal only because Sudan enjoys more than 30 minerals other than gold, pointing out that the quantities extracted from other metals are small, (So we want to find new technical alternatives to increase production in other minerals), he said. "We want to manufacture our metals until we stand on our feet and establish a sound foundation for the next stage," he added. For his part, the Canadian Ambassador to Sudan Salahuddin bin Dawood described the Ministry of Minerals as a key ministry, which contributes greatly to the improvement of Sudan economy, pledging to work hard to help the ministry in the issues raised at the joint meeting, referring that Canada and Sudan reached the stage of work hand in hand in the field of minerals, revealing that a forum brings together Sudanese businessmen and companies with their counterparts in the Canadian side will be organized during October in Canada, with the intention of establishing large investments between the two sides.
Afrotan Seeks to Indigenize Leather Industries
Khartoum -- Afro-Tan has put on show a variety of leatherworks at Khartoum International Fair – the exhibition comes with the government's strategic program to upgrade leather sector. The Director of Afro-Tan, Robert Azmi said that the tannery focuses on bicast leather in lieu of real or tanned leather, hoping that the leather industry will prosper to satisfy local demands. The Afro-Tan, a European enterprise, has managed to indigenize the manufacturing of military boots and boots for other regular forces in accordance with international standards. He revealed the firm plans to have launched artificial leatherworks by the end of 2018, announcing that UNIDO is going to provide training to specialized centers in Khartoum in favor of personnel on technical and leather technologies.
Sudan condemn the terrorist attack in the British capital
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday issued a statement condemning the terrorist attacks that occurred in London on Saturday and which claimed the lives of innocent civilians and left many others injured, in a crime contradicting all human values. The Ministry expressed in the statement Sudan's condolences to the families of the victims, its sympathy with the injured and with the British people and with friendly government. The Ministry's statement expressed Sudan's full solidarity, support and backing for the UK government and renewed Sudan call to the international community to intensify effort and cooperation in face of all forms of terrorist and criminal activities.
June 02, 2017
Ministry of Industry: Localization of engineering industries and full replacement of all country's imports in 2017
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The statement of the Minister of Industry on the performance of the ministry for the year 2016, its plan for the year 2017 and the report of the first quarter of the year 2017 pointed to the importance of localizing engineering industries and achievement of full replacement of all the country's imports, especially agricultural machineries and electric tools, stressing realization of the quantitative targets for industrial goods that have direct impact on the national economy and to be achieved by the end of 2020 including the commodities of the five-year program (sugar, flour, oil, medicine, cement, spinning and weaving) with a view of full replacement of imports and export of surplus goods. He stressed the importance of the industrial sector to be the development locomotive in the country through its contribution in providing foreign exchange and creating significant employment opportunities for all specializations through increasing its contribution to the gross national product of the country to 25%.The Ministry of Industry's report also pointed to the necessity of exploiting the natural resources of agriculture, animal resources and minerals in the processing industries to achieve self-sufficiency and export, asserting the need for issuing national legislation that prevents imposition of any fees on local production inputs and the locally manufactured goods in support of the domestic production for competition. The report of the Ministry of Industry pointed to the ministry's plan to attract projects on electricity generation in the industrial zones of the local and foreign private sector as well as the granting of the required concessions through attractive policies. The statement stressed the importance of working to activate the laws of dumping, monopoly and competition to protect the national product.
Minister of Intl Cooperation praises UNDP efforts in development and technical fields
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of International Cooperation Idris Suleiman has praised the great support that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has given to the country, particularly in the of development and technical fields, which has had an effective impact on sustainable development in many states and the center. This came, during a meeting at his office in the ministry premises Thursday with the UNDP Country Director in Sudan Dr. Salva Shandran, in the presence of the State Minister at the Ministry Sumaya O'kud. Suleiman appreciated UNDP assistance to Sudan during the previous period in supporting the country's development efforts, stressing that the ministry will coordinate fully with the program to attract resources for development and reconstruction. Shandran reviewed the efforts UNDP made in Sudan in the past period in its capacity as part of the UN system, referring to the consultative relations and continuous coordination with the Ministry of International Cooperation as a national counterpart to the United Nations agencies in Sudan. Shandran also revealed that the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the period 2018-2021 (UNDAF) was signed in April 2017 as a framework governing the relationship between the Government of the Sudan and the United Nations in the Sudan. The joint UNDP country program document between the Government of the Sudan and the United Nations Development Program in was prepared in order to be adopted in next September under the chairmanship of the United Nations in New York.
Moroccan businessmen to visit Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Investment Mubarak Al-Fadil has briefed Moroccan Ambassador to Sudan Mohamed Mawalainin on the embassy arrangements on the visit of the Moroccan businessmen delegation to the country in the coming period. . The Moroccan ambassador pointed out that the delegation's visit comes to view the opportunities and fields of investment and to hold meetings with their counterparts in Sudan, in addition to field visits to investment projects, adding that the delegation includes 80 senior businessmen and businessmen in various fields. The Moroccan ambassador called for deepening the economic cooperation between the two countries by acceding to the Agadir Free Trade Agreement in order to enable Sudanese products to enter the Moroccan markets and removal of the customs obstacles, especially that the Sudanese products have high specifications to enable them to compete and increase trade exchange. The ambassador also discussed the Moroccan investments in Sudan in the mineral and agricultural sectors and the continuous efforts to expand them. The Moroccan ambassador pointed out that the delegation's visit comes with a view to acquainted with the of investment opportunities and fields and hold meetings with their counterparts in Sudan as well as field visits to investment projects, adding that the delegation includes eighty senior businessmen in various fields. The Minister of Investment welcomed the visit of the Moroccan delegation, stressing Sudan keenness to deepen economic and investment cooperation with Morocco, calling for formation of a joint committee on the visit of the Moroccan delegation to prepare studies for investment projects and to provide detailed information on the investment climate and opportunities in Sudan. The Minister of Investment stressed the keenness of the State to remove all obstacles hindering the flow of investments to strengthen the role of investment in the national economy, pointing out that proposals will be forwarded on the opening of Moroccan markets before the Sudanese exports including signing of bilateral agreement, explaining that the ministry will forward the issue of accession to the Agadir Free Trade Agreement to the Ministry of Commerce.
June 01, 2017
President renews government keenness to fully implement the National Accord document and the outcome of National Dialogue
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The President of the Republic, Omar Bashir, on Wednesday renewed the government keenness to fully implement the National Accord recommendations and the national Accord document via the already formed National Accord government. The president of the Republic made the statements when he received the newly appointed Assistant of the President Sheikh Ibrahim Sanousi who said he reviewed with the president how the assistant would carry out his role within the team of the presidency and how the outcome of the National Dialogue would be carried out.
Foreign Minister sends message to his British counterpart
Khartoum, (SUNA)-Foreign Minister, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour sent a message of condolence to his British counterpart, Boris Johnson on victims of a terrorist attack occurred in Manchester recently and that left a number of innocent people dead and injured. The Minister expressed in his message his condemnation to that heinous incident which contravenes all religious and humanitarian laws and extended condolences to families and friends of the victims and to government and people of Britain.
Animal Resources Exports Returns Amount to 255 Million Dollars in First Quarter of Year: Minister
Khartoum - State Minister at the Ministry of Animal Resources Dr, Mubarak Mabrouk Saleem has announced that some 1357 623 of living cattle ,and 3188.90 tons of meat, along with 2719.001 pieces of leather during the first quarter of the year 2017, whereby their returns amounted to US$255465829.21. He said, while presenting the statement of his Ministry before the parliament for the last quarter of the year 2016 and the first quarter of the year 2017, that fisheries exports have totaled 8.686.7 tons, while the produce of the natural fishing sites has reached 4503.55 tons and fish plantation produce amounted to 75,3 tons. The state Minister outlined a plan for animal resources sector for the year 2017 in conformity with the five year program of economic reform towards producing 15.19 million tons of red meat 6543 million tons of dairies, 1.17 tons of fish and 26559 million pieces of leather. He added that the plan targets 6988981 of living cattle , 24024 tons of meat and 15150.9 pieces of leather. Regarding animal health he noted that the plan targets 102 million doses of vaccine as well as 133,1 of produced vaccines.
May 31, 2017
52,700 IDPs Registered in Darfur During April 2017: UN Report
KHARTOUM - (Sudan Tribune) Due to the improvement of humanitarian access in Darfur, International Organization for Migration (IOM) last April managed to register 52,700 IDPs mostly displaced from Jebel Marra in 2016.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)’s office in Khartoum reported on Sunday in its weekly bulletin that the recently registered IDPs from the 2016 caseload, include "24,613 IDPs were registered in Tawilla locality, North Darfur and 20,402 IDPs were registered in Nertiti locality, Central Darfur". Furthermore, there are "7,554 new IDPs who fled their homes in East Darfur and arrived between 17 February and 8 March in El Lait locality, North Darfur were registered in April". While the 2016 IDPs fled their areas due to the clashes with the holdout rebel groups, the new "IDPs had fled their villages in East Darfur State due to an inter-communal conflict between farmers and pastoralists and sought refuge in four locations in El Lait locality". Following an agreement with the U.S. on the lift of the longstanding economic sanctions, Khartoum agreed to stop air attacks on civilian areas, declared a unilateral cessation of hostilities and opened humanitarian access to the IDPs areas in Darfur. Some armed groups also committed themselves to a unilateral cessation of hostilities. 10,000 RETURNEES Based on Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Fact Sheet prepared by IOM, OCHA reported the registration of 10,229 returnees in April. "4,385 (people returned to) Otash village, South Darfur and 5,844 returnees were registered in nine localities in North Darfur State," said the UN humanitarian agency. "The registered returnees said their return is permanent and that they do not plan to go back to their areas of displacement," said the report. According to the UN agencies, over 195,500 refugees and IDP returned to their areas of origin in Darfur in 2014-2016.
Saleh Approves Recommendations of Technical Committee on Embargo on Egyptian Agricultural Commodities
Khartoum- (Khalda Elyas) First Vice President and National Prime Minister 1st Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Saleh has approved the recommendations of the technical committee on following up the embargo on the Egyptian agricultural commodities and their products. Saleh ordered implementation of the decisions of the Ministry of Trade banning entry of the agricultural and animal commodities from Egypt. He directed determining the four commodities (milk-sugar, tea and cooking oil) whose origin is not Egyptian, including their types, quantity, importers and the date of their arrival at the Sudanese ports and submitting the report to the headquarters of the Council of Ministers to decide on them. The National Prime Minister decided stoppage of importation of any seeds or seedlings from Egypt and taking the necessary precautionary measures for the imported ones. He directed halt of any checking to the imports at the dry ports at Souba, Al Ebaidia and Karima and any other port, and that checking should only be carried out on the border points of the country. Saleh instructed the Sudanese Businessmen Union to import commodities directly from the area of origin without transiting Egypt
Minerals: 27.7 tones the gold production during first quarter of current fiscal year
Khartoum, 30 May (SUNA)- The Minister for Minerals, professor Hashim Ali Salim, has revealed that gold production in the first quarter of the current fiscal year stands at 27.7 tones, well over the planned production of 25 tones, scoring a percentage of 110 %. The minister in his review of his ministry performance during the same period has said some 13 agreements on gold and other minerals prospections have been signed at the same time concession for minerals and gold prospections have been granted during the same period.
May 30, 2017
Foreign Minister Meets Advisor of Guinean President
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour met, at his office, Monday, the Acting Minister, the Guinean Presidential Advisor for Diplomatic Affairs, Mustafa Sano. The meeting discussed the spheres of joint cooperation in cultural, political and economic fields besides strengthening cooperation relations to serve the interests of the peoples of the two countries. The two sides also reviewed the different regional and international issues with special emphasis on the African issues as Republic of Guinea is the current chairman of the African Union. The situations in Libya, South Sudan State and Central African Republic were also discussed during the meeting. The Guinean Minister renewed the AU confidence on Sudan important role in the region .
State Minister for Finance gets informed on Khartoum Stock Exchange Prize
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The State Minister at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and Chairman of Khartoum Stock Exchange Majdi Hassan Yassin has been briefed on the prize of the best sustainable stock exchange in North Africa for the year 2017 that Khartoum Stock Exchange won.This came during the meeting with the delegation of the Khartoum Stock Exchange headed by its Director General Dr. Azhari A-Tayib Al-Faki.
Dr. Kamal Tajal-Sir appointed to represent Africa in OIE Executive Board
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Animal Resources Dr. Kamal Tajal-Sir has been appointed as a member of the Executive Council of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), which consists of 180 countries from around the world at its annual meeting in Paris, France. Dr. Tajal-Sir was selected by to represent Africa 54 African countries in the elections held in early May in Nairobi. The OIE Executive Council consists of a president and six members representing the continents of the world.
May 29, 2017
Foreign Minister receives message from UN Secretary General
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The Minister for Foreign Affairs, professor Ibrahim Ghandour has received a message from the UN Secretary General Ant?nio Guterres in which the UN leader commended the efforts exerted by the Sudan to alleviate the suffering of the southern Sudanese. The UN Secretary General has pointed out to the efforts exerted by the government of the Sudan in various areas including the humanitarian assistance to the affected civilians in the humanitarian crisis of South Sudan The Secretary General has commended the facilitation of the role of the UN in that humanitarian crisis by opening humanitarian corridors to deliver humanitarian relief assistance via Kosti and the opening of two corridors via el Obied to Bentio and to Aweil in South Sudan Secretary Guterres has also expressed appreciation for the continued efforts by the Sudanese government and its welcoming of the refugees coming into the south fleeing from the humanitarian crisis in their country, saying his efforts would continue with the member states to attract more assistance to try meet the need of the refugees coming to the Sudan and to other countries He also said the UN would rely on the efforts by the Sudan to back the international pressure for making the parties to the conflict in the Sudan end the fighting there.
Finance Minister directs customs leaderships to allocate increase in planned budget to improve working environment
Khartoum, (SANA) - The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Dr. Mohamed Osman Suleiman Al-Rikabi has instructed customs leaderships to allocate the increase in the planned budget to improve the working environment and develop technology in customs activities. This came during his first meeting Sunday, after assuming his position as the Minister of Finance, with the leaderships of the Sudan Customs Administration, in the presence of the State Ministers at Ministry of Finance and the Undersecretary of the Ministry and Revenue Director at the Ministry, where he praised the great role being played by the Customs Administration in supporting the economy and society protection. The minister affirmed the ministry's support continuation of the workshops on the optimal use of technology. He pointed to the current challenges including improvement of the working environment, commitment to integrity and control as the two protecting systems for the economy and society as well as the review of the internal audit and converting it into the system of risks and training in computing, referring to the importance of using supervision on the systems through evaluation, follow-up and monitoring with respect to the information and reports. The minister said that one of the pillars of the national reconciliation government is the livelihood of the people, stressing that his ministry will help and support the customs administration in lifting their sufferings and the implementation of the five-year program. For his part, the Director General of the Sudan Customs Authority, Major General Dr. Bashir al-Tahir Bashir said that the customs forces would continue to be the strong supporter of the Ministry of Finance, affirming their readiness to carry out the tasks assigned to them. He pointed out that customs through electronic collection achieved a performance rate during the first quarter of 2017 amounted to 111 %. He explained the political, economic and social customs tasks by facilitating international trade, combating smuggling, collecting revenues and protecting the society. He pointed out that these tasks are carried out through a periodic strategy for the period 2017-2020 through four-division structure including the General Administration for Public Affairs In addition to the administrative performance of the force in coordination with the Ministry of Interior in training and techniques. The General Administration of Customs Operations is responsible for customs procedures at the all stations in different states, Laws and regulations, the Anti-Smuggling Department, which is responsible for protecting the borders to prevent prohibited goods, in addition to other tasks such as combating human trafficking, drugs and weapons a matter that requires great efforts for protection, adding that the next phase will witness the use of new mechanisms such as the use of drones and others.
Prime Minister Reviews progress of East Sudan Construction Fund Projects
Khartoum,(SUNA) - National Prime Minister, the First Vice-President of the Republic, General, Bakri Hassan Saleh met, Sunday, at the Council of Ministers, State Minister for Animal Wealth, Mabruk Mubarak Salim. The state minister said in press statements that the meeting discussed the progress of work in the projects being implemented by East Sudan Reconstruction Fund. He said the Prime Minister, during the meeting, pledged to remove all obstacles impeding the implementation of the projects .
May 26, 2017
Foreign Minister and American Delegation Discuss Efforts for Final Lifting of Sanctions
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, Thursday received a delegation of the office of the American special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, in presence of the US Charge d'Affaires to Sudan, and discussed the progress achieved in negotiations between the two sides and the efforts being exerted for the final lifting of the sanctions from Sudan in next July. The two parties have agreed on continuing the positive involvement in implementing the agreed upon negotiation map which is composed of five tracks. The Foreign Minister affirmed that peace is given top priority by the national accord government, stressing the commitment of Sudan and its serious endeavor to attain peace in Sudan and at the region. He stressed the importance of cooperation between Sudan and the United States in the aspects pertinent to achieving peace in the region as well as continuing the joint efforts in combating terrorism.
Livestock Minister praises Veterinary Union's role in promoting veterinary professions in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Animal Resources Bishara Jumaa Aru has praised the role of the Veterinary Union in the promotion and development of veterinary professions in Sudan. The Minister said, during his meeting with the General Veterinarian Federation Wednesday at his office, that the role of veterinarian was important in achieving sustainable development through the exchange of ideas and experiences and development of relations with relevant bodies. He stressed his ministry readiness to resolve all the veterinarian issues to overcome the obstacles through scientific steps as well as the implementation of veterinary legislation and laws in support of the role being played by the Veterinary Union in the production sites to upgrade the veterinarians to create a qualitative and quantitative leap to be positively reflected on the livestock exports. The minister suggested formation of productive cooperative societies to be supported by the microfinance portfolio and the development fund as scientific experimental models to back the veterinarians and rehabilitate infrastructure projects to serve the sector and community.
May 25, 2017
Premier Inaugurates "Made in Sudan" Fair
Khartoum - ( Khalda Elyas) The First Vice President of the Republic, National Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh is to inaugurate today at the Burri Fair Grounds, the Sudanese Industries fair "Made in Sudan" in its seventh version under the motto "Quality and Efficiency". The Fair is organized by the Ministry of Industry, the Industrial Chambers Union and the Sudanese Free Zones (SFZ). State Minister at the Ministry of Industry, Dr. Abdu Dawoud, has elaborated that the fair comes with the participation of 193 companies operating in the field of food industries, in addition to 48 companies of engineering industries, 80 Sudanese universities participating with innovations and inventions which were transformed into action programs
Livestock Minister praises Veterinary Union's role in promoting veterinary professions in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Animal Resources Bishara Jumaa Aru has praised the role of the Veterinary Union in the promotion and development of veterinary professions in Sudan. The Minister said, during his meeting with the General Veterinarian Federation Wednesday at his office, that the role of veterinarian was important in achieving sustainable development through the exchange of ideas and experiences and development of relations with relevant bodies. He stressed his ministry readiness to resolve all the veterinarian issues to overcome the obstacles through scientific steps as well as the implementation of veterinary legislation and laws in support of the role being played by the Veterinary Union in the production sites to upgrade the veterinarians to create a qualitative and quantitative leap to be positively reflected on the livestock exports. The minister suggested formation of productive cooperative societies to be supported by the microfinance portfolio and the development fund as scientific experimental models to back the veterinarians and rehabilitate infrastructure projects to serve the sector and community.
National Prime Minister affirms Sudan readiness to boost joint Arab work
Khartoum,(SUNA)-The First Vice-President of the Republic and National Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih has underlined Sudan readiness to work for boosting the joint Arab work ina way that serves interests of the Arab and Islamic nation. He indicated during his meeting with Arab Ambassadors accredited to Khartoum in the Republican Palace, Wednesday, to Sudan keenness to provide all facilitations and necessary guarantees for Arab investors by way that pushes initiative of President of the Republic on Arab Food Security forward. The National Prime Minister said the formation of national accord government was a difficult matter but became easy thanks to resolve and cooperation of parties of national dialogue and spirit of responsibility that prevailed formation of the government which includes 26 components of parties, movements and civil society forces. He stressed importance of tightening coordination between the government and legislative councils within framework of implementation of outcome of national dialogue so as to enter a new stage of responsibility and with a high national solidarity. The First Vice-President of the Republic has reiterated that Sudan has overcome many political and economic impediments and problems of wars and now working for promoting peace in Darfur through reconciliations, compensations, resettlement of displaced people. On the Two Areas, the National Prime Minister said 70 percent of obstacles had been overcome and the remaining needs strong will from movements to continue negotiation to reach peace in the country. He disclosed that the national document covered the all national issues and that it would be the genuine guarantee for stability of Sudan and be a guideline for all governments to come ,wherever their components and trends.
Dindir Locality Targets Cultivation of 926,000 Feddans with Various Crops
Khartoum - Commissioner of Dindir Locality, Sennar State, Habiballah Yagoub Al Shiekh has affirmed that preparations are progressing well for the new agricultural season (2017-2018) in the locality, stressing that they are giving great attention for agriculture as it is considered as the backbone of the national economy. The Commissioner noted in a statement to Sudan News Agency (SUNA) that a committee for ensuring the success of the agricultural season has been set up, stressing the importance of application of modern technologies in the farming operations for realizing high crop productivity.
Meanwhile, Director of the Agricultural Department in Dindir Engineer Hussein Mahmoud pointed out that the total area targetted for cultivation during the agricultural season amount to more than 926000 feddans, explaining that 360,000 feddens would be put under sorghum crop, sesame 250,000 feddans, sunflower 10,000 feddans, cotton 10,000 feddans, mellet 10,000 feddans besides other crops.
May 24, 2017
Sudan condemns attack in Manchester
Khartoum,(SUNA)- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, issued a statement condemning the attack in Manchester city on Monday the 22nd f May 2017 that resulted in the death and injury of dozens of innocent civilians in a horrific crime that is against all values and human principles.
The Ministry has expressed in a communique its condolences to the families of the victims and its sympathy with those injured and with the friendly people and government of UK. The Ministry has renewed its rejection and condemnation of all acts of terrorism and all actions of bloodletting of innocent people and of terrorizing civilians, a matter that is rejected by all divine religions, international charters and laws. The Ministry expressed full solidarity and full backing and support by the Sudan for the UK government and also renewed its call to the international community to intensify its efforts and cooperation in face of all forms of terrorist and criminal activities.
AfDB Organizes Capacity Building Workshop on Enhancing Skills in Public Private Partnership in Sudan
(Press Release) the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Sudan commenced a four-day workshop on Capacity Building for Enhancing Skills in Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Sudan. The event was presided over by the Director of Public Private Partnership Unit in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, AfDB Resident Representative, Dr. Abdul Kamara and the Director of Mamoun Behiery Centre, Prof. Munzol Assal. The occasion was attended by officials from federal and state Governments and prominent figures from the private sector. The objectives of the workshop was to: i) help participants understand the policy, legal, regulatory & institutional frameworks for the evelopment of PPPs; ii) learn from seasoned PPP professionals, practitioners and technicians on various key aspects of a PPP project development life cycle; and iii) Bridge the gap between PPP theory and implementation among various stakeholders in the PPP project life cycle. In his opening remarks, the AfDB Resident Representative Dr. Kamara highlighted the need for building the capacity of both private and public sector, mentioning that this workshop is timely on account of the remarkable developments in Sudan’s political and socioeconomic landscape. Dr. Kamara added that these developments will contribute to improving the business environment for undertaking PPP activities and thus revitalize the economy. Dr. Kamara further underscored that need to take practical steps from the Government to create conducive PPP environment by setting up institutional framework and project specific transparent guidelines with in-built monitoring & evaluation mechanisms. In this context, availability of the omplementary technical skills in the PPP life cycle is also necessary. AfDB Resident Represented also mentioned that this workshop is an initial step towards building the capacity required in establishing PPPs and will go a long way in addressing the aforementioned challenges. Representing the State Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, the Director of PPP Unit underscored the Government commitment towards PPP, mentioning that with the support of AfDB the Government has made considerable progress in setting up PPP. This was undertaken in the context of the comprehensive study conducted by the Bank on “Private Sector-led Economic Diversification and Development”, in which the PPP modality was articulated. PPP Director mentioned that a PPP unit created in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning PPP and a legislation organizing the PPP was prepared for endorsement by Parliament. Within the same context, PPP Director alluded to the Public Private Dialogue (PPD) that gained momentum in 2016 with the formation of a High Level Forum, comprising ministers and private sector representatives, to discuss and implement the PPP financing modality. Such dialogue has gone a long way to enhance mutual trust and confidence in public private relations. This workshop is an initial step towards building the capacity required in establishing PPPs and addressing challenges hindering PPP in Sudan. Going forward, the Bank will continue its technical support to the Government of Sudan at three levels (short, medium and long term), to deliver in this important area, in coordination with other development partners.
Turkish companies expresses desire to invest in mineral sector in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Investors from Turkey expressed serious desire to invest in the country's mining sector, which they described as encouraging and attractive, especially investment in gold metal. The Director-General of the Public Geological Research Corporation "the technical arm of the Ministry of Minerals" Dr. Mohamed Abu Fatima has conveyed the desire of Turkish investors to obtain a number of mining blocks in Sudan to invest in it, whether in strategic, rare or agricultural minerals in addition to heavy metals, particularly gold. Dr. Abu Fatima presented, during his meeting Tuesday with the Turkish investors including the Turkish Geological Survey Corporation and a number of Turkish companies wishing to invest in this sector, Sudan's various mineral potentials and investment opportunities including the strategic minerals iron, manganese, chromium and aluminum in order to exploit them optimally and add value to them through processing. The Head of the Public Geological Research Corporation expected that Sudan would achieve a big leap in gold production and assume a second rank in Africa after South Africa after the access of the companies that added large reserves of gold to the production circle within the next few years to raise the production to more than 100 Ton per year, which will be an incentive for large investors to enter this sector.
American Institute of Administrative Accountants approves establishment of branch in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The American Institute of Administrative Accountants has agreed upon of establishment of a branch in Sudan after a period of more than 20 years due to the imposition of economic sanctions. The Institute is one of the largest and most trusted associations focused exclusively on strengthening the management accounting profession worldwide. The Chairman of the Association of Administrative Accountants Adela Ahmed Al-Tayib praised, at SUNA Forum Tuesday, the government and the private sector in their relentless efforts to make Sudan benefits from this institute to develop accounting profession and accounting staff to keep abreast with the global developments in this field. She added that the Institute of Management Accountants aimed to enable accountants and financial management professionals to enhance performance within the business environment of the Institute of Management Accountants, the Association of Accountants and employees of financial institutions. The institute awards the certificate of the Certified Administrative Accountant and the internal professional development programs. The Chairman of the Association of Administrative Accountants pointed out that the Institute of Management Accountants supports the areas of the Certified Management Accountant program, continuing education, networking and the emphasis on professional ethics. The Institute of Management Accountants has a global network of more than 50,000 members from 140 countries. She excused the Official of the Public Affairs at the US Embassy Carolyn Schandar for her absent from the forum for her prior commitments. For his part, the Secretary General of the Accounting and Auditing Organization Board Mustafa Salim Bayoumi welcomed the establishment of the institute branch in Sudan to facilitate contact opportunities for the Sudanese accountants with members from all over the world as well as the provision of technical and professional support and training opportunities keeping pace with global developments in the accounting field.
May 23, 2017
Workshop on cooperation in peaceful uses of atomic energy between Sudan and Russia organized
Khartoum, (KUNA) - The Official Spokesman of the Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity Engineer Mohamed Abdul-Rahim Gawish has said that a workshop between the Sudan and Russia on cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy discussed the various uses of atomic energy including the use of nuclear energy in electricity generation and sea water desalination. "The workshop aims at cooperation in the field of capacity building, transfer of knowledge and the exchange of experiences as well as benefiting from Russia's experience in small hydroelectric power plants on seasonal rivers," Engineer Gawish said during the workshop organized by the Ministry of Irrigation, Water Resources and Electricity Monday at Al-Salam Rotana Hotel. He pointed out that the workshop also aimed at the development of cooperation between the two sides as well as the comprehensive memorandum of understanding between the two countries on the uses of atomic energy, which will be signed in Moscow during this year. It should be noted that the Ministries of Water Resources, Oil, Health, Minerals, Environment and Higher Education represented the Sudanese side in the workshop, where the Russia Atom Company, which is the Russian Government owned institution, represented the Russian side.
MoU between Investment Ministry and the World Bank to be Signed
Khartoum - Minister of Investment, Mubarak Al-Fadil Al-Mahdi met, here yesterday, with a delegation of the World Bank experts in the development of private businesses in the fields of trade, agriculture, industry and training.The two sides discussed joint cooperation to enhance the ministry's efforts in developing investment activities that consistent with the objectives of economic development in the country, reviewing projects implemented in these fields in a number of countries, where the two sides agreed to hold specialized workshops, in addition to training for employees of the ministry in order to raise capacities and provide technical support. The two sides agreed to sign memorandums of understanding in this regard to activate what was agreed upon, while continuing to hold joint meetings and continuous coordination between the ministry and the representative of the World Bank in Sudan. The minister expressed his hope for further cooperation with the World Bank, particularly in the areas of training, capacity-building and technical support to implement investment policies as required.
$ 24 Million from the AfDB in Support of N. Kordofan Technical Education
Khartoum - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has allocated $ 24 million to support technical education in North Kordofan State, as part of the interest of the bank and the state government in technical education. Director General of the Ministry of Education of North Kordofan, Mohamed Al-Amin Bakhit said that this amount will be employed in the rehabilitation of industrial schools in Obeid, Bara and Um Rowaba, as well as women's and commercial schools and educational rehabilitation institutes, adding that computer and arts labs will be provided. Also in addition to rehabilitating workshops of industrial schools and the provision of its equipment, pointing out that the coming period will see the beginning of work, noting that the said support confirms that the African continent pays great attention to technical education and its role in economic development.
Finance Ministry to Support Partnership between Private and Public Sectors
Khartoum- The Resident Representative of the African Development Bank Dr. Abdul Kamara has dislcosed that bank plan of finanicng medium-term and long-term projects over the years 2017-2022.The projects include the phases of preparing partnership projects and how to obtain funding for them, along with managing talks between the Sudanese private sector and the business sector at the regional and international levels for creating the required partnership and benefiting from the available financing opportunities. He affirmed, while addressing yesterday the workshop of capacity building, for boosting skills the management of partnership between the private and the public sectors The said workshop is organized by Mamoun Biheiri Center for Social and economic Studies, in collaboration with the African Development Bank and the Unit of partnership between the Private and Public sectors at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning He said the projects funded by the bank in Sudan amounts to US$200 million, stressing that the bank cares about capacity building in the field of legal cadres, and how to prepare feasibilty studies for the joint projects with a focus of the basic infrastructure projects.
Minister of Minerals calls for deepening of cooperation spirit to achieve national goals
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Minerals Prof. Hashem Ali Salim has called for the deepening of the joint cooperation spirit among the workers to achieve the national goals to overcome the economic impasse. The minister said, when he addressed a ceremony inaugurating the project for distribution of the fasting workers needs at the ministry Monday under the auspices of the Ministry's Workers Sub-Trade Union, that the project was part of the objectives of the national dialogue outcomes to alleviate the living burden on the citizens. For his part, the Secretary-General of the Ministry's Workers Sub-Trade Union, Ibrahim Beraima, said that the project targeted coverage of 846 workers in the ministry in order to create a fabourabe working environment in line with the state program to mitigate the living burden on the shoulders of workers under the patronage of the First Vice President and the National Cabinet's Prime Minister Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Saleh.
May 22, 2017
Bakri to Inaugurate Sudanese Industries Fair “Made In Sudan”
Khartoum – (Khalda Elyas) First Vice President and National Prime Minister, 1st Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Saleh will inaugurate on May 25 the Sudanese Industries Fair “Made in Sudan” at the International Fair of Khartoum premises in its seventh session, in coordination with the Industrial Chambers Union, and the Sudanese Free Zones (SFZ). State Minister at the Ministry of Industry, Dr. Abdu Dawoud Suleiman, has noted that the fair coincides with the month of Ramadan for promoting Sudanese industries and introducing them, as well as exhibiting the Sudanese products at encouraging prices (factory price). He noted that this year the fair will see a new addition represented in a big pavilion comprising Sudanese innovations.
CBOS: Continuity of foreign exchange provision for traveling and therapy purposes
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Director of the General Directorate of Foreign Exchange and Financial Markets at the Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS) said that the Bank was continuing to provide foreign exchange for tourism travel; Umrah or treatment abroad, pointing out that there are reasonable amounts of foreign exchange for this purpose distributed by Tadamon Islamic Bank, Animal Resources Bank, Al-Shamal Islamic Bank, Sudanese Islamic Bank and the Farmers' Commercial Bank as well as the foreign exchange offices.
Abdul Rahman: Sudan laid Model in Peaceful Transfer of Power through the National Dialogue
Khartoum – Presidential Assistant, Abdul Rahman Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi affirmed that Sudan has been able to set a unique model in overcoming the challenge of peaceful transfer of power through the comprehensive national dialogue, which set 2020 as elections year with the participation of all political forces. Addressing the opening session of the regional workshop on the role of national institutions in monitoring the elections organized by the National Human Rights Commission in cooperation with the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions, Al-Mahdi pointed out that the Sudanese constitution established a distinct electoral system. For his part, Deputy President of the Commission, Joseph Suleiman said that the commission played an important role in the recent Sudanese elections, referring to the efforts of the commission in the field of activating civil and political rights, stressing their efforts, through this workshop, to provide participants with how to monitor the elections.
Justice Ministry Provides All Legal Services for Insolvents inside and outside Sudan
Khartoum – (Khalda Elyas) State Minister at Ministry of Justice, Tahani Tour Al-Dabba said that her ministry is providing legal aid to insolvents inside and outside the Sudan in all stages of the lawsuit to achieve consistency with the constitutional provisions established for the principle of rule of law and the basic right to fair trial and to enable individuals to know their legal rights and help those who are unable to reach too justice. Addressing the workshop organized by the Legal Aid Department at the ministry, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the minister said that the Ministry of Justice is aware that several partners are providing assistance to the ministry, expressing her hope that the partnership with UNDP will be opportunity to unite these efforts to be under one umbrella.
May 18, 2017
Khartoum State: European companies express readiness to work in Khartoum
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Industry and Investment at the Government of Khartoum State, Eng. Abdullah Ahmed Hamad has announced expressed great desire and willingness of European companies to work in Sudan, adding a large delegation of Italian businessmen and companies will visit Khartoum in next October. This came during the report the Minister presented Wednesday to the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Government of Khartoum State on the participation of the Sudan delegation at the Forum on Italian-Sudanese Investment, which was held in the Italian capital Rome. The minister said that the federal government has adopted Khartoum state projects to increase production within the National Program of Horticultural and Animal Production, where the state submitted the studies of these projects to the participants in the conference in Rome. The Minister of Industry and Investment at Khartoum State's Government pointed to the expanded meeting organized by the Khartoum State and attended by a number of federal economic sector's ministers and state ministers through which the federal government the committed to provide guarantees to finance the industrial zone at Al-Gaili and industrial area in Soba.
Agricultural Bank of Sudan's General Manager meets US delegation
Khartoum, (SANA) - The visiting delegation representing the US Department of Agriculture and Commerce met Wednesday with the General Manger (GM) of the Agricultural Bank of Sudan Salahuddin Hassan Ahmed. The Agricultural Bank of Sudan's General Manager briefed the delegation on the bank and the services it provides and the activities it undertakes as a development bank specialized in the development of the agricultural sector in Sudan through its presence and spread in all regions especially in the rural and less developed communities as well as its services in the field of microfinance aiming at reducing poverty and supporting the youth to create jobs for them to support the national economy. The Agricultural Bank's GM urged the US delegation to contribute to advancing relations between the bank and the American institutions working in the agricultural sector and the banks to raise the bank's efficiency of the institutional performance, staff training and the technical and technological cooperation in the various fields of agriculture. For his part, the Head of the American delegation, Michael Franklin talked about the role that the United States can play in bringing agricultural technologies to develop the agricultural sector in Sudan after the total lifting of the economic sanctions on Sudan after getting acquainted with the policies taken by the bank in the financing process and the financing- targeted groups. The two parties agreed to pursue to promote joint cooperation to achieve the objectives of both parties.
Minister of Agriculture underline his concern with improved seeds
Khartoum, (SANA) - The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Abdul-Latif Al-Ajeimi has stressed his ministry's focus on the issue of seeds improvement and availability through clear plans as they are important input in the production process. At the symposium "Evaluation of the National System for Selection and Certification of Varieties" organized Wednesday by the National Council for Seeds in collaboration with the Agricultural Research Corporation at the premises of the Union of Banks, the minister said that the symposium discussed evaluation and assessment of what was done in the national system in the previous periods through the practical experience and the modification of the system to come out with recommendations to improve seeds production, stressing that indigenization of seeds production is a key strategic issue. He pointed out that focusing on crops of importance, comparative advantage, increasing exports and improvement of production and quality are among the main objectives of the five-year program to direct exports to world markets. Dr. Al-Ajeimi explained that wheat was a strategic crop the ministry is focusing on its development and increasing of its production while pursuing to benefit from the mix between wheat and maize in food to be acceptable to the consumer, pointing to the beginning of early preparation for wheat cultivation through forming follow-up committees for the winter agricultural season. The minister added that the cotton crop was one of the most important crops that the ministry is seeking to retrieve it to its natural place in the near future. He pointed out that several meetings were held in this regard and to the preparation for the summer season in which plans included to focus on cotton and modern technology, emphasizing that the preparations for it will be made within a legal framework that helps Sudan to access to the world markets and increase its share of the cotton crop by taking care of the producers to increase production under the internationally rising cotton prices.
President Deby and Vice - President Discuss ways of Cementing Bilateral Relations
Ndjamena, (SUNA)- The Chadian President of the Republic, Idris Deby, has appreciated firmness of Sudanese - Chadian relations, which he described as a model for the strong and progressing relations between nations in the region. This came when he received Wednesday at the Presidential Palace in Ndjamena the Vice - President of the Republic, Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman, in presence of a number of Sudanese and Chadian ministers. In a statement to SUNA after the meeting, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Attal-Mannan Bakhit, has described the meeting between President Deby and the Vice - President as fruitful and conducive to strengthening further the Sudanese - Chadian relations in the political, economic, cultural and educational fields. He said that the meeting was focused on means for consolidating the economic relations between Khartoum and Ndjamena, especially that much of Chad's importing are arriving via Port-Sudan harbor. Ambassador Attal-Mannan underlined that President Deby has expressed the desire of Chad to expand the frameworks of its economic cooperation with Sudan through the establishment of more border points toward contributing to reactivation of the movement of commodities between the two countries. He pointed out that President Idris Deby has appreciated the role being played by President Al-Bashir in realization of peace and stability in Sudan, especially following success of the national dialogue and formation of the national accord government. He said that the Vice - President has thanked President Deby for his continuous support to the peace process in Sudan, especially in Darfur region. The State Minister for Foreign Affairs indicated that Hassabo has reiterated Sudan readiness to cooperate with Chad in all domains, especially in the economic, health and cultural fields. He said that the Vice - President has praised firmness of the relations between Sudan and Chad which have become a model for the strong relations between the African countries.
May 17, 2017
Al Bashir: Withdrawal of Several African Countries from ICC for Exposure of Its Political Agenda
Khartoum - President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir praised Qatar's support for Sudan at all critical stages, especially the changes that accompanied the secession of the south and the outbreak of Darfur crisis. In an interview with the Qatari daily newspaper, Al-Sharq published yesterday, Al-Bashir praised Qatar's regional and international role, noting that Qatar offers bold solutions to various issues in the region and plays a prominent role in supporting Arab issues and supporting the Palestinian people. He said that the Doha Forum for Darfur peace has failed the traitors to try to ignite the region, stressing the role of Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud in gathering the Darfur movements and consolidating them in the Doha forum in two movements that negotiated with the Sudanese government until an agreement was reached. Al Bashir referred to Qatar's investments in Sudan, stressing its importance in restoring Sudan to its role as a food basket for the world, and that Sudan is one of the countries that will help the world to face a food crisis expected in 2030. He pointed out that Qatar's support for Sudan during the secession of the south was at a critical moment, and that Qatar’s deposits in the Central Bank of Sudan enabled the Sudanese government to run the country after the secession of the south. He stressed the importance of lifting the US sanctions on Sudan, pointing out that the CIA are now asking to lift the Sudan from the list of terrorism, and that lifting of sanctions will solve Sudan's economic crises, especially remittances and oil industry. He, noting the importance of his participation in the upcoming Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh, saying that attending a summit attended by the US president is a shift in Sudan's relations with the international community and that the summit responded to those who incite countries not to call him for international conferences on their territories. Al Bashir referred to the tension in the Sudanese-Egyptian relations, describing the occupation of Halayeb as an Egyptian stab at the time when Sudan mobilized all the army to repel the southern rebellion, but stressed Sudan's refusal to engage in war with Egypt that will benefit only Israel. He said that Sudan is determined to proceed with all measures to prove that Halayeb is a Sudanese territory, including the use of international arbitration. Al Bashir explained the withdrawal of several African countries from the International Criminal Court (ICC) to the exposure of its political agenda, by targeting African leaders and confirmed receiving of its head bribes, asserting that the Sudan was behind the disclosure of the involvement of the head of the court to receive bribes to prove the corruption of the court, and that the goal of the court was inciting the Sudanese people to uprising and topple the government, but the people stood up with the government against the court.
Council of Ministers Determines Priorities of National Accord Government
Khartoum - (SUNA) The Council of Ministers, chaired by the First Vice-President of the Republic and National Prime Minister, 1st Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Saleh, assigned its sitting on Tuesday for deliberation about the priorities of the national accord government and reviewed an initial paper of the Council of Ministers, presented by the Cabinet Affairs Minister, Ahmed Saad Omer, on the priorities for the coming stage. In a press statement, the Secretary General and spokesman of the Council of Ministers, Dr. Omer Mohamed Salih, said that the priorities include the stoppage of war and boosting the peace process, enhancing human rights, freedoms and the external relations, concern with the citizens' living conditions, justice, the institutional reform, realization of good governance, reconsidering the state organs' structures, supporting the people's participation in rule and monitoring through the approved legal frameworks. Also completing the constitutional and legislative amendment to absorb outcome of the national dialogue, enhancing the general economic situation, focusing on the increasing of production at all sectors, improving the general education and reducing the childhood and maternity rate. It further elaborated on expanding the establishment of central therapeutic centers in all regions. Further completing the drawing of Sudan investment map and promotion for investment, reducing the public expenditure, increasing the revenues and giving concern to the youths. Also exerting efforts for the writing off of Sudan debts; openness for the international and regional funding institutions to fund development projects and concentration of the general appearance of the state's capitals and environment health.
Water Management is Key to Sustainable Development and Stability in the Middle East and N. Africa
World Bank and FAO join forces to support urgent action on regional water and food security (FAO News ) The importance of water management for sustainable development and stability in the Middle East and North Africa is at the heart of the League of Arab States’ conference on the Sustainable Development Goals which opened in Cairo yesterday. The World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa, Hafez Ghanem, and the FAO Director-General and Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa, Abedssalam Ould Ahmed, joined the launch of the Arab Sustainable Development Week to raise awareness of the issue and to discuss the dynamics between water insecurity and fragility, conflict, and violence. In March of this year, the League of Arab States and the World Bank Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding focused on leveraging the comparative advantages of each organization to take a regional approach to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. A ceremony was held today in Cairo with the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, to celebrate this MOU. Water security in particular will require a regional approach, as the region’s scarce water resources cross borders and their effective long-term management will depend on increased cooperation among countries. “The FAO, the League of Arab States and the World Bank all share the goal of promoting sustainable, effective and equitable water management in fragile situations – a goal which we believe can contribute to peace, prosperity and stability,” Ghanem said. “Unless action on water is taken, the political and economic consequences will be significant. For example, the impacts of climate change on water scarcity, in the absence of strategies for mitigation and adaptation, could lead to a 14% drop in the region’s GDP by 2050.” Abdessalam Ould Ahmed highlighted the challenges to the Arab region’s food security due to multiple risks arising from conflicts, water scarcity and climate change. “Countries of the region need to implement long-term and comprehensive sustainable water management practices to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger by 2030. A peaceful and stable environment is an absolute pre-condition for farmers to respond to the challenges of water scarcity and climate change. The region is not only water scarce, but also dampened by instability and conflict that it is in need of immediate intervention as well as long-term strategies,” Ould Ahmed said. In 2014, in response to these alarming challenges, the FAO launched a Regional Initiative on Water Scarcity to support member countries in identifying strategies, policies and practices that promote sustainable solutions to water shortage in the region. The serious potential effect of water scarcity on GDP has caught the attention of ministers of finance, who recently attended the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings in Washington D.C. to discuss how to fill the financial gap for water and sanitation infrastructure, including using innovative solutions that include micro-finance. Guangzhe Chen, World Bank Senior Director for Water, also attended the start of the Arab Sustainable Development Week, highlighted the World Bank’s commitment to increased support for countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence. “Targeted investments to improve the management and delivery of water are key as we seize the opportunities provided by the $75 billion commitment to IDA, the World Bank’s fund for the poorest and conflict-affected countries,” Chen said. “In several countries in the region, we are supporting the reconstruction and recovery efforts of governments. For example, we are working with Baghdad to restore water supply and sanitation infrastructure damaged by conflict.” These links between water management, fragility and conflict are also discussed in the recently launched World Bank report Turbulent Waters which discusses how countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence made slower progress towards meeting the water-related Millennium Development Goals. The study also describes how investments in water can be conducive to stability by addressing short-term livelihood needs and long-term sustainability challenges.
May 15, 2017
Belarusian delegation visits a number of iron and ceramic factories and tanneries, affirms technical cooperation with them
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Belarusian delegation, which is currently visiting the country under the protocols signed between the governments of the two countries, visited several factories including Liberty Steel and Iron Smelting, Sila Ceramics and Afrotan Tannery to stand on the possibilities available for the rehabilitation and development of these industries through transferring of modern knowledge and technologies for expansion and establishment of new investments. The Administration of Liberty Steel and Iron Smelting Company, represented in Hazim Mohamed Majzoub welcomed the visiting delegation and hoped benefit from their accumulated experience in the field of building materials manufacturing, specifically in the iron manufacturing for arming and metal forming, which contributes to the expansion of production capacity and import substitute. He said that the factory started its business in 2010 with a national and foreign capital The two sides stressed cooperation in the field of iron processing technologies. The Belarusian delegation also visited the Sila Ceramics Factory, where the Factory's Chief Executive Essam Al-Haj Osman explained that the ceramic industry is modern, promising and more consumable, pointing out that the raw materials are all local and available for hundreds of years except the surface layer. The delegation also visited the Afrotan Tannery and expressed their admiration for the quality of production and recycling of water and waste for tanning at a world level not less than that in Belorussia. The two sides underlined cooperation in the final stages of tanning.
Dr. Gholamuddin: Turkish businessmen and investors delegation to arrive in Sudan Tuesday
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Secretary General of the National Fund for Housing and Development and the First Deputy Chairman of the Arab Union for Investment and Real Estate Development Dr. Gholamuddin Othman Adam has announced arrival of a Turkish delegation to the country on Tuesday, including the representatives of the Turkish Businessmen Union and a number of investors, construction and contracting companies and those who have a concern with the real estates. Dr. Gholamuddin explained, in a statement to SUNA, that the delegation visit to Sudan comes in response at his invitation to them in Turkey during his recent visit to Istanbul accompanying the President of the Arab Union for Investment and Real Estate Development Dr. Sheikh Ahmed Al-Suwaidin, explaining that their visit included several meetings with representatives of construction and investment companies in the real estate field and the Turkish businessmen union. Dr. Gholamuddin said that the delegation three-day visit targeted getting acquainted with the investment opportunities in the real estate field in Sudan and the discussion of the joint cooperation means between Sudan and Turkey on the one hand and the Arab Union for Investment and Real Estate Development on the other hand in the Sudan capacity as the state of headquarters of the union. He stressed completion of visit preparations, revealing that, during the visit, the delegation will meet with officials of the Real Estate Bank, the Minister of Investment, the Contractors' Union and the Assistant of the President of the Republic and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Housing and Construction Eng. Ibrahim Mahmoud as well as the Minister of Urban Planning and Housing Fund in Khartoum State and the Union of Banks.
Minister of Minerals vows to increase minerals contribution to national product
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Minerals Prof. Hashim Ali Salim pledged to increase the contribution of minerals to the gross national product by increasing production. "My meeting with you is not a celebration. There is no room for celebration for us. We are people of work and they will not see me in celebration place, however you will see me in the production areas." the minister said. "The country is waiting for us to push Sudan's economy forward and the production must our key concern." he added. The Minister stressed, when he addressed the ministry staff Monday, that he would pay a visit to all production sites and to get acquainted practically on the work level, pledging to promote the working environment in the minerals sector and to provide the basic requirements of miners as well as the development of production tools and the minerals extraction means, pointing to the necessity to give concern to the other minerals and not relying on one metal "gold". For his part, the Chairman of the Workers' Sub-trade Union Mubarak Abdel-Daem stressed full readiness of the ministry staff to carry out all their duties with impartiality and self-denial to increase production in the field of minerals, calling for the need to improve the service conditions of the workers in the Ministry of Minerals.
May 11, 2017
Makkawi: US$16500 Million cost of Sudan Railways Strategic Plan Implemention
Khartoum ( Khalda Elyas) - Minister of Transport, Roads and Bridges, Engineer Makkawi Mohamed Awad has disclosed that the cost of implementation of Sudan railways strategic plan of the year 2016-2029 amounts to 16500 million US Dollars. He added while reviewing the plan before the National Assembly that the projects of the first phase include implemention of six projects with a total length of line of 2672 kilometers during the period from 2016 up to 2020. While the second phase include seven projects with a total lengths of 2606 kilometers during the period from 2010 to 2024. He noted that the third phase include implementing four projects with a total length of lines 1130 km. during the period from the period from 2025 to 2027 noting that in the fourth and the last phase five projects are to be implemented with legngth 1643 km during the period from 2027-2029. He added that 80% of the components are manufacured domestcally highlighting indeginizing inputs and involving the private sector in projects implemention outlining that the total length of the lines is 8051 kilometers. He pointed out that the operational outcomes of the projects by the year 2029 is represented in transporting 22 million tons and 7.47 million passengers along the 16500 million kilometers.
Sudan Affirms Commitment to Great Green Wall Initiative
Accra, Ghana – Sudan has expressed its commitment to supporting efforts to achieve the Great Green Wall initiative underway in parts of West Africa
Addressing the opening session of the fourth conference of the Sahel and West Africa Program in support of the Great Green Wall initiative in Accra,, Ghana's Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, stated his government's commitment to address issues of land degradation and deforestation in line with the Initiative The Sudanese delegation to the conference headed by the National Coordinator for Sustainable Natural Resources Management, Ibrahim Doka Al-Bashir, presented successful examples in different regions of Sudan, especially in the states of Kassala, White Nile, Gezira and North Kordofan. Al Bashir cited the government's support for the green wall program nationwide in different regions of Sudan The Great Green Wall initiative is an umbrella program supported by the Global Environmental Fund and the World Bank in 12 selected countries in West Africa and the Sahel, using a landscaping approach. The project, which focuses on tree planting, is aimed at achieving food security, poverty reduction and efficient water use, reducing climate change risk exposure, soil health and sustainable biodiversity. The Sahel and West Africa Program (SAWAP) in support of the Great Green Wall initiative is being implemented in Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, The Sudan, Chad and Togo. As part of the management of the project and institutional arrangements, project directors from the beneficiary countries, scientists, environmentalists, policy makers and media practitioners meet regularly to take stock of the state of implementation and developments and share the lessons learnt.
Governor Hussein Affirms Support to Projects to be Implemented by UAE in Khartoum
Khartoum - Governor of Khartoum State First Lt. Gen. Abdul-Rahim Mohamed Hussein has affirmed support of his government to the projects that have been agreed upon by Khartoum Locality with a number of institutions of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the context of the progressing relations between Sudan and UAE under the sponsorship of the leaderships of the two sisterly countries. This came when the governor met the Commissioner of Khartoum Locality, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Ali Osman. The commissioner said a UAE delegation arrives in Khartoum today to discuss implementation of the projects that had been agreed upon by the two sides. The projects include establishment of a central market for vegetables and fruits at international standards and big zoo and reserve for animals in Khartoum.
AfDB renews its support to Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA)-The Representative of African Development Bank (AfDB) in Sudan , Abdoul Kamara has underlined the bank concern with projects presented by government of Sudan. Kamara said in press conference he held at the Bank premises in Khartoum, Wednesday, the AfDB focuses in Sudan on areas of increase of capacity building and cooperation with private sector. He reviewed projects funded by AfDB in Sudan since it resumed its activities in 2007, which covered area of health, combating poverty and drought and resources management. Kamara mentioned that Sudan has benefited from loans and grants of 200 million dollars from the Bank in funding 11 development projects. He pointed out that the national dialogue and lifting sanctions imposed on Sudan made incentives for supporting the basic services and infrastructural projects. The AfDB Representative in Sudan also reviewed in the press conference projects funded by the Bank in Africa in areas of electrification of disadvantaged areas, food, industry , promotion of regional integration and Improvement of standard of living.
May 10, 2017
American Companies Design Investment Projects in River Nile
Khartoum - Minister of Investment, Industry and Tourism of the River Nile, State, Mahmoud Mohamed Mahmoud announced that US companies are working on the design of investment projects in the state, saying it would constitute a shift for the state and a significant impact on the regional level. The minister said that the state is witnessing a high turn from investors from the Gulf countries, which requires development of performance and create the appropriate climate for these investments, noting that computerization of the work of the ministry contributes to facilitate investment procedures. Director of the State Information Center, Engineer Damra Haddad expressed the readiness of the center to provide all technical support and training, praising the great efforts to computerize the work of the ministry of investment.
Sudanese-Turkish Economic and Trade Partnership Agreement initialed
Khartoum, (SUNA)-The Sudanese Technical Committee signed with its Turkish counterpart a 26-item Economic and Commercial Partnership Agreement. The Agreement stipulates each party provides each other with lists of commodities and that another round of talks would be held in next July in Turkey prior to final signing by Presidents of Sudan and Turkey in Khartoum. Chairman of the Sudanese Technical Committee, Mohamed Ali signed for Sudan and Chairman of Turkish side signed for Turkey. Minister of State for Trade, Al-Sadiq Mohamed Ali commended while he was addressing the conclusion of the two-day Sudanese-Turkish Economic and Trade talks at Corinthia Hotel in Khartoum efforts of the technical committees of the two countries , calling on the committees to speed up execution of tasks assigned to them. He said the economic and trade partnership between Sudan and Turkey would contribute to increase of volume of exchange of trade between he two countries, affirming concern of political leadership with partnership with Turkey, especially after lifting sanctions against Sudan. He stressed importance of speeding up completion of economic and commercial cooperation deals between Sudan and Turkey. Deputy Minister of Economy and Trade has underlined his country support to Sudan in all fields, lauding the positive developments occurred at Sudanese arena. He underscored Turkey readiness to promote for Sudanese products at European markets, receive Sudanese exports , provide training opportunities and technical aid to Sudan in its talks to access the World Trade Organization (WTO).
National Liberation and Justice Party Affirms its Participation in National Accord Government
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The National Liberation and Justice Party, led by Dr. Al-Tigani Sessi, has confirmed its participation in the coming national accord government and named Asia Mohamed Abdalla Idris for a federal ministry and Ibrahim Yousif Mohamed Abdalla for the position of state minister. In a statement to SUNA, the State Minister at the Council of Ministers and spokesman of the National Liberation and Justice Party, Ahmed Fadul Abdalla, has affirmed the participation of his party in the coming national accord government, which is expected to be announced in the coming days.
Fadul said that his party is sticking to its right to participate at all levels in support to the peace process and implementation of the national dialogue recommendations. He stated that the leader of the leader of the National Liberation and Justice has traveled abroad for known reasons and with the knowledge of the state's leadership, explaining that he was not angry as some media have said. Fadul affirmed Dr. Sessi will return home in the coming days to contribute to realization of the national agenda via his membership in the Parliament and his leadership to the National Liberation and Justice Party.
May 09, 2017
Lifting of US Sanctions Creates Conducive Business and Investment Environment to Sudan
(Muawad Mustafa - Neimat al Naiem) - Khartoum - The Delegation of the European Union to Sudan is celebrating these days the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. On coincidence with occasion, Sudan Vision has conducted a brief interview with the Head of Delegation of the European Union in Sudan, H.E. Ambassador Jean Michel Dumond. The interview tackled several areas related to the EU assistance to Sudan. At the beginning Mr. Dumond said that the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties represents an opportunity to review the process and deal with the successes and the failures as well in the course of the European Union, adding that there are lessons to be learnt for the sake of improving the Union. He said that the EU is one of the most developed regions in the world because they have built institutions, promoted good governance. Strong relations based on contacts. After 60 years the EU has success learning from success and failure, pointing out to the cooperation with Sudan to improve the level of conditions of the people of Sudan. “EU welcomed the decision of the United States to lift economic and financial sanctions, which create conducive business and investment to Sudan. It encourages the Europeans to come to Sudan.” he added. He pointed to the great contact with the Sudanese private sector to visit Europe to facilitate contacts in order to promote trade and investment. He added that the decisions on investment are based on the study of market, on the prospective of selling products in Sudan. Ambassador DUMOND explained the main focus areas for the EU assistance in Sudan of the most vulnerable people based on the policy which. EU provides technical assistance to the government to elaborate issues. EU tries to assist in sustainable development. As far as Education is concerned the EU work for equality of education access of equality of girls and boys considering it as a key for the future, and development of Sudan. livestock as important element in economy Sudan is able to increase export of cattle particularity to the Gulf countries; in addition to the food security and nutrition. He also noted the technical and vocational training in terms of training of teachers EU developed its programs regard to the climate change as far as Sudan is one of the countries affected by climate change, noting to their discussion with the authorities in the government. “The assistance would be to keep water after the rainy season.” He said He affirmed that the EU is eager to extend support to everybody, adding that Sudan with its all components, the political authorities, private sector, civil society, opposition, businessmen and to all Sudanese people in order to contribute in the three fields, first to contribute to peace and stability in Sudan and also in the region. Second to contribute to sustainable development which benefits all the people of Sudan. Third to contribute to strengthen the process of democratization and the respect of the human rights for both men and women. On the EU efforts with the SPLM-N to join the peace process, he affirmed that the EU welcomed the AUHIP roadmap and held several discussions with the leaders of the SPLM-N to convince them join the peace process.
Full text of the interview will be published in our upcoming issues.
Parliament Approves Report on Strategic Railways Plan
Khartoum (SUNA) - The Parliament, chaired by its Speaker Prof. Ibrahim Ahmed Omer, Monday approved a report on the strategic railways plan which was presented at the Parliament's sitting the Minister of Transport, Roads and Bridges, Engineer Makawi Mohamed Awad. The minister said that strategic plan aims for promoting the Railways Corporation, referring to the role of the Railways Corporation in the economic growth. He referred to the four phases for implementing the railways strategic plan. Meanwhile, the Cabinet Affairs Minister tabled before the National Assembly regulations of the National Ribat University on the promotion of the teaching staff and the educational disciplinary students.
The Government to Provide Guarantees for Cotton Financing
Khartoum - Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning announced the commitment of the government to provide the required guarantees to finance the cotton growing for the agricultural season of 2017 - 2018 at the level of the irrigated and rain fed sectors. Minister of Finance, Badr Al-Din Mahmoud confirmed, at the meeting on the preparation of cotton for the new season in the ministry yesterday, confirmed the commitment of his ministry to issue the necessary guarantees to finance the cultivation of cotton in the largest possible area and increase the cultivated areas in irrigated and rain fed projects, according to the required controls in order to increase production for exports, directing the portfolio to provide funding and ensure its flow in time for producers. The minister also directed the Agricultural Bank and the Savings Bank to open accounts for producers' organizations, facilitate collective and individual financing operations and facilitate the financing of production inputs, stressing the government's commitment to fight the diversion of cotton production outside official channels.
Start of the Sudanese-Turkish Negotiations on Economic and Trade Partnership
Khartoum - State Minister for Trade, Al-Sadiq Mohamed Ali stressed the importance of integration with Turkey to benefit from its advanced capabilities in the field of economy and trade, revealing the visit of the Turkish President to the country in the coming period to sign a trade agreement with Sudan. Addressing the second session of talks, the minister acknowledged the weakness of trade exchange and the trade balance between the two countries, which does not exceed 400 million dollars, despite the historical relations, noting that the partnership with Turkey plays an important role to increase the volume of trade exchange, stressing the commitment of the Sudanese government to provide all facilities for Turkish investments, in addition to benefiting from Turkey's technical potential to enter the Sudanese goods to the Turkish and European markets, calling on the Turkish government to enter in investments in Sudan to take advantage of its available resources. For his part, Turkish Deputy Minister of Economy stressed the commitment of the Turkish government to enter the Turkish investors to Sudan to take advantage of its multiple potentials and work on the development of agricultural production, noting that the cooperation of the Turkish and Sudanese government is to improve infrastructure in Sudan and increase the volume of trade exchange between the two countries, revealing Turkish efforts to develop the Sudanese private sector and sign agreements with it, stressing the support of the Turkish government for Sudan's efforts to join the World Trade Organization and work to provide appropriate opportunities for training in negotiation and provide technical support in the fields of industrial and agricultural fields, expressing his hope for the success of negotiations to serve the interests of the two peoples. In a related development Sudan and Turkey have discussed the means of implementing the mechanisms of the economical agreements after the two sides agreed to upgrade the economical cooperation in terms of economical partnership. Minister of Finance and Economical Planning said after his meeting with the visiting Turkish delegation that the expected visit of the Turkish PM will give a great push to the cooperation between the two countries, promising to avail conducive investment environment.
May 08, 2017
Telecommunications Minister Meets US American Media Delegation
KHARTOUM (Mohamed Omar El-Haj- Al-Sammani Awadallah) - The Minister of Telecommunications Dr. Tahani Abdallah Atiya has met with visiting delegation of American journalists. The minister briefed the delegation on the impact of US economic sanctions on Sudan, especially on the field of telecommunications and information technology. She noted that Sudan would have been able to promote many European and American products should the economic sanctions would have not been in place, hoping that the US Administration will reconsider its stance and expedite the lifting of the sanctions to end the suffering of Sudanese people through normalize relations between the two countries so that the US investors are able to tap Sudanese abundant resources in the service of mutual interests. The Minister further briefed the visiting delegation of remarkable progress Sudan has achieved in the field of telecommunications and information technology despite decades long US sanctions on Sudan and dire conditions the country has gone through due to wars. During a meeting at Corinthia Hotel in Khartoum, the US journalists got acquainted with the press law in Sudan, the activities of Sudanese press freedom organization, its role in capacity building and the overall press freedoms in Sudan and the world in general. CMPI President, Dr. Uchenna Ekwo, expressed his admiration of "Young digital journalist project" the center is carrying out in collaboration with Youth Information Technology Foundation. Dr. Ekwo promised to provide training for Sudanese journalists within the framework of the project.
Justice Ministry: Arab Investment Court Most Important Arm of Arab League
Khartoum - State Minister at the Ministry of Justice, Tahani Ali Tor Aldabba has affirmed that the Arab investment Court is considered one of the most important legal arms of the Arab League and its task in settling disputes indifferent fields of Arab investments at a time when the international economy has now became depending on the regional and international blocs and external investments. She said, while addressing the inauguration of the Arab investment forum at Al Salam Rotana Hotel on the role of the court in developing encouraging and protecting Arab investment. She said that Sudan is one of the first countries to sign the court charter and ratified the documents related to its establishment. This represents commitment forms the part of Sudan towards all the Arab Nations issues and support the progress of the court by one of outstanding ladies in this field which is Nimat Al Hiweiris who used to hold the post of the general advocate of Sudan government. She considered the forum as an opportunity for the brothers from the Arab countries to come together and strengthening relations and avails opportunity for benefiting from the scientific and legal expertise of experts. For his part, Minister of Justice Awad Al Hassan Al Nour said Sudan is recently seeing a big turnout of investors after Almighty Allah has endowed it with the grace of security and abundance of wealth on the ground and under the ground. This matter which requires legislations related to investment with the aim of facilitating and simplifying measures as well as removing all obstacles for bringing about an environment that would provide all the elements required for the inflow of investment and promoting and encouraging investment.
Sudanese Industries Fair to Kick off on May 21
Khartoum (Khalda Elyas) - The events of the Sudanese industries fair “Made in Sudan” is to kick off on May 21 and will continue up June 4 in its seventh session in Fairs land in Burri neighborhood in coordination with the Sudanese Industrial Chambers Union and the Sudanese Company for Zones and Free Markets along with the participation of all the national factories and companies. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry Bilal Yousif and the chair of the High Committee of the Fair has pointed out that this fair aims to boost confidence in the Sudanese industries and highlighted the continuous growth and development of the Sudanese industries upheaval along with promoting all sectors of food, engineering , leather industries , shoes industry ,sugar, plastic , cement and other industries stressing that the fair is considered a real gauge of the vast advancement industry is seeing. He called on the private sector to synchronize efforts towards increasing production to cover the domestic markets and export to the African, Arab, European and American countries noting that the fair is a good opportunity for exchanging expertise and experiments as well as the previous and latter integration of the private and public sectors He called on foreign and domestic investors , commercial attaches and embassies to visit the fair for creating leading industrial and investment partnerships. For his part General Director of Internal Auditing Mohamed Sir Al-Khatim Al-Bahi has affirmed the state attention to implementing the five year program of the state reform as a basic axis around which plans and program revolve for restoring equilibrium and stability and improving the standard of living.
Mobile Clinic for Tuberculosis Treatment
Khartoum (Haffiya Elyas) - Ministry of Health inaugurated, here yesterday, a mobile clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis equipped with all techniques, including all the states of Sudan at a cost of half million dollars, with the support of the Global Support Fund and the United Nations Development Program. Health Minister, Bahr Idriss Abu Garda said, in the inauguration ceremony, that the inauguration comes within the framework of the dissemination of health services in the country, stressing that the service of the mobile clinic is a qualitative addition to the tuberculosis control program in Sudan, pointing out that the program needs additional clinics to reach all citizens, pointing to the presence of mobile teams roaming all states. For his part, Director of the Department of Disease Control in the Ministry, Dr. Tariq Abdullah said that the inauguration of the mobile clinic is for the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis in various areas of Sudan, stressing that tuberculosis is still present in Sudan, despite the low rates of mortality to 50 percent compared to 1990.
May 05, 2017
President Al-Bashir Issues Republican Decree Approving Employment Structure of General Prosecution
Khartoum, (SUNA)- President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, Thursday issued a republican decree approving the employment structure of the General Prosecution. The new job structure of the is aimed to enable the General Prosecution carry out its role enshrined in the Constitution for the year 2005, amendment 2016, and the General Prosecution Act for the year 2017, and implementing the state reform program and recommendations of the national dialogue conference.
Parliament to Hear Statement of Transport Minister on Railways Strategy
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The National Assembly (Parliament) will hear in its session on Monday a statement of the Minister of Transport on the strategic plan of the Railways and a report of the Legislation, Justice and Human Rights Committee about the interim decree on the Council of Justice for the year 2017. On Tuesday, the National Assembly will discuss reports of its financial, economic and investment affairs committee on the General Auditor's report about results of the accounts' auditing for the year 2015 and the supplementary reports, besides a joint report of the assembly's legislation, justice and human rights committee on the bill on Insurance Control Act for the year 2016 at the general features phase. The National Assembly will also deliberate about a report of the Legislation and justice committee about the Judicial Sciences Institute for the year 2017. The Assembly will deliberate on Wednesday about a statement given by the Minister of Defence on the civil aviation strategy for the year 2017 - 2031, in addition to reports of the assembly's security and defence committee and the legislation and justice committee on the provisional decree about the Act of the People's Defence Forces, amendment for the year 2017. On Wednesday also, the assembly will discuss a provisional decree about the national fund for medical services, amendment of the year 2017.
Sudan participates in Arab Conference for Investment, Real estate and Banks in Jordan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Expert at the Commercial Real Estate Bank and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Engineering Contractors Engineer Malik Ali Dongola has affirmed the pioneering role of the bank in financing and developing the real estate sector in Sudan as a sector represents a model for Sudanese-Gulf investment cooperation. The Engineering Advisor Dongola pointed out, during his participation and review of the working paper on "Strategic Planning for Investment in the Real Estate Sector in Sudan: Problems and Constraints" at the Arab Conference for Investment, Real Estate and Banks held in Jordan, that during the past 20 years Sudan witnessed great development in roads, bridges, airports and residential camps and facilities as well as reconstruction and development projects in the various states of Sudan. He added that the same period also witnessed the implementation of many real estate development projects in various fields, referring to the status of the real estate investment in Sudan as a vast country representing promising market for many projects in this field for establishment of strong infrastructure including network of roads, railways and the construction of airports to transport goods and individuals, stressing that the Sudan linking through borders with 7 countries creating geographical status of investment advantages in the field not available to most countries of the world through the availability of opportunities for infrastructure projects, effective communication and transport networks to export goods and services to these countries. In his paper, Dongola pointed to the efforts exerted by the state to create a sound investment environment by introducing several amendments to the legislations and laws to deal with negatives and give more facilities, concessions and guarantees to encourage investment and adopt comprehensive reform programs for the Sudanese economy to maximize the role of the private sector in economic activity and control inflation, exchange rates and balance of payments and tax reform and the adoption of economic liberalization for all aspects of production including the rapid development of telecommunication services, land roads, sea ports, airports, banks and re-drafting pro-investment tax system to create a supportive environment to make partnership with the community along with the improvement in the balance of payments position and the increase in deposits in the banking system by 20%.
May 04, 2017
Minister of State for Justice presides over Sudan delegation to AALCO meetings
Nairobi, (SUNA)-The Minister of State for Justice, Dr Tahani Torad-Debba chaired Sudan's delegation participating in meetings of the 56th session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) which is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya during May 1-5 with participation of delegations from a number of Arab and African countries. Dr Tahani indicated in her speech before the AALCO meeting to current political and legal developments in Sudan, underlining Sudan's commitment with international laws and conventions as it was stipulated the current constitution of Sudan. The Minister of State for Justice reviewed the state efforts on enactment of laws and legislations that contributed to curbing the organized crimes, human trafficking, corruption, money laundering and terrorism. She indicated that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has breached the UN Charter, and principles of justice and the international law.
Khartoum, Abu Dhabi agree to enforce several agricultural and livestock production projects
Khartoum, (SUNA) - A delegation from Khartoum State headed by the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Mohamed Salih Jabir and the Commissioner of Khartoum Locality Lt. Gen. Ahmed Ali Osman Abu Shanab have got acquainted with the experience of the central markets in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates within the framework of regulation and modern design of the markets to ensure circulation of agricultural and animal products of high quality in preparation for transferring the experience of the city of Abu Dhabi in this domain to Khartoum State. The Khartoum State's delegation discussed with the Director of the Office of the Head of Business Department of the President of the State Sheikh Mohamed Bin Khalid Al-Nahyan His Excellency Abdul-Jalil Al-Baluki, the Presidents of a group of UAE companies, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gulf Bank-Khartoum and the Chairman of the Emirates Investment and Agricultural Production Company in Khartoum, ways of joint cooperation and the implementation of a number of projects during the coming period for the benefit of the two peoples in various development, agricultural and livestock production besides activation of tourism work in Khartoum and push all projects that will achieve sustainable development in the state. For his part, Gen. Abu Shanab said that the visit came in response to the desire of the group of UAE companies to invest in Khartoum after the visit of paid by their delegates during the past month where the two sides agreed to study a number of projects in the framework of the construction of markets, revitalization of tourism work and establishment of the largest animal park in the country.
President Bashir receives parliament response to his speech before the legislature
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The President of the Republic, Omar Bashir, on Wednesday received the parliamentary delegation that submitted the legislature response to the statement delivered by the President of the Republic earlier. President Bashir in statement before the parliamentary delegation has stressed that over a hundred political parties and organizations are taking part in the coming National Accord Government's various levels and powers including the executive and legislative and that this would entail expanding he parliament in a way that it would observe all these forces and be ready to draft the coming permanent constitution in the country. He said the committee to draft the constitution would be given a full year for consultations with the various political, social and civil society forces, research centers, institutions and private citizens in and outside the Sudan to express their full view on the matter. The president underlined the need for tighter cooperation between the legislative and executive bodies in the country in line with the specifications set for each of them the president has expressed his appreciation for the huge role played by the parliament during the past period and that his government remains keen for cooperation with the legislature to further boost the building of the state at all levels. He said all indices show that the country is heading for a period of full recovery in all areas, showing a new era of stability and progress in the country, ahead. The president pointed out to the unique experience of the Sudanese people and state in the parliamentary domains as well as its creative approach in resolving problems and challenges facing the nation, referring to the National Dialogue and its outcome and how many counties with social and political diversities want to copy for resolving their differences. Professor Ibrahim Ahmed Omar, the Speaker, has referred to the various rich experiences of the Sudan in the domain of legislations and political actions and the national Dialogue as well as the recent constitutional amendments which all pour into the country's interests, security, stability and prosperity of the people.
May 03, 2017
Parliament Ratifies Interim Decree on Transfer of some Powers of President to National Prime Minister
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The National Assembly, chaired by its Speaker Prof. Ibrahim Ahmed Omer, Tuesday ratified a report of the Legislations, Justice and Human Rights and the Labor, Administration and Grievances Committee on the provisional decree on the Miscellaneous Amendments Act for the year 2017 regarding the transfer of some powers of the President of the Republic to the National Prime Minister. Meanwhile, the Cabinet Affairs Minister, Ahmed Saad Omer, said that Sudan is currently witnessing political progress following the agreement on the national dialogue document, which has introduced the position of the National Prime Minister.
Minister of Communications Affirms Important Role of Central Census Organ
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Tahani Attiya, has underscored the importance of the role of the Central Census Organ in boosting the development and services. This came in her address Tuesday at the Communication Tower to a joint meeting of the senior officials at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Central Census Organ. The minister has affirmed her ministry's readiness to provide all forms of support to the Central Census Organ for accomplishing projects of the population and agricultural censuses scheduled in the year 2018. Dr. Tahani has affirmed importance of the information provided through the censuses for identifying the developments in the society and drawing up the strategic plans of the state.
Economic Expert Praises CBOS Step of Injecting Foreign Currency into Banks
Khartoum - Banking Expert Abdulminim Nour Al-Din has affirmed that Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS) injecting of foreign currency into the banking system came as a result of polices and plans adopted by the l Bank for pumping liquidity of foreign currency to cover the needs of the banking system with regards to opening letters of credit for importing wheat petroleum, sugar drugs…etc. Nour Eldin described in a statement to Sudan Vision the measure of pumping as a normal one applied every now and then as the rule is known to all that when the supply increases demand decreases, a matter that will lead to the depreciation of foreign currency exchange rate and the adverse is true whenever there is scarcity in currency demand increases The expert noted that foreign currency resources are multiple including purchasing exports proceeds and loans and donations. Nour Eldin expressed hope that Sudanese pound exchange rate against foreign currencies would be stable to boost the country’s economic position. He said the depreciation of the dollar exchange rate against the Sudanese pound from SDG18.40 to SDG17 in the parallel market is considered a good exchange rate while the base price of the dollar has reached SDG15.16.
Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister: relations between people are built on love and common interests.
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Saudi Minister for Islamic Affairs and Orientation, Dr. Salih Bin Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh, on Tuesday stressed that strong relations between people could be cemented further through brotherhood, love and common interests. The visiting Saudi official who was touring the Islamic Jurisdiction Complex in Khartoum, said it is though peaceful call that the Islamic and Sunni sect could be united and that this was one of the main pillar for any Islamic call. He said Fatwas are part and parcel of the Islamic community and that it was through good Fatwa that reform could be effected and good worshiping could be observed. He said Saudi Arabia is the land for all Muslim people around the globe and that Saudi Arabia encourages the moderate Sunni sect as this would strengthen and empower this sect that would strengthen and multiply the Muslim umma.
Member of the Sudanese Islamic Jurisprudence complex, Dr Isam Al Bashir, has on his part commended the visit of the Saudi Minister which came in response to an invitation by the President of the Republic with the view to strengthen further relations between the two countries
May 02, 2017
Sudan, Kenya discuss ways of cooperation in oil and gas industry
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Oil and Gas Dr. Mohamed Zayid Awad has reviewed ways of Technical cooperation in the oil and gas industry with the Ambassador of the State of Kenya to Sudan Arown K. Suge. Dr. Awad pointed out to the importance of technical cooperation between the two countries for their pioneering experience in the oil and gas industry, reviewing Sudan more-than-twenty year experience in oil export, which enabled it to indigenize the industry and manage all technical operations within the sector with Sudanese hands, pointing to the promising opportunities in the ocks being prepared for investment as well as the opportunities in the construction of refineries and pipelines. The minister pointed to the importance of aoperation between the two countries in the implementation of the outcome of the visit of the President of the State of Kenya to Sudan in October last year and his standing on the experience of the oil and gas industry in Sudan from the source to downstream through his visit to the Khartoum efinery. The Kenyan ambassador expressed his country's desire to cooperate with Sudan in the oil and gas industry in the field of modern technology, training, capacity building and technical cooperation. He affirmed readiness of the Kenyan Ministry of Energy to manage cooperation files in the fields that serve the interests of the two countries, praising the Sudanese oil and gas production revolution.
American Companies to Design and Execute Model Farms with the Latest International Systems
Khartoum - Three US specialized companies have embarked on designing, implementing and managing a model farm project for Sudan in accordance with the latest international systems to be a model in the Middle East.The project is implemented for the National Project for Animal and Horticultural Production and national cadres of newly graduated and qualified persons are to be trained to manage and operate the farms which are to be implemented at the level of the states of Sudan. The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Badr-Eddin Mahmoud stressed, during his meeting at the ministry premises with the representatives of American companies including the Five G, Fundamentals and the World Wide Series), the government concern with supporting investment in the productive sectors in the agricultural and animal sectors to promote the horticultural and animal production through modernization of the means of production and utilization of Global technology to increase added value for production, enhance export and open new global markets for Sudanese production. The minister pledged to support the economic cooperation relations between the Sudanese and US private sectors, stressing that the doors of Sudan will remain open for more American investments to enable them take advantage from Sudan's diverse natural resources for the benefit of both sides and the countries of the region. The Minister described the model farms project as unprecedented cooperation between the two countries. "We are targeting sustainable economic cooperation between the two sides," he said. The Representative of Five G. Company, which is specialized in farms design in the United States Donald Gribble, revealed that his company has started to design model farms in Sudan, the latest of its kind in the Middle East, while the Fundamentals Company, which is specialized in farm management system, is committed to absorb and train Sudanese university graduates on the global administrative systems to be the nucleus of national management to assumed the farms management two years from now. Chip McLaurin, the representative of the World Wide Series for Genetic Improvement, vowed to set up a center for the collection and production of sperm on the latest global systems instead of importing them from abroad to improve the genetic diversity of Sudanese cattle breeds to raise the productivity of the national herd and develop milk and meat production. The three companies announced an expected visit of the heads of their companies to Sudan during a month time at the invitation of the National Project for Animal and Horticultural Production, expecting entry of more than three US companies to Sudan during the next six months to complete the model farms project.
Sudan, Belarus sign co-operation agreement on minerals
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Ministry of Minerals signed Monday a joint cooperation agreement with the Belarusian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. The Minister of Minerals, Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Sadiq Al-Karuri signed on behalf of his ministry whereas the Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection signed for the Belarusian side. The agreement included 5 key issues investment, environmental studies, development of laboratory, cooperation in the field of legislation and modern technologies. The Director General of the Public Geological Research Corporation Dr. Mohamed Abu Fatima Abdullah explained, in press statement after the signing, that the agreement comprised five axes investment in the industrial and agricultural minerals and precious metals associated with them, the second axis included environmental studies and the study of modern techniques for the treatment of traditional mining waste and how to get rid of them and to find alternatives, while the third axis focused on the laboratory support and development, finding ways of joint cooperation in bringing new technologies and the training of technical staff on them. The fourth axis encompasses cooperation in policy and legislative action and ways to develop them to be more attractive for the investment in natural resources, especially mineral resources and the fifth axis covered cooperation in bringing and use of satellites by taking advantage of the Belarusian experience in the field of space and remote sensing. Dr. Abu Fatima stressed that the implementation of these agreements would take place through an executive committee composed by the Ministry of Minerals and its Belarusian counterpart, pointing to the tendency to take advantage of the minerals found in the Red Sea coast, particularly the salt to work on finding new technologies to extract more than one type of salt from the Red Sea coast.
May 01, 2017
American companies design and execute model farms with the latest international systems in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Three US specialized companies have embarked on designing, implementing and managing a model farm project for Sudan in accordance with the latest international systems to be a model in the Middle East. The project is implemented for the National Project for Animal and Horticultural Production and national cadres of newly graduated and qualified persons are to be trained to manage and operate the farms which are to be implemented at the level of the states of Sudan. The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Badr-Eddin Mahmoud stressed, during his meeting at the ministry premises with the representatives of American companies including the Five G, Fundamentals and the World Wide Series), the government concern with supporting investment in the productive sectors in the agricultural and animal sectors to promote the horticultural and animal production through modernization of the means of production and utilization of Global technology to increase added value for production, enhance export and open new global markets for Sudanese production. The minister pledged to support the economic cooperation relations between the Sudanese and US private sectors, stressing that the doors of Sudan will remain open for more American investments to enable them take advantage from Sudan's diverse natural resources for the benefit of both sides and the countries of the region. The Minister described the model farms project as unprecedented cooperation between the two countries. "We are targeting sustainable economic cooperation between the two sides," he said. The Representative of Five G. Company, which is specialized in farms design in the United States Donald Gribble, revealed that his company has started to design model farms in Sudan, the latest of its kind in the Middle East, while the Fundamentals Company, which is specialized in farm management system, is committed to absorb and train Sudanese university graduates on the global administrative systems to be the nucleus of national management to assumed the farms management two years from now. Chip McLaurin, the representative of the World Wide Series for Genetic Improvement, vowed to set up a center for the collection and production of sperm on the latest global systems instead of importing them from abroad to improve the genetic diversity of Sudanese cattle breeds to raise the productivity of the national herd and develop milk and meat production. The three companies announced an expected visit of the heads of their companies to Sudan during a month time at the invitation of the National Project for Animal and Horticultural Production, expecting entry of more than three US companies to Sudan during the next six months to complete the model farms project.
Actual Start of Private Sector Sale and Purchase of Gold
Khartoum- An official source at Central Bank of Sudan has announced that a big number of companies have applied to the Central Bank of Sudan to allow them to work in the field of sale and export of gold in conformity with the restrictions to be determined as provided for in the circular of the Central Bank of Sudan which organizes entry of the private sector in the purchase and sale of gold dated March 2017 whereby all these agencies were awarded initial authorization prior to offering them the final authorization. Meanwhile a number of companies have completed all the required procedures related to presenting documents as well as depositing five kilograms of gold at the refinery as a security and proof of seriousness to work in gold. This step comes in completion of the policy announced by the Central Bank of Sudan for permitting the private sector to purchase and export gold which was agreed on with the Ministry of Minerals as an organizing agency of mining and the department of goldsmiths and the Sudanese General Federation of Employers Union. It is noteworthy that some of these companies were offered the final authorization and they started actually the purchase and sale of considerable quantities to gold refinery and the export of the agreed on percentages a matter that boosted Central Bank resources of foreign currency.
Al-Karouri: Total Lifting of Sanctions Will Enable Mining Sector to Attract Modern Technology
Khartoum - The Minister of Minerals Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Sadiq Al-Karouri has said Sudan is looking forward for a fruitful cooperation with the Republic of Belarus, especially in the minerals sector, which he described as promising. Addressing the opening session of the Sudanese-Belarusian talks at the premises of the Ministry of Minerals in Khartoum yesterday, the minister reviewed the great capacities of Sudan in the minerals field, pointing out that Sudan posses a gold refinery with a capacity of 270 tons annually that meets the needs of the country and the neighboring states. Dr. Al-Karuri pointed out that the minerals sector in Sudan comprises the traditional mining sector that depends on surface gold and spread in 12 states of the country, saying some one million people operate in this sector that produces 80% of the country’s total gold production. He went on to say that more than 361 national and foreign companies are also operating in the gold mining sector in Sudan, noting that the country produced 93.4 tons of gold last year. The minister indicated that the mining sector in Sudan was affected by the American sanctions that had been imposed on the country, saying that the total lifting of these sanctions would enable the sector to attract the required modern technology. He called on the Belarusian side to assist in developing mining laboratories, saying that a joint protocol on technical cooperation would be signed at the conclusion of the talks. The Belarusian Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Andrei Kovkhuto, on his part, affirmed his country’s desire for fruitful cooperation with Sudan in all fields, especially in the sphere of precious minerals, regarding exploration and production.
April 28, 2017
Foreign Ministry: High Expectations for the Writing off of Sudan Debts after Lifting of Ameican Sanctions
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Kamal Ismail, pointed out that Sudan has fulfilled all the required technical conditions for writing off its debts, indicating that this issue was acknowledged by several international organizations. Interviewed by SUNA, the minister said that for pure political reasons the international organizations did not manage to exempt Sudan from the payment of debts. He referred to hopes, especially following the cancellation of the economic sanctions, that Sudan will achieve the writing off of its debts by the donor countries and the financial institutions. On the impact of the efforts of Sudan to contribute to reducing the illegal immigration, the minister referred to ongoing consultations between Sudan and the European countries in this connection. He said that Sudan has expressed in several occasions and forums its readiness to cooperate with the European countries for combating illegal immigration through practical and potential programs that are agreed upon by the two sides. He said that the dialogue with the European Union countries includes a number of issues of concern to both sides, adding that many European countries are showing understanding to the situation in Sudan. He explained that Sudan has restored its relations with several European countries at the bilateral level and stated cooperation with them via the joint consultation committees, which is the stage that would be followed by several steps toward the full normalizations of relations.
Memorandum of understanding on producing biofuel in Sudan signed
Khartoum, (SUNA)-A memorandum of understanding was signed , Thursday, between the Higher Council for Environment and Urban Development in Khartoum State, the Africa City of Technology and the Malaysian Bionas Group during a workshop organized by the National Assembly's Agriculture Committee. The projects set to produce two million tons of Jatropha plant oil. Representative of the Parliament Agriculture Committee aims to fight poverty and raise standard of living , increase capacity building for small producers at rural areas by targeting five million and 600 thousand people . Director of Africa City of Technology, Dr Osama Al-Reis said the production of biofuel was a national project set to bridge the gap in production of electricity especially at rural areas. The Minister at the Higher Council for Environment in Khartoum State, Maj.Gen. Omer Nimir indicated to importance of Parliament role in enactment of laws and legislations for environmental field, stressing importance of partnership to make use of Malaysian experiment in domain of production of biofuel.
Minister of Finance discusses projects funded by IDB
Khartoum,(SUNA)-The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Badr-Eddin Mahmoud discussed with mission of the Islamic Development Bank(IDB) the existing projects and the new borrowing program for years 2017-018, calling on IDB to increase cooperation especially in areas of grants and assistance. This came during his meeting the official of Projects Portfolio in Sudan, Zuhair Mohamed in presence of Minister of State for Finance, Dr Abdul-Rahman Dirar. The meeting discussed the new borrowing program which includes important projects such as combating malaria and cancer, development of agriculture in Gadarif State, house slaughters and electricity in Darfur states.a The IDB Official, on his part, appreciated strategic partnership between the Bank and Sudan , indicating to the progressing relations between that the two sides that yielded vital projects contributed to achievement of economic and social development in Sudan.
April 27, 2017
Hamid: New Government Formation to be Announced Mid Next Week
Khartoum- Presidential Assistant and Deputy Chairman of the National Congress Party (NCP) Engineer Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid has affirmed that the governors of the states would remain in their positions and there is no any trend to change them during the current time. He disclosed that formation of the new government would be announced mid next week, saying that the number of the federal ministries would remain as it is (31) ministries and disclosing that the NCP waives 6 portfolios of its share in the government to the newcomers of the political forces, denying presence of changes in the constitutional posts at the Presidency or the leadership of the parliament. Speaking at a press conference on the convening of the General Conference of the NCP on April 28-29 at the Fair Ground in Burri, Hamid said invitations for attending the general conference have found response from 20 external political parties, such as Al-Nahda Party of Tunisia, Justice and Development Party of Morocco besides parties from the Comoros, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and China as well as the ruling parties in Uganda, Chad, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Turkey, Russia, Austria and South Sudan. This is beside figures from the United States of America. Hamid added that the meeting comes to discuss the programmes and performance of the party and enhance its institutions and structures in implementation of the party’s reform document, which call for comprehensive political reform. Meanwhile, Hamid called on the holdouts of parties and armed movements to sign the National Document for the dialogue to realize the aspirations of the Sudanese people for political stability and sustainable development. He expected that the National Umma Party, led by Imam Al-Sadig Al-Mahdi, would join the National Document, hailing all the political forces and the armed movements that responded to the call of President Al Bashir for National Dialogue. He stressed that this consensus have led to consolidation of the internal front that has made Sudan to evade the fate of some troubled countries in the region. Hamid hailed the Armed Forces, the security organs and the Rapid Support Forces for their steadfast before attempts to subjugate Sudan and destabilize it; calling for support to all the security sector and standing beside it at all levels. On Sudan’s foreign relations, Hamid called for calm in Sudan’s relations with Egypt, describing the relations between the two countries as bigger than passing incidents. Concerning South Sudan, Hamid said Sudan supports a secure and stable South Sudan, noting that Sudan opened all corridors for the passage of the humanitarian aid to the affected people in South Sudan. Regarding talks with SPLM-N, Hamid said the government will sit for the negotiations with whoever the movement will chose to head its negotiating delegation, describing the call by SPLM-N to postpone lifting of sanctions from Sudan as a shameful and unethical stance.
Sudan and UN Sign the UN Development Assistance Framework for 2018-2021
Khartoum- Government of Sudan and UN signed yesterday the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2018-2021, which is the planning framework for UN development collaboration in Sudan over the next four years. The UNDAF was signed by His Excellency Mr Osman Ahmed Fadul Wash, Minister of International Cooperation, and Her Excellency Ms Marta Ruedas, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, at an official ceremony that included representatives from the Government of Sudan and the UN. During the ceremony Sudan and UN pledged to foster cooperation, coordination and partnership to implement the UNDAF as the UN’s contribution towards national development plans and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During His Excellency’s speech, the Minister of International Cooperation commended the collaboration between the government of Sudan and the United Nations in producing this framework and added: “This framework helps in addressing challenges facing sustainable development and social work in Sudan such as displacement, migration, refuge, and the social and economic effects of these issues as well”. The formulation of the UNDAF, which was based on extensive consultations with different national stakeholders, including government partners and civil society, was overseen by a government-UN task force, coordinated by the Ministry of International Cooperation, established in June 2015. On her part, Her Excellency Ms Marta Ruedas, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, highlighted that “the new UNDAF is an exceptional opportunity for the UN system to enable an early take-off of the SDGs in Sudan and closely align its support behind the essential ambitions of Sudan’s national development plans”. Her Excellency further added that the “SDGs are extraordinarily ambitious and complex, and require everyone, including the UN, to approach development innovatively. We will need to work across sectors in an all-of-society effort for these ambitions”. Twenty UN agencies, funds and programs will contribute to the execution of this third UNDAF for Sudan, which amounts to $1.4 billion worth of programming over the four-year period in four focus areas: (i) economic development and poverty reduction; (ii) environment, climate resilience and disaster risk management; (iii) social services; (iv) governance, rule of law and institutional capacity development; and (v) community stabilization.
Country Concerned with Exports Development
Khartoum -- Sudan places a great importance on the development of exports to tap its abundant natural and human resources, the First Vice-President National Prime Minister, Bakri Hassan Saleh has stressed. Saleh noted that Sudan is yet to benefit from its riches and boost its exports, which he said are below expectations. Addressing a conference on the role of research institutions and the private sector in exports development, he said the conference aims to unify visions for finding a comprehensive approach to accommodate changes to bridge the gap in planning, adding that the conference comes at the time when Sudan is seeing a remarkable progress, national agreement and the forthcoming the government of national consensus. The National Prime Minister underscored the importance of development and stability – without which he said no stability and peace are achievable. He commended foreign policies, which he said have contributed to Sudan's opening up to the world, adding thjat the lifting of decades-long US sanctions on Sudan promises of progress, prosperity – but such progress he said involves being aware of over changing developments across the world. He called for seizing opportunities to cope with movements in international markets to adapt to the international system, a reference to Sudan's success in joining the membership of World Trade Organization. The First Vice-President underline the importance of providing technologies, applications to ensure the flow of exports in international markets, and create climate conducive to boosting national economy and verifying exports.
The National Prime Minister pledged to take the recommendations of the conference into serious considerations from the part of the government.
April 26, 2017
US Shipping Company to Resume Operations in Sudan
(Middle East Monitor) A United States international shipping company, American President Lines (APL), has announced plans to resume operations next week through Sudan’s costal port of Port Sudan after a 20 year break, local newspapers reported yesterday. The announcement was welcomed by the Chairman of the Board and General Manager of Container Management Agency (CMA) who described the development as a “qualitative” leap in the fortunes of Sudan’s shipping industry. Al Hadi Mahmoud Abdul Qaadir confirmed that the resumption of services followed a visit by the US representative of the company on 20 March to examine infrastructure at the port, handling equipment and storage yards for the containers. Many benefits APL provides shipping and global transportation services and is expected to begin operation in the first week in May from its Singapore port. It follows the temporary lifting of international sanctions against Sudan which is expected to be ratified by the US administration in June this year. Abdul Qaadir, GM of CMA, also confirmed that the lifting of sanction would now lead to an increase in maritime traffic through the Red Sea of up to 500 containers per week Analysts say Sudan’s location will mean that goods heading for Europe will now have an easier passage and supplies intended for the Gulf area will be off-loaded and transferred from Port Sudan. Sudan’s domestic economy is also set to benefit from the shipments which analyst say will help provide openings for direct foreign investment. In addition to the expected benefits to the oil industry, the new shipping contract is also expected to assist Sudanese exports of cotton, sesame, gum Arabic and sugar. Sudan is the world’s largest producer of gum Arabic, a key ingredient in soft drinks and pharmaceutical products. The East African country is also one of the continent’s largest producers of sugar, facing a growing demand both in Sudan and on the Arabian Peninsula.
Finance Minister: Indicators for permanent lifting of US bans on Sudan
Khartoum, (SANA) - The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Badr-Eddin Mahmoud has revealed indicators of permanent lifting of the US sanctions on Sudan after July. He explained, in a voice message from Washington Tuesday, that the sideline meetings of Sudan delegation on the lifting of sanctions within the activities of the meetings of the spring, which were held in Washington recently, reflected indications of a permanent lifting of the sanctions imposed on Sudan. The minister said that the delegation deliberated with the WB and IMF Higher Administration and the US Treasury Department on issues that enable Sudan to return and integrate into the global economy, improve relations and early preparation for the post-ban-lifting stage. He added that positive spirit were prevailing during the meetings of the Sudanese side with the executive directors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and a number of influential countries, especially the Sudan creditors, describing the meetings of this year as the best in dealing with Sudan issues. The minister said that there was a major development in the IMF assistance to Sudan and augmentation of the Fund's windows for writing off its debts. The minister revealed an Arab support for Sudan in the exemption of its foreign debt, pointing out that the joint address of the Arab States included claim for Sudan debt relief, pointing out that Sudan delegation called, during a meeting with the representatives of the British Government, for upgrading of the roundtable on Sudan's debt to be held at the annual meetings of the IMF and the Bank next October and Britain to supervise the debt cancellation question.
US Prinx Company expresses desire to invest in minerals in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The US Prinx Company has expressed desire to invest in Sudan's mineral sector because of its great potentials. The Minister of Minerals Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Sadiq Al-Karouri has said that Sudan has become a mineral state due to the spread of minerals in all its states. He pointed out to the preferential advantages offered by the mining sector to investors, welcoming entry of more American companies to invest in the minerals sector in Sudan. For his part, the Deputy Chairman of the Prinx Company for the Middle East and Africa Michel Costinet said that their company was one of the largest US companies operating in the provision of services, opening of documentary credits and preparation of financial, feasibility and environmental studies in addition to their work in the insurance and transfer of money, gold and precious minerals, revealing that their company has branches in more than 70 countries around the world. Costinet said, in statement to the press after meeting with the Minister of Minerals Tuesday, that they discussed with the minister and ministry officials opportunities of investment in the mining sector in Sudan and the possibility of their company engagement to the sector, adding that they will cooperate with the ministry to develop the work in mining field in Sudan. For his part, the Director General of the Public Geological Research Corporation Dr. Mohamed Abu Fatima said that their meeting with the US Prinx Company was a part of the cooperation between the two sides in the field of mining investment, pointing out that they seek to attract American companies. He stressed that the presence of such companies in the country would be an encouraging entry for other companies to invest in mining sector a matter that contributes to the entry of modern technologies to this sector, which will contribute positively to the increase in production.

President Al-Bashir Receives leader of Ruling Party in Ghana
Khartoum, (SUNA)-President of the Republic and Chairman of the National Congress, received Tuesday at the Guest House the visiting leader of the ruling party in Ghana, Hon Faridi, and discussed ways of strengthening the relations between the two countries. Present at the meeting was Deputy Chairman of the National Congress for the Party's Affairs, Engineer Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid. In a press statement after the meeting, Engineer Hamid said that the meeting comes in the context of the distinguished relations between Sudan and Ghana. He said that the leader of Ghana's ruling party has appreciated the leading role of President Al-Bashir for development at the continent and the opening of Sudan universities and higher education institutes for the African students. He indicated that the meeting came as part of the program adopted by the President for strengthening the link between the African and Arab countries. He said that President Al-Bashir has asked the leader of Ghanaian ruling party to convey an official invitation for the President of Ghana to visit Sudan. Engineer Mahmoud said that the leader of the ruling party in Ghana will attend the General Conference of the National Congress next Friday. Meanwhile, the leader of Ghana ruling party has praised Sudan great contribution to the admission of African students in its higher education institutions as well as the outstanding role of Sudan in Africa.

April 25, 2017
Sudanese Contractors Union discusses with UK Ambassador issues of training and capacity building
Khartoum,(SUNA)-Chairman of the Sudanese Contractors Union, Engineer Al-Sir Awad Salih met, on Monday, with the British Ambassador to Sudan, Michel Aron. The meeting was attended by Director European Department at Foreign Ministry, Dr Yousif Al-Kordufani and Chairman of the Council for Organization of Contractors of Engineering Work, Engineer Malik Dongola. Engineer Dongola said he meeting with UK Ambassador sought ways of supporting training sessions set to be held in United Kingdom for members of the Union during the coming period, participation of Sudanese side in fairs organized by British contractors as part of efforts to increase the capacity building of the Sudanese contractors and return of UK companies to resume their activities in Sudan. He pointed out that the British Ambassador indicated to importance of removing obstacles before financial and bank transfers between Sudan and UK. Engineer Dongola added that the British Ambassador referred to important role of the Sudanese Contractors Union in development of relations between the two countries.
Dr AbuKashawa addresses Session of Human Resources Development in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA)-Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr Somia Abukashawa addressed, Monday, the addressed the Sessionof Human Resources Development in Sudan which is organized by Comboni College in Khartoum and funded by Interior Ministry of Italy. She said the session would address some concerns of youth who seek work opportunities as well as concerns resulted from legal and illegal migrations to EU countries, commending role played by Comboni College in adopting the project and availed the higher education institutions to take part in the session. The Minister expressed appreciation to cooperation of Italy representing in its Embassy in Khartoum which provided services to institutions of higher education, especially to Khartoum University. Dean of Comboni College, Professor, and Abdul-Rahman Khanji said the role of the College was to provide the labor market with well-qualified cadres.
President Al-Bashir to Address Fourth Session of Shura Council of National Congress
Khartoum, (SUNA)- President of the Republic and Chairman of the National Congress, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, will inaugurate next Thursday at Martyr Al-Zubair Conferences' Hall the opening sitting of the Fourth Session of the National Shura Council of the party. In a press statement, the Chairman of the Shura Council, Prof. Kabashor Kuku, has affirmed completion of the preparations for holding the fourth session of the National Congress Shura Council, which will be convened as preparation for the General Conference of the National Congress on Friday and Saturday at the Exhibitions Area in Burri. Prof. Kuku said that he informed the Deputy Chairman of the party Monday on completion of the preparations to hold the meeting of the Shura Council. He explained that the Shura Council will discuss a number of reports relating to the overall political and executive performance, which be referred to the General Conference of the National Congress for deliberation and the issuing of decisions and directives.
April 24, 2017
Four agreements signed between Agricultural Bank and US companies
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Agricultural Bank of Sudan has signed four agreements on the transfer of modern technologies with major US companies in the fields of central irrigation, irrigation pumps, silos, solar energy and water technology. "The lifting of the economic embargo is a breakthrough for the banking sector in general and for the agricultural bank in particular in its capacity as the backbone of the financing of agriculture," said Salah Al-Din Hassan Ahmed, the General Manager of the Agricultural Bank, adding that Sudan's regional and global openness is a great opportunity to transfer technology for the development of agricultural sector. Regarding the outcome of his recent visit to the United States of America within the delegation of the Federal Minister of Agriculture Dr. Ibrahim Al-Dekhairi and the signing of agreements, the Agricultural Bank's General Manager revealed that the Agricultural Bank received written message from the American companies on the direct contact with the Agricultural Bank, adding that the bank received a call from a one of the major US bank on the exchange of documents and data and opening of a direct account within the bank, explaining that after the exchange of documents and the opening of the account, the agreements will immediately be implemented, describing the move as the achievement and good beginning of the banking operations with the global banks in Europe, Arab world and Asia, expecting direct contact with more international banks, pointing to the meeting, during the delegation's visit, with the Ministries of Agriculture, Trade, Treasury and American aid as well as OFAK.
FM: Dialogue with Washington Leaning towards Lifting US Sanctions
Khartoum – (Middle East) The Sudanese government hopes that US economic sanctions will be lifted by July 12. This date was set by the US administration according to the executive order issued by former US President Barack Obama, stipulating lifting the sanctions partially then completely after 180 days once Sudan fulfills the five conditions – known as the “five tracks”. This is what Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour meant when he said that talks with the US were “positive” and heading strongly towards fully lifting the sanctions. These five conditions include: Sudan contributing in fighting terrorism, halting support to the Lord’s Resistance Army, supporting peace in South Sudan, ceasing armed conflicts and cooperating in the humanitarian field. Ghandour told Asharq Al-Awsat: “The dialogue between the two parties continues through a mutual committee that meets regularly to follow up on the execution of the five tracks.” “Through both parties’ reports and assessment, I can say that the evaluation is positive until now,” he added. Despite the official optimism, analysts see that predicting what the US administration might do during the tenure of US President Donald Trump is “a difficult matter”. Sudan’s representative in the negotiations Hassan Ahmed Taha echoed this stance, adding that Washington is unlikely to impose sanctions on Sudan again. He instead expected renewing the partial lifting of sanctions for another six months. Taha warned of the unpredictability of the current US administration, which might lead to the opposite of what Sudan wants. On November 3 1997, US President Bill Clinton issued an executive order by which financial and commercial sanctions were imposed on Sudan. This resulted in freezing its financial assets and banning the export of technology to it or US companies and citizens investing in Sudan.
Finance Minister Meets Director of UK Department for International Development
Khartoum - The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Badr-Eddin Mahmoud, has met on the sidelines of the spring meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington with the Executive Director of the British Department for International Development and discussed the anticipated role of Britain in supporting the political, economic and social developments in Sudan. The minister stressed during the meeting the role of Sudan in combating the illegal migration depending on its own resources as well as Sudan’s commitment to realization of stability in South Sudan. He also called for speeding up efforts for pardoning of the foreign debts of Sudan in the context of the joint committee between Sudan and South Sudan in this connection. The Executive Director of UK Department for International Development, on his part, expressed readiness of his country to assist Sudan in integration in the international economic system and enhancing the bilateral relations between Sudan and Britain. Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance, Badr-Eddin Mahmoud, also met on the fringes of the World Bank and IMF annual meetings in Washington with his Qatari counterpart Sharief Alamadi and discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries. The minister affirmed Sudan’s support to the Qatari investments in the country in the fields of agriculture, oil and minerals.
Dawalab addresses the opening session of the Society Development Council
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The Minister for Welfare and Social Security Mashayr Al Dawalab, has stated that meeting of the Council for Social Work in the Sudan kicked off at a time a number of social economic incentives are available backed by the outcome of the national Dialogue The Minister who was addressing the opening session of the meeting of the Council for Social development in which the minister of social affairs in the different Sudanese states are taking part, that convening of the council meeting reflect the mechanism through which throb would be controlled and streamlined following the realization of peace and stability in the country. The minister expressed her hope that the economic sanctions would be lifted totally in couple of month, out of the current partial sections lifting, arguing that this would help the poor social layers of the community She underlined that social work is an integral part of the economic and political aspects in the country. She said the social register for all citizens in the country ad that his was a unified form through which services would be delivered to each citizen, within the efforts underway to secure and ensure coordination between all institutions in the country.
April 21, 2017
Sudan and Egypt Agree on Strategic Issues
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Sudan and Egypt have stressed the importance of communication between them to remove any impurities that impede their strategic relationship. The Foreign Ministers of the two countries, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour and Sameh Shukri, renewed at a joint press conference held at the Diplomatic Club at the end of the discussions of the political consultation committee between the two countries, affirmed that the two countries face one challenge and are working through common goals to reach the relationship to their goal . The two sides announced that they agreed to hold regular meetings to discuss the strategic issues, top of which, the meetings of the concerned defense and security bodies . The two countries agreed to discuss Halayeb Issue by the leaderships of the two countries, reaching an agreement on the Egyptian products to Sudan by the concerned technical bodies besides holding a meeting for the Press Councils in the two countries to work out media code of ethics to ban insults directed to the leaderships and the people of the two countries . Prof. Ghandour has told reporters that the Sudan and Egypt shared identical viewpoints on the developments of situations in Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Somalia and South Sudan State, pointing out that the dialogue is the sole means for solving these issues . The Foreign Minister has outlined that Sudan and Egypt shared identical viewpoints towards the developments in Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and South Sudan State, adding that the dialogue is the sole means for solving these problems . He reaffirmed the mutual support in regional and international organizations, the UN, the Human Rights Council and all the international issues of common interest, adding that every country is free in its foreign relations. Ghandour indicated that he reviewed with his Egyptian counterpart, in three meetings, the developments of relations after holding of the Higher Committee which held in Cairo led by the Presidents of the two countries including the opening of the crossings, movements of citizen and goods, noting that President Al-Basher and Al-Sessi met 19 times during the last period, describing the meeting as frank and transparent. Meanwhile, the Egyptian Foreign Minister has denied his country's plotting against Sudan or interference in Sudan internal affairs, renewing Egypt's absolute confidence on President Al-Basher. The Egyptian diplomat has categorically denied that the Egyptian permanent representative to the UN delivered press statement against Sudan . On the Egyptian position towards supporting the State of South Sudan, the Egyptian Foreign Minister said his country supports the positive trend for solving the problems of South Sudan through avoiding the tribal conflict and strengthening of the institutions, adding that supporting state's institutions, in South Sudan is not directed against anybody .
Prof. Ghandour Renews Sudan unshakeable Stance towards Security Agreements Reached with Egypt
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour has renewed Sudan 'unshakeable' stance towards the agreement reached with Egypt in the field of security cooperation during the meetings of the Consultation Political Committee between the two countries which held recently in Cairo. The Minister addressing the meeting of the Sudanese-Egyptian Political Committee has affirmed the necessity for exchanging information between the concerned security bodies via the mechanism agreed upon to strengthen confidence in these bodies and ban any kind of support or hosting to the active opposition opponents in each of the two countries whatever be the reasons On the Sudanese-Egyptian and Ethiopian cooperation, the minister said the Egyptian proposal concerning the tripartite cooperation in the field of communications, investment and academic cooperation was received and will be reviewed by the three countries in the first preparatory meeting . Prof. Ghandour has lauded the Egyptian role supporting the Sudanese strategy aimed at UNAMID exit from Darfur, referring that the recent meeting of the Political Consultation Committee laid strong base for the development of cooperation between Sudan and Egypt in all fields .
April 20, 2017
Saudi Crown Prince in Khartoum to Cement Investments
Khartoum - Sudan is blessed with abundant livestock resources, which renders the country to become world's top Halal meat importer, especially to Saudi markets, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has said. Saudi Crown Prince Saud Bander Bin Abdul-Aziz arrived Khartoum accompanied with a delegation to hold discussions on Saudi investments in the country. Following a meeting with the Governor of Khartoum state Lt. Gen. Abdul-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, the visiting delegation affirmed that studies had been conducted to import Sudanese meats to Saudi Arabic, considering the country near location to Saudi Arabia, availability of pastures and quailed personnel, facts rendering Sudanese meat cheaper compared to imports from other countries, and most importantly Sudanese meat are noted for their purity and high quality. Governor Hussein, on his part, expressed his country appreciation for Saudi Arabia's interest in investment in Sudan, adding Sudan; especially Khartoum's doors are open to Saudi Arabia brothers in compliance with the directives of the Presidency. He stressed the strength of Sudan's relations with the Kingdom, adding that his country will remain supportive of Saudi and spare no pains to protect the land of the Two Holy Mosques.
Industry Ministry Announces Start of Seventh Session of Made in Sudan
Khartoum- State Minister at the Ministry of Industry and the General supervisor of the High Committee of made in Sudan fair Dr. Abdu Daoud Suleiman has announced the start of the seventh session of the Sudanese industries fair " Made in Sudan' at the fairs land in Burri on 12th Ramadan of 1438. He said the fair is to be organized in coordination with the union of industrial chambers and the Sudanese Company of free zones and markets, that the main objective of holding the fair is portraying the development and growing industrial upheaval in the country as well as enhancing trust in Sudanese industries He said the sale at the fair shall be at the factory prices calling on the state and the private sector to synchronize efforts for increasing production and covering the domestic markets as well as exporting to the Arab, African, European and American countries.
Egyptian FM arrives the Country
Khartoum, (SUNA)-Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shukri heading a delegation from Egypt's Foreign Ministry arrived in the Country, Wednesday, on one-day official visit. He was received at Khartoum Airport by Foreign Minister, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour, staff of Egyptian Embassy in Khartoum and a number of ambassadors. SUNA noted that the two Ministers will co-chair meeting of the Sudanese-Egyptian Committee for Political Consultation, Thursday, at premises of Foreign Ministry and hold press conference at the end of their talks at Diplomacy Club in Khartoum.
April 19, 2017
Finance Minister Expects Decision of Lifting Economic Sanctions from Sudan to Increase Financial Cooperation
Khartoum-Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Badr Al Din Mahmoud has called for laying down radical tackling for the crisis facing the Arab region as well as working. towards enhancing the capacities of the financial institutions as well as increasing the efficiency of the Arab authorities He affirmed while chairing the inaugural session of the annual joint meetings of the Arab authorities and financial institutions which kicked off yesterday in Rabat, the Kingdom of Morocco the importance of Arab cooperation and coordination to the encounter the repercussions of the international economic developments and their reflections on the Arab economies. He expected the decisions of lifting the economic sanctions from Sudan to contribute to increasing the economic and financial cooperation between Sudan and the countries of the region He highlighted the need of intensifying economic cooperation between the Arab countries and activating partnerships between the public and the private sectors. The Minister has further has described the meetings as an important opportunity for consultation and discussions between the Ministers of Finance and Economy and the Arab Governors of the Central Banks and the presidents of the Arab financial institution to come up with a common visions for developing the Arab economic financial performance with the aim of reaching the aspired for objectives of boosting the joint Arab cooperation in different spheres particularly the spheres of managing crises and tackling their repercussions as well as removing the obstacles that obstruct the realization of sustainable development.
Arab Socio-Economic Development Fund signs loan agreement with Sudan to establish thermal plant
Rabat, (SUNA) - Sudan has signed a loan agreement with the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) to set up a 350 MW thermal power plant with a transformer station in Al-Bagair area at $ 200 million. The station is expected to contribute to the dismantling of bottlenecks in the Al-Bagair area and Soba industrial zone as the area is one of the high load centers of the national network. The Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity Muataz Musa praised the continuous cooperation of the Arab funds in supporting the infrastructure projects in Sudan in the sectors of dams and electricity, stressing that the state plan is progressing forward to provide electricity to improve the lives of people in all Sudan and push the productive sectors. The Ministers of Finance and Electricity participated in the meetings of Arab financial institutions in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco. Sudan chaired the meetings of this year.
Holding of Preparatory Workshop for Arab Conference for Reconstruction and Development in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Preparatory Workshop for the Projects of the Arab Conference for Reconstruction and Development in Sudan which is sponsored by the First Vice-President and the National Prime Minister, General, Bakri Hassan Saleh, held, Tuesday, at Corinthia Hotel, Khartoum . The workshop aims to monitor and classify the development projects to attract the requested support and the determined standards for the proposed projects which include, among others, health, education, water, disarmament, demobilization, re-integration, the displaced, the returnees, capacity building, income generated-projects besides the resettlement of the disputes and disaster's affected-people .
Dr. Gholamuddin calls for new policies for expatriates
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Secretary General of the National Fund for Housing and Development Dr. Gholamuddin Osman has urged for adopting new principles that encourage expatriates and serve their families, pointing out that the country's policies in the past were not encouraging for expatriates and it was the high time to change them. At the press conference held Tuesday on the premises of the Sudanese Organ of the Sudanese Working Abroad Affairs on the occasion of the signing a memorandum of cooperation among the fund, the organ and the Saraya company, Dr. Gholamuddin urged the organ to pursue with the concerned parties to allow the workers who have a desire to work outside Sudan to retain their jobs in the country similar to the practice of other countries which encourage expatriation in order to attract additional financial resources and expertise to their countries and does not cancel their jobs. Dr. Gholamuddin suggested linking the expatriates to the Sudanese banks and making the banking dealing attractive for fulfilling their various interests through taking advantage of the experiences of other countries such as Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and others, which encourage their nationals working abroad to deal with banks to provide them shelter, cars and essential needs for their families and in convenient installments. He called for the organ to tighten the follow-up the expatriates abroad through the communities and mechanisms to get acquainted with the conditions and progress they made in the implementation of their goals for which they were migrated as well as the challenges and problems to find ways to address them and achieve the objectives desired for the individuals and the State in this regard.
Minister of State at Council of Ministers stresses firmness of Sudan- Sultanate of Oman relations
Khartoum, (SUNA)-Minister of State at Council of Ministers, Ahmed Fadul Abdalla, has underlined strength of relations between Sudan and Sultanate of Oman, renewing the State concern with the National Rec0ords House as, he said, stands a memory of the nation over course of historical periods.
This came when the Ministre of State received at the Council of Ministers, Tuesday, Chairman of the Omani Records and Archives Corporation, Dr Hamad bin Mohamed and his accompanied delegation in presence of the Secretary-General of the National Records House, Professor Kabashour Kokou. The Minister of State laude the smart partnership between the National Records House and the Records and Archives Corporation in Sultanate of Oman and called for exchange of experiences and expertise to enhance work in record domain. The meeting discussed aspects of cooperation between the two countries in field of records. The Chairman of Records and Archives Corporation in Sutanate of Oman, on his part, said the aim of this visit was to translate the memorandum of understanding signed between the two sides in November of last year into executive program. The Omani delegation, meanwhile, met with the Secretary-General of the Council for International People's Friendship (CIPF), Engineer Abdul-Monem Al-Sunni. The meeting discussed scope of cooperation between Sudan and Sultanate of Oman and assured importance of reactivating the Sudanese-Omani Brotherhood Society. The Omani delegation paid visit to Al-Khalifa and the National Museums to get acquainted with Sudan's history and civilization.
April 18, 2017
CBOS: Sudan Prepared to Deal with International Banks
Khartoum – (smc) Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS) has affirmed that it will make financial and monetary reforms to avail the environment for the pro-lifting of sanctions, calling for more efforts to resuming the transactions and commercial deals with all the countries worldwide. CBOS Governor, Hazim Abdul Gadir expected increase in the revenues in the upcoming period, affirming Sudan’s commitment to all the international banking requirements, adding that Sudan is endeavouring to re-establish the financial relations with all financial institutions abroad.
Minister of Communications: Sudan gives concern to infrastructure to implement e-government project
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tahani Abdullah Attia has stressed Sudan's concern with the necessary infrastructure to fulfil the e-government project. During her address to the Joint Workshop between her Ministry and the Ministry of Industry Sunday at the Center for Industrial Research and Consultations, the minister said that the ability of government sectors and agencies to use electronic activities has become possible after obtaining political support, legislative framework, insurance, standards and all e-government requirements. For his part, the State Minister at the Ministry of Industry Dr. Abdu Dawood Suleiman praised the cooperation between the two ministries, pointing out that it would benefit the industry and manufacturers to develop the industries and link them electronically, noting the development of the content of training, referring to the training of 60,000 professional and craftsmen as well as more training at all states through Modern technology.
Edam: Preparations for Arab Conference on Rehabilitation and Development completed
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Sudan has completed all preparations for the Arab Conference for Rehabilitation and Development in Sudan, which was adopted by the League of Arab States and to be organized in the last quarter of this year in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Undersecretary of the Ministry of International Cooperation and the Member of the Executive Committee Al-Tahir Suleiman Edam said, in a statement to SUNA, that the Arab Conference for the Rehabilitation and Development of Sudan, which was adopted by the Arab Leagues Ministerial Council in accordance with the Resolution No. 8012 on March 11, 2016 aimed at rehabilitation and development of War-ravaged areas. Edam pointed out that the preparation includes organization of an executive workshop on Monday at the Corinthia Hotel in Khartoum with the participation of 250 members of federal ministers, states' finance ministers and economists under slogan (Good Preparation for Better Tomorrow). Edam added that the conference came to strengthen the efforts of the joint mechanism between the Government of the Sudan and the League of Arab States to move from emergency assistance to rehabilitation and development. He pointed out that the President of the Republic issued decision forming the Higher Supervisory Committee headed by the First Vice President of the Republic, Executive Committee headed by the Minister of Welfare and Social Security and Subcommittees including the Technical Committee on Projects Preparation, the Technical Committee on Attraction of Investments and Loans and the Foreign Communications Committee as well as the Preparatory Committee for the Conference of Organizations headed by Field Marshal Abdel-Rahman Sowar Al-Zahab. He pointed out that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has agreed to sponsor and host the Arab Conference in Riyadh in the last quarter of this year during the meeting of President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir with his brother the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz during the recent Amman Summit The Chairman of the Committee on the Preparation of Projects to the Conference Salim Al-Safi said, in a statement to SUNA, that the sitting, which will be addressed by the First Vice President of the Republic Bakri Hassan Salih on Monday, would witness presentation of the projects selection criteria, the proposed budget and the discussion of the arrangements made.
April 17, 2017
US Chargé d’ Affaires Affirms Cooperation with Sudan to Promote Economic Performance
Khartoum - US Chargé d’ Affaires Steven Koutsis has affirmed cooperation with Sudan in promoting its economic performance, referring to importance of commitment to transparency in the financial performance.The US Chargé d’ Affaires praised during a meeting yesterday with Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Badr-Eddin Mahmoud the progress in the performance of the Sudanese economy, the economic reform efforts and the marked progress in the security field and stability of the situations in Sudan. The Minister of Finance urged the international community to support Sudan’s efforts in economic reform and promoting its foreign relations and enabling full integration of the Sudanese economy in the international economy as well as integration of its banking sector in its international counterpart. The Minister also stressed the importance of supporting the efforts of Sudan to create relations of cooperation between the national private sector and the external one in a view to boosting the productive sectors and enhancing the capacities of the national economy. The two sides deliberated on preparations for the Spring Meetings, which are scheduled for April 21-23 in Washington. They agreed on organizing a briefing meeting for the technicians at Bretton Woods’s institutions (the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund) on the developments of the economic, social and political performance in Sudan. This is besides meetings with the OFAC, and US Treasury, Commerce and State Departments to discuss the economic issues that concern the Sudan, top of which is total lifting of sanctions from Sudan and attraction of technical aid for completion of the comprehensive strategy for poverty reduction besides supporting the positive developments in Sudan in the political, economic and social fields and enhancing the Sudanese role in realizing stability in the region through combating terrorism and curbing the illegal migration. The Minister presented a briefing on the current economic performance including adoption of the single treasury system and electronic revenues collection system to guarantee the required transparency to enhance the capacities of the general budget of the state.
Korean, Emirates and Sudanese Companies Declare Desire to Invest in Oil
Khartoum - The Minister of Petroleum and Gas, Dr. Mohamed Zayed Awad, has welcomed the desire of a number of companies to invest at the oil, gas and petroleum services in the field of downstream.This came when the minister received in his office Sunday a delegation of the South Korean Khan Company, AXID Company of the United Arab Emirates and the Sudanese Golden Square Company which are operating in joint coordination in a number of fields at the Gulf States, Sudan and other countries. The minister has briefed the delegation the potentialities, infrastructures and horizons of investment at the Sudanese petroleum field in Sudan. He affirmed the keenness of his ministry to provide the required support for the companies investing at the oil and gas fields in Sudan. Members of the delegation have given a briefing about the activities and capabilities of their respective companies and their dealings with many international companies, especially in the petroleum and gas fields. They affirmed their serious desire to operate in the Sudanese oil field.
President Al-Bashir to Inaugurate Monday Largest Medicines Store
Khartoum, (SUNA)- President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, will inaugurate on Monday the largest medicines store in the country and Abdul-Hamid Ibrahim Training Center. The Director of the National Medical Supply Fund, Dr. Jamal Khalafalla, has affirmed completion of the arrangements to inaugurate the Medical Supply stores for doubling the storage capacity. He said in a press statement that the fund has carried out the modernization and development of the storing environment to cope with the international standards and good storing bases by the use of modern technology.
Chief of Joint Staff to Participate in Summit of the Chiefs of Staff of the American - European and African Group
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The Chief of the Joint Staff, Lt. Gen. Imad-Eddin Mustafa Adawi, Sunday left for Germany to participate in the Summit of the Chiefs of Staff of the American - European and African Group which will be held in the German Stuttgart city. The Chief of Joint Staff will hold meetings on the sidelines of the summit with his counterparts.
FVP to Address Workshop of Arab Conference on Development and Reconstruction in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The meeting of the Executive Committee emanated from the Higher Committee for the Conference on Development and Reconstruction in Sudan chaired by the Minister of Welfare and Social Security, Mashaer Al-Dawalab, has approved the holding of the preparatory Workshop of the conference which is sponsored and will be addressed, next Tuesday, by the First Vice-President and National Prime Minister, General, Bakri Hassan Saleh, at Corinthia Hotel . The workshop will be attended by all the concerned ministries, government units and states. The meeting heard to reports of the committees and the technical, administrative and logistic arrangements for holding the specialized technical workshop that precedes the holding of the conference.
April 13, 2017
Central Bank' Governor reviews with Banks' General Managers issues of external correspondents
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Within the series of his continuing meetings, the Governor of the Central Bank of Sudan, Hazim Abdul-Gadir Ahmed discussed with the General Managers all banks operating in the country the work of external correspondents with the Sudanese banks after lifting the economic embargo on Sudan. The Governor of the Central Bank reviewed the visits he made to a number of correspondents in their countries and met with a number of central bank governors. He called on the general managers of the banks to provide a detailed report on the banks' efforts on activating correspondence relations with external correspondents to know the efforts of each bank. The Governor of the Central Bank asserted occurrence of reasonable breakthrough with some reservations from some correspondents. The meeting also touched on the formation of the cotton portfolio led by the Capital United Bank, Farmers Commercial Bank, the Workers Food Portfolio led by the Workers' National Bank and the Gum Arabic Portfolio led by the Farmers Commercial Bank. Meanwhile, the participants heard a detailed explanation by those who on charge of the Sudan Hospital for the Free Treatment of Child Cancer represented by the Field Marshal Abdul-Rahman Sowar Al-Zahab, the Chairman of the Hospital's Board of Trustees, who acquainted them with the efforts exerted to complete this edifice, which is very important for the treatment of child cancer in Sudan. The Wife of the First Vice President and Prime Minister of the National Council of Ministers and the Hospital Supervisor Laila Mohamed Ali gave a speech on the project. The Central Bank has launched the donation campaign for the hospital through provision of modern vehicle to the hospital in addition to the amount of three million pounds and then followed by the commercial banks.
President of the Republic holds joint talks with King of Bahrain
Manama,(SUNA)-President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir held joint talks , Wednesday evening , with King of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifa in ministers from the two sides. Foreign Minister, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour said in a statement to SUNA, that the talks discussed aspects of cooperation between the two countries in all fields, referring to identical of views over issues discussed. He affirmed agreement was reached over Bahrain support to Arab League initiatives on food security and Sudan reconstruction. The Minister described Sudan relations with Kingdom of Bahrain as firm. He added the talks also talked stances of Sudan and Bahrain over a number of international issues.
VP directs bodies concerned with human rights to tighten coordination
Khartoum, (SUNA)-The Vice-President of the Republic, Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman has instructed ministries and institutions concerned with human rights to tighten coordination among them to complete report about situation of human rights in Sudan which will be released for the first time within this year. Chairing a meeting in the Republican Palace, Wednesday, of the High Committee assigned to follow up implementation of recommendations relevant to protection and promotion of situations of human rights in Sudan, the Vice-President indicated to importance of execution of recommendations presented by the Independent Expert before the UN Human Rights Council. Director of Human Rights Department at Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Khalid Musa, said in press statements that the meeting discussed implementation of UN Human Rights Council's Universal Period Review on human rights in Sudan , besides discussing impleme4ntationof Sudan' strategy on protection and promotion of human rights.
April 12, 2017
Emir Sabah Al Ahmed Affirms Kuwait’s Continual Political and Economic Support to Sudan
Khartoum - A bilateral summit was convened in the Kuwaiti Capital between the President of the Republic Omer Al Bashir at the outset of his visit to the state of Kuwait and his highness the Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jabir in the presence of the ministers from the two sides.
The summit has reviewed relations between the two countries and the Arab situation. The President of the Republic has affirmed that Sudan is a part of this nation, lauding the support which the State of Kuwait continued to extend to Sudan ever since independence. His highness the Emir has affirmed continuation of support by Kuwait to Sudan, politically and economically, and he congratulated Sudan on lifting the American sanctions. Vice Minister of the Amiri Diwan Affairs, Sheikh Ali Jarah Alsabah has affirmed that the talks have touched on relations between the two countries and the two peoples; and means of boosting them at all levels as well as expanding frameworks of cooperation between the State of Kuwait in a manner that serves common interests. He affirmed that a cordial atmosphere prevailed during the talks, reflecting the spirit of understanding and brotherhood that characterize the friendly relations between the two countries which is a step that embodies the desire of the two sides in enhancing the current cooperation in all spheres. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour has affirmed that the two sides have agreed that the relation between the two countries are at their best state, noting that his Highness the Emir has thanked Sudan for its continual stand alongside its Arab nation and its issues. Ghandour outlined that the talks have touched on to the Arab situation in general whereby the view points were identical on the issues of Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Iraq and it was confirmed that the nation need a persistent work for realizing peace and security in their country.
Dr. Gholamuddin Osman: Sudanese banking sector is most developed in Arab world in 2016
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Sudanese banking sector was the most developed in the Arab region, registering a growth rate of 15.3% by the end of the third quarter of the year 2016, the Secretary-General of the National Fund for Housing and Development, Dr. Gholamuddin Othman, announced. Dr. Gholamuddin Osman revealed, in statement to SUNA about the outcome of his participation in the Arab Banking Conference held in Jordan recently, that the Fund as a member of the Union of Arab Banks has received financial report on this regard from Dr. Mohamed Al-Jarrah, the Chairman of the Union on the evaluation of the performance of Arab banks during the year 2015-2016, pointing out that the report proved the progress of the growth of the Sudanese banking sector compared with Arab banks in this regard. Dr. Gholamuddin congratulated the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Sudan and the Sudanese banks on this achievement, pointing out that Sudan is proud of this report, which is a recognition of the right of the Sudanese banks by a specialized professional union. He expected continuation of banking sector's growth in the in Sudan during this year, particularly after the lifting of the US economic embargo on the country and its expected positive economic impacts, especially on the real estate investment. Dr. Gholamuddin appreciated the efforts of the Union of Arab Banks and its role in promoting banking performance, pointing out the outcomes of the recent Jordan conference and the opportunities it has achieved to get acquainted with the banking performance and its challenges in the Arab world. The Secretary-General of the National Fund for Housing and Development expressed his gratitude and appreciation to all the banks that contributed to the financing of the housing projects in the various states of Sudan, praising the efforts of all other partners of the fund including the state governments, funds, institutions and federations. "The banking sector in Sudan is at the forefront of growth, followed by Qatar's banking sector, which grew by 13.5% by the end of 2016, he added.
Minister of Trade meets WTO delegation
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Commerce, Ambassador Salah Mohamed Al-Hassan met at his office Tuesday with the Permanent Representative of Sudan Mission in Geneva Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, the visiting Japanese delegation, headed by the Chairman of the Working Group on Sudan's Accession to WTO, Mr. Kwana Ruski. Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail said that the visit came to check on the completion of arrangements to join the World Trade Organization, "We can say that we have completed the files to join," he added. The ambassador pointed out that the Ministry of Commerce was one of the most important ministries in this regard, "And therefore we have been keen to meet with the minister, the Ministry's Undersecretary and those responsible for this file and according to the road map, Sudan has completed its file to join the World Trade Organization in December this year." Said the ambassador, pointing out that the Japanese delegation, headed by the Chairman of the Working Group, met with the Prime Minister, Vice President of the Republic and the Chairman of the Higher Committee on Sudan WTO Accession as well as the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Commerce. The delegation also met with the Speaker of the Parliament and the Committee assigned to this file.
April 11, 2017
MFA welcomes Troika statement on corridors for delivery of humanitarian assistance
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday welcomed a statement by the Troika group, namely USA, UK and Norway, on the opening of more corridors for the delivery of relief to needy people in south Sudan. The Troika on April the 6th issued a statement in which it welcomed the decision by the government of the Sudan to reopen border crossing point for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the needy people in south Sudan who are affected by the ongoing civil strife there and which resulted lack of food and famine Troika also commnded the Sudan for hosting over 360 thousands refugees from south Sudan on Sudan soil and which |Khartoum coupled by providing assistance to the needy from its strategic reserve. The statement said the government while welcoming the Troika statement, is morally committed towards the people of south Sudan. The statement reiterated the position of the government of the Sudan to continue its effort until stability, and security have been fully resorted in south Sudan.
Minister of Intl Cooperation praises Japan's efforts in various fields
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of International Cooperation Osman Ahmed Fadl Wash has praised the State of Japan's great efforts in assisting Sudan during the past years in various development, technical and logistic fields. This came during a meeting, at his office of the ministry Monday, with the Head of the Team on the Accession of Sudan to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva the Japanese Ambassador Kwana Ruski, in the presence of the Sudan Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, the National Negotiator for Sudan Accession to WTO Dr. Hassan Ahmed Taha and the Secretary General of the Secretariat General for Sudan's Accession to the World Trade Organization Dr. Yassin Issa as well as the Ambassador of the State of Japan in Khartoum. Dr. Taha said, in a press statement after the meeting that, the head of the Japanese team affirmed during the meeting that Sudan has made a an excellent stride, adding that all the submitted technical working papers were at a high level required for entering the organization, adding that the next period necessitates focusing on fulfilling the required obligations until Sudan completes its entry. He emphasized that Sudan has provided valuable work and from all the members deserves to be crowned by the accession of Sudan in December, the date of Sudan's entry into the World Trade Organization. Dr. Taha added that the visit of Ambassador Kwana at this time affirms the political support required for the steps needed to mobilize support for Sudan to enter the organization. Dr. Taha revealed that the United States has shown positie signs on Sudan's entry into the WTO, stressing that it will not object to the entry of Sudan, explaining that they expressed their satisfaction with the progress made by Sudan in the reforms required in this regard.
Hassabo informed on progress of work at mining field
Khartoum,(SUNA)-Vice-President of the Republic, Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman has hot acquainted with progress of work at m8ining field and social responsibility of companies. Minister of Minerals, Dr Ahmed Mohamed Al-Karuri said in press statements following his meeting with the Vice-President of the Republic in the Republican Palace, Monday, affirmed commitment of companies operating in mining field to their social responsibilities towards local communities and to stick to accredited measures and standards. The Minister said that Sudan was not exception in using chemical substances in extraction of gold.
Foreign Minister Receives WTO Delegation
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour received, Monday, at his office, the Head of the Negotiation Team work of the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning Sudan joining to the organization, Mr. Kuwana in the presence of the National Negotiator , Hassan Ahmed Taha, Sudan Ambassador to Switzerland's and Sudan Representative to WTO, Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail . The minister expressed Sudan thank to the Head of the teamwork for the assistances he extended to Sudan Negotiation Team during the meetings of the fourth round which held , in Geneva, last Feb . Meanwhile, Mr. Kuwana briefed the minister on his teamwork efforts concerning Sudan joining to the WTO .
Humanitarian Aid Convoy to S. Sudan Launched
Khartoum- The Chairman of the National Committee for Extending Humanitarian Aid to South Sudan, Field Marshal Abdul-Rahman Swaraddahab, has reiterated his call for providing speedy humanitarian relief to the citizens of South Sudan due to the deteriorated humanitarian situations in their country. Speaking at the launching ceremony at the Green Park in Khartoum yesterday of a humanitarian aid convoy to South Sudan organized by Al-Fajr Charity Foundation, Swaraddahab urged all national bodies to send urgent humanitarian aid to famine-affected people in South Sudan, urging exerting collective efforts to deliver the aid before the onset of the rainy season. Chairman of Al-Fajr Charity Foundation Bakri Mohamed Abdallah said the convoy carries 1600 bags of sorghum besides wheel chairs for the handicapped, pointing out that the relief convoy is the second one to be sent by the organization. Commissioner of Humanitarian Aid Ahmed Mohamed Adam, on his part, called on the national and foreign organizations to speed up providing humanitarian assistance to the citizens of South Sudan, lauding the efforts of Al-Fajr Charity Foundation in this connection. He affirmed cooperation of the government of Sudan with all for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the affected people in South Sudan. The Commissioner pointed out that the volume of humanitarian aid that has been delivered by the international organizations through the corridors that had been opened by the government of Sudan has amounted to more than 66000 metric tons. The Commissioner for Refugees, Hamad Al Jezouli, on his part, has said the relief convoy, comes as part of the efforts being exerted by the national organizations following the directives made by the President of the Republic for opening passages and sending relief aid after the government of South Sudan had declared famine. He said about 680000 refugees have arrived in Sudan from South Sudan after Juba government declared famine, pointing out that a higher national committee has been set up for relieving these refugees. There is full coordination underway to deliver relief to the refugees before the advent of the rainy season, the Commissioner for Refugees added.
Abu Garda Addresses Workshop on Community-led Sanitation Project
Khartoum- (Khalda Elyas) Federal Minister of Health Bahr Idriss Abu Garda has affirmed his ministry’s adoption of a strategy of comprehensive reform that is led by communities as well as coordination with partners for implementation of the national health program and boosting sanitation projects in a view to realizing the goals of sustainable development. The Federal Minister of Health was addressing yesterday the national workshop on advocating the community led total sanitation project, which was held at Al Salam Rotana Hotel in Khartoum. He affirmed his ministry’s support to the health departments for realizing total sanitation to achieve the aspired goals, pledging that the leadership of the government would adopt the recommendations of the workshop. Country Director of Plan International Sudan organization Munier Mohamed, on his part, stressed that the local communities should give the sanitation issue top priority to evade harmful practices. He explained that his organization had implemented successful sanitation projects in some countries based on partnerships between governments and organizations of the local civil society to create visions and policies supporting to the sanitation process. Coordinator of the National Sanitation Program at the Federal Ministry of Health Dr. Asia Azrag, on her part, said the workshop, which is attended by ministers of health and environment at the states and a number of organizations and institutions, aims at boosting community led sanitation projects in a view to implementing the sanitation programs at the local and state levels.
60 Percent of Wheat Area in Gezira Scheme Harvested
Khartoum - Governor of Gezira Scheme Engineer Osman Semsaa has called for speeding up completion of harvesting of wheat crop in the scheme and embarking on preparations for the new agricultural season 2017/2018 through the maintenance of the irrigation system in the scheme.
This came when the Governor of Gezira Scheme chaired the third meeting of the higher committee for the success of the agricultural season in the scheme, held at the Secretariat General of the Government of Gezira State in Medani town yesterday. He announced that harvest operations for wheat have been completed for some 60% of the total area put under the crop in Gezira Scheme, registering a promising productivity of more than 11 bags per a feddan, despite the unfavorable weather conditions the area had witnessed in last January. Assistant Governor of the Scheme Engineer Abdallah Keraiba, on his part, said that the total area put under wheat crop at Al Managil division of the scheme amounted to 262000 feddans, 184,000 feddans of which have so far been harvested, 71%, with an average productivity of 11 bags a feddan. He put the number of the operating harvesters at the area at 373
April 10, 2017

 

President Al-Bashir Praises Sudanese and Saudi Armed Forces
Merowe, (SUNA) - President of the Republic and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, has praised the Sudanese Armed Forces which has been able, through its external participations and distinguished professional performance, to play a pivotal role in bolstering Sudan's relations with the sisters in Saudi Arabia and all the Gulf states, which are participating in Arab Alliance for supporting the legitimacy and restoring security and stability in Yemen. Addressing the conclusion of the joint Blue Shield Drills between the Sudanese and Saudi Air Forces at Gen. (Pilot) Awad Khalafalla in Merowe, President Al-Bashir has lauded the Saudi Armed Forces which he described as the guard of the Two Holy Mosques and the nation's sanctuaries. He also appreciated the brilliant professional performance at the Blue Shield Air Drill between the Sudanese and Saudi Air Forces in Merowe. President Al-Bashir hoped the spirit of accord and harmony will prevail between all the Arab countries which shall live up to the spirit collective work for protecting their vital and strategic interests, defending their national borders and national and regional security via the cooperation in all domains, especially in the security and military fields to face the common risks and challenges and organization of joint military drills.

Saudi Air Force Commander: Blue shield reflects Sudanese -Saudi relations depth
Merowe, (SUNA)- The commander of the Saudi Royal Airforce, Lt General Mohamed Bin Salih Al Utaibi, has expressed Saudi appreciation of the joint military, security economic and military training cooperation between the Sudan and his country Addressing the final day of the joint air force maneuvers between the Sudanese and Saudi Air forces, the commander of the Saudi Airforce said the participation and cooperation in such training reflects the depth of the relations between the two countries and help preserve the gains of the nation The Saudi military commander also conveyed the greetings of King Salaan Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saood, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques ad that of His Royal Highness Emir Mohamed Bin Naif Bin Abdul Aziz the crown prince and he greetings of the council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Interior, the greetings of His Royal Highness Emir Mohmed Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saod and the Crown Prince to the Sudanese People and Sudanese air force involved in the training and maneuvering operations.He also commended President Omar Bashir for his supervision and blessing of the final training maneuvers of the Blue Shield one" an congratulated the participation the training from the senior office to rank officer and privates who were able to really through the training cement and inculcate the various values and principles of cooperation, backing and brotherhood between the two sister countries.
Chambers of Commerce discusses Mali's needs from Sudanese products
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Federation of Chambers of Commerce (CBU) has affirmed readiness to meet the needs of the markets in the state of Mali from the Sudanese commodities, stressing its intension to open new markets in the African countries to support the efforts being exerted to maximize Sudanese exports. The Secretary General of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce Dr. Yassin Homida Ibrahim said that he discussed, during his meeting at his office with the consul of the state of Mali, ways to meet the Malian desire to import a number of Sudanese goods and products through the direct air transport or road transport through Chad - Niger - Mali. Dr. Homida pointed out that the meeting with the Malian Consul also discussed the arrangement and preparation for the visit to be paid by a delegation of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce to the State of Mali to get acquainted with the needs of the Malian market to the Sudanese goods and products to meet the desires of the Malian importers from the Sudanese xports besides exchange of views on how to facilitate dealing with the policies and procedures governing the Trade exchange operations between the two countries, revealing that the meeting underscored the importance of developing economic and trade cooperation relations between the two countries to serve the joint interests.
Finance Minister directs addressing of illegal fees on roads and preventing foreigners from practicing trade through agents
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Badr-Eddin Mahmoud Abbas gas given directives on addressing the problems of illegal fees on roads, especially in the states, as well as preventing foreigners from practicing trade through agents, pointing to the necessity of controlling crossing points for their impact on the Sudanese market. The minister called, during the plenary he held Sunday at the ministry with the Joint Public-Private Sector Mechanism on Following up the Implementation of the Five-Year Economic Reform Program, for concentration on productivity in the agricultural and industrial sectors, pointing out to the need to pay attention to free trade and transport of livestock exports from the states to sea ports as well as investment in animal health, nutrition and fattening and the manufacture or import of vaccines as well as the establishment of dairy farms, fodder cultivation, leather industry and establishment of modern slaughterhouses. The Minister of Finance called on the private sector to prioritize projects in the agricultural sector, referring to the provision of finance, agricultural insurance and access to medium-term financing, increase of production, productivity and cost reduction. The Minister of Finance directed the private sector to engage into the mineral projects in order to increase the output, eferring to the review of the impediments facing the mineral sector. He stressed the need to focus on re-prioritizing energy projects as they threat development, asserting the necessity to encourage the private sector to enter electricity projects after amending the laws organizing them, invest in renewable energies, pay attention to service exports and focus on the contractors sector. The minister revealed preparation of specific projects to be implemented through the private sector in a quick way as a start for the partnership, where it was agreed on a mechanism to formulate the final report of the government and the private sector and after its completion it will be submitted to the First Vice President of the Republic. For his part, the Head of the Sudanese Employers' Union Saud Al-Berair has sent two messages to the Ministry of Electricity and Water Resources and the Ministry of Minerals to open the door before the private sector's investments. He called for holding quick meetings with the members of the different Chambers of Commerce and introduce the attractive investment projects to them by the concerned ministries.
April 07, 2017
Finance Minister urges African Development Bank to expedite development projects' procedures and credits
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Badr-Eddin Mahmoud Abbas has called on the African Development Bank (AfDB) to provide aid, loans and grants in the coming period in line with the Bank's five initiatives to help Africa. This came at the concluding meeting of the visit of the African Development Bank Vice President Dr. Albar Kaku. The Minister of Finance said that the visit of the AfDB Vice-President came within the framework of the follow-up of the matrix agreed upon in the projects during the visit of the President of the African Development Bank recently to Sudan, urging AfDB to accelerate the procedures and credits of the projects being implemented through the commercial banks and their correspondents. The minister called on the bank to send an economic expert to design the plan of Sudan renovation similar to the Marshall Plan, referring to the initiative of Arab food security to achieve food security for Arab countries, calling on the bank to finance projects to secure food for the African continent. For his part, Dr. Kaku revealed allocation of funds to finance the comprehensive study of the railway project between Sudan and Ethiopia at the amount of $ 5 million, in addition to the financing of the electricity transmission line project from Ethiopia. The AfDB Vice-President acquainted the Minister of Finance with the position of pending and completed projects, revealing that the projects that have been implemented including the Darfur water project, improvement of livestock breeds at the University of Neyala, energy studies and the poverty combating project, pointing to the projects under implementation including youth empowerment program at $ 30 million, which is implemented through a separate unit at the Ministry of Agriculture and the legal support project at $ 1 million to defend Sudan in the international courts and to defend commercial loans as well as the anti-drought at the Horn of Africa Project at $ 45 million, the Capacity Building in Comprehensive Services Project$ 43 million and the Capacity Building in Public Finance and Macroeconomics Project$ at $ 35 million, the Capacity Building at the Domain of Education outcome Improvement Project at $ 23 million and the Project of Institutional Capacities and Improvement of Water Sector Reform at $ 2 million as well as the Capacity Building in the Field of Gender Participation in Peace and Economic Activities Project at an amount of $ 4.4 million, referring to the benefiting from the expertise of Kenana Sugar Company to enforce similar projects in African countries.
Bakri and Mbeki Discuss Peace and Expanded Political Participation
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 the Chairman of the High-Level African Union Panel, Thabo Mbeki, and the accompanying delegation The meeting has discussed the peace process and the progress achieved for ending the war and affirmation of the expanded political participation. The First Vice - President and National Prime Minister has asserted the government keenness to implement the national dialogue recommendations toward boosting peace and development in the country. He reiterated that the door will remain open for participation anyone who wants to join the national dialogue.
Geddaref State signs agreement with Blue Moon Company on manufacturing of export-oriented oilseeds
Geddaref, (SUNA) - The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Abdullah Suleiman signed Thursday agreement on behalf of the Government of Geddaref State with the Chinese-Sudanese Blue Moon Company for Agriculture and Processing Industries for the establishment of an integrated complex for the manufacture of export-oriented oilseeds. The Commissioner of Investment, Industry and Mining in the state Ali Omer Al-Sharif pointed out to the openness of the investment horizons in the state, stressing provision of all facilities for the establishment of investment projects in the state, calling the Blue Moon Company to attract Chinese investments to the state, referring to the strong desire of the Chinese-Sudanese Company to engage into the investment in state in the field of agriculture, Oilseeds production and establishment of grain manufacturing complex. Meanwhile, the Minister of Agriculture and the Wali Representative pointed out that these projects would have an effective impact on the processing industries, stressing extension of all facilities that will help implement the project in the best way.
April 06, 2017
Wheat Production This Year Reaches 900 Thousand Tons
Khartoum - Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Engineer Ali Gadoum Al-Ghali has announced that his Ministry will focus during the coming period, on strategic crops particularly wheat, through realizing high productivity whereby wheat production is expected to reach 900 thousand tons. He said in a statement to Sudan Vision that the Ministry has worked on expanding wheat cultivation by targeting high embankments and regions with comparative advantages including Darfur states in consistency with the Ministry’s program of increasing production and productivity. He announced a plan next year for cultivating wheat towards realizing big produce percentage to cover the country’s need by 80% The undersecretary affirmed that his Ministry has set up a plan for preparing for the coming summer season that focused on firm effecting of technology transfer and expanding its application. He noted that the plan is centered on the issues of information and informatics noting that the program of integrated solutions is working towards guiding and activating the associations of the agricultural and animal produce professions to benefit from micro-financing in addition to coordinating with the states so that they may be able to implement their plans.
Red Sea State signs framework MoU with Turkish-African Businessmen Investment Association
Port Sudan, (SUNA) - The Red Sea State signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday with the Turkish-African Businessmen Investment Association for establishment of a free industrial zone project and tourism investment in the state.
This came during the meeting of the Wali (governor) of the Red Sea State Ali Ahmed Hamid at his office Wednesday with the delegation of the Association, which is currently visiting the state. The meeting touched on the investment facilities including the infrastructure projects in the fields of electricity, water and roads as well as the advantage of maritime transport, which is exclusive to the state, stressing the openness of the state to the investment and its readiness to full cooperation in this respect.
The memorandum of understanding was signed by the Minister of Investment and Industry on behalf of the state government while the head of the Turkish Investment Group's delegation for his group. Country Plans to Open Up to International Cooperation Khartoum -- Sudan is preparing for opening up to the world and broadening cooperation with the international community to benefit from the removal of US economic sanctions on the country, Osman Ahmed Fadul Wash, the Minister for International Cooperation, has said. Wash said that his ministry is braced for joint cooperation with the outside world, donor organizations and international agencies to achieve sustainable development. The government has managed to handle domestic problems in the context of its efforts to restore the house from within by engaging all parties without exclusion of any, the minister told reporters. He added that hopefully Sudan has not been affected by damages to surrounding countries ensuing from the Arab Spring – thanks to the awareness of Sudanese people, who save their national economy and infrastructure destruction like the case in so called Arab spring countries. Wash said that the Sudanese people are looking forward to a new phase after many Arab leaders and international companies expressed their desire for investment in Sudan.
Minister of Finance stresses readiness of Public-Private Sector's Partnership Act
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Badr-Eddin Mahmoud Abbas has affirmed that the Public-Private Sector's Partnership Law for 2017 became ready in its final version after the inclusion of amendments and observations by the concerned ministries. The Minister of Finance said that the law after the drafting would be submitted to the economic sector and the Council of Ministers in preparation for its adoption and then to be submitted to the parliament. This came during his meeting for the discussion of the bill of partnership between the public and private sectors for the year 2017 and the review of a paper on the concept of partnership prepared by the partnership unit with the private sector at the Planning Agency of the Ministry of Finance. The Minister added that the Partnership Law grants the private sector more normal and additional guarantees and allows it to build new assets that are not monopolized by the government, adding that it permits it to finance projects under the BOT system and during the concession period the state supervises the project and after cost recovery and profits realization the project is be owned by the public sector. The law determined the period of the project at 25 years or more as required by the concerned party and the approval of the Association Council. He explained that the law works to create new opportunities for the private sector through investment to reduce the burden on the state budget, diversify income sources, attract foreign investments in large projects and transfer modern technology to be developed and indigenized. Abbas revealed that the law guarantees the private sector to open financing opportunities from institutions that Sudan deals with them to enable it to finance the projects of electricity, minerals, oil and infrastructure from Islamic insurance and Arab security institutions, especially in the agricultural, industrial and service projects. For their part, the ministers of the economic sector and the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, who attended the meeting, pointed to the importance of the law in achieving the economic revitalization needed by the state for the private sector to invest in the Sudan great potential provided by the Five-Year Program for the private sector, referring to the possibility of benefiting from the expertise and modern technology in supporting the private sector for exports augmentation and import substitution, pointing out to a partnership in which each party to bear its costs until the project to be established. The Chairman of the Sudanese Employers' Union said that the foreign and national private sector should be widely viewed, adding that after the sanctions lifting large entities would come to invest in Sudan and investment partnerships would appear.
Africa's Biggest Hydropower Dam to Supply Electricity to Sudan
(Bloomberg) Sudan will receive electricity from Ethiopia’s flagship dam via a transmission line once Africa’s biggest hydropower plant is complete, the two countries’ leaders said. The line will connect the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River with Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said Tuesday. Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, addressing reporters alongside the premier in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, praised an existing road and telecommunications networks connecting the neighboring nations. He also mentioned plans for the countries to develop a “free economic zone,” without giving further details. The GERD, scheduled for completion next year, is being built at an estimated cost of $6.4 billion, according to a June report by Bloomberg Energy Finance. It’s designed to produce 6,000 megawatts of power, almost triple Ethiopia’s current generating capacity, and would rank among the world’s 10 biggest hydropower plants. Al Bashir said an agreement to link a railway from Ethiopia to Port Sudan, which includes a port dedicated to Ethiopia, is “awaiting funds.” Hailemariam said strategic studies for the line have been conducted and Ethiopia has already started to use the port for large consignments such as fertilizer.
As part of his visit to Ethiopia- President Al-Bashir arrived Yawasa
Addis Ababa, (SUNA)- President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir accompanied by Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn arrived at Yawasa area, south capital Addis Ababa to visit one of development project there. Foreign Minister, Professor Ibrahim Grandeur said in a statement to SUNA, said THAT THE President would pay a visit to one of sugar factory at the area which was inaugurated recenty within framework of efforts of Ethiopian government to effect development . He added the visit would continue until Thursday and that the President would have another meeting with Prime Minister of Ethiopia over bilateral relations and issues of mutual concern. Prof. Ghandour further added that President Al-Bashir was received when he arrived the Airport by hitting drums and singing songs and awarded cloth of honor, the highest decoration , which awarded to eminent figures in recognition of visiting the area Prime Minister Desalegn presented a full briefing about projects at the area and the work at the factory .
Premier Desalegn to Visit Sudan Shortly
Addis Ababa, (SUNA)- The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Haile-Mariam Desalegn, announced that he will visit Sudan shortly in response to an invitation from the President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir. At a joint press conference heldTuesday in Addis Ababa, President Al-Bashir expressed his pleasure over the level of the deeply-rooted and relations between Sudan and Ethiopia. He referred to the similarity between the Sudanese and Ethiopian peoples on the cultural and artisan aspects and the general temperaments. He stressed that there are no boundaries for the political, economic, trade, cultural, social and security relations. President Al-Bahir has pointed to the cooperation between Sudan and Ethiopia in the electricity power field, pointing to the agreements signed between them in the sea ports, petroleum, security, police and military fields. He said that work is underway to implement the electricity linkage between Khartoum and the Renaissance Dam.
April 05, 2017
Al Bashir and Desalegn Review Joint Issues in Addis Ababa
Khartoum: President of the Republic, Omer Al Bashir and the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn have yesterday held in Addis Ababa and talks on joint issues that touched on the bilateral, regional issues, international issues of concern to the two countries during the official three visit of President Al Bashir to Ethiopia in response to an invitation extended by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The office Minister for governmental communication Affairs has elaborated that the visit by President Al Bashir comes in confirmation of the strong relations between the two countries which will enhance the current relations towards integration in different spheres particularly the economic, political and social spheres. He noted that the Sudanese –Ethiopian relations can be considered as a model to be followed by other countries, stating that Sudan has continued to support Ethiopia in its developmental progress stressing existence of mutual understanding between the two countries on the fair utilization of the River Nile. Al Bashir and Desalegn are to sign a memo of understanding which would promote bilateral relations between the two countries as the two countries have historic, deep-rooted eternal relations. Al Bashir and the accompanying delegation have arrived in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa where they were received by the Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, the senior Ethiopian officials and the cabinet of the Sudanese Embassy to Ethiopia led by Ambassador Jamal Al Sheikh and Ambassador Alzein Ibrahim. Al Bashir was accorded an official and popular reception upon his arrival at the Ethiopian Capital city of Addis Ababa, whereby the Ethiopian and Sudanese national anthem were played, and he inspected the republican guard, and headed to the presidential lounge where the popular team lined up for receiving him by the welcoming songs and recitations of his arrival and the accompanying delegation The delegation comprises the Minister of the Presidency of the Republic Fadul Abdalla Fadul, Minister of Defence General Awad Ibnouf, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Ghandour along with the manager of the National Intelligence and Security Service. 1st Lt. Gen. (Eng.) Mohamed Atta Al Mawla and State Minister Taha Osman Al Hussein The president and his accompanying delegation will make a tour and visit some Ethiopian facilities followed by visiting the city of Yawsa to inspect the Ethiopian industrial compound at an invitation from the Ethiopian Prime Minister Desalegn. For his part, Foreign Ministry, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour said that the visit is considered the most successful, affirming that it discussed the economical integration between the two countries, adding that it also discussed the security situation in the area and how the states of the region can find solution to the security threats along with finding resolution to South Sudan and Somalia issues.
Conference of Heads of Supreme Courts in Africa Concludes Sittings in Khartoum
Khartoum,(SUNA)- The First Conference of Heads of Supreme Courts in Africa Tuesday noon concluded its sittings and issued its final communique and recommendations at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum. Addressing the concluding sitting of the conference, the Chief Justice, Haidar Ahmed Dafalla, has appreciated arrival of the guests in Khartoum to participate in the conference, referring to the gains achieved by Africa and the judicial systems in the continent by convocation of the conference.
American companies participates in Second International Exhibition for Agriculture and Livestock
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Executive Director of the Second International Exhibition of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food, Beverage and Food Industries Technology, Eng. Yasser Mashhour revealed participation of the largest American and international companies working in the field of agriculture, food and livestock in the Khartoum International Fair. He said in a statement to SUNA that the exhibition in its second session aims to encourage the livestock Halal food industry as well as the development of modern irrigation systems and alternative economically-water consuming fodder. He added that the exhibition was attended by 65 international companies from America, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Thailand, India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and South Africa. Eng. Mashhour called for benefiting from the international openness to the country and the real benefit of modern technologies so that the agricultural and industrial product can improve for the sake of export, import and international competition as well as opening of international markets to attract competing commodities. He praised the efforts of the Ministries of Agriculture and Livestock for sponsoring the exhibition.
Al-Jizouli: Sudan Hosts 1.5 Million Refugees
Khartoum - The Commissioner for Refugees, Hamad Al-Jizouli, has disclosed substitutes to the conventional solutions to issues of refugees in Sudan, who numbers more than 1.5 million from South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Chad, Central Africa Republic, Syria and Yemen. Speaking over a program of the Blue Nile TV Channel, the Commissioner has said Sudan faces challenges in housing the refugees in camps and providing the necessary services for them through coordination with the UNHCR and the organizations operating in this field. He affirmed that Sudan is exerting efforts with these bodies to find substitutes for the conventional solutions which include the voluntary return, integration in the local community or the resettlement in a third country, explaining that the non conventional solutions are represented in finding income generating projects that enable the refugees to depend on themselves instead of waiting for aid. Al Jizouli pointed out that there are no budgets for the refugees who are outside the camps a matter that poses an additional burden on the local populations, saying that the organizations operating in the refugee-affected areas extend services in the field of health and education, citing in this connection the refugees in eastern Sudan who have been staying there for more than four decades. On the refugees from South Sudan, the Commissioner said the Sudanese borders with South Sudan witness daily big flows of them, noting that their number has exceeded 150000 refugees in White Nile State since 2014, 105,000 of them are housed in camps, noting that steps have been accelerated for establishment of new camps for the new flows in the states of East Darfur, West Kordofan and South Kordofan. Regarding the voluntary return of the Sudanese refugees, the Commissioner said practical steps have already started for the return of the refugees from Chad, who number 300000, 60000 of them have already returned to North Darfur State and 20000 to West Darfur State, adding that a delegation of the commission would visit Ndjamena to get acquainted with the progress of the tripartite agreement by Sudan, Chad and the UNHCR in this connection. On human trafficking phenomenon, the Commissioner pointed out that the Sudan is a country of transition, but despite this the government is very keen on combating the phenomenon, referring to the measures the state have taken in this regard including issuance of the Human Trafficking Combating Act, amendment of the Refuge Act and setting up of a higher council for migration, which is chaired by the Vice President. The Commissioner of Refugees described the agreements with the UN agencies and NGOs as satisfactory, noting that the level of commitment to these agreements has surpassed 80%.
April 03, 2017
Al Bashir Calls for the Establishment of African Court of Justice
Khartoum - President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir has called for establishment of an African court of justice for realizing the justice that is based on evidence and not on fabrications and political considerations.President Al Bashir, addressing the opening session of the First Conference of African Chief Justices and Heads of Supreme Courts at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum yesterday, urged the conferees to work for development of the African judicial environment on clear bases by benefiting from the African values and traditions. He pointed out that the US Harvard University has incorporated the experience of leaders of the Sudanese native administration in resolving disputes among citizens through traditional peace councils in the academic syllabuses of its faculty of law. Al Bashir said the African judiciary has discovered that the so-called International Criminal Court is a politicized colonialist tool that targets the African leaders and works to depict the African continent with violation of human rights, violence, diseases and crimes against humanity. He added that the reality of this unjust colonialism tool have become known to all, a matter that led the African Union to adopt a resolution calling for mass withdrawal from it. President Al Bashir pledged that he would spare no effort for realizing comprehensive accord for all the Sudanese people that end war and fighting for good. He reiterated the firm stance of Sudan against terrorism, human trafficking and money laundering. Al Bashir also affirmed concern of Sudan with the issues of human rights, renunciation of violence, peaceful transformation of power and realization of good governance. President Al Bashir pointed out that Sudan has now recovered from conflicts and make steady steps towards national accord, peace and stability after the Sudanese people had said their word in the political and societal National Dialogue that resulted in the National Document, which has become the general framework for the government’s program and binding for all the Sudanese people with their various political and social affiliations. Al Bashir indicated that the hands of the Sudanese people are still extended to the holdouts to join the National Document, which had received the consensus of the Sudanese people. The Chief Justice of Sudan, Haidar Ahmed Dafallah, on his part, stressed the importance of reaching agreement on establishment of regional African judicial body, calling for setting up of an African court in a view to preventing foreign interventions and sending a message to the world that Africa is capable of carrying out its judicial duties away from any foreign intervention. He called on the conferees to discuss creating a mechanism to combat organized cross-border crimes of corruption, terrorism and human trafficking as well as the challenges facing the African judiciary through exchange of expertise and visions besides coordination in the international regional and international forums. The Chief Justice stressed that Sudan is capable of leading initiatives for its vast judicial legacy and the full independence enjoyed by the Sudanese judiciary, pointing out that hosting of this conference by Khartoum strongly refutes any allegations or claims about instability in the country. He announced leading of Sudan to setting up of an effective African judicial alliance for preventing foreign interventions, referring to the stances of the African leaders rejecting any external interventions that aim at imposing hegemony on their countries at the pretext of realization of justice. Patron of the International Conference of Chief Justices of the World Mr. Jagdish Ghandi, on his part, said Africa plays a pioneering role in the judicial field, commending convening of the First Conference of African Chief Justices and Heads of Supreme Courts in Khartoum. He explained that conferences are held for realizing peace and prosperity for the people of the world, pointing out that some 1200 chief justices and heads of supreme courts had participated in the International Conference of Chief Justices of the World, calling for giving concern to education, rule of law, boosting development and capacity building for the development of the African continent and realizing the interest of its people. He stressed the importance of the existence of a unified African judicial system for guaranteeing equality, calling on states to work for maintaining international peace and security through rule of law, arbitration and conflicts resolution.
President Al-Bashir: African Judicial Conference is Landmark Step for Confronting Conspiracies
Khartoum, (SUNA)- President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, has considered convocation of the Conference of the Chiefs Justice and Heads of the Supreme Courts in the African Countries as a landmark step which affirms the African stance of commitment to justice and steadfastness in confronting conspiracies. Addressing the opening sitting of the conference Sunday at the Friendship Hall, President Al-Bashir pointed out that the conference conveys a strong message that the Africans are capable of changing erroneous picture drawn by colonialism by a bright image of the African continent which is confronting different challenges. He affirmed his confidence on the capability of the conferees to discuss the exposed judicial and legal issues in a manner that will boost the African experiment in the justice field and to work jointly in an atmosphere of professional harmony and coordination for the sake of enhancing the judicial performance in Africa. President Al-Bashir has pointed to the various political, economic and social challenges that are facing Africa as a result of the flagrant foreign interventions. President Al-Bashir has pointed in his address to the experiment of Sudan for ending the longest war in Sudan which has lasted for more than half a century, indicating that Sudan has sacrificed one third of its area for the sake of achieving peace and development. He referred to the accord reached in Sudan via the national dialogue which recommended among other things the formulation of a new constitution, separation of the Attorney General position from the Ministry of Justice toward affirming the commitment to the principles of the Judiciary independence and the separation of powers. The President of the Republic has appreciated the performance of the Judiciary and its independence which guarantees its neutrality and honesty, praising the performance of the Chief Justice, Haidar Ahmed Dafalla, and the judges who assumed the responsibility of realizing justice.
Dr. Tony Andrews, Canadian Geologist: Mining in Sudan is Very Deep-rooted in History
Khartoum – Sudan Vision interviewed the Canadian geologist, Principal, Centre for Responsible Mineral Development, Dr. Tony Andrews who visited Sudan to take part in the International Mining Forum and Exhibition held in the period from 27 -29 March 2017, organized by the Ministry of Mining. Sudan Vision seized the opportunity and conducted a brief interview with him in a full text to be published in the coming days. He tackled mining in Sudan and how to develop it, pointing to the modern mining industry and how Sudan benefits from its great potentials and resources. “This is my second time to visit Sudan”, explaining that his image and perception of Sudan before he came like many other people in the world that the media portrait the image about Sudan. Even his government in Canada, the media warn about Sudan, so when he came to Sudan he realized that this impression was not correct. He added that Khartoum and most of Sudan is stable and safe. Sudan has important work to do to change that impression, especially to foreigners .Regards to his participation in the forum, it is the second time to visit Sudan taking part in the international forum and Exhibition 2, noted that Canada is pioneering in Mining all over the World. Dr. Tony said that Sudan has known Mining before any one even Canada , the history of mining in Sudan is very deep , pointed to that modern mining industry is very different. The task for the people of Sudan and the Sudanese government is it create a proper pathway to lead Sudan to the modern mining industry . He thinks that many governments have not prepared their people to such sort of industry, society and the local community should take place. It has to create awareness among the people and the small scales mining which have to coexist the large scale mining and that is not easy. Government has a lot of thing to they has to prepare for Modern mining and to attract foreign investment in a successful proper; it will never be with 6 months it will take long time. Concerning the traditional mining where hundreds of people practice it, it is informal, so government has to formalize it, manage it. Dr. Tony noted that the Canadian government has many programs to assist developing countries around the world and Africa too. He promised when he backed home he will talk to the Canadian government for such assisting programs for Sudan as well as other African countries. He described Sudan is at the beginning place but the right place, Sudan has very significant resources which are excited. He believes that the Sudanese government has its right way, not to quick but to be patient. Sudan has many resources of minerals. So this is a good opportunity for Sudan for it has many resources, a good investment climate .Sudan is has not secure problems, it is secure, the government is now ready to attract many companies to come to invest in Sudan. He added that Mining has impact on economy, environment, and also has impact on social local community .The Government and the Companies work together with the community. He described the lifting of the economic sanctions on last January as a positive message to the world, pointed that it took long time to take this decision, said Tony Andrews. Regards to tourism in Sudan he indicated Sudan long rich history in compare with Canada, adding that the Canadian country looks like a teen ager to the adult one.
Arab Monetary Fund Reassured on Positive Performance of Sudanese Economy
Khartoum - The Mission of the Arab Monetary Fund was reassured on the positive performance of the Sudanese economy and promised to submit a report on it to the competent agencies at the fund prior to enabling Sudan to withdraw the third batch and the remaining of the second batch of the loan extended by the fund ext to the value of 160 million Dollars in support of Sudan’s balance of payments The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Badr Al Din Mahmoud has disclosed upon meeting with the mission of the Arab Monetary fund that the Sudanese economy has realized a positive growth rates mounting to 4.9 % by the end of the year 2016 The Minister has reviewed the reform policies which is adopted by the government and seeking means for integrating the Sudanese economy with the international economy
March 31, 2017
Saudi Arabia Affirms its Support to Implementation of Initiative for Rehabilitation in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, pointed out that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, has affirmed the keenness of Saudi Arabia to support implementation of the initiative for rehabilitation in Sudan, indicating that countries and institutions will be invited to contribute to implementation of the initiative and boosting the investment in Sudan. In a press statement at Khartoum Airport upon return of the President of the Republic from Jordan where he participated in the 28th Arab Summit, Prof. Ghandour has described the initiative of King Salman as a generous one. He referred to the meeting held on the sidelines of the Arab Summit between President Al-Bashir and the Saudi Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. He indicated that King Salman has instructed his Foreign Minister to adopt the measures for implementing the initiative which was sponsored by the Arab League. He said that the talks between the President Al-Bashir and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has included the relations between Sudan and Saudi Arabia, adding that the two leaders have affirmed the full coordination between the two countries at all levels.
Presidents Al-Bashir and Al-Sisi Affirmed Keenness to Cement Bilateral Relations
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, said that the President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, and the President of Egypt, Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi, have affirmed, on the sidelines of the Arab summit in Jordan, firmness of the ties between Sudan and Egypt and the keenness to maintain contacts between the two countries for surpassing any obstacles. He said in a press statement at Khartoum Airport upon return of President Al-Bashir from Jordan that the two leaders have affirmed the continuity of relations between Sudan and Egypt at all levels, especially at the levels of the foreign ministries and the security organs for surpassing any obstacles in the bilateral relations. Prof. Ghandour indicated that President Al-Bashir also met at the Arab summit in Jordan with the elected Somali President and congratulated him on his election, adding that President Al-Bashir assured the Somali President about Sudan readiness to support Somalia, especially in the field of education. He said that President Al-Bashir has announced Sudan donation of 10,000 tons of sorghum to the affected areas in Somalia. The Somali President has appreciated Sudan support to Somalia, especially at the training and higher education fields.
Hostages Detained by South Sudan Opposition Groups Arrive in Khartoum
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Sudan government was able to retrieve, in coordination with the Ethiopian government, the hostages who were working at oil fields in South Sudan and abducted by southern opposition groups in South Sudan State. In a press statement at Khartoum Airport Thursday, the Director of the Consular Department at the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Ahmed Abdul-Wahid, said that Sudan government has exerted serious efforts, in coordination with the security authorities in Ethiopia and all the concerned circles, which culminated in the release of the three detained persons who arrived in Khartoum via Addis Ababa and delivered to the Embassies of India and Pakistan in Khartoum. He said that the governments of Pakistan and India earlier asked Sudan to mediate and to exploit its position and regional relations for recovering the two Indian employees and the Pakistani man who are working at oil fields in South Sudan State. Sudan has thanked sister Ethiopia and all the concerned circles which have contributed to success of the mediation, stressing that it will continue its support to peace, security and stability in the region. Meanwhile, the Pakistani and Indian Embassies have expressed their thanks and gratitude to Sudan government for its role in recovering the hostages.
Ministry of Minerals receives second batch of geological maps from Russia
Khartoum, (SUNA)-The General Geological Research Corporation received, Thursday, second batch of geological maps as part of first phase of agreement signed with Russian side. Minister of Minerals, Dr Ahmed Mohamed Sadiq Al-Karuri considered during a joint meeting with Russian side , the geological map one of the important projects that directly link with information and study of the chosen areas and that it stands as evidence for firmness of relations with Russia in all fields. Director-General of Geological Research Corporation, Dr Mohamed Abu Fatima, said the meeting with Russian side came with framework of follow-up implementation of deal signed between the two sides in October of last year. He added work with Russian side would continue to complete the geological map that would be used in establishment of urban projects and dams.
March 30, 2017
Al Bashir Calls for Confronting Terrorism, Announces Coordinating Committee for Sudan Reconstruction
Khartoum – President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir announced Sudan’s unlimited support to the two states solution in Palestine. He stressed the importance of boosting the unity and reconciliations besides achieving the aspiration of the Palestinian people in an independent state. Al Bashir said as he addressed the annual Arab League summit on Wednesday that Sudan aspires to boost the regional and international coordination and understanding for the benefit of the Palestinian cause. He reiterated Sudan stances toward the crisis of the Arab area especially full support to the Yemen under the presidency of Abu Rabo Mansour Hadi to achieve stability in Yemen. Al Bashir affirmed Sudan’s support to the Libyan Presidential Council under Faiz Al-Sarraj emphasizing the importance of reaching a political settlement in Libya far from the military resolutions and foreign interventions. On the Syrian issue, Al Bashir reiterated Sudan stance on reaching peaceful solution to preserve the unity of Syria. He expressed hope that peace and security dominate Iraq. He condemned the terrorist actions targeting Bahraini Kingdom. He congratulated the Somali President-elect, calling for unifying the efforts to confront the consequences of draught and famine. Al Bashir thanked the Arab leaders for their supportive stances towards Sudan, looking for their support in making the Arab Conference for Sudan Reconstruction and Development which will be held by the end of the year a success. He pointed out to a formation of a mechanism to follow up the outcomes of the summit, announcing a high level committee to coordinate with the mechanism, affirming Sudan’s readiness to receive more Arab investment in agriculture to achieve the Arab Food Security Initiative. Al Bashir said that Sudan is looking for joint effort to lift its name from the list of terrorism sponsoring states. He said that Sudan is now living a comprehensive national reconciliation and a new government will be formed after the appointment of the Prime Minister recently. For his part Jordanian King said as he opened the annual Arab League summit on Wednesday that peace will not be achieved in the Middle East if a Palestinian state is not created. “We won’t allow the division of Al-Aqsa,” continued the Jordanian king. “We will maintain our hold on it and follow what is happening.” Regarding the Israeli construction in the West Bank, he said that it threatens the prospects of peace: “Israel continues to expand the settlements and this harms the prospects of reaching an agreement.” The Arab League leaders are planning to adopt the Palestinians’ main conditions for future peace negotiations during the summit. The Arab leaders are expected to dedicate a considerable amount of the summit’s focus to the Palestinian question ahead of Abbas’ trip to Washington next week. The leaders’ expected adoption of the core conditions of the Palestinian Authority is an attempt to show that the end of the conflict and the establishment of a Palestinian state are non-negotiable preconditions for any normalization effort between Israel and the Arab world. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the summit that the plight of the Palestinian people remained the "longest open wound in the region" and reaffirmed his commitment to a two state solution, saying there was "no plan B". Saudi Arabia’s King Salman told the summit that the Syrian "people were subjected to killing and displacement" in the seventh year of the country’s civil war. The king endorsed a political settlement to the conflict. Meanwhile, Al Bashir met, on the sideline of the summit each of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bib Abdul Aziz and the Egyptian President, Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi where the bilateral relations were discussed.
President Al-Bashir Affirms Sudan Firm Stance on Palestinian Question
Amman, (SUNA) - President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, has reiterated Sudan adherence to its stance concerning the Palestinian question, stressing that the Arab summit is hoped to send a strong message on the necessity of finding an end to the Palestinian people's suffering and realizing its aspiration for building their independent state with the Holy Quds as its capital. In his address at the second sitting of the Arab summit Wednesday, President Al-Bashir has affirmed Sudan support to the legitimate government in Yemen, under the leadership of President Abdurabo Mansour Hadi. He also affirmed Sudan's indefinite support to the Presidential Council of the Libyan national accord government, under the leadership of Fayez Al-Sarraj, asserting the importance of achieving peace and stability in Libya through an inclusive political settlement that does not exclude any party. On the situation in Syria, President Al-Bashir has pointed to the decisions of the former Arab summits, reiterating Sudan call for the ending of the Syrian people's suffering through a peaceful solution that restores security, peace and stability to Syria and guarantees its stability. President Al-Bashir said that Sudan is following up with great concern the events in Iraq and hopes that security and peace will prevail there and that that Iraq will succeed in combating terrorism. He affirmed Sudan keenness to cooperate with the international community for combating terrorism which is targeting the whole world. He condemned the terrorism acts that are targeting the Kingdom of Bahrain, asserting the legitimate right of Bahrain to adopt the necessary measures for guaranteeing the safety and stability of its people.
The Arab summit concludes sessions in Jordan
Amman, (SUNA)- The 28th Arab League Summit meeting in which Sudan took part with a delegation led by the President of the Republic Omar Bashir, concluded its sessions in Amman, Jordan, and issued its final communique. The communique has called on the international community to implement the decisions of the international legitimacy on Palestine, and urged government to refrain from attempts of trying to transfer their embassies to Quds. The communique has underlined that peaceful solution is the only way out for the crisis in Syria, calling for provision of assistance to the countries that host Syrian refugees. It also underlined the unity of Iraq and its sovereignty over all Iraqi territories. The summit announced its support for the international alliance for supporting the legitimacy in Yemen, stressing the need to achieve accord in Libya, and added that efforts and resources be concerted to combat terrorism and violent extremism.
CTC Group Participates in Harvest Festivals in Gezira Scheme
Khartoum - In the framework of its ongoing support to the agricultural sector, CTC group participated in the harvest festival in Gezira State through providing grain combine harvesters from its principal New Holland which has proved to be highly efficient in wheat harvesting along with a number of other crops and grains like sorghum and sunflower. The Celebration was honored by the attendance of H.E the First Vice President of the Republic National Prime Minister First Lt. General Bakri Hassan Saleh, Professor Ibrahim Al-Dikhairi, Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Dr. Mohamed Tahir Eila, Governor of Gezira State, Governor of Gezira Scheme Eng. Osman Samsaa’a, CTC chairman Dr. Amin Abdelatif and a number of officials and staff of Gezira scheme in addition to a group of farmers at Shalaie block. It is worth mentioning that CTC engineering company which is affiliated to CTC group is presenting a number of solutions with the said harvesters in addition to number of Tractors from New Holland and Case International in addition to implements such as wheel rakes and trailers that facilitate the harvesting operation in general. A number of farmers at Gezira Scheme confirmed the high performance and premium quality for the aforesaid harvesters and they have shown a real interest to use these harvesters and tractors of such world class brand in the scheme.
March 29, 2017
King Abdala II of Jordan receives Bashir upon Arrival to take part in the 28th Arab League summit
Amman, Jordan, (SUNA) - The President of the Republic Omar Bashir arrived in Amman, Jordan, evening Tuesday heading Sudan delegation that takes part in the 28th Arab League summit, which kicks off here on Wednesday. King Abdala received Bashir and the accompanying delegation at Aliaa international airport along with the Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Abul Ghaith, as well as the senior Jordanian officials and the Sudanese delegation that took part in the preparatory meetings for the summit. It is to be pointed that the summit will review a number of issues including Arab food security initiative launched by president Omar Bashir, and also it will discuss the rehabilitation of the Sudan, which was adopted by the Arab league past summit. The summit will also talk about peace realization in Syria, Somalia, Yemen and Libya.President Bashir who is accompanied by the Minister for the president affairs, Dr. Fadul Abdalla Fadul, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour, and the Minister of Finance, Badr Eddin Mahmoud. It is to be noted that the president was seen off at Khartoum airport by the first vice president of the Republic, Bakri Hassan Salih and senior government officials at Khartoum airport, Tuesday afternoon.
Venezuela Expresses Desire to Invest in Oil and Gas Fields in Sudan
Khartoum, SUNA) - The Minister of Oil and Gas, Dr. Mohamed Zayed Awad, received in his office Tuesday the visiting Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister for Foreign Affairs, Prof. Renaldo Bolivar, and called on Venezuela to invest in the oil field in Sudan. Present at the meeting were the Ambassador of Venezuela to Khartoum and the delegation accompanying to the Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister. Dr. Zayed has gave a briefing on the opportunities of investment at the oil and gas production fields, gas processing, establishment of refineries, deposits and petroleum utilities, oil pipelines and derivatives. He said that the ministry has made available all the data and feasibility studies for all projects set for investment at the oil and gas sectors which will be exposed in an international tender which will be announced in the coming period. The minister has appreciated the efforts of Venezuela in tackling the international oil prices by signing the oil production reduction agreement which was also signed by Sudan under the umbrella of OPEC. He called for boosting the cooperation between Sudan and Venezuela in the economic and investment fields and the exchange of experiences between the two countries. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister has expressed the desire of his country to strengthen it cooperation and the exchange of experiences with Sudan in the economic investment fields. He referred to the desire of Venezuelan companies and businessmen to operate in Sudan and to hold partnerships with the Sudanese businessmen.
Sudan Presents Opportunities for International Companies to Invest in Metals
Khartoum - A large number of foreign and local companies and a number of mining ministers from Arab, African and European countries and mining experts have visited Sudan International Mining Business and Exhibition (2), where more than 65 local and international companies are participating. Experts stressed that Sudan is rich in mineral wealth that can be used, especially after the lifting of the sanctions on Sudan, pointing out that there are more than 30 metals ready for investment and that the exhibition is considered as a forum for open discussion between experts and minerals, demanding modernization of the mining sector and introduction of modern equipment and technologies. A large number of foreign visitors visited Ariab Mining Company, especially miners who stood on the experience of the company in the production of gold. Ariab and a Saudi mining company agreed to invest in the mining field, smelting and manufacturing of copper.
Sudan’s Continued Eligibility for Global Partnership for Education Funding Brings Fresh Hope for Education Reforms
KHARTOUM - (Press Release ) Sudan continues to be eligible for funding from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The news comes after some uncertainty as to whether Sudan — a recipient of GPE financing since 2013 — would continue to be eligible for GPE support due to the tight constraints on global aid budgets. GPE currently finances the US$76.5 million Sudan Basic Education Recovery Project, the largest source of external support to basic education in Sudan which is supervised by the World Bank. Sudan’s authorities must still apply for the new funding which is subject to approval by the GPE Board of Directors. All GPE funding is linked to education progress, such as increases in domestic education spending, systematic collection of education data, and successful joint education sector reviews. " GPE funding has been critical for the development of the country's basic education sector by building schools and enabling essential reforms that would not have been possible otherwise. We are thankful that Sudan will be eligible for possible future funding. My thanks also extend to the World Bank in Sudan for its steadfast support", said Souad Abdel-Razig, Sudan’s Minister of General Education. "We look forward to a deeper collaboration with all of our international partners to ensure quality education for all of our children, including those who have come to Sudan due to conflicts in their home countries." In 2014, over three million Sudanese children of primary school age were out of school with girls omprising more than 50%. Nomads and children in conflict-affected areas are more at risk of being excluded from formal education, while poverty, remoteness, and the scarcity of resources often limit children’s ability to stay in school. Despite efforts to increase government budgetary allocations to the education sector, much remains to be done to improve enrollment, retention, and performance rates and bridge the significant gender gap that persists across states and localities. “The Global Partnership for Education stands ready to continue supporting the Sudanese government’s efforts to strengthen the country’s education sector,” said Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education. “Millions of Sudanese children remain out of school and it is crucial that we ensure that every child, irrespective of where he or she lives, receives a quality education. We also hope that other donors will join these efforts.” Since its debut in 2013, the Basic Education Recovery Project has laid a solid foundation for better education policies in Sudan and strengthened the overall education system. It also mobilized and empowered communities through providing training and promoting dialogue around sensitive sociocultural barriers to education. “Funding from the Global Partnership for Education has made a significant difference to basic education in Sudan”, said Xavier Furtado, the World Bank’s Country Representative to Sudan. “The first grant has helped build over 900 classrooms, purchase and distribute over 9.8 million new textbooks, support Sudan’s first National Learning Assessment, and scale-up an innovative performance-based school grant system. While we are happy to see that Sudan will remain eligible for GPE financing, the country must be ready for some fierce competition. The World Bank stands ready to support Sudan’s application to the Global Partnership for Education.”
March 28, 2017
Dekhairi: US affirmed its support to agricultural sector in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA)-The United States of America has underscored support to agricultural sector in Sudan and start of permanent revocation of sanctions against Sudan during the coming three months, Minister of Agriculture , Professor Ibrahim Dekhairi , who returned Monday from a two-day visit to US, told Sudan News Agency(SUNA). The Minister said he purpose of the visit was to open channels between the two countries in agricultural field, explaining that he visited a number of American institutions and departments. He pointed out that he held talks with US officials over ways of cooperation and agreements in agricultural domain that would be signed in the future , stressing that he touched seriousness of American government to totally lift sanctions imposed on Sudan. Prof. Dekhairi said he talked with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officials about its support to Sudan and that he was informed about USAID programs for Sudan. The Minister said he also held meetings with American companies on cooperation in areas of irrigation by using solar power and training.
Minerals Production Rises, More than 1361 International & Domestic Companies Entered Minerals Investment
Khartoum - (ajat Ahmed- Mohamed Salama ) First Vice President of the Republic, the National Prime Minister has directed the Ministry of Minerals to work towards attracting international expertise as well as according attention to taining, control and evaluation for realizing public interests as well as preserving environment and maintaining the rights of the coming generations, in addition to contributing effective in reducing unemployment in the country. 1st Lt Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih has yesterday called, while addressing the inaugural session of the forum and Sudan’s international fair of mining in its second version which is organized by the Ministry of Minerals at the Friendship Hall, for the need of effecting firm control on mining sector in a manner that guarantess its optimal utilization and realizing the economies of mining to enhance the national economy. He disclosed that some 361 foregin and domestic companies are operating in the field of mining stressing the spread of mining operations in Sudan Meanwhile Minister of Minerals Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Sadiq Al Karoruri has affirmed the existence of vast amount of different minerals in Sudan cofirming the speedy rise of gold production till the production has last year nearly three millions ounces that is 94 tons of gold. Sudan has jumped to rank number two in Africa and number ten internationally in term of minerals. Sudan has produced 700 thousand tons of silver, 1800 tons of copper, mercury 2700 tons.
March 27, 2017
Sudan-Burkina Faso Joint Talks
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Sudan and Burkina Faso held, Sunday night joint talks, at the Presidential Palace, co-chaired by the President of the Republic, Field Marshal, Omer Al-Basher and the visiting Burkina Faso President, Roch Marc Christian in the presence of the ministers of the two sides . Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour said in press statements that the two Presidents have confirmed the firmness of bilateral relations between the two countries and their keenness to develop them further to serve the joint interests and strengthening cooperation and coordination in regional and international issues of common interest. He underlined that the ministers of the two sides held bilateral sessions during which they reviewed cooperation in higher education, external relations and defense fields . Prof. Ghandour said the visit of Burkina Faso President will continue tomorrow, Monday, to meet the First Vice-President and National Prime Minister, General, Bakri Hassan Saleh and visiting some industrial sites in the country .
Ministry of Minerals welcomes Gazprom's offer to be Sudan consultant in Russia
Khartoum,(SUNA)-Minister of Minerals, Dr Ahmed Mohamed Sadiq Al-Karuri has assured the big role being played by the Joint Sudanese-Russian Ministerial Committee. The Minister announced during meeting with delegation of Russia's giant Gazprom, Sunday, the Ministry welcome to offer of the Company to work as consultant for Sudan in Russia to raise up ceiling of transactions between the two countries, unveiling that Gazprom has achieved during its work in Sudan a high production in gold mining. Gazprom Director, on his part, lauded the Ministry cooperation and said Russian leadership was following up role of the company as it is the biggest Russian investor in Sudan. 'We are looking forward to cooperating with Sudan in various spheres and to providing all information about Russian companies' he said. Meanwhile, the Sudanese Company for Mineral Resources, the monitoring arm of Ministry of Minerals, revealed that its revenues increased in 2016 to 182% registering 997 million Sudanese pound. The Company's Director-General, Husham Tawfeq said in press statements after the the company meeting for 2017 said total sum spent by companies operating in gold mining field on exe of social responsibility in 2016 reached 100m/SDG and expected that the sum would be doubled.
Al Mahdi Calls for Stoppage of War
Khartoum- The Leader of the National Umma Party (NUP), Sadiq Al Mahdi, has called for stoppage of war and overcoming the challenges facing the country Addressing the opening session of the general conference of the Popular Congress Party (PCP) at the fair ground at Burri suburb in Khartoum yesterday, Al Mahdi referred to the importance that the National Dialogue be a comprehensive one that realizes guaranteeing of freedoms and meeting the provisions of the roadmap that was signed by the government with the forces of Sudan Call, saying that it realizes just and comprehensive peace and a national rule that exempt nobody. He said they and others from the Sudanese people and the international community follow up the PCP conference, calling for a stance that contributes to the consensus of the Sudanese people.
CTC Group Sponsors Closing Ceremony of Gezira Tourism and Marketing Festival(2)
Khartoum- The Second Session of Gezira Tourism and Marketing Festival, sponsored by CTC Group, has come to a close in a big ceremony in Gezira State attended by First Vice President and National Prime Minister Gen. Bakri Hassan Saleh and Governor of Gezira State Dr. Mohamed Tahir Aila. The closing ceremony of Gezira Tourism and Marketing Festival was attended by a big gathering of the citizens of the state. It included a number of shows, represented in poetry, students show, and honoring of a number of notable personalities of Gezira State by the Governor besides other shows. The ceremony was concluded by addresses by the Minister of Tourism, the Governor of Gezira State and the First Vice President and National Prime Minister. The Chairman of the Board of Directors of CTC Group, Dr. Al Amin Ahmed Abdelattif, on his part, stressed the importance of the festival, noting that the group is keen on supporting the Gezira State and the agricultural sector in eneral. It is worth mentioning that CTC Group participated in the economic forum which was held in last February in Medani town which was held as part of Gezira Tourism and Marketing Festival. The forum discussed a number of working papers that ncluded tourism development, management of the industrial areas and industrial development in Gezira State. CTC Group contributed a paper titled “the partnership between the public and private sectors in agriculture”, which was presented by Assistant Director of the Engineering Sector at the Group, Eng. Hago Hamad Al Nil. The paper comprised a number of axes, including definition of the partnership, types and history of partnerships with Gezira Scheme as a case study and challenges and benefits from such partnerships. The paper was concluded by a number of recommendations for making such partnerships a success.
March 24, 2017
Minister of Minerals, Governor of CBOS announce new policies for purchase and export of gold
Khartoum, (SUNA)-Minister of Minerals, Dr Ahmed Mohamed Al-Sadiq Al-Karuri unveiled adoption of new policies for gold purchase and export, accordingly companies are allowed to export 50% of their production and freely dealing with the revenues while selling the remaining 50% to the Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS). The Minister said in press statements after extended meeting which was attended by the CBOS Governor, Hazim Abdul-Gadir, Chairman of Sudanese Businessmen, and Employers Federation (SBEF), Sa'aoud Al-Berair, Chairman of the Commerce Chamber, Yousif Ahmed Yousif and Chairman of the Goldsmith Union, Abdalla Al-Jak, that the new policies give companies operating in mining field bigger incentive for previous policies allowed the companies to export only 15 percent of production and selling the remaining 85% to the CBOS. He added through such policies control over most production of gold would be made and thus smuggling of gold would curbed and that the new policies would encourage new companies to come in and invest in the sector plus increasing production of companies already operating in the gold mining sector , disclosing that the aim of the new policies is to create good and attractive environment for investors. CBOS Governor, Hazim said the Central Bank would issue a circular that allows private sector to purchase and export gold and that the Bank is ready, as of next Sunday, to receive applications from companies, noting that the step was set to enable the private sector to play effective role in development of economic sector. Chairman of Goldsmith Union, Abdalla Al-Jak said the policies announced would curb phenomena of gold smuggling and would decrease the rate of hard currencies.
Tunisian Premier Concludes Visit to Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Tunisian Prime Minister, Yousef Al-Shahid has concluded a two day-visit to Sudan during which he had bilateral talks with the First Vice-President and National Prime Minister, General, Bakri Hassan Saleh on sphere of cooperation between the two countries. The Tunisian official has also met the President of the Republic, Field Marshal, Omer Al-Basher and reviewed with him the Sudanese-Tunisian relations. The two sides, during the visit, signed a number of agreements and a document including the joint cooperation in educational, health, river and air transport, industry and information technology fields.
President Al-Bashir Issues Provisional Decree on Public Prosecution Law
Khartoum, (SUNA)- President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, has issued a provisional decree on the Public Prosecution Act for the year 2017, which is shall be enforced as of the date of its signing. In a press statement, the Attorney General, Omer Ahmed Mohamed, said that the provisional decree includes all the powers of the Attorney General which are enshrined in the Constitution such as assuming the public prosecution in the pre-trail procedure, observing the criminal case, besides the jurisdiction of the Public Prosecution in the inquiry and investigation according to this law. He said that the law authorizes the Attorney General to use all his powers and jurisdiction in establishing specialized prosecutions, assuming the technical, administrative and financial supervision, name members of the Public Prosecution and to carry out all the legal procedure relating to the work of the Public Prosecution. He affirmed that the law has affirmed the independence of the Public Prosecution and the immunity of its decisions and the protection of its members. He explained that the law is composed of 12 chapters and 66 articles covering all the legal, administrative and technical aspects.
March 23, 2017
World Bank: Sudan Could Become Rich when US Sanctions Are Lifted
(Middle East Monitor) The World Bank Country Director for Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan, Carolyn Turk, said on Monday that Sudan could become a “rich country” after the US sanctions have been lifted, Anadolu reported.In a statement issued by the Sudanese Ministry of Welfare and Social Security, Turk said that she expected the poor in the country could become “producers.” In January, the US decided to lift its 20-year sanctions on Sudan, but kept the country on the list of “states sponsoring terrorism”. It also maintained military sanctions. Sudan has been trying to tackle poverty through direct support for a network of social welfare projects in addition to offering a government-run micro- finance project providing small-loans for the poor. The latest official statistic show that 46.4% Sudanese live under poverty line, Anadolu said. Sudan is one of the few countries which has confirmed reserves of more than 30 minerals, including gold. Last year, the country produced 93.4 tons of gold. “This is a critical moment for Sudan’s development efforts,” said Turk. “We at the World Bank look forward to supporting Sudan in seizing the opportunities that are now on the horizon,” she added. Turk also praised the Sudanese cooperation with the World Bank. “We appreciate the openness of the Sudanese authorities to our technical assistance and policy advice and look forward to continuing our dialogue in Washington at the Spring Meetings,” she said. The World Bank’s Spring meetings discussing Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia and are scheduled to begin from 21th-23rd of next month.
NCP: Atmosphere of Optimism Prevails in Sudan
Khartoum- Deputy Chairman of the National Congress Party (NCP) Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid has said an atmosphere of optimism is prevailing in Sudan amid the outcome of the National Dialogue, national accord and the economic breakthrough realized after the economic sanctions imposed on the country had been lifted. Hamid affirmed in a press statement after he chaired Monday a joint meeting of the higher preparatory committee for the 4th general conference of the NCP and that of Khartoum State that a new spirit is prevailing in the political work in Khartoum of giving concern to production increase. He lauded the success realized by the conferences of the NCP in Khartoum State, referring to the participation of the central leaderships of the party in these conferences. The NCP Deputy Chairman expressed satisfaction over the accompanying programs of the party’s conferences in Khartoum State, especially that of increasing production and productivity, lauding the readiness of Khartoum State for hosting the general conference of the party. Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of the National Congress Party of Khartoum State Mohamed Hatim Suliman announced that the general conference of the state will be convened on April 16 and will be addressed by President of the Republic and Chairman of NCP Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir, saying that the party has completed holding of its grass-root conferences by 100%. Suliman pointed out that Khartoum State will be committed to implementation of the slogan of “towards a productive nation,” which is presented by the conferences of the state.
March 22, 2017
The Non-resident Ambassador of Sudan Presents his Credentials to the President of the Maldives
The Non-resident Ambassador of the Republic of Sudan, His Excellency Sirajuddin Hamid Yousif, presented his Letter of Credence to President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, this morning, at the President’s Office. At the ceremony, the President congratulated Ambassador Yousif on the commencement of his term and welcomed the Ambassador to the Maldives. During the call, the President reflected on the 35 years of diplomatic ties between the Maldives and Sudan. Speaking at the occasion, the President remarked that the Maldives and Sudan have been working closely on strengthening cooperation in the area of Islamic Fiqh and modern Islamic philosophies. The President also highlighted on new avenues to enhance the existing relations between the two countries. In this regard, the President proposed to establish trade and investment links in potential areas of comparative advantage. The Ambassador conveyed greetings and good wishes of the President of Sudan, H.E. Field Marshall Omar Hassan A. Al-Bashir, and particularly emphasized on tourism promotion between the Maldives and Sudan. The President was accompanied at the call by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim, and the Minister of State for Foreign Relations, H.E. Mohamed Naseer. The Ambassador was accompanied by Military Attache’, Brig Osman Ismail Siraj, Counsellor, Mr. Abdelrahman Ali and Attache’, Mr. Ishag Yousif Ishag.
FVP to Address the 2nd Annual Sudan International Mining Business Forum and Exhibition
Khartoum - First Vice President of the Republic, National Prime Minister, Bakri Hassan Saleh will address the inaugural session of the 2nd Annual Sudan International Mining Business Forum and Exhibition on 29 March, with the participation of 29 foreign companies, 36 local ones and countries and 100 foreign dignitaries. Minister of Minerals, Ahmed Mohamed Al-Sadiq Al-Karouri said that the second annual comes while the country is looking forward after the end of the national dialogue, and the beginning of the procedures for forming a national accord government, in addition to a partial lifting of economic sanctions imposed by the US administration. The minister stressed, in a press statement, that the forum aims to enlighten and promote Sudan's mineral potential, in addition to benefiting from modern technologies in the exploration and extraction of metals, pointing out to the interest and intention to invest in minerals in Sudan, expecting that the forum to be an indication of openness to all countries in the world. He revealed a program accompanying the said forum that aims to introduce the potential of Sudan’s tourism and to stand on tourist areas in the country and the civilization of Sudan, stressing to benefit from the forum to introduce added value to Sudanese metals through foreign participated companies, indicating that Sudan is turning into a mineral state, where minerals are found in all states of Sudan, revealing the existence of 461 companies working in the field of minerals in Sudan, noting that many companies proved the existence of all types of minerals in country. For his part, Director General of the General Authority for Geological Research, Dr. Mohamed Abu Fatima said that Sudan has become an investment front in all sectors, noting that the mining sector represents 40% of Sudan's exports and occupies the second position of Africa in terms of minerals, noting that there are a large number of foreign companies wishing to invest in the country in the mining sector, pointing out that invitation to participate in the forum addressed to all large companies working in this area, pointing out that there are contacts with US companies to enter in the mining sector investment, revealing the existence of mining blocks ready for investment, especially after the lifting of partial economic sanctions on Sudan.
March 21, 2017
Hydrogen Factory Inaugurated in Sudan
Khartoum - The Ministry of Environment has disclosed completion of all arrangements for re-operating the traditional stations and the building of the bulletin studios of the Meteorology in Sudan The Minister of Environment, Physical Development & Natural Resources Hassan Hilal has disclosed that the cost of the project has amounted to 2.7 million US Dollars, ensuring completion of installation of eight tradition stations out of 12 stations through the Chinese aid of the year 2017. Hilal has yesterday laid down the foundation stone of the Hydrogen Factory at the General Authority of Meteorology observation and the building of the weather forecast studio which will be opened in the month of April and it will be provided with all the activities of the Ministry especially in the fields of workshops awareness and enlightenment. He called for the need for habilitating the networks weather observation saying that all the traditional systems of observation will be replaced by up to date systems via the Chinese aid stressing the keenness of his ministry on removing all the problems and obstacles disrupting work at the Authority due to the big role played in observation and gauging , diversification and promoting the sources of productive resources and the capacities for bringing about a comprehensive renaissance to the country.
Sudan to partake in African Economic Forum in Mauritius
Khartoum, (SUNA)-Sudan will participate in the First Session of the African Economic Forum in Mauritius by a delegation to be led by Minister of Finance and EconomicPlanning and Representative of President of the Republic, Badr-Eddin Mahmoud.
The Forum, which is organized by African Union in coordination with Mauritius, will take place in Mauritius with participation of a number of African presidents. The gathering will discuss issues of development in Africa, adoption of the Africa 2063 agenda, 2030 sustainable development agenda, industry and trade in Africa as well as movement of commodities and people in African continent. It is to be noted that Sudan's delegation to the Forum will comprise Ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs, and Industry, besides representatives of private sector.
March 20, 2017
Bumper harvest expected in 2016/17 Season
This year the national cereal production is estimated at 8 million MT—a 70 per cent increase compared to the five-year average Levels of acute malnutrition are likely to decrease in most parts of the country during the February to April harvest period. The 2016/2017 national cereal production is estimated at 8 million metric tons(MT)—a 70 per cent increase compared to the five-year average—according to preliminary findings of a joint crop and food supply assessment mission (CFSAM) led by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MoAF) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This was reported in the latest Sudan Food Security Outlook report (February – September 2017), issued by FEWS NET. Higher yields of sorghum, millet and wheat. The above-average rainfall from June to October 2016 encouraged farmers to cultivate larger areas of land resulting in higher yields of sorghum and millet. The expected wheat harvest in March 2017 is estimated at 0.48 million MT, which is similar to production in 2015/16 and about 20 – 25 percent higher than the five-year average. Sorghum production is expected to be about 1.5 million MT above domestic requirements, and millet is expected to be 500,000 MT above domestic requirements. However, wheat production is estimated at 500,000 MT, which only covers about 20 percent of the annual domestic wheat consumption. Due to the favourable rainfall in 2016, livestock and herd sizes have returned to normal in most pastoral and agro-pastoral areas following the dryness associated with El Ni?o in 2015. As a result, FEWS NET assumes that livestock prices will remain above average and income from the sale of livestock will remain close to normal levels. Below-average harvests expected in some areas Despite this expected increase in national cereal production, erratic distribution of rainfall and dry spells during critical growth periods in parts of South Kordofan, North Kordofan, West Kordofan, North Darfur, East Darfur and West Darfur states have led to localised below-average production. Most likely outcomes from February to September 2017. Levels of acute malnutrition are likely to improve in most parts of the country during the February to April harvest period. This is mainly due to increased access to food as a result of the above average 2016/2017 harvest, low staple food prices, and improved purchasing power. FEWS NET projects that the prevalence of acute malnutrition will remain serious with global acute malnutrition (GAM) rates between 10-15 per cent from February to September 2017. Critical levels of GAM (less than 15 per cent) are expected to persist in vulnerable states such as Blue Nile, Central Darfur, North Darfur, Kassala, Red Sea and South Kordofan. The Report also highlighted on some of the reasons for these improvement in the food security situation which included ;in January 2017, the U.S. government partially lifted the year old economic sanctions against Sudan, based in part on improved security conditions in conflict-affected states of Sudan and relative improvements in humanitarian access. Nevertheless, humanitarian access in SPLM-N-controlled areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states remains limited Unilateral ceasefires declared by the Government of Sudan and armed opposition groups have reduced conflict and population displacements in South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and the Darfur states. However, conflict and severe food insecurity in South Sudan has caused substantial influxes of refugees into Sudan, including the arrival of 32,000 new refugees since the beginning of 2017.
CORINTHIA KHARTOUM’S FOURTH INTERNATIONAL WEDDING FAIR PROVIDES A PLATFORM FOR LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS SEEKING LIFELONG MEMORABLE OCCASIONS IN A DISTINCTIVE AND OPULANT ENVIRONMENT
March 2017: The international wedding exhibition held at award winning Corinthia Hotel Khartoum for the fourth year once again proved to be the ideal platform for suppliers and customers to get together to share local and regional business opportunities in the blooming wedding industry in the region. The exhibition provided the visitors with the latest products, equipment and services required to plan a wedding all under one roof. The exhibition was an absolute success with major sponsors in the likes of Toshiba, Bank of Khartoum and Kofti supporting the exhibition. With the support of other quality partner exhibitors during the fair, the prestigious property Corinthia Hotel in Khartoum, has opened its doors to local residents, as well as foreigners to make the best use of the beautiful and elegant hotel and its lush, landscaped gardens for weddings and events. Last year’s exhibition attracted well over 2800 visitors, resulting in increased business for the hotel as well as entrepreneurs and businesses, and a feeling of cultural unity for those present. Corinthia Hotel Khartoum’s decision to launch this unique three-day Wedding Exhibition follows a clear vision from the hotel’s management to contribute to the economic development of the hotel as well as supporting the country’s economy. The Corinthia Hotel Khartoum keeps expanding its services. Besides being the luxury address in Khartoum where cultural luxury meets distinctive quality of service, the hotel continues to attract all kinds of business whether for accommodation or events. The weddings’ market is growing significantly and the Corinthia Hotel Khartoum recognises this niche and strives to grow its share of the market by offering distinctive venues through personalised quality service that contribute towards successful and stress free events. For more information about Corinthia Hotel Khartoum, please visit: http://www.corinthia.com/en/Khartoum/home/
Digitech Named Top Company in Africa
Central Digitech Company, the leading retailer of consumer electronics and home appliances in Sudan offering premium products and excellent after sales services to cater for clients' needs, affiliate of CTC, has been ranked top-client-orientated company in Africa and the Middle East for 2016. As an authorized agent to distribute LG products in the region, Digitech is noted for its conformity to performance standards regarding maintenance and customer care services. This reward and prize is a concrete proof for the company's excellence in providing distinguished services in the area of electronics and home appliances in Sudan, in addition to supporting and promoting LG Brand in the country. This accomplishment was a product of the company's policy for its smart selection of clients and time to promote LG quality products. Digitech was accorded the prize in the Spanish city of Barcelona in a ceremony attended by around 100 companies from East, Central and North Africa, as well as the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf last February. Representatives to the prize giving ceremony included Mr. Sami Yousif, the General Manager, in addition other top officials at the company. Kevin Cha, the Executive Manager of LG, during his visit to Sudan this March, congratulated the company on winning the prize and being designated top company in the region. Mr. Cha expressed his fascination with the Digitech distinguished performance in Sudan.
March 17, 2017
Khartoum and Washington Agree on Exchange of Military Attaches
Khartoum- Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour has announced that Sudan and the United States of America have agreed on exchange of military Attaches between the two countries, pointing out that the Sudanese Armed Forces has named a military attaché to the US State Department. Prof. Ghandour said the Sudanese military attaché will soon join the Sudanese diplomatic mission in Washington. The Minister affirmed in a press statement yesterday that there is no six-month deadline between Khartoum and Washington concerning lifting of all sanctions imposed on Sudan, but there is a US law that goes into effect in six months according to the roadmap that had been discussed by the two sides in the past period, which he said is affirmation of the commitment of the two sides to what they had agreed upon. He explained that the two countries agreed that at the end of the roadmap the diplomatic representation between the two countries should be upgraded to ambassadorial level instead of the level of Charge d’ Affaires, noting that the coming of a new administration in US led to delay in these procedures. Prof. Ghandour said they maintain continuous contacts with the US Charge d’ Affaires in Khartoum, who is keen on pushing forward the relations between his country and Sudan. The Minister affirmed continuation of discussions with the American side on banning entry of Sudanese nationals to US and other issues, adding that the dialogue between the two sides is continuing to assure commitments of the two sides to their commitments. Meanwhile, the Minister of Foreign Affairs affirmed that the Egyptian government has notified the Government of Sudan on exemption of the Sudanese nationals from the decision made recently by Cairo increasing fees on foreigners, saying that they are waiting for implementation of the exemption. On the visit of the delegation of the European Union (EU) to Sudan, Ghandour said it affirms the openness in the relations between Khartoum and the EU, pointing out that a clear and frank dialogue had taken place between the European delegation and the envoys of the committee on Africa in the EU and the ambassadors concerned with the file in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Minister of Minerals meets General Consul of Mali
Khartoum, (SUNA)-Minister of Minerals, Dr Ahmed Mohamed Sadiq Al-Karuri said that Sudan has presented a pure Sudanese experiment in field of mining work and managed in the recent period to attract investments of multi -national companies. Receiving General Consul of Republic of Mali, Yahya Kram and his accompanying delegation, Thursday, the Minister said Sudan is ready to to cooperate with Mali in domain of mining. The Malian delegation received a detailed briefing about Sudan's experiment in field of mining work. Yahya, on his part, handed over a message from Mali Mining Chamber to the Minister dealing with joint cooperation. He lauded Sudan's capabilities in field of mining , saying Mali is looking forward to utilizing Sudan experiment in area of mining.
Arab League Affirms its Keenness to Make Successful Conference for Rehabilitation and Development in Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - A delegation of the Arab League, headed by the League's Assistant Secretary General, Kamal Hassan Ali, has affirmed the Arab League's keenness to make a success its Conference for Rehabilitation and Development in Sudan, scheduled in the last quarter in the current year 2017, hoping that this conference will be a model one that can be applied also in other Arab countries. It is to be recalled that the delegation of the joint mechanism between the Arab League and Sudan has met with the executive committee, emerging from the higher committee, and got informed about the good preparations adopted by Sudan for hosting the conference. Chairman of the Arab League's delegation has affirmed the League's concern with the file of peace and development in Sudan and appreciated the cooperation and joint action of the two sides in implementing projects in Darfur. Saudi Arabia has announced its initial agreement to host the Conference for Rehabilitation and Development in Sudan in the last quarter of the current year 2017. The meeting affirmed the importance of mapping out a joint action plan and holding technical meetings between the Arab League and Sudan to attract Arab funds, organizations and expertise houses for more cooperation with Sudan.
March 16, 2017
Defence Ministry Honours Follow-up Committee of POWs Release
Khartoum - The Ministry of Defence has honored the follow-up committee that has overseen setting up the Sudanese captives who were released by the SPLM-N. The committee was led by Ambassador Mohamed Saeed, Tariq Sayed, Brigadier Staff Eng. Daffalah Hamid, Gafar Banag, Major Mohamed Al Mustafa and Allaa Aldi Ibrahim Present in the honoring ceremony was Professor Ibrahim Ghandour, the Minister of Foreign Affairs along with a number of Armed Forces Commanders, the police, the National Intelligence and Security Service, people’s defense and popular police. The Minister of Foreign Affairs has saluted the Armed Forces for the effort it exerted throughout the past sixty years of preserving the security and safety of the country stressing that he is proud that Sudan has distinguished security service , strong Armed Forces. He highlighted the institutional work which was accomplished between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence as well the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in the operation of setting free the captives Ghandour praised the efforts exerted by the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in setting free the captives and the response by the SPLM to these efforts and its consent. He affirmed that the President of the Republic has continuously followed up this file with the committee concerned with setting free the captives to which he responded by dropping the death sentences and granting them general amnesty.
FVP Stresses the Need to Use Modern Technology in Wheat Cultivation
Khartoum - First Vice-President of the Republic, Prime Minister, General Bakri Hassan Saleh stressed the need to use modern technology in the cultivation of wheat crop and the use of appropriate samples. During his inauguration of wheat harvest at Manaqil Locality, FVP called for expansion of wheat cultivation to increase production and productivity to achieve self-sufficiency and achieving Arab food security, reiterating the keenness of the state and interest in Gezira Scheme. For his part, Professor Ibrahim Adam Al-Dikhairi stressed the necessity of complying with the agricultural cycle and technical aspects to achieve higher productivity. Governor of Gezira State, Dr. Mohamed Tahir Aila confirmed interest of the presidency on the rehabilitation of the scheme by forming board of directors, provide the necessary funding, interest in the development of infrastructure, rehabilitation of irrigation canals and development of incentive policies to attract investment. Governor of Gezira Scheme, Engineer Osman Samsaa said that the cultivated wheat area in Gezira Scheme amounted to 418 thousand acres promise high productivity. Director General of Agricultural Research Corporation, Prof. Al-Sadiq Suleiman said that the productivity expected to exceed 15 sacks per acre, despite the high temperatures at the beginning of the winter season.
March 15, 2017
Saleh to Launch Wheat Harvest Operations in Gezira
Khartoum -- The National Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh has launched development and services projects in Gezira state. The Governor of the state Mohamed Tahir Eila said that the National Prime Minister, who is scheduled to visit the state, will inaugurate a number services and development projects in the state's localities in addition to expanding Khartoum-Madani Highway, and the railways system and a number of high schools there. The commissioner of Wad-Medani Locality Al-Naiem Khidir announced that preparations were complete for what he described as "historic visit" by the National Prime Minister to the state. During his visit to the state, the National Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh will launch the harvest of wheat, whose net production is expected to be not below last year.
Prof. Ibin Aouf reviews merits, hazards of communication sector on consumers
Khartoum, (SUNA)- Professor Mirghani Osman bin Aouf, the Member of the Board of Directors of the Consumers Protection Council, has referred to the digital technology as having its pros and cons vis-à-vis the consumers, depending on the development and progress of the community in question. Professor Ibin Aouf, the Chair of the Economic and Social Governance Committee, reviewed in a paper he presented about the Communication Sector, the Economic and Social governance and the Social Responsibilities, the merits of ommunications which he said open up doors of trade and bring in hard currency of the government, attracting foreign investment and revive the economic and the livelihood of the local communities. Professor Ibin Aouf has further stressed in the Forum organized by the Sudanese Consumers Protection Society, the communication and digital technology are nowadays used to spy on individuals and on states, and violate their privacy. He said these means are also used to encourage plotting against states and nations and to cultivate and nourish terrorism institutions at the local, regional and global levels. He said in the Sudan there is little accountability against the communication companies and that some companies fail to observe and respond to complaints by the consumers and that it was imperative to build confidence between these companies and the consumers of services. He stressed the need to revise the policies related to the communication sectors and to see whether they are compatible with the economic and social governance and the social responsibilities. He said people should be enlightened about the opportunities provided by the communication in education, health and social insurance, the opportunities for economic and social research, training and other opportunities among other aspects. SDG Advocate Sheikha Moza Visits Education and Employment Projects in N. Kordofan, Sudan
Her Highness Sees First-hand How Educate a Child (EAC) and Silatech Programmes Transform Lives
(Press Release ) Her Highnesss Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, on 13th March met with children and young people who are benefitting from education and employment projects she is supporting through her Education Above All and Silatech initiatives in North Kordofan state. Her Highness spent the day in El Obeid, the capital of North Kordofan. She began by meeting children, teachers and parents at an Alternative Learning Programme (ALP) supported by the Education Above All Foundation’s programme, Educate A Child (EAC). Since 2012, EAC, in partnership with UNICEF and UNHCR, have supported out of school children by addressing barriers to primary education. The ALP in El Obeid has supported more than 23,000 children who were not previously in primary school and is one of 3,900 such programmes in Sudan. The EAC/UNICEF partnership programme has provided some 461,000 out of school children with access to quality education in Sudan. In addition, EAC, in partnership with UNHCR, has supported more than 30,000 refugees in Sudan from Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Through its respective partnerships in Sudan, EAC aims to enrol more than 622,000 out of school children by the end of 2018. The El Obeid programme is directly supportive of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 on education by providing opportunity to marginalised children. At the same time, programme elements relate to SDG 1, ‘no poverty’, through education, SDG 2, ‘no hunger’ and SDG 3, ‘health and well-being’, through a school-meals programme. Finally, by encouraging girls to enroll in education and providing proper WASH facilities, the programmes support SDG 5, ‘gender equality’. Her Highness also visited an exhibition dedicated to beneficiaries of another organisation she founded and now chairs, Silatech. It highlighted the beneficiaries of the current partnership between Silatech and the Agricultural Bank of Sudan, showcasing three projects:
* A group of 35 young Sudanese men who established a new initiative to customize local tok-toks to provide agri-transport services and mobile electric repair stations. This has led to the creation of more than 200 jobs for young men in North Kordofan since its inception in 2015.
* Five female farmers represented a group of women who are part of an agricultural project supporting the production of Arabic gum, hibiscus, and sesame. This has led to the creation of more than 140 jobs for women in North Kordofan since 2015.
* Musa Ahmed Musa, a young Sudanese man who sells high quality leather goods. Musa was supported to build and expand his business. He currently has 4 workshops and employ about 12 young Sudanese people.
Sudan's Infrastructure Prepares for Technological Transformation
Khartoum - The manager of the national information center has affirmed the capability of Sudan’s infrastructure and its readiness to face technological challenges following the lifting the economic blockade from Sudan. He prided himself with the availability of technology and the existence of the qualified human cadre. He said at the press conference held at the cabinet yesterday on the occasion of announcing the international day of information that they are able to secure the informatics contents of the E government and that there is no fear of losing or leaking any information. He noted that 85% of citizens’ information are posted via the civil record and they will not neglect securing them. Abdulrahim denied as untrue that the flow of connection network is an impediment of the program of electronic collection of revenue.
March 14, 2017
Dr Al-Jaz led Sudan delegation to India
Khartoum, (SUNA)-Deputy Chairman of the High Committee for Sudan-China-Russia and India Relations, Dr Awad Ahmed Al-Jaz and his accompanying delegation arrived back on Monday from India. In a press statement at Khartoum Air Port, Dr Al-Jaz said India has become one of the important countries for Sudan, especially in industrial and investment fields. He indicated to importance of development of the Sudanese-Indian relations at all levels , disclosing that Sudan has participated in the Indian-African Partnership Forum, in which Sudan propounded a number of projects in various domains.
Dr Al-Jaz explained that the delegation comprises representatives of Ministries of Finance and Electricity and a number of members of the High Committee for Sudan-China-Russa and India Relations.
Sudan to Host First Conference of the African Chiefs Justice and Heads of Supreme Courts in April
Khartoum, (SUNA) - Sudan will host during April 2 - 4 the First Conference of the African Chiefs Justice and Heads of Supreme Courts with participation of 102 judges from 34 countries, besides the current Chairman of the African Union, Alfa Omar Konary, and Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Musa Fekki, as honor guests. This was announced by the Chief Justice, Prof. Haidar Ahmed Dafalla, at a press conference held Monday noon at the Judiciary to review the reparations for the First Conference of the African Chiefs Justice and Heads of Supreme Courts, in presence of the Minister of Information, Dr. Ahmed Bilal. The Chief Justice said that the leading role played by the African judiciary in general, and the Sudanese judiciary in particular, has contributed to boosting realization of peace, security and stability in the continent. He said that the Judiciary initiative to host the conference is sponsored by the Presidency of the Republic. He pointed out that convening the conference in Sudan aims to affirm to supporting the fraternity ties, asserting the African affiliation and fairness of the African justice. Prof. Dafalla said that the conference aims to establishing a just African judicial alliance, joint cooperation for the combat of organized and cross-border crimes, the coordination at the international forums and the exchange of experiences between the judicial systems in Africa. He said that the First Conference of the African Chiefs Justice and Heads of Supreme Courts will a number of axes, including the judicial system and the mechanisms for its promotion, independence of the judiciary on the light of the African experiences and the African experiment in solving conflicts.
March 07, 2017
Ghandour confers with Comoros Foreign Relations' state Minister
Khartoum, (SUNA)- The Minister for Foreign Relations, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour, on Monday received the visiting Comoros State Minister for Foreign Relations, Dr. Houmed Korhaila who expressed his country's readiness to continue the excellent coordination and cooperation between his country and the Sudan in the various regional and international fora, particularly the Arab and African arena. Ghandour briefing the visiting Comoro official on the most recent developments in the country as well as the outcome of the National Dialogue, welcoming the visit of president Assoumani Azali,to the Sudan in the coming period. Minister, Ghandour, has underlined that Sudan would continue with the programmes of bilateral cooperation with sister Comoros
First Vice - President and Prime Minister Appreciates Qatar Stances in Supporting Sudan
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The First Vice - President of the Republic and Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, Monday received in his office at the Council of Ministers the visiting Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister at the Council of Ministers, Ahmed bin Abdalla Al-Mahmoud, and appreciated the stances of the State of Qatar in supporting Sudan at the regional and international forums. In a press statement, Al-Mahmoud said that he conveyed to the First Vice - President and Prime Minister the greetings of the Qatari leadership and the congratulation of the Qatari Prime Minister to him on his appointment as the Prime Minister. Al-Mahmoud said that he expressed to the First Vice - President and Prime Minister his appreciation of the outcome of the Sudanese national dialogue. He explained that the meeting has discussed outcome of the meeting of the board of directors for rehabilitation and development in Darfur and the 12th meeting of the committee for follow up of the implementation of Doha Document for Peace in Darfur.
March 06, 2017
Profile: The New Prime Minister 1st Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Saleh
Recently, 1st Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan S
aleh has been named as a prime minister for the forthcoming government which is to be formed imminently. This is in addition to his preservation of his present post as the first vice president. It is noteworthy that 1st Lt. Gen. Saleh had previously filled many posts, conspicuous among them were: presidential advisor for security affairs, chairperson for the national security and intelligence organ, minister of defense, minister of interior, and minister of the republic presidency. And as mentioned earlier, presently, he has been carrying out the tasks of two jobs, as a first vice president and a prime minister. It is authenticated that the new prime minister, 1st Lt. Gem. Bakri Hassan Saleh, has been enjoying many good qualities and unique traits which can mainly be described as pertaining to security and military nature. Conspicuous among them are the following: That his colleagues who happen to work with him witness that he is a number one and first class statesman. That they all agree that he is of a very simple, moderate and modest personality. That he is not interested in occupying any sort of post, no matter how attractive it is as being much association with benefits and rewards. That he enjoys high levels of abilities and capabilities when it comes to decision making. That deciding over matters are not a simple matter and are to be carried out only after thorough studying. That he is very keen in distancing himself from any kind of disputes and differences, officially and none, so to speak. That he is politically very influential, especially during the whole era of the Inqaz. That he is very disinterested in appearing before the media and is rarely noticed as talking to them. Despite this fact, he enjoys special relations with some of the media men. That he has close ties with the sufi sects, especially the idrisya method. That some have even go further as describing him as the black box for the whole era of the Ingaz rule which extends for almost 28 years which are associated with many failures and successes. And that there is no incident, smaller or bigger, since the inception of the Inqaz from June 1989 and up to the present time, as not being known to him, even with its minute details, so to speak. That he is noticed as very close to president Al Bashir and that Al Bashir trusts him unlimitedly to the extent of assigning him with many thorny files. In the eyes of many, this bright background of 1st Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Saleh qualifies him vigorously to be the good replacement of President Al Bashir and his next caliph in the year 2020.
Hassabo Lauds Qatari Role in Boosting Development
Khartoum - Vice - President of the Republic, Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman, has affirmed the state keenness to realize peace and stability in Darfur, hailing the role of the State of Qatar in boosting the development process in the country. This came when he received Sunday in his office at the Republican Palace the visiting Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for the Council of Ministers' Affairs, Ahmed bin Abdalla Al-Mahmoud, in presence of the State Minister at the Presidency and Chairman of the Office for Peace in Darfur, Majdi Khalafallah, and the Ambassador of Qatar to Sudan, Rashid bin Abdul-Rahman Al-Neaimi. In a press statement, Al-Mahmoud said that the meeting has tackled a number of issues pertinent to the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, work of the committee for the follow up of peace in Darfur and the meeting of the committee for rehabilitation and development in Darfur, scheduled to be held Monday in Khartoum. He indicated that the meeting also touched on progress of the bilateral relations and the current positive atmospheres in Sudan and the region and the means to deal with these atmospheres, Al-Mahmoud said, in a press statement, said that the meeting tackled a number of issues related to the DDPD and the meetings of the follow-up committee, besides the follow-up committee of reconstruction and development in Darfur to be held in Khartoum tomorrow.
Al Bashir Pledges to Continue Building Strong Army
Khartoum-President of the Republic, the Paramount Commander of the Armed Forces, Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir has pledged to develop the armed forces to be advanced “We pledge that the progress of the development of the Armed Forces will continue until we build up a strong armed forces which is deterrent for securing the borders of the country” Al Bashir said while addressing the celebration of honouring and seeing-off a number of Lt. Generals at the Ministry of Defence. Al Bashir noted that the Armed Forces is the sole armed forces in the region that is exposed to woes and ordeal and conspiracy no other forces were exposed to in the region He said “Sudanese Army remained steadfast and maintaining the security and stability of the country despite the tough circumstances which it is exposed to”. Al Bashir hailed all the previous and the current commanders of the armed forces and those are yet to come. He stressed that the armed forces is capable of providing the country with commanders who lead its progress. He also lauded the honoured officers for their giving and efforts they made to the armed forces, noting they deserve this honouring and they will continue to be loyal soldiers, and they will respond to the calls wherever they are and whenever they are demanded. The President of the Republic the paramount commander of the armed forces has awarded the first class order of the Two Niles each of Lt. General Jaqoub Ibrahim Ismail, Ibrahim Mohamed Al Hassan, Khalid Hamad Ahmed, Nasr Al Din Awad Al Karim and Daffalah Al Riheima Daffallah. For his part Lt. General Engineer Imad Al Din Mustafa Adawi, the Chief of the Joint Staff at the Commanders of the Armed Forces, lauded their roles and their efforts during the previous period which has been fruitful and led to security stability in all fronts and operation zones, He expressed appreciation to the directives of the President of the Republic the paramount Commander of the Armed Forces and the directives of the Minister of Defense according to which the Armed forces were able to realize security and stability and achieving peace in all zones. He outlined that the honored officers have multiple contributions in different jobs, whereby they proved to be competent and efficient when implementing all their tasks till peace and stability was achieved in the country. He further affirmed that the armed forces has continually comprised stars at the giving arenas and it is concerned with extending loyalty for those giving saying that we honor bid farewell to and bright elites continues to provide its expertise to the armed forces and change is the rule of life. For his part Lt. General Staff Yagoub Ismail, the previous inspector general, speaking on behalf of the honoured officers has expressed their delight and satisfaction for the efforts they presented to the Armed Forces throughout the progress of their work. He said that they have achieved many victories for the armed forces, noting that they have handed over the banner to strong commander armed by science and expertise He said will remain adhering to the pledge ready for responding to the call anytime in defense of the soil and faith lauding the President of the Republic the Paramount Leader of the armed forces for his company and honoring the officers who are saying goodbye as well as the Minister of Defence and all the commanders of the armed forces.
Council of Ministers discusses amendment on agricultural professions laws
Khartoum, (SUNA) -The Council of Ministers, chaired by Minister Ahmed Saad Omar, on Sunday discussed the proposed amendments to the law of the Agricore and animal production sectors professionals for 2017. The Technical committee presided by Minister Ahmed Saad Omar, reviewed the technical and legal aspects of the law as well as the fees required against the service provided and also looked into the proposed amendments as tabled by the follow up legal committee. The meeting underlined the need to amend some of the articles related to the higher organizational levels of the production organizations.
March 02, 2017
Leadership Office of National Congress Approves Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih as Prime Minister
Khartoum, (SUNA) - The Leadership Office of the National Congress, chaired by the President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, approved early Thursday morning the nomination of the First Vice – President of the Republic, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, for the position of the Prime Minister in the National Accord Government, which is proposed to be announced in the coming days. Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih will maintain also his position as the First Vice – President of the Republic. The Presidency of the Republic will hold on Thursday noon a press conference at the Republican Palace through which Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih will be officially declared as the Prime Minister, in implementation of one of the national dialogue recommendations. Meanwhile, the Leadership Office of the National Congress has appreciated the agreement of the political forces on the rates of participation in the coming National Accord Government. 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 Prime Minister will commence immediately after completing his appointment procedure consultations with the political forces for formation of the new government. He described as important the current stage in implementing the national dialogue outcome.
SBEF Organizes Workshop on US Companies Investment in Sudan
Khartoum - Sudanese Businessmen and Employers’ Federation (SBEF) in collaboration with American Sudanese citizens have organized a workshop yesterday at the premises of SBEF on the feasibility of how can American companies do business in Sudan.The Secretary-General of SBEF Bakri Yousif said that the objective of SBEF is to promote ties between Sudanese businessmen and financial institutions worldwide, pointing out to the role of the SBEF to stimulate business following the lifting of sanctions. “We met US officials of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and US envoy office” said Bakri who disclosed meetings with US Embassy officials in Khartoum to facilitate contact with US and Arab US Chamber of ommerce. American Sudanese citizen Hanan Salah and Suzie Garai addressed the workshop. Hanan, who is an activist in humanitarian and business fields, assured that sum of US$97 million must be released with its profits, adding that next July is fixed as starting point of governments dealing, but business movement is free. 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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