Thursday 21 September 2017
(Xinhuanet 08/30/17)
Sudan's human rights activist Mudawi Ibrahim on Tuesday received a republican decree by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, which pardons him along with other five political activists, reported Sudan Tribune. Nabil Adib, Mudawi Ibrahim's defence lawyer, said the republican decision has dropped all charges against his client, who has served nine months in detention with charges including undermining the constitutional order and inciting war against the state. Ibrahim, 59, was detained by Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service last December. He was also charged with espionage, dissemination of false news and inciting hatred against the state. In March 2009, the authorities shut down Sudan Social Development Organization, which was chaired by Ibrahim, a professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of...
(Xinhuanet 08/30/17)
The United State vowed on Tuesday to work with Sudanese government to normalize bilateral ties. The U.S. administration is serious to work with Sudanese government to normalize ties and develop cooperation in all fields, said the head of the United States Agency for International Development, Mark Green, according to Sudan's Foreign Ministry in a statement. Green made the remarks during talks here with Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour, commending Sudan for hosting the South Sudanese refugees and the opening of four humanitarian corridors between Sudan and South Sudan, the statement said. It noted that the talks between Ghandour and Green reviewed a number of political issues at the regional and international levels, top of them the tracks of dialogue between...
(Bloomberg 08/30/17)
One Thousand & One Voices LLC, a private-equity fund started by the great-grandson of the founder of Coors Brewing Co., said it bought a producer of sushi-quality trout that is the largest such facility in Africa. SanLei’s operations are on the Katse Dam in Lesotho, an enclave surrounded by South Africa, 1K1V, as the fund is known, said in an emailed statement Tuesday. The company didn’t disclose the value of the transaction. SanLei has secured a marketing and distribution agreement with CGC Japan Co., which has more than 4,000 stores and collective revenue of more than $40.5 billion, making it Japan’s largest joint-procurement supermarket chain, 1K1V said. The fund has been hunting for private-equity investments that tap Africa’s growing consumer...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/17)
A court in Sudan convicted a university student on Tuesday of killing a policeman during protests in the capital last year, a defence lawyer told AFP. Asim Omer, who was studying at Khartoum University, was arrested in December and charged with killing the policeman after hundreds of students clashed with security forces at the campus on the banks of the Blue Nile in April 2016. "The court found Asim guilty under Sudan's penal code, and he will be sentenced on September 24," his defence lawyer Mohamed Arabi said. Under Sudanese law, Omer could suffer the death penalty for killing the policeman. Students at Khartoum University demonstrated several times last year against what they said was a plan to sell off...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/17)
US aid chief Mark Green said Monday Washington was monitoring Sudan's progress on conditions for a permanent lifting of sanctions, as he visited a camp for the displaced in Darfur. The head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is the first high-ranking official from President Donald Trump's administration to visit Africa. His trip comes at a time when the Trump administration is planning to cut more than 30 percent in American foreign aid. It also comes just weeks before Trump decides whether to lift permanently the US trade embargo imposed on Sudan since 1997.
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Sudan’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that his country, which has been under U.S. sanctions for 20 years, was looking forward to normal ties being restored. The minister, Ibrahim Ghandour, made his remarks at a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump’s new aid administrator ahead of an Oct. 12 deadline for a decision by Washington on easing some of the sanctions. “We know the queries in the mind of each one of us,” Ghandour told Mark Green, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). “On our side we look forward for a normalization of our relations with an important country - the important country in the world - the U.S.,” said Ghandour, who has overseen dialogue with Washington...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Washington’s top aid official, Mark Green, visiting Sudan’s North Darfur state, stressed on Monday the importance of unfettered humanitarian access as a key demand for easing U.S. sanctions against the government of President Omar al-Bashir. Just two weeks into the job as U.S. President Donald Trump’s new aid administrator, Green is on a fact-finding mission to Sudan before an Oct. 12 deadline for when the administration will decide whether to permanently lift 20-year-old sanctions. The United Nations has reported progress in the opening of aid corridors by Sudan’s military to get food and medicine into once tightly-controlled areas of Darfur. Last month for the first time in seven years, aid workers were allowed into Jebel Marra, a mountainous region in...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African states agreed a plan on Monday to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea. The 28-nation European Union has long struggled to reach a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. After hosting the leaders of Germany, Italy, Spain, Chad, Niger and Libya, French President Emmanuel Macron said it was time for greater coordination. “We must all act together - from the source countries to Europe and passing by the transit countries, especially Libya - to be efficient,”...
(AFP (eng) 08/28/17)
President Omar al-Bashir said on Sunday that the crisis in neighbouring Libya has impacted Sudan, with human traffickers using the East African country's territories to commit "cross-border crimes". Speaking at a joint press conference with visiting UN-backed Libyan premier Fayez al-Sarraj, Bashir also said security issues in Libya had made Khartoum's fight against human trafficking "more expensive". "We are affected directly by the insecurity in Libya, which has made it expensive for us to fight human trafficking, illegal immigration and cross-border crimes," Bashir said. "Those who are committing these crimes are using...
(The Libya Observer 08/28/17)
Head of UN-installed Presidential Council, Fayaz Sirraj, and Sudanese President, Omar Bashir, agreed on Sunday to enhance cooperation in securing borders and to revive agreements signed between the two countries. Following their talks in Khartoum, President Bashir said the visit of Sirraj represents a new phase in the process of integrating bilateral relations and cooperation. He said Sudan has no agenda in Libya and that it seeks security, stability and unity of Libya, adding his country had been affected by Libya’s instability. To promote economic cooperation, Bashir welcomed Libyan investments in Sudan. “Sudan stands ready to provide all the necessary assistance to the Libyan investors when they come to Sudan”. He said in a press conference with Sirraj. For his...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/17)
Sudan's civil defense authority announced on Sunday a significant rise in the water levels of Nile River, urging citizens living in the islands and along the river to take extra precautions. "The levels of Blue Nile River at Al-Daim station on the border with Ethiopia registered a significant rise of 60 cm, reaching 12.84 meters," Mohamedain Abul-Qasim, spokesman of the civil defense authority, said in a statement. "The water discharge from Al-Rusaires Dam registered 565.55 cubic meters on Sunday, compared to 563.89 cubic meters on Saturday," he added. Abdul-Qasim warned that the Nile levels might further rise in the coming days, saying that "the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone is still on the far north with expected rain falling." Meanwhile, Sudan's...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
Getting Europe’s migrant crisis under control will be in focus at a summit of Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African nations in Paris on Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron seeking concrete action. The 28-nation European Union has struggled to agree on a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. Over the summer, Macron sought to take the initiative on managing the flow of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya, mainly into Italy. He proposed hotspots in Africa to handle asylum requests. The viability of such centers was questioned by European and African allies and on Monday...
(Xinhuanet 08/26/17)
Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said Friday that China will expand its practical cooperation with Sudan and work actively to explore new cooperation areas under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. He made the remarks while meeting here with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Zhang said China has always viewed and handled its relations with Sudan from a strategic and long-term perspective. The two countries have maintained mutual support on issues involving each others's core interests and major concerns, he said. China will, as always, support Sudan's efforts in safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as achieving domestic peace and stability, he said, adding that China will cooperate
(Xinhuanet 08/25/17)
Through fruitful and mutually beneficial cooperation with Sudan, China is turning the African nation's two major resources in black and white, namely oil and cotton, into gold. The China-Sudan cooperation now shines as a model for developing Sino-African relations, showcasing China's contribution to Africa's development. Thanks to the funding and technological aid from China, Sudan has largely achieved energy independence by establishing its own oil industry. Similarly, China is helping Sudan transform its economy, through its efforts to create a cotton industry with a complete chain of production. To illustrate the close economic and trade relationship between the two countries, China is the biggest trade partner for Sudan, which is the third largest African trade partner for China. "Our relationship...
(Bloomberg 08/24/17)
Every African nation that’s sold dollar debt now has at least one junk rating, but it would be hard to tell by looking at the bond market. The average yield on sovereign Eurobonds in Africa has hovered near the lowest level in two years this month, according to a Standard Bank Group Ltd. index, even after Moody’s Investors Service cut Namibia to below investment grade on Aug. 11. The world’s biggest producer of marine diamonds had been the continent’s only dollar-bond issuer without a junk rating. A low interest rate environment in the developed world has encouraged investors to look past the problems plaguing African economies, including low commodity prices, dollar shortages in some of them and rising political tension...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50 countries. China has pledged that it would, in three years, train 200,000 technicians and provide 40,000 training opportunities in China, and will offer 30,000 government scholarships, he said. Stating that 1,100 Ethiopian candidates are invited this year to attend short-term...
(AFP (eng) 08/22/17)
Sudan on Monday warned Khartoum residents along the Nile of likely "massive floods" as water levels of the river rose to a record high following heavy rains in neighbouring Ethiopia. The Blue Nile flowing to Sudan from Ethiopia converges with the White Nile in Khartoum, and from there they become the Nile which runs through the country into Egypt. Almost 75 percent of the water in the Nile is brought by the Blue Nile, which swells every year during the rainy season in Ethiopia. "Water levels of Blue Nile and the Nile are rising, and today the level of the Nile reached its highest in 100 years in Khartoum," the irrigation ministry said in a statement. "The water level touched...
(Xinhuanet 08/22/17)
Sudan aims to enhance its strategic ties with China during the upcoming visit by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said Monday. Zhang is to arrive in Khartoum on Friday for a two-day visit at the invitation by Sudan's First Vice-President and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh. "This important visit by the senior Chinese official comes in enhancement of the strategic ties between Sudan and China and in affirmation of the strength of those ties which are witnessing progressive development within the economic partnership between the two countries," Ghandour said in a statement. He said that the visit "aims to intensify consultations to enhance coordination at the regional and international forums." Ghandour said that the Chinese...
(Sudan Tribune 08/22/17)
The Chadian Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacké has arrived in Khartoum Monday on a three-day visit to hold bilateral talks on political cooperation and the joint border force. He was received at Khartoum airport by Sudan’s Vice-President Hassabo Mohamed Abdel-Rahman and a number of ministers and state ministers. In press statements at the airport, state minister of foreign affairs Atta al-Manan Bakhit said the visit of Chad’s premier comes to strengthen and promote bilateral ties between the two countries. He said Padacké would have the opportunity to assess Sudan’s economic potential, pointing to successes achieved regarding the joint border force, political cooperation and several regional and international issues. The joint border force has been deployed along the joint border in...
(Sudan Tribune 08/22/17)
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi and Sudan’s Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf Monday agreed to hold a meeting for the joint military committee to promote cooperation and coordination on border control, said the Egyptian Presidency. Al-Sisi on Monday met Ibn Ouf in the presence of Egypt’s Minister of Defense and Military Production, Major Gen. Sadqi Subhi and Sudan’s Ambassador to Cairo Abdel-Mahmoud Abdel-Halim. The spokesperson for the Egyptian Presidency, Alaa Youssef said Ibn Ouf expressed Sudan’s keenness to promote ties with Egypt and to continue coordination and consultations between the two sides to address the various challenges facing the two nations. According to Youssef, Ibn Ouf also expressed appreciation for Egypt’s pivotal role in the Arab world and the joint Arab...

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