The 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.