Friday 17 November 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 09/23/17)
At least three people were killed and more than 20 wounded when Sudanese troops clashed at a South Darfur refugee camp with displaced people protesting against a visit by President Omar Al-Bashir, the United Nations mission said on Friday. The United Nations said clashes erupted when troops dispersed protesters as Bashir visited the Shatia area, where the government has been accused of ethnic cleansing, in his first trip there since the conflict in Darfur war broke out in 2003. Bashir traveled to Darfur to show progress before a U.S. decision in October on lifting sanctions in return for Sudan meeting conditions, including resolving conflicts and improving humanitarian efforts on the ground. At least three displaced people were killed and 26...
(AFP (eng) 09/22/17)
Clashes between Sudanese forces and residents of a Darfur camp for the displaced killed three people Friday, the UN said, as President Omar al-Bashir urged reconciliation in the war-torn region. Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on genocide and war crimes charges related to the Darfur conflict, is touring the region ahead of a US decision next month on whether to permanently lift a decades-old trade embargo on Sudan. On Friday, residents of Camp Kalma in South Darfur protesting against Bashir's visit clashed...
(Middle East Monitor 09/22/17)
Sudan and South Sudan agreed on Wednesday to work against the US sanctions imposed on the two neighbouring countries, the official news agency SUNA reported South Sudan’s oil minister told a joint news conference in Khartoum with Sudan’s investment minister, Mubarak Al-Fadil, that the two countries have agreed to increase oil production and open all border crossing points to improve the flow of goods and trade and to settle outstanding debts. We have agreed as two countries to make sure that we work together in line with the cooperation agreement signed in 2012 … to make sure that the sanctions are lifted on our countries Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said.
(Middle East Monitor 09/22/17)
A delegation from the US Congress, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes, began an official visit to Sudan as America prepares to lift economic sanctions imposed on Khartoum for nearly 20 years. The US delegation met with Sudanese First Vice President Bakri Hassan Saleh and discussed joint security efforts. The Sudanese Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning also discussed with the US Congressman and the accompanying US embassy delegation the arrangements after 12 October when the United States is expected to announce the lifting of economic sanctions imposed on Sudan. The Sudanese Parliament Speaker Ibrahim Ahmed Omar discussed with the US Congress delegation the possible contribution of the two legislative institutions to normalisng relations. He presented to the...
(Sudan News Agency 09/22/17)
The President of the Republic, Field Marshal, Omer al-Bashir has sent a congratulatory message to his Angolan counterpart, Mr. Joao Lorenzo, the President of the Republic of Angola, on his election as President of his country. The President of the Republic expressed his sincere congratulations to President Lorenzo, and his wished him success and for the Angolan people for further progress and prosperity. He expressed aspiration for further joint work to promote bilateral relations in all fields.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue to chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, known as Anopheles, say researchers at Stanford University. In sub-Saharan Africa, this means malaria rates could rise in cooler areas as they heat up, but fall in hotter places that...
(AFP (eng) 09/21/17)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday pressed on with a government campaign to collect arms from tribes in war-torn Darfur where a devastating conflict has killed thousands and displaced millions. Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide and war crimes related to the conflict in Darfur, is touring the region ahead of a US decision on October 12 on whether to permanently lift a decades-old trade embargo on Sudan. "We are asking people to surrender their arms voluntarily... some are giving up their weapons but others are keeping them," Bashir said at a rally in West Darfur. "Very soon we will come and take away these arms that are not surrendered." Darfur, a region of the...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir urged on Thursday the citizens of Darfur region to voluntarily surrender their weapons to the government before the government begins collecting them forcibly. "The talk about arms collection is serious, and any person who has a gun, it is better for him to hand it over. Anybody who is hiding a firearm, he must voluntarily bring it to the government," said al-Bashir when addressing a people's gathering in Nyala, capital of South Darfur State. "This is the first phase for the voluntary collection of arms. We insist that the guns should be in the hand of the government only and that it will not be used but for the protection and security of the citizens and...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will guarantee minimum sales volumes of the new combination pills using dolutegravir, a so-called integrase inhibitor that avoids the drug resistance that often develops with older treatments. In return the drugmakers, India-based Mylan Laboratories and Aurobindo Pharma, will agree the maximum...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited the war-torn Darfur region on Tuesday in an effort to show his country is ready to have 20-year-old sanctions lifted by the United States just weeks before Washington is expected to issue a decision. In July the Trump administration postponed for three months the decision to permanently lift sanctions, setting Oct. 12 as a deadline for Sudan to meet conditions, including resolving conflicts and stepping up its humanitarian efforts. Conflict in Darfur began in 2003 when mainly non-Arab tribes took up arms against Sudan’s Arab-led government. A joint African Union-U.N. peacekeeping operation, known as UNAMID, has been on the ground for the past decade. Fighting between the army and rebels in the southern Kordofan and...
(The Libya Observer 09/20/17)
The Sudanese Foreign Minister, Ibrahim Ghandour, confirmed that a decision by President, Omar Al-Bashir, has been made to reopen the Sudanese Embassy and permit the ambassador to begin his work from the capital Tripoli. Ghandour stated that this action emphasizes his country's support for a political solution between the various Libyan parties. Ghandour’s statement was made during his meeting with the Libyan Foreign Minister, Mohamed Sayala, in New York on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Libyan News Agency said on Tuesday that the two officials discussed developments on the political situation in Libya and the joint coordination between the two countries in the fight against terrorism. Housam Najjair
(AFP (eng) 09/19/17)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Tuesday urged those displaced by the conflict in Darfur to return home, saying the region had now recovered from a war that has killed tens of thousands. More than 2.5 million people have fled their homes since 2003, when a conflict erupted in Darfur after ethnic minority rebels took up arms against Bashir's Arab-dominated government, accusing it of marginalising the region economically and politically. Most of the displaced live in camps, after escaping fighting between government forces and rebels that the United Nations says has killed around 300,000 people. Top Sudanese officials claim the conflict has now ended, and Bashir on Tuesday said those displaced should return to their homes as he visited the region...
(Sudan Tribune 09/19/17)
Military talks between Sudan and Ethiopia aims to enhance joint cooperation to face security challenges in the region, said the Sudanese army chief of staff before to engage meeting with his Ethiopian counterpart on Monday. Several years after the unsuccessful attempt to reconcile Addis Ababa and Asmara in order to build a tripartite economic and military regional alliance, Sudan and Ethiopia developed joint economic projects and moved together towards broader regional political and security cooperation. During a visit to Khartoum last August, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessaleg called for a regional integration while Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir professed that all the conditions are gathered to establish the "Horn of Africa Economic Organization". "The visit of the Chief of Staff of...
(Xinhuanet 09/19/17)
The European Union (EU) on Monday urged the Sudanese government to undertake reforms at all levels to attract foreign investment. "There are no European economic sanctions imposed on Sudan, but it is very important for Sudan to undertake reforms at all levels in order to attract foreign investment," Jean-Michel Dumond, head of the EU delegation to Sudan said in a statement Monday. Dumond said the current visit by a delegation of Sudanese officials and businessmen to a number of EU countries is an opportunity to exchange views on the investment opportunities in Sudan. The Sudanese delegation, led by Sudan's State Minister of Investment Osama Faisal, is visiting several European countries, including Belgium and Germany, to publicize Sudan's investment opportunities. According...
(Sudan Tribune 09/19/17)
The U.S. Administration on Monday has issued a decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudanese nationals indicating an improvement of conditions in the East African nation. The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security usually designates a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely. These conditions include ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters or other extraordinary conditions. The TPS provides employment authorization and protection from deportation for foreign nationals who cannot be safely returned to their home countries. Since November 4th, 1997, Sudan has been designated for the TPS allowing Sudanese nationals already present in the U.S. and who apply for the benefit to reside and work lawfully...
(The Guardian 09/18/17)
Anna Jones says that, through selling its cocoa cheaply, Africa is exporting its wealth overseas; while Sue Banford claims that the soya moratorium in the Amazon has done nothing to halt deforestation. Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop is undoubtedly the cause of this problem. But cocoa farming could also provide the solution. Recently, I was in Ivory Coast for the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Abidjan. It united many different parties – governments, the UN’s Food...
(Bloomberg 09/15/17)
Societe Generale SA, challenged on its home turf by Orange SA’s push into banking, is fighting back with a new mobile lender in Africa. The French lender started YUP, a new app for smartphones, in Senegal and Ivory Coast and plans to begin operating in four other sub-Saharan countries this year and next, the company said on Thursday. The bank aims to double its client base to 2 million in the region within three years. “Telcos have opened the way and they’ve gotten ahead,” Alexandre Maymat, who oversees Societe Generale’s operations in French-speaking Africa, said at a press briefing. “We’re catching up” by redefining the retail strategy and providing a broader offering than telephone companies. Chief Executive Officer Frederic Oudea...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour will visit the United States on Wednesday to discuss "issues of mutual concern" four weeks before the United State looks into the permanent lifting of economic sanctions. He would also head Sudan's delegation to meetings of the 72nd session of United Nations General Assembly and deliver Sudan's statement, Gariballa Al-Khadir, Sudan's Foreign Ministry Spokesman, said in a statement. The Sudanese foreign minister is expected to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other senior officials. Late July, the United States extended a review period of three months to decide whether to permanently lift trade sanctions on Sudan given its human rights records and other issues.
(Independent Online 09/13/17)
Sudan on Thursday extended a deadline for the return of thousands of South Sudanese to their country until May 20, a government news agency reported. The Sudan Media Centre said there are up to 15 000 South Sudanese stranded in Sudan's White Nile State along the border of the two feuding neighbours. Khartoum's decision came after the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said this month that it cannot meet an earlier deadline for South Sudanese to leave the north. IOM's spokesperson Jean-Philippe Chauzy said on Tuesday in Geneva that thousands of South Sudanese lack the means to get home and that the international community “does not have the logistical capacity to move them all out” by the May 5 deadline...
(Itweb Africa 09/13/17)
Telecommunications and ISP in the Sudan, Sudatel Telecom Group (STG) plans to boost its investment in domestic and Pan-African operations following increased 2016/17 revenues and profits. The company's latest financial statement detail plans for continued expansion of infrastructure across West Africa. According to the statement, STG has increased revenues to US$252 million in H1 2017, up 8% from H1-2016, and its gross profit also increased by 22% from US$87 million in H1 2016 to US$106 million in H1 2017. "We have a well thought through long-term investment plan that will enable us to maintain growth. We will continue to work hard to ensure that we maintain our position," says Tarig Hamza Zain El Abdein, CEO of Sudatel. The company says...

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