Saturday 18 November 2017
(Sudan Tribune 07/10/13)
(KHARTOUM) – The minister of health in Khartoum state Mamoun Humeida was assaulted by a doctor in his office for declining to pay the monthly allowances and tuition fees of doctors who were dispatched by the state for medical training in Egypt. An eyewitness said that Humeida suffered a surprise attack by a doctor complaining about not receiving his stipend or tuition fees. A source close to the minister said that the doctor has contacted the minister for over a year asking for his money but to no avail. The minister refused to address the doctor’s persistent complaints and challenged him saying “Ride the tallest of your horses”, which is a Sudanese phrase meaning “do whatever you want to do”...
(Sudan Vision 07/10/13)
Khartoum - The Chairman of the Arab Authority of Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID), Mohammed Bin Obaid Al Mazroai reviewed the goals of their new strategy approved by the Council of shareholders in the year, 2012, which focused on the restructuring of the investment, development and expansion of successful projects, and the rehabilitation of certain companies. During his meeting at the ministry with the Minister of Investment, Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, Al-Mazroai discussed the challenges and difficulties that hinder the AAAID investments in Sudan. Al-Mazroai called for more communication between the authority and the Government of Sudan to overcome these challenges and difficulties. The meeting touched the enormous agricultural inputs by Sudan and its AAAID investments , which are estimated...
(Sudan Vision 07/10/13)
Khartoum - Dr. Awad Al-Jaz, Minister of Petroleum, welcomed the invitation of his Emirati counterpart to take part in the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) in November. This was in a meeting with His Excellency Hassan Ahmed Alshahi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Sudan, who delivered the invitation to the Petroleum Minister. Aljaz commended the developed status of relations between Sudan and the UAE and called for more cooperation between the two countries in all fields. The ADIPEC will be held between 10-13 November 2013 and will witness the inauguration of the energy forum 2030 and the energy investment summit. The ADIPEC is also going to witness the inauguration of awards of alternative energy. The...
(Sudan Vision 07/10/13)
Khartoum - The Minister of Finance and National Economy Ali Mahmoud has briefed the mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the total economic developments and reform programme being implemented in Sudan. The minister reviewed, upon his meeting at his office Monday with IMF mission, which is now visiting Sudan heading by Edward Al-Jumail, the current economic developments besides the economic performance during the first half of the year. Al-Jumail explained that his mission visit targeted follow-up of the economic performance and developments in the IMF- country members with aim to develop a comprehensive report to be reported the IMF Board of executive directors.
(Sudan Tribune 07/10/13)
(KHARTOUM) - Security authorities in North Kordofan state have interrogated a group of youths for commenting on a report posted on a Facebook page claiming that incidents of embezzlement are taking place at the Zakat (alms) Chamber in the state. Muataz Al-Muasil, Alaa addin Suleiman Khamis, and Adam Issa were quizzed about their comments on a report originally published the pro-opposition Al-Rakoba website dealing with corruption in the Zakat Chamber. The report accuses the director of Zakat Chamber at Ghibaish locality in North Kordofan, Salah Siddig, of thievery and nepotism. The three youths were told by their interrogators that they will be referred to court following completion of investigation. Sudanese bloggers and activists are facing an organized campaign of hacking...
(Alarabiya.net 07/10/13)
China has granted Sudan a $700 million loan to build a new airport for the capital Khartoum, state media said on Monday, highlighting close ties between China and the sanctions-hit African country. Sudanese officials signed a five-year loan with China’s Export Import Bank, a state bank which supports government policy, Sudan’s state news agency SUNA said. Work at the airport would start at the end of the year and last three years. The deal with Sudan comes at a time when airlines consider cutting back flights because of currency restrictions banning them repatriating profits. The central bank forces them to sell tickets to Sudanese in local currency, which has lost more than 100 percent against the dollar in the past...
(Voice of America 07/10/13)
Only seven of the 53 African Union countries who pledged to commit at least 10 percent of their national budgets to investment in agriculture in 2003 have reached that goal. Aid organizations say that investment in agriculture is key to breaking the cycle of food insecurity and crisis in West Africa. As the declaration approaches its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, the aid groups are calling on AU countries to renew their commitment to the Maputo Declaration. In 2003, 53 African heads of state agreed to allocate at least 10 percent of their national budgets to investment in agriculture and livestock by July 2008. Ten years later, only seven countries - Burkina Faso, Niger, Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Malawi and Ethiopia -...
(Sudan Tribune 07/09/13)
July 8, 2013 (KHARTOUM/JUBA) – Sudan reaffirmed Monday the need to define quickly the centreline of the demilitarized zone in order to implement the security arrangements agreed between the two sides since September 2012. Muaz Farouk, member of joint technical team said that the visiting African Union experts discussed with the competent committees the issue of the centreline with South Sudan. He further called for the speedy determination of this borderline in order to activate the buffer zone between the two countries. Khartoum and Juba agreed in the security arrangements deal that a temporary demilitarized zone extending 10kms from each side should be established on the border disputed areas. But, it appeared that the two sides disagree too on these...
(Human Rights Watch 07/09/13)
As South Sudan prepares to celebrate its second year of independence on 9 July 2013, we would like to take this opportunity to call on you in your powers as the President of the Republic of South Sudan to refrain from confirming any death sentences, and to instead commute all existing death sentences in South Sudan on this occasion.Furthermore, we commend your government for South Sudan's vote in favour of the fourth UN General Assembly resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty on 20 December 2012. We now urge you to take the next steps in establishing an official moratorium on executions in South Sudan with a view to abolishing the death penalty, in line with...
(Sudan Tribune 07/09/13)
(KHARTOUM) - The executive director of the East Reconstruction and Development Fund (ERDF), Abu Obieda Mohamed Duj, has criticized lawmakers who objected to the Kuwaiti loan which will be uses to fund the electricity project in eastern Sudan. Late last month, Sudan’s national assembly narrowly approved a loan from Kuwait after a heated debate on the issue of violating Islamic Shar’ia law which prohibits borrowing money that has interest terms attached. 52 MP’s voted in favor of the loan with 46 against and 9 abstentions. Earlier this year, Kuwait and Sudan signed the $85 million loan agreement that aims at expanding electricity in East Sudan and make it available to 660,000 people. The loan was offered at a 2% annual...
(Human Rights Watch 07/09/13)
(Nairobi ) – New amendments to Sudan’s Armed Forces Act that allow prosecution of civilians in military courts are contrary to international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) said today. President Omar al-Bashir should not sign the amendments into law but instead should return the measure to parliament to revise consistent with Sudan’s international legal obligations. “Sudan needs to bolster its civilian justice system to improve respect for human rights,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Giving more judicial powers over civilians to the military will take Sudan in exactly the wrong direction.” The amendments, passed by parliament on July 2, 2013, allow the government to prosecute...
(AL Jazeera 07/09/13)
Juba, South Sudan - "Toward effective nation building and prosperity for all", encourage the billboards across this city. As South Sudan's capital prepares to celebrate its second independence day on July 9, mixed feelings linger about the progress the youngest nation in the world has made since independence. "We are free now, but life hasn't gotten better," said Ruth, who works for a local grassroots organisation. "Crime in Juba has increased, and education and health services have become more expensive," A group of students at Juba University reflected on the past two years. "To find a job is very hard, you need someone to get your back," Santo explained. Johnson, a first year student, added: "You can see some improvements...
(Usa Today 07/09/13)
Apparently skirting U.S. sanctions, Iran and Sudan are using Silicon Valley-made Internet-monitoring devices on government and commercial networks, The Washington Post reported Monday. It's not known exactly how the tools, from Blue Coat Systems in Sunnyvale, Calif., are being used. Citing computer experts, the Post writes that the products "could empower repressive governments to spy on opponents." The company specializes in Web surveillance, security, virus detection and content filtering, which are subject to certain export controls. In 2011, hacktivists discovered Blue Coat's filtering tools by the Syrian government, which experts said had used the technology to censor websites and spy on activists and journalists. The Commerce Department fined a distributor in Dubai nearly $3 million for export violations. New research...
(Zambia Daily mail 07/09/13)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Addressing the delagates at the TICAD V session on Somalia.THE fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-V) was held in Yokohama, Japan from June 1-3, 2013 and 41 African presidents including President Sata, along with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, attended. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe opened the conference by announcing a five-year US$32 billion package to support infrastructure development and boost economic growth in Africa. However, most African leaders had their own share of challenges that were highlighted at the summit. Our staffer NKOLE CHITALA who attended the conference now reports. AFRICAN countries including Zambia have made considerable progress in addressing various economic problems...
(Ghana Business News 07/09/13)
African airlines enjoyed nearly a 10% rise in traffic in May 2013 as global passenger growth trend continues, according to an industry report. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says African airlines’ traffic climbed 9.8% in May which was the second highest among the regions. The report notes that African carriers are benefiting from a sustained increase in trade through developing links to Asia and the Middle East, as well as strong GDP growth in local economies, particularly in Western Africa. “Capacity rose 7.4% in May, raising load factor 1.4 percentage points to 66.2%,” said IATA’s passenger traffic report. In terms of air freight, African carriers grew just 0.2% in May, but growth trend, according to the airline association, was...
(Sudan Tribune 07/08/13)
Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki said that a broader scope and an all-embracing strategic solution is crucial to attain a durable deal in resolving outstanding CPA issues between Sudan and South Sudan. Afwerki made the comments while conferring with visiting EU Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan, Rosalind Marsden at the presidential palace in Asmara last Thursday 4 July. Despite South Sudan’s peaceful secession from Sudan in July 2011, post-split key issues remain unresolved. In September last year, Presidents of Sudan and South Sudan signed a series of agreements in Addis Ababa including security arrangements, oil and on the rights of citizens in the two countries. However the agreements remain far from implementation due distrust and lack of political commitment...
(Sudan Tribune 07/08/13)
(KHARTOUM) - The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement –North (SPLM-N) called on the Sudanese opposition forces to unite their efforts to overthrow the regime of president Omer Al-Bashir, stressing it is time to bybass those who are undecided over this strategy. In January of this year the rebel coalition, Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF), launched the ’New Dawn’ charter which calls to topple the regime by military and peaceful means, saying it was approved by the opposition political parties operating inside the country. But the largest opposition Umma National Party (UNP) of Sadiq Al-Mahdi, Popular Congress Party of Hassan Al-Turabi and the Communist Party distanced themselves from the charter and called to privilege peaceful means. Yasir Arman, SPLM-N secretary general, said in...
(Sudan Tribune 07/08/13)
The Sudanese vice president, Al-Haj Adam Youssef, has categorically rejected the idea of secession for any part of Sudan and said that it will take place only "over our dead bodies", predicting that the rainy season will witness the end of the armed rebellion in Sudan. "The necks of those who call for cessation of South Kordofan will be chopped prior to cutting South Kordofan from Sudan territory", said the vice president. Adam, who was addressing a rally organized by the women of South Kordofan state in Khartoum yesterday, called upon the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) leader, Abd Al-Aziz al-Hilu, and other arms bearers to learn the lesson from their predecessors and lay down arms and join peace. He...
(Sudan Tribune 07/08/13)
A group of Sudanese activists have demonstrated in front of the Ministry of Justice in Khartoum to protest the slow pace of the trial of those involved in the killing of 4 protesters in Kajbar area in north Sudan in 2007. On June 13, 2007, security forces used excessive force to disperse a peaceful demonstration by residents protesting the construction of a dam at Third Cataract by Kajbar village. The security forces used tear gas and live ammunition killing 4 people and wounding many others. The protesters held banners saying "Justice is a meaning, not a building" in reference to the Ministry of Justice's multi-billion high rise building in down town Khartoum. The protesters handed over an urgent memo to...
(Sudan Tribune 07/08/13)
Sudan's former finance minister Abdel-Rahim Hamdi has called upon the Sudanese expatriates to take advantage of investment opportunities in the real estate sector through collective mechanisms and investment funds. Hamdi, who was addressing the conference of the heads of Sudanese communities abroad on Thursday, expressed willingness to conduct feasibility studies on establishing a bank that would specialize in financing expatriates' projects. According to Sudanese economist, the bank could end up being listed in the stock market and play a significant role in providing hard currency as well as becoming a repository for economic activity. He pointed to government efforts aimed at providing services in residential complexes as part of its plan for solving the economic and social problems, underscoring the...

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