The President of the Republic Omer Albashir reiterated the government's commitment to support the peace and stability of South Kordfuan State and to retain the reconstruction and development process currently underway all over the State. The President made the commitment Monday at his office in the Secretariat General of the Council of Ministers when he received the Governor of South Kordufan State Ahmed Mohammed Haroun. Meanwhile, the Governor of South Kordufan State explained in a statement to the Sudan News Agency that his meeting with the President touched on the negotiations of Addis Ababa (on issues of South Kordufan and Blue Nile States), explaining that the President affirmed keenness to involve the people of South Kordufan State in the negotiations in order to expand the consultations and participation of all the political and social forces in South Kordufan. He added that the meeting was constructive and would positively contribute to serving the interest of the people of the State.
The President of the Republic Omer Albashir affirmed the concern and support of the government to the water projects in North Kordofan state, particularly the Water Project of Al-Obied city, as well as providing of in-kind and material support to the state in order to ward off and to contain the impacts of floods and heavy rains that hit the state recently. This came when the President received Monday at his office in the Secretariat General of the Council of Ministers the Acting Governor of North Kordofan state, Gen. General Mohammed Bashir Suleiman. Meanwhile, the Acting Governor said in a statement to the Sudan News Agency that he briefed the President of the Republic on the general security situations in the state in the light of incidents took place in the western localities of North Kordofan state and the implications of situation in South Kordofan on the state, particularly the increase of displaced persons from South Kordofan, a matter which requires tremendous efforts to address the challenges. The Acting Governor further announced readiness of his State to absorb the displaced students of South Kordufan State in the schools of his state as well as working to meet the requirements of the animal health in order to maintain the health of the National Livestock. On the impacts of the recent floods and torrential rains in his state, Gen. Suleiman explained that some 2000 families have been affected in some localities of North Kordufan, particularly in Um Rawaba, Hamrat El-Sheikh and AlObeid. He explained that preparations were underway for the cultivation of 6 million Feddans (Acres) with various crops to contribute to the food security process.
The Assistant of the President of the Republic and chairman of the Beja Congress, Musa Mohamed Ahmed will address today Tuesday at the Friendship Hall the opening sitting of the Third Conference of the Beja Congress with participation of a number of heads and representatives of the political parties, organizations, countries and diplomatic missions. At the regular news forum of Sudan News Agency (SUNA) Monday, the Secretary of Political Affairs of the Beja Congress, Salah Mohamed Al-Hassan, said that all preparations were finalized for holding the conference. He added that the conference will discuss a number of issues, including the current political situation, assessment of the party's participation in the government in past period as well as casting light on East Sudan Peace Agreement. He said that the conference will also discuss organizational affairs of the Beja Congress, including election of the new executive bureau of the party, hoping that the conference will come out with recommendations and decisions conducive to surpassing the pending issues.
A joint meeting for the Central Bank of Sudan, General Union of Sudanese Businessmen and Union of Sudanese Banks, which was held Monday in Khartoum, underscored the need to address the outstanding obligations of the private sector to the banks before implementation of the recent economic package of measures on mobilization of the dollar's exchange rate and increase of the exchange rate of customs' dollar. The participants in the meeting agreed on formation of a joint committee comprising representatives of the Central Bank, Union of the Sudanese Banks and General Union of Sudanese businessmen to extend the necessary proposals on how those outstanding obligations due to the large differences to the dollar exchange rate are to be addressed to avoid the negative effects on the sectors of business and commercial activity. The meeting was chaired by the Governor of the Central Bank of Sudan, Mohamed Khair Al-Zubair, in the presence of the Head of the Federation of the Sudanese Businessmen Saud Al-Berair, leaders of the Union, Chairman of the Union of Sudanese Banks Mosa'ad Mohamed Ahmed, Managers of the Commercial Banks and Deputy Governor of the Central Bank Badr Al-Din Mahmoud. The Central Bank Governor has affirmed the desire of the bank in cooperation with banks in mitigating the effects of the shock of the procedures on the private sector to reduce the cost as a result of exchange-rate adjustment, welcoming any proposals on the treatment of the problem. Mr. Al- Zubair said that the meeting was held to discuss and evaluate the results of the economic policies to address the negative effects of the exit of oil resources, which estimated at about $ 4 billion, from the budget as well as the imbalances caused in the internal and external balance of the economy. He said that the package of the recent measures made for restoration of dollar exchange rate to bridge the gap in the foreign exchange to reach a realistic and stable exchange rate governed by supply and demand mechanism in a single market. Also to attract more foreign exchange resources through the organized market.
The Minister of Minerals Kamal Abdul-Latif has affirmed his ministry's full readiness to receive German investors and services in the mining sector including the survey, exploration, geological studies and laboratories. Mr. Abdul-Latif added, during a meeting with the Charge d'Affaires of German Embassy in Khartoum, Dr. Dirk Stockhausen, that his ministry has prepared a solid plan for attracting eligible investments of technological, scientific and advanced expertise because of the geological structure of Sudan and the role of the sector in supplying the Sudanese economy with hard currency. For his part, the German Charge d'Affaires in Khartoum announced his country's readiness to coordinate with the Ministry of Minerals to attract German investments and modern technologies, pledging to open the doors of cooperation between of the German and Sudanese Geological Research Bodies.