Vice President of the Republic Dr. Hassabo Mohamed Abdulrahman, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Dr. Emrullah Isler and Minister of Health of Turkey Dr. Mohmet Muezzinoglu will today inaugurate the soft opening of the Sudanese-Turkish Training Research and Research Hospital in Nyala in which a symbol of the Sudanese-Turkish collaboration in the field of Health . The Turkish delegation to Khartoum will visit the Midwife School, the Vocational Training Centre, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and opening of the Turkish Ministry of Health Coordination Office in Khartoum . It is worth noting that the Hospital construction costs US$ 50 Million by TIKA and another US$ 50 million will be earmarked for running the hospital over the other five years following the initial five years from Turkey . South Darfur Health Minister Omer Suleiman appreciated the effort and support of Turkey and described it as "valuable gift" to the state, reaffirming the state keenness to keep the hospital functioning intact .
Federal Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Eng. Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid revealed , that media reports on collapse of the Gezira scheme are not real. In a press statement said that Gezira Scheme is considered the real food security for Sudan, pointing out the Gezira State is on top, among other states, in providing hard currency to the public treasury. He added that the scheme is capable of realizing self-sufficiency in wheat production, saving one billion dollars for public treasury. He affirmed that the international hikes in crops prices and the need of the globe to food will open the door wide for Sudan in general and Gezira Scheme in particular to become the world food basket . Hamid expressed optimism that the scheme would render Sudan an exporter of food to the world, referring to its flowing irrigation system, infrastructures, the existence of the biggest research centers in the world, in addition to cotton ginning factories .
President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, has affirmed Sudan commitment to implementation of the Cooperation Agreements that it has signed with South Sudan State. This came when he received yesterday at the Republican Palace, Chairman of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan, Thabo Mbeki. In a statement to the press after the meeting, Mbeki said that he felt a strong desire of President Al-Bashir to implement these agreements, indicating that he would meet shortly with the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, to urge him to implementation of the Cooperation Agreements. Mbeki said that the President Al-Bashir has affirmed his concern with Abyei issue and the achievement of solution to it, adding that the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel will work together with Sudan and South Sudan to achieve solution for Abyei issue. He said that the High-Level Implementation Panel is keen to boost the steps being adopted by the President of the Republic for launching comprehensive national dialogue. Mbeki said that the meeting also tackled the negotiations between the government and the North Sector of the People's Movement, stressing that the Panel will continue its efforts to narrow the gap in the views of the government and the North Sector. Mbeki has expressed his concern with the situation in South Sudan, hoping that security and stability will be restored in South Sudan.
President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, yesterday arrived in Kinshasa heading Sudan delegation to the 17th Summit of the Common Market for East and Central Africa (COMESA), scheduled to be held during February 26 - 27. 19 African countries, 10 states of them are of the Nile Basin, will take part at the Conference. President Al-Bashir and was received upon arrival in Kinshasa by the President of Congo, Augustin Matata Ponyo. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa is a free trade area with nineteen member states stretching from Libya to Swaziland. COMESA was formed in December 1994, replacing a Preferential Trade Area which had existed since 1981. Nine of the member states formed a free trade area in 2000 Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya,Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe), with Rwanda and Burundi joining the FTA in 2004, the Comoros and Libya in 2006, and Seychelles in 2009. COMESA is one of the pillars of the African Economic Community. In 2008, COMESA agreed to an expanded free-trade zone including members of two other African trade blocs, the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). COMESA is also considering a common visa scheme to boost tourism.
The Vice President of the Republic, Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman, has affirmed the state keenness to help the returnees from South Sudan State. This came during his meeting at the Legislative Assembly's Hall in Sinja with the Sudanese returnees from South Sudan State, who resettles around Al-Mazmoum and Kokari area at Abu Hujar area in Sennar State. The meeting also discussed the returnees' issues and the necessary means to support them. Meanwhile, the governor of Sennar State, Engineer Ahmed Abbas, has assured his government readiness to help returnees and to work with the concerned parties to solving their issues.