Thursday 18 January 2018
(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...
(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...

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