The volume of trade exchange between Sudan and Egypt amounted to about $ 731 million, where Egypt is ranked 3rd after China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in terms of volume of export to Sudan. Sudan imports machinery, equipment, chemical products, means of transportation and textile from Egypt and exports live animals, meat, leathers and peanut to Egypt. This was revealed by the Minister at the Supreme Council for Investment, in an interview with Al-Ahram Newspaper Wednesday, stressing endeavor of the Sudanese and Egyptian sides to raise the volume of trade exchange to double the current figure, which does not cope the level of relations between the two countries. He pointed out that the two countries agreed to have 213 Egyptian investment projects estimated at a cost of 7,751 million dollars divided into 117 projects in industry at $ 1.2 billion, 79 service projects at $ 6,450 million and 17 projects in agriculture at $ 89 million. Mr. Ismail added that the projects that have been implemented until 2011 were 49 projects totaled to $ 683 million dollars, including 31 projects in the industry at $ 505 million, 16 service projects at $ 174 million and others in agriculture at $ 4 million.
Tens of thousands of Sudanese citizens, including President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, First Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha, Ministers and Governors of States yesterday attended at Al-Sahafa cemetery the burial ceremony of the former Adviser of the President and Chairman of Islamic Figh (Jurisprudence) Academy in Sudan, Professor Ahmed Ali AL-Imam, who passed away in Khartoum yesterday. Meanwhile, Governor of Gezira State, Prof. Al-Zubair Bashir Taha, expressed in a press statement his utmost grieve over the loss of the late Scholar, saying that his loss is the loss of all Sudan and the Sudanese people. He explained that the deceased had contributed effectively in disseminating Islam and its sciences, particularly in the field of Holy Quarn. State Minister at Higher Council of Investment, Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, said the late Prof. Al-Imam joined the Islamic Movement in the prime of his Youth and shouldered the mission of Islamic Da'wa in Africa besides founding the Mosque of Al-Fath for disseminating the Sciences of Islam and that his apprentices and learners are all over the Sudan. State Minister at the Presidency of the Republic, Dr. Amen Hassan Omer, said the Late assumed some important posts, including Advisor of the President for authentication, Chairman of Islamic Figh Academy, First Vice Chancellour of the University of Holy Quran and Islamic Sciences as well as one of the founders of Omdurman Islamic University. He explained that he took the initiative and established Khartoum International Award for Holy Quran besides printing Holy Quran in Sudan.
The Former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohammed, will begin today a three-day visit to Sudan in which he will join the First Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha in the inauguration of the Malaysia Sudan Trade and Investment Forum, scheduled to be begin in the Friendship Hall in Khartoum next Thursday. The Forum will be held under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Trade as well as the Council of International People's Friendship and will be attended by some 30 government and private Malaysian companies. SUNA learnt that the Former Prime Minister of Malaysia will meet The President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, the First Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha and Dr. Hassan Farid, Chairman of Arab Microfinance Network (Sanabel). Dr. Mahathir will also give a lecture Thursday evening at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum under the auspices of the First Vice President entitled "Reflection on Malaysia's Development Experience". The Former Prime Minister of Malaysia will also visit PETRONAS Complex in Khartoum Friday where he will meet the Malaysian Community in Sudan before concluding his visit to Sudan.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Kerti, excluded any link between the presence of the two Iranian warships docking in Port Sudan and the recent Israeli aggression on Al-Yarmouk Military Industrial Complex in Khartoum. Answering questions during a press conference he held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Khartoum that docking of the two Iranian warships in Port Sudan was not a secret. " We do not accuse any country in the region of being involved in the aggression on Al- Yarmouk Military Industrial Complex and there was either a regional conspiracy behind the Israeli aggression," said the Minister, explaining that Israel is using America's hi-tech to carry out Childish terrorist actions". Meanwhile, the Minister of Foreign Affairs revealed attempts by the so-called the North Wing of the People's Movement to thwart the Security arrangements, signed by the Government of Sudan and South Sudan. Karti further reiterated Sudan's absolute rejection to setting October as a date for conducting the Referendum of Abyei or specifying those who are eligible to vote in the Referendum as proposed by the African Chief Mediator. He explained that the proposal comprised agreements that must signed before conducting the Referendum, including the rights of the Tribes in the area. The Minister pointed in this context to the attempts by Dinka Ngok to take the issue of Abyei to the African Council for Peace and Security and the United Nations Security Council, explaining that the Sudanese diplomacy has foiled such an attempt by contacts with some Presidents and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission as well.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Kerti, yesterday announced that Sudan and Malaysia will sign some 7 agreements and Memorandums of Understanding the Malaysia Sudan Trade and Investment Forum, scheduled to be held in the Friendship Hall in Khartoum in 1 - 5 November. Speaking in a press conference he held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Khartoum, the Minister revealed that the volume of trade between the two countries is about 100 million US dollars and announced that more than 48 Malaysian Businessmen, representing 36 companies and institutions, will be participating in the forum. The Minister explained that the States of Khartoum, Gezira and Nahral-Neil will participate in the Malaysia Sudan Trade and Investment Forum besides the Universities of Khartoum, Gezira and Sudan, highlighting the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in attracting foreign Investment to Sudan