President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, received Sunday at the Guest House the new Chinese envoy for Africa and Sudan, Zhung Hua, and discussed progress of the bilateral relations and issues of mutual concern to Sudan and China. In a statement to the press after the meeting, the envoy of China said that he felt the keenness of the President of the Republic for consolidation of the relations between the two countries. He described the relations between Sudan and China as strategic and historic, adding that Sudan is a friendly country and obtains the confidence of China The Chinese envoy said that Sudan and China are helping each other on the issues of mutual concern He said that China is supporting the dialogue between Sudan and South Sudan for solving the pending issues
President of the Republic Field Marshal Omar Hassan ALBashir and the accompanying delegation, returned to the country yesterday after the conclusion of an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia The president was received at Khartoum Airport, by first Vice President , Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, and a number of ministers and officials Minister of Finance and member of the delegation accompanying the President , Ali Mahmoud, explained in a press statement after returning , Sudan welcoming to the initiative of the Saudi monarch , King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, regarding the achievement of Arab food security through the implementation of major economic projects in Sudan The minister added that the President of the Republic discussed with the Saudi monarch, the strengthening of bilateral cooperation in all fields and a number of regional issues of common concern He added that the delegation met a number of businessmen in Saudi Arabia and presented to them a number of projects and the meeting approved entering into joint investment projects, and the expansion of the existing projects to promote the brotherly relations and to achieve Arab food security, , which he said ,Sudan owns most ofthe potentials for its success such as the natural resources, fertile lands and different wealth elements The Minister of finance also assured that the visit was very successful adding that they discussed with the Saudi side the increasein the exchange of Sudanese trade exports and the Saudi imports.
The ministers of the economic development sector in the states Sunday concluded their meeting which was organized by the Cabinet Affairs Ministry, in the presence of the Cabinet Affairs Minister, Ahmed Sa'ad Omer, and number of the federal ministers The meeting was briefed by the Presidential Advisor and Rapporteur of the Higher Council for Investment, Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, on the efforts being exerted to create an atmosphere that is attractive for investment Dr. Ismail announced that a draft of the Investment Act was prepared in order to remove an duplicity and to enhance the coordination between the centre and the states, besides encouraging investment in the remote states The meeting also was informed on visions of a number of ministers and state ministers on the relations and coordination between the centre and the states in various fields, besides the allocation and control of national revenues Meanwhile, the meeting reviewed a paper on the application of the electronic government, presented by the Director of the National Centre for Information, Engineer Mubarak Mohamed Ahmed, saying that the objective of the electronic government is to present satisfactory governmental services The ministers of the economic development in the states stressed the importance of such like such meetings to unite the visions and views and enhancing the performance They also stressed the importance of improving the investment infrastructures and providing communication services in the states and providing funds for agriculture The ministers also stressed the importance of establishing training centers and attraction for investment in the states
The Minister of International Cooperation and chairperson of the technical committee for holding Sudan Economic Conference in Istanbul, Ishraqa Sayed Mahmoud, has announced postponement of the conference which was scheduled to convene during March 23 - 24 indefinitely by agreement of all the sponsoring countries which are Norway, Britain and the hosting country â€“ Turkey. She said that the postponement was aimed for more good preparation for the conference and to adopt a constructive dialogue for lifting the economic sanctions that were imposed on Sudan despite its commitment to the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). A statement issued by the ministerial committee for preparation to the conference indicated that all the technical preparations for holding the conference were done with the help of the international and regional organizations, especially the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank, but all parties were surprised by the call of the United States, which is one of the Troika grouping, for lifting its name from the invitation preamble and stipulating additional agenda that deal with South Kordofan and the Blue Nile States and the pending issues between Sudan and South Sudan The statement indicated that the United States managed to instigate countries not to participate in the conference, despite the fact that Sudan did not give the idea for holding the conference, but has welcomed this idea and shouldered up its responsibility for preparing to the conference. The statement described the justifications given by the United States for postponement of the conference were not realistic, especially that the technical preparations for the conference have been finalized and that the government has exerted considerable efforts for containing the humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile States The statement said that the United States was fully aware about the real reasons behind the dispute and the circles that support the rebel movements; therefore it should have work with the government for settling the dispute, creating a common ground and recognizing the legitimate right of Sudan government to defend the citizens and to realize security and stability The statement described the call of the US administration call for postponement of the conference as escape from its former commitment to bolster the capabilities of the two countries, Sudan and South Sudan, especially that the United States has earlier held a similar conference for support to South Sudan government in December 2011
The Presidential Advisor, Dr. Ahmed Bilal Osman, has appreciated progress of the bilateral relations between Sudan and Egypt, affirming the keenness to consolidate further its relations with Egypt for the interest of the two sister nations. This came during his office yesterday at the Republican Palace with the Ambassador of Egypt to Sudan, Abdul-Ghafar Al-Deeb. The meeting discussed progress of the relations between Khartoum and Cairo and means of cementing the cooperation between the two countries in all fields The Egyptian Ambassador appreciated firmness of the ties between Sudan and Egypt, calling for more bolstering to the bilateral relation to meet the aspirations of the two peoples.