Friday 17 November 2017
(Sudan Tribune 09/13/17)
Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour starts a visit to the United States on Wednesday where he will lead Sudan’s delegation for the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly and meet U.S. officials. Before to leave the country, Ghandour briefed the first deputy president and prime minister Bakri Hassan Salih about the preparation for the annual meeting of the United Nations from 12 to 25 September 2017 and a number of meetings scheduled with the U.S. officials. American officials use this opportunity to meet leaders from around the world during their participation in this UN gathering, however, these meetings of the Sudanese minister have a special particularity because it comes weeks before a decision on the permanent lift of sanctions on...
(Sudan Tribune 09/13/17)
Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) has seized copies of Al-Tayyar newspaper on Tuesday for the second time in the same week. On Saturday, the NISS confiscated print runs of Al-Tayyar for publishing an interview with the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu. Journalists working for Al-Tayyar told Sudan Tribune that NISS officer arrived at the printing house at 4:30 am (local time) on Tuesday and ordered to confiscate the print runs. They pointed out that the financial loss is estimated at 100,000 pounds (SDG) (about $4600). The same journalists said the NISS informed the editorial board of the newspaper that the seizure was due to publishing a column under the title “A new Revenge...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday in Windhoek said that the aim of the event is to promote a holistic private sector engagement, raise a sense of ownership and accountability for heritage protection as well as transmission of World Heritage sites in Namibia and Africa. "To...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Khartoum - President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has suspended most air raids on rebel-held parts of southern Sudan, newspapers reported on Wednesday. The move follows international criticism of Khartoum's conduct of the 17-year-old war pitting the Islamist government against Christian and animist rebels in the black African south. "Lieutenant General Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the president of the republic, late yesterday night directed the general command of the armed forces to stop all air bombing operations in the south of the country except in self-defence and in operations areas," the independent al-Sharia al-Siyassi reported. It said Bashir, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, had given the order to "protect lives and property".
(New Vision 09/12/17)
Kabeir has served as Ambassador of Sudan in Uganda since March 2015. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kutesa has thanked the outgoing Ambassador of Sudan H.E Abdelbagi Hamad for the improved and good working relations of the two countries over the period he has been in Uganda particularly for the mutual interest both countries have had in regional stability through Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) During a meeting on Monday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kabeir also commended the good working relations with the Government of Uganda and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in particular, throughout his tenure of service. He particularly pointed out the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ‘s visit to the Republic of Sudan after a period...
(Sudan Tribune 09/12/17)
The head of Sudan’s parliamentary subcommittee on industry and commerce Abdalla Ali Masar has disclosed significant decline in the exports of the Gum Arabic. Gum arabic is a resin that is used as an emulsifier in sodas, a thickener in candies, a binder in some inks and drugs, and as even a foam stabilizer in beer. Last June, the secretary-general of the Gum Arabic Council (GAC) Abdel-Magid Abdel-Gader, said revenues from exports of the gum Arabic in the first half of this year amounted to $45 million. However, Masar pointed out that the gum Arabic exports have declined from 100,000 to 12,000 tonnes during the past years. Speaking at a forum held at the National Assembly Monday, Masar described the...
(Sudan Tribune 09/12/17)
The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir and the head of the Popular Congress Party (PCP) Ali-al-Haj discussed Tuesday an initiative the latter has launched to end the war in Sudan. Al-Haj who succeeded the late Hassan al-Turabi after longs years of exile in Germany met recently with various political forces inside the country to explain his plan for peace in Sudan. The Darfuria politician wants to use his knowledge of the crisis and relations with the armed groups to bridge the gaps between them and the Sudanese government. In press statements after the meeting, al-Haj said his initiative to end war comes within the ongoing efforts to support the outcome of the national dialogue. "The meeting touched on a number of...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr Bayor,” AIBA said in a statement on Monday. It found Bayor had “committed serious and unacceptable violations of the AIBA Disciplinary Code” at the tournament in Congo Republic. AIBA said the ban was from all boxing activities and responsibilities and...
(Xinhuanet 09/11/17)
Sudan's Minerals Ministry and Egypt's National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) on Sunday signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in earthquake monitoring and geophysical exploration of minerals and oil. "The MoU, signed today, stipulates exchange of information between Sudan and Egypt at the regional and international level," Mohamed Abu Fatma, Director General of Geological Research Authority of Sudan (GRAS), said in a statement. Describing the memorandum as "important," he noted that the deal designed a geo-technical map of strategic importance
(Xinhuanet 09/11/17)
Sudanese government on Sunday urged the European Union (EU) countries to work for the permanent lifting of U.S. sanctions on Sudan as scheduled in October. Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour met Jean-Michel Dumond, head of the delegation of the European Union to Sudan, together with ambassadors and representatives from Britain, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Germany, France, Spain and Netherlands. "It has been stressed on the common goal of Sudan and the EU countries to achieve the permanent lifting of the U.S. sanctions on Sudan by the upcoming October," said Sudan's Foreign Ministry in a statement, adding that EU countries' support is important to achieve the goal. "Lifting of the U.S. sanctions will pave the way for the promotion of Sudan's economic...
(Xinhuanet 09/11/17)
Sudanese government on Sunday said it was ready to resume negotiations with rebels of Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector on South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas, Sudan's Ashorooq net reported. "The government delegation is ready and authorized to resume the negotiations with the SPLM/northern sector according to the axes set by the African mediation," Abdul-Rahman Abu-Median, member of the government's negotiation delegation, was quoted as saying. "We are committed to the framework agreements signed with the SPLM/northern sector and ready to resume the talks based on the negotiations' references," he noted. Last August, the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), which is supervising the negotiations between the Sudanese government and the rebels of the SPLM/northern sector, started consultations to...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope to look past Brexit turmoil. “Even if I hadn’t had the money put aside, I would have found a way to pay for it,” said Corrie, 50, who estimates the business she runs with her husband would have lost 10,000...
(Libya Herald 09/08/17)
There was confusion this evening after Sudan’s foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour denied the country’s borders with Libya and Chad were to be sealed. This contradicted reports that Sudan’s second vice-president Hassabu Mohamed Abdalrahman said yesterday that the borders would be closed to stop the smuggling of weapons and vehicles. Abdalrahman was quoted as saying the move was to counter murderous criminal networks that were bringing drugs, arms, money and stolen cars, particularly sports utility vehicles (SUV) into his country. Sudan’s frontier with Libya is a relatively short 383 kilometres while with Chad it is 1,360 km.
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist group. “Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment” presents the results of a two-year UNDP Africa study on recruitment in the most prominent extremist groups in Africa. The study reveals a picture of a...
(Middle East Monitor 09/07/17)
Sudan today announced that it closed its land borders with Libya, Chad and South Sudan to prevent arms smuggling. Vice President Hassabu Mohamed Abdalrahman said: “We have closed our land borders with Libya, Chad and South Sudan to prevent smuggling arms and four-wheel drive vehicles.” He gave no further details of the mechanism of implementation and duration of the closure. Sudan also has land borders with Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Central Africa. Hassabu revealed that “60,000 four-wheel drive vehicles were smuggled in to Sudan from Libya, Chad and South Sudan.” “The smuggled car owners committed crimes in other countries, such as murder, smuggling, money laundering and drug dealings. In addition, Interpol has recently sent requests to Sudan to register the...
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
African Rainbow Minerals Ltd., the miner chaired by South Africa’s richest black businessman, will pay a record dividend this year as rising iron-ore and manganese prices boosted earnings at its ferrous unit. ARM will pay investors 6.50 rand a share, almost triple that of the previous year, and its 11th consecutive dividend, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement Thursday. The company benefited from a 45 percent increase in prices received for exported iron ore and 93 percent more for its manganese. While ARM is “confident in the long-term outlook for commodities,” the company said prices will “remain volatile” this year. The rand, in which ARM pays most of its costs, has strengthened against the dollar this year, reducing earnings...
(Sudan Tribune 09/06/17)
Sudan’s Vice President Hassabo Abdel-Rahman will travel next Friday to the Republic of Congo to participate in an African Union summit on the Libyan crisis. Abdel Rahman will participate in the third meeting of the African Union High-level Committee on Libya, which will be held at the level of heads of state on Saturday, the 9th September, to discuss ways to achieve reconciliation and restore stability and peace in Libya. The meeting, which will be chaired by the Congolese President, Denis Sassou Nguesso, aims at narrowing the gap between the Libyan parties to overcome the political impasse that hinders the implementation of the UN mediated Skhirat Agreement and taking into account the different initiatives on Libya including the African Union,...
(Sudan Tribune 09/06/17)
The opposition Sudanese Congress Party (SCoP) said that the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested a party cadre on Tuesday, days after his release. In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, the SCoP said that a member of its branch in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Nabil al-Nuweiri was arrested again by the Sudanese security service. Al-Nuwairi was arrested on August 29 at the Khartoum North Criminal Court while he was attending a ruling session on the case of party member Asim Omer who is accused of killing a policeman during student protests in 2016. The statement said that "al-Nuweiri came from outside the country to attend the ruling session, was released (in the same day) hours after the...
(Sudan Tribune 09/06/17)
A member of the North Darfur Legislative Council urged the state ministry of health to diagnose cases similar to the watery diarrhoea epidemic appeared at El-Fasher Teaching Hospital. MP Suleiman Mukhtar Musa told Sudan Tribune on Monday he noted the presence of a large number of patients suffering from diarrhoea. when he went to the hospital with a patient. "But so far, they have not confirmed whether the diarrhoea is a watery diarrhoea or not ... Unfortunately, there are at least 11 critical cases," he added. Since nearly two months, independent doctors groups and opposition parties reject statements by the medical authorities about Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD), and call on the government to officially declare a cholera outbreak in the...
(Bloomberg 09/05/17)
A surge in agriculture has helped lift Africa’s biggest economies out of their slumps, but the recovery may be weak. Gross domestic product in Nigeria, the continent’s largest crude producer, advanced for the first time in six quarters in the three months ended June from a year earlier, growing 0.55 percent, the statistics agency said. In South Africa, GDP expanded 2.5 percent from the previous quarter, ending the second recession in almost a decade. Both economies had agriculture largely to thank: in South Africa, a bumper corn harvest following the worst drought in more than a century saw the sector surge 34 percent from the prior quarter, while in Nigeria, where farming vies with industries as the second-biggest contributor to...

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