President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, affirmed that the security of Sudan and its stability is inseparable part of the security and stability of Africa, stressing that Sudan is a bridge for contacts between the Africans and the Arabs. Addressing the opening sitting of the Second Conference of the Sudanese Parliamentarian Women, President Al-Bashir said that Sudan has achieved remarkable progress after putting an end to the longest war in Africa. The President of the Republic said that Sudan is exerting great efforts in the fields of social and economic development and providing services for all citizens, stressing the importance of peace and stability for realizing development and stability He stressed that success of the political development is closely linked to achievement of political stability, Shura, democracy and the participation of the society and women. He affirmed the important role of the parliamentarian women in enhancing the political and economic conditions and leading the social development process. President Al-Bashir referred to the pending challenge of providing finance, increasing the people's income and the national revenues, appreciating the contribution of the Sudanese women and their participation in the recent elections. He described convocation of the Parliamentarian Women Conference as reflecting deep awareness about the leading role of parliamentarian women in the nation's progress and stability. President Al-Bashir pointed in his address to the close historic relations and interaction between Africa and the Arab World.
Vice - President of the Republic, Dr. Al-Haj Adam, yesterday visited the Coptic Church in Khartoum and expressed condolence to the Coptic Sect on the death of the Pope of the Coptic Church, Pope Shenouda. Assistant of the President of the Republic, Nafie Ali Nafie, accompanied by a number of ministers, the Wali (governor) of Khartoum State, and leading figures of the National Congress, Sunday visited the Coptic Church in Khartoum and extended condolences on the death of Pope Shenouda, the Pope of the Coptic Church. The Wali of Khartoum State, Dr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Khidir, said that Pope Shenouda was well-known for his lofty deeds, leadership, thought, tolerance, wisdom and good dealing with others. He said that the death of Pope Shenouda is a loss to all the Egyptian and Sudanese peoples. Dr. Al-Khidir said that a big number of the National Congress members are belonging to the Coptic Sect, expressing the warm condolences of Khartoum States and the National Congress in the state on the death of Pope Shenouda.
The First Vice- President of the Republic, Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, is due to address today at the Communications Tower, the National Health Ministers Conference The Undersecretary of the federal Health Ministry, Dr. Esam Mohamed Abdalla, pointed out that the conference will be held with participation of the Health Ministers in states and Directors General to discuss a number of health issues, adding that the conference will discuss several scientific and technical papers with the aim to enhance the health performance in the country to highlight on issues pertinent to the joint authority to implement the health work. He said that the conference will review papers on medicine management in the states, a suggestion to unify medicine supply systems, a paper on blood services, the national project to control Bilharzias, the project on rural health support, the coverage of the basic health care as well as the national health accounts, free medical treatment.
Chairman of Darfur Regional Authority, Dr. Al-Tigani Al-Sessi, yesterday received a delegation of the UN Development Program (UNDP), headed by the UNDP Country Director, and discussed the possibility of establishing a partnership in the field of capacity building and establishing a technical unit to gather information to commence implementation of development projects. In a press statement, the Minister of Finance at Darfur Regional Authority, Amina Haroun, said after the meeting that the Authority aims for establishing partnerships with the donor circles, especially the UN, regional and national organizations. She stated that the UNDP is one of the organizations that have effective partnership with Darfur Regional Authority, indicating that the meeting discussed the importance of establishing a unit to collect information and to prepare reports, a matter that will help carrying out arrangements for holding the donors conference. Meanwhile, the Country Director of the UNDP, Sayed Agha, described the meeting as successful, announcing that the UNDP will extend next week 500,000 dollars in support to Darfur Regional Authority. He said that the UNDP will support the DDR with technical assistance.
The academic year was resumed Sunday at all the faculties of the University of Khartoum after its closure due to recent incidents. Chairman of the University Council, Prof. Dafa'allla Al-Amin, a number of the University Council's members and the Vice - Chancellor of the University, Prof. Siddiq Hayati, have toured a number of the university faculties to inspect resumption of education and got acquainted with availability of all the requirements for resumption of the academic year at the university. Prof. Al-Amin underscored importance of cooperation between the university administration and the students to achieve the aspired stability of the academic year and progress of the education process.