The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, announced the appointment of Mohamed Ibn Chambas of Ghana as their Joint Special Representative for Darfur, and head of the joint UN-AU peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID. His responsibilities also include those of the AU-UN Joint Chief Mediator. Mr. Chambas brings to this position extensive experience after a long and distinguished career in both international and governmental fora, most recently serving as the Secretary General of the African, Caribbean, Pacific Group of States (ACP), according to a statement provided by Mr. Ban's spokesperson. Prior to his ACP experience, Mr. Chambas was the President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) from 2006 to 2009 and the Executive Secretary of ECOWAS from 2002 to 2005. He has also served as a Member of Parliament and in the Ghanaian Government. Mr. Chambas replaces Ibrahim Gambari of Nigeria, for whom both Mr. Ban and Ms. Dlamini Zuma reiterated their "deep appreciation" for his service with UNAMID.
President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, has received written message from the Kenyan President Muwai Kibakbi, dealing with bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them further. This came when he received yesterday at the Guest House the Kenyan Foreign Minister, Samson Kagengo Ongeri, who handed the message to the President of the Republic. The Kenyan Foreign Minister said in a press statement that the meeting dealt with the situation in Sudan and the joint cooperation agreement between Sudan and South Sudan, adding that the President of the Republic has appreciated the historical relations between Sudan and Kenya.
The National Assembly ratified in its sitting yesterday, chaired by the Speaker Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Tahir, the General budget bill for the year2013, in the presence of the Vice President of the Republic Dr. Al-Haj Adam Yousif. The Speaker of the National Assembly reviewed at the outset of the sitting the events of declaration of the Sudan Independence from within the Parliament in the same day in 1955, greeting the pioneers of the Nationalist Movement, the leaderships of Independence and the soldiers. Dr. Yousif, meanwhile, expressed his pleasure on addressing the Parliament for the first time since he assumed the tasks the Vice President of the Republic, adding that through solidarity and cooperation we can accomplish our objectives and protect the Independence realized by our fathers and grandfathers through cooperation. He calling for rejection of all forms of disunity between the Sudanese people. The Minister of Finance and National Economy, Ali Mahmoud, expected the rate of growth to by 5 % in 2014 by the end of the tripartite program, explaining that the rate of growth in the year 2012 was 1.3 % and it was 2.8 in the year 2011 and it is expected to be 3.6 % in the year 2013.
The Assistant of the President of the Republic, Dr. Jalal Yousif Al-Deger and the Minister of Welfare and Social Security, Amira Al- Fadel will witness, today, the 4th mass marriage which is organized by the National Youth Union at North Kordufan State, in the presence of the governor of the state, Mutasim Mirghani Zakki Edeen . The Director of the Youth Charity Fund of the state, Al-Sanosi Issa said the marriage project, which targets740 of the youth in the state, comes in the context of the projects initiated by the Youth Union of the state . He said the union will provide all the requested facilities in this connection .
Sudanese Journalists Union (SJU) and the Khartoum State National Service organize next, Sunday, at SJU premises, a symposium on the Sudan-US Future Relations in the light of the US President , Obama second term of office . The sympoaium will be addressed by a number of politicians and academics including the National Congress (NC)'s Extwernal Relations Secretary General, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, Information Expert, Dr, Rabie Abdul Atti and the Director of the US Adminisration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. invitations will be extended for some ambassadors including US Ambassador to Khartoum, leaders of the political parties and local and foreign mass media to attend the symposium .