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on 2012/9/28 21:41:25

Open in new windowThe Council of Ministers approved at its regular meeting Thursday chaired by the First Vice President of the Republic Ali Osman Taha, the goals and guidelines of the state budget for the year 2013, presented by the Minister of Finance and National Economy Ali Mahmoud.The Spokesman of the Cabinet Omer Mohamed Salih said in press statements that the report pointed to continuity of policies and reforms which were developed in the second half of the 2012 within the objectives of the tripartite program on economic stability which targeted achievement of positive growth in the gross domestic product (GDP), reducing inflation rate to secured limits and restoring flexible exchange rate to attract resources for organized market as well as reduction of the deficit in the budget and the balance of payments. Mr. Salih said that the objectives of the budget included achievement of self-sufficiency in strategic commodities (wheat, sugar and edible oils, Dura and petroleum products), rationalization of government spending and increasing production of export goods (minerals, animal production and gum arabic) and raising the rate of oil production. He added that objectives of the budget encompassed development of water resources, continuation in establishment of the national roads and railway rehabilitation as well as raising the standard of living for vulnerable social segments, expanding health insurance coverage and financing of the self-employment program for graduates.
On the other hand the Council of Ministers approved the report of social security mechanisms for the year 2011 presented by the minister of social welfare Amira Alfadil.

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on 2012/9/28 21:36:53

Open in new windowThe Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Ahmed Karti has held meetings with his counterparts from various states at the United Nations headquarters in New York on the sidelines of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly. The Foreign Minister has participated in a joint meeting of the foreign ministers of the member states of the African Union Peace and Security Council and Arab Security Council which discussed situation in Sudan, Mali and Somalia.
In a statement before the meeting, Mr. Karti has reviewed the agreements that concluded in Addis Ababa by the President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Albashir and President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit, praising the role of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and the efforts of Ethiopia. He has reviewed in the Sudan and South Sudan consultative forum the agreements reached by the two countries in which the UN Secretary-General, Ban KI-moon and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) Jean Ping took part.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs has highlighted the role of the President of the Republic in realizing peace in Sudan starting from the reaching the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and its implementation as well as it recognition with the result of the referendum and the establishment of new born South Sudan country .

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on 2012/9/28 21:25:59

Open in new windowThe Minister of Finance and National Economy Ali Mahmoud has disclosed convening of an economic forum by the end of October to tackle the economic situations in the country. The minister said Thursday in statements to the press at the Council of Ministers that a number of working papers would be presented to address the economic situation in the country. He added that the guidelines of the state budget for 2013 focused on the need to continue in the economic reform policies and to move forward in the implementation of the tripartite program for economic stability, stressing continuation of his ministry in the implementation of social support programs, in supporting development projects and in improving the living conditions of citizens beside commitment to implement the peace agreements signed in Darfur and eastern Sudan ,pointing out that the budget for the year 2013 aims to achieve a positive growth rate in the gross domestic product (GDP) to be higher than the growth rate in 2012. The Finance Minister predicted there would be an improvement in the economic performance in 2013, revealing that the ministry will work to continue to stabilize the exchange rate against foreign currencies besides realization of low rates of inflation. The minister expected an increase in the export goods such as minerals, vegetable oils, grains, livestock and oil.
He explained that the guidelines of state budget for 2013 have been discussed at the level of the economic sector, the Strategic Planning Council, Sudan Workers' Trade Union Federation and the Council of Agricultural Development and the Federation of Sudanese Employers and Businessmen, in addition to experts and university professors.

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on 2012/9/28 21:24:35

Open in new windowThe Minister of Tourism, Antiquities and Wildlife Mohamed Abdal-Karim Al-Hud addressed Thursday a celebration marking activities of the International Tourism Day under slogan "Tourism and Sustainable Energy". The minister stressed the importance of formulating strategy for the organization and implementation of policies to boost the various tourism sectors according to modern scientific and technological bases to meet the international standards for tourism, energy and sustainable development. Mr. Al-Hud stressed the need for a high-level dialogue between the tourism's partners from the private sector, the public and energy's experts to expand renewable energy in the tourism sector which has become one of the basic pillars in the structures of the economies of the developed countries particularly that Sudan enjoys huge resources that could be promoted in the international tourism market.

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on 2012/9/27 11:18:58

Open in new windowThe President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Albashir, and President of South Sudan Salva Kiir concluded Wednesday evening their sixth meeting in Addis Ababa, which lasted for three hours, amid international and media concern. No reports were given to the press on outcome of the meeting. It has been learned that the talks between Presidents Albashir and Kiir were focused on the Mile 14, Abyei, the security and economic files.
The Sudan Radio reporter to the talks in the Ethiopian capital said that the African mediators pointed to signature of an agreement today Thursday following settlement of outstanding issues during talks between the Presidents of the two countries, particularly issues of mile 14 and Abyie areas.

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