Friday 17 November 2017
(AFP 10/07/17)
Sudan on Friday welcomed the US decision to end its 20-year trade embargo against Khartoum as a "positive decision" but called for Washington to go further and take the country off its blacklist of state terror sponsors. Earlier Friday, Washington announced it was ending the embargo, citing improvements made by Sudan in its human rights record. "The leaders of Sudan, the government of Sudan and the people of Sudan welcome the positive decision taken by American President Donald Trump of removing the economic sanctions completely," the official SUNA news agency quoted a statement issued by the foreign ministry. The US decision came after months of diplomatic talks between the two countries that began during the tenure of former US president...
(Reuters 10/06/17)
The United States is preparing to lift decades-long economic sanctions against Sudan, citing improvement on human rights and progress on counter-terrorism, a U.S. official said on Thursday. President Donald Trump’s administration is expected to announce its decision as early as Friday, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Shortly before leaving office, former U.S. President Barack Obama temporarily eased penalties that had been in place for two decades against the African nation. In July, the Trump administration postponed for three months a decision on whether to remove the sanctions completely, setting up an Oct. 12 deadline. Lifting the sanctions, which is opposed by some human rights advocates, would suspend a trade embargo, unfreeze assets and remove financial restrictions that...
(Xinhuanet 10/05/17)
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Wednesday arrived in Sudan's capital Khartoum for a two-day visit to discuss bilateral issues. "This visit comes as affirmation of the deep and strong ties between Sudan and Somalia," said Hamid Mumtaz, Sudan's state minister for foreign affairs. He further reiterated Sudan's commitment to work for achieving peace and stability in Somalia. The Somali president is expected to hold talks with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and First Vice-President and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh. The Somali president's will also visit some Sudanese industrial and educational institutions. The two sides are scheduled to sign joint agreements, and the two presidents will hold a joint press conference at the conclusion of the visit on Thursday. President...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan expects the United States to lift economic sanctions as Khartoum has met all the required conditions, a Sudanese minister said on Wednesday, days before Washington is due to announce a decision. The U.S. government has said it is deciding whether to lift a raft of penalties imposed first over Khartoum’s perceived support of global terrorism, later its violent suppression of rebels in Darfur. Former U.S. President Barack Obama temporarily eased some of the sanctions that have effectively cut Khartoum off from large parts of the global financial system. Officials said the gesture was meant to recognize Khartoum’s moves to end conflicts and its help in the war on terrorism. In July, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT.N) plans to spend $50 million over the next five years to add 100 hotels to its chain in Africa, it said on Thursday, joining other chains keen to tap growing business and international travel on the continent. One property will open in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by the end of this year and another in the Rwandan capital Kigali in 2018, it said in a statement. There was 11 percent growth in Sub-Saharan African tourism in the past year, according to data from the U.N. World Tourism Organisation. Hilton said the remaining additions to its 39 existing African properties would be operational within the next five years. “The model of converting existing...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The African Union (AU) will on Thursday endorse reports and recommendations on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARWE) made by experts and senior officials in a meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. The endorsement will take place during the ministerial session of the AU’s Specialized Technical Committee on ARWE that opened on Thursday in Addis Ababa under the theme “Improve environmental sustainability and transform agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security.” These include policy papers and reports on agriculture, rural development, water and environment and recommendations and guidance on issues in the 2063 Africa Development Agenda, including agriculture, environment, climate change, and youth engagement. Among the points chosen for the discussions are the assessment of...
(AFP (eng) 10/01/17)
UN humanitarian air operations in Sudan face being grounded because of an acute cash crunch, aid officials say, affecting the delivery of relief to thousands of people in conflict areas. The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) has funding that will barely keep it flying until the end of November, raising the possibility that operations may have to cease from December. UNHAS has two fixed wing aircraft and three helicopters, but has already stopped flying to five out of 41 locations in the African country. "We are currently funded until end of November and we require one million dollars more to continue operations until the end of the year," Bianka Zyra, Sudan spokeswoman for the World Food Programme which manages...
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa about $237 million since 2015, according to a study released Friday, as authorities increasingly implement planned disruptions. At least 12 countries have had internet shutdowns, often before elections or when protests erupt, with mobile internet networks most recently suspended in Togo during opposition demonstrations. "Internet disruptions, however short-lived, undermine economic growth, disrupt the delivery of critical services, erode business confidence, and raise a country’s risk profile," the CIPESA report said. The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) released its...
(Bloomberg 09/27/17)
Studio 189, a label founded by actress Rosario Dawson and fashion executive Abrima Erwiah, is reinvesting in its African roots. It’s hard enough to build a fashion brand, let alone an empire. Rare is the person who makes a mission of using fashion to build communities. Such is the case with Studio 189, a label founded by longtime friends Abrima Erwiah (formerly a marketing executive at Bottega Veneta) and Rosario Dawson (an enduring star most recently seen in Netflix’s Marvel franchise). “The idea is to produce everything in local markets,” says Erwiah. “Particularly in Africa, particularly in Ghana.” The founders set up the company in partnership with the United Nations’ Ethical Fashion Initiative, which also works with such socially conscious...
(APA 09/26/17)
Sudan on Monday welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to remove Sudan from travel ban list to United States of America. We consider this move as "an important positive development in the bilateral relations between the Sudan and the united states of America," said Sudan foreign Ministry in a statement. On Sunday the white house renewed the travel restriction list on 5 Muslim countries which are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, but dropped Sudan. Trump added Three New countries to the list including Chad, North Korea and Venezuela. Senior administration officials said reportedly a review of Sudan's cooperation with the U.S. government on national security and information-sharing showed it was appropriate to remove them from the list. It’s “a natural...
(Middle East Monitor 09/26/17)
Khartoum entered discussions with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) yesterday about the completion of the first Sudanese nuclear plant which will receive technical support from the international organisation. “A delegation from the General Directorate of Nuclear Generation of the Sudanese Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity met in Vienna with officials of the technical projects of the IAEA,” the official Sudanese news agency SUNA said. According to SUNA, the meeting was attended by the Director General of the Sudanese Atomic Energy Commission, Abdelilah Musa, and the Secretary General of the National Radiological Control Agency, Mohamed El Hassan Abu-Udnin. “Sudan is progressing well in building the manpower abilities, the governing of technical institutions, and the legal and legislative frameworks...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/26/17)
Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd said on Tuesday it won a contract worth $240 million to provide a wide array of defense electronic systems to an unnamed country in Africa. The contract, which will be carried out over a two-year period, is comprised of Directed Infra-red Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems to protect aircraft from shoulder fired missiles, based on passive infrared systems, and includes missile warning systems, radio and communication systems, land systems, mini-unmanned air systems and helicopters upgrade.
(AFP (eng) 09/25/17)
Sudan vowed Monday to step up efforts to normalise relations with the United States after Washington dropped the country from a list of countries facing a US travel ban. President Donald Trump decided to remove Sudan from the list just days ahead of an October 12 decision on whether to permanently lift decades-old US sanctions on Khartoum. The decision was "a positive development in the two countries' bilateral relations", the Sudanese foreign ministry said in a statement. It was a result of a "clear and long dialogue" and growing cooperation between the two countries in regional and international issues, the ministry said. "The government of Sudan will carry out more efforts to remove all obstacles to a full normalisation of...
(Xinhuanet 09/25/17)
Sudanese government's plant to collect arms from local residents and armed groups in Darfur has gained initial results, officials have said. The plan, launched in August, is designed to eliminate one of the main causes of instability in the war-torn region. The government plan includes two phases: the first is providing financial compensation for each piece surrendered voluntarily by the citizens, armed groups and irregular military groups; the second is implementing a compulsory law that includes punishment to the violators. No doubt, many obstacles still exist to the implementation of the plan. Owning weapons is part of the culture and tradition for Darfur residents
(Sudan Tribune 09/25/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday removed Sudan from a renewed travel ban imposed last March originally on six Muslim-majority countries. The lift takes places two weeks before a decision on the permanent revocation of economic sanctions on Sudan that many expect on 12 October. No official statement on Sudan removal of the new restrictions but the Washington Post reported that officials in Washington pointed to Khartoum cooperation on counterterrorism. "Sudan fell off the travel ban list issued at the beginning of the year. Senior administration officials said a review of Sudan’s cooperation with the U.S. government on national security and information-sharing showed it was appropriate to remove them from the list," reads the Washington Post. In January 2017, President Trump...
(Sudan Tribune 09/25/17)
The hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Sunday said the tripartite coordination mechanism on the Mission has approved the establishment of a temporary operating base in Golo, Jebel Mara. The UN Security Council last June asked the Secretary-General to report on the Sudanese government “flexibility to open and close UNAMlD operating bases as necessary, including the establishment of a temporary operating base in Golo”. In a brief statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Sunday, UNAMID said the tripartite mechanism including representatives from the Sudanese government, UN and the African Union has met in New York on Friday. “During the meeting, the representatives of the Government of Sudan, The United Nations and the African Union agreed to resolve outstanding issues on...
(Sudan Tribune 09/25/17)
South Sudan’s former army chief, Paul Malong Awan says he does not have problems with President Salva Kiir, attributing his sacking and current detention to the pressure being exerted on the latter. “There is no personal problem between me and president Salva. What happened [was] he [Kiir] was under pressure and so he implemented what others wanted”, he told Sudan Tribune on Sunday. The former army chief, who was axed in May, claimed president Kiir was being pushed to treat him in a manner likely to cause reactions. “They know our relations and so they are not happy and they have been trying all along to cause this situation. I told the president several times about the activities of these...
(Sudan Tribune 09/25/17)
The number of South Sudanese refugees currently living in Sudan’s White Nile state has reached 143,800, the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) announced on Sunday. "The number of South Sudanese refugees in the camps of White Nile State reached 143,800," said Abdul-Qawi Hamid, the Humanitarian Aid Commissioner in the state. "The national organizations and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are distributing food shares in a regular manner at all waiting stations," he added. Over 2 million South Sudanese refugees have been displaced as a result of the conflict that hit the world’s youngest nation in mid-December 2013. According to the official, more South Sudanese refugees are expected in the coming months due to continued security issues in South Sudan...
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
African first ladies and activists hailed progress that some governments on the continent are making on gender equality. They met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We used to have 23 percent female representation in parliament but, with the stroke of a pen it went up to 48 percent. So, we managed to double our female representation with that decision,” said Namibia’s first lady Monica Geingos at a roundtable invitation-only event co-hosted by the Global First Ladies Alliance (GFLA) and Facebook. Geingos credited the quota enacted by the ruling SWAPO party of her husband, President Hage Geingob. But she said a similar quota might be needed for Namibia’s private sector, where only 10 to...
(AFP (eng) 09/24/17)
A court in Sudan on Sunday sentenced a university student to death after convicting him of killing a policeman during protests in the capital last year, a defence lawyer said. Asim Omer, who was studying at Khartoum University, was arrested in December 2016 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 of that year. Last month, the court found Omer guilty, and on Sunday sentenced him to be hanged. "The judge sentenced Asim Omer to be hanged to death after finding him guilty of killing a policeman," defence lawyer Mohamed Arabi told AFP, adding that he would appeal. After sentencing, during which...

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