Sudan: This week’s news in brief

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A compact digest of last week’s most read highlights, from the heart of Sudan. Subscribe to receive this summary weekly in your inbox.


The Sentry: “Sudan must prioritize banking reform”

October 11, 2021 NEW YORK For decades, Sudan has suffered from economic mismanagement and corruption. Since the overthrow of the former Oma Al Bashir regime in 2019, the transitional government has still not transparently resolved the country’s legacy problems in the banking and financial sectors.

The Sentry’s latest briefing released last week says that in order to rebuild the country’s economy, mitigate risk and encourage foreign investment, banking reform must be a priority.

Sudan Banking Sector Reforms and Asset Recovery, by Oliver Windridge, Senior Advisor at The Sentry, offers recommendations on how Sudan can begin to embark on transparent, democratic and innovative economic reconstruction.

The briefing suggests concrete steps that can be taken, including asset recovery, increased transparency and stronger enforcement of existing laws and policies. The US, UK and other international stakeholders all have a role to play in supporting Sudan’s recovery.


Beja Nazirs insists on annulment of Eastern Sudan peace protocol

October 6 – 2021 KHARTOUM The High Council of Beja Nazirs and Independent Chiefs will adhere to their demands concerning the cancellation of the Eastern Sudan trail of the Juba 2020 Peace Agreement and the formation of a “government of technocrats”.

The leaders of the community of Beja said on Tuesday that they would continue their protest actions for a just development of the region (Red Sea State, Kassala and El Gedaref).

Last month, supporters of the Beja Nazirs Council blocked the Khartoum-Port Sudan highway and other roads. Most of the ports have also been closed. During a visit by a high-level government delegation from Khartoum at the end of September, it was agreed to continue negotiations.

Darfur rebel leaders, however, commented on the demands saying that it is impossible to change parts of the Juba Peace Agreement, as this would lead to the “collapse” of the whole agreement.

According to the Ministry of Transport, the closure of the southern port of the Red Sea State has already caused heavy losses to the Sudanese treasury.


Interview with Darfur agricultural engineer Souad El Tayeb on food security

October 12 – 2021 DABANGA SUDAN For Radio Dabanga’s Inspirational Women series, we spoke with agricultural engineer Souad El Tayeb about his fight for food security in Darfur, the importance of training women and the lack of support of the government.

Born in West Darfur in 1957, Souad was the first woman from Darfur to study at the University of Khartoum. She has become a pioneer in the horticultural sector of sustainable food preservation in Sudan and abroad.

A scholarship in 1988 at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Khartoum enabled him to work on his master’s thesis on mango harvesting and conservation. Over the next few years, she formed several women’s groups in West Darfur, hoping that the state government would provide them with help, but “unfortunately there was no interest” .

Many years later, Souad is still trying to develop a state strategy for environmentally and economically sustainable mango production and marketing sectors. “Crop losses currently exceed 50%, while mangoes could be a safe commodity that helps fight poverty and hunger if we direct our energies towards rural economic development,” she said.


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Kordofan, Darfur shootings kill seven
October 11 – 2021 DALAMI / EL GENEINA / GIREIDA Seven people including two children died and at least five others were injured in a series of attacks by armed men on villages in South Kordofan, as well as in West and North South Darfur.

Dengue, Hep E reported in North Darfur
October 11, 2021 EL FASHER / KHARTOUM The North Darfur Ministry of Health reported on Saturday that cases of dengue and hepatitis E have emerged in the state. Doctor Mujtaba El Tijani, Director of the Ministry of Health in …

Sudanese PM briefs envoys and FFC of discussions with army
October 8 – 2021 KHARTOUM Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok on Wednesday informed members of the Central Governing Council of the Forces for Freedom and Change in Khartoum of the results of his meetings with the military …

Sudan receives first delivery of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
October 8 – 2021 KHARTOUM On Wednesday, the Sudanese Ministry of Health received the first shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. More than 280 active cases of coronavirus were recorded in the country yesterday. Health …

Sudan, South Sudan sign MoU on water management
October 8 – 2021 JUBA Sudan and South Sudan yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on water management and flood prevention in South Sudan’s capital, Juba. Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Yasir …

Sudanese security forces search Khartoum neighborhood for terrorist weapons
October 7 – 2021 KHARTOUM On Wednesday, Jabra, in southern Khartoum, again witnessed a massive deployment of security forces searching the neighborhood. They cordoned off the neighborhood from the north direction and prevented …

El Burhan calls for implementation of security arrangements in Darfur
October 7 – 2021 KHARTOUM The head of the Sovereignty Council and Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Abdelfattah El Burhan, stressed the need to accelerate the implementation of security arrangements in …

Displaced from Darfur: “Not even 1% of the Juba Peace Agreement implemented”
October 6, 2021 KALMA / KHARTOUM Displaced people in Darfur have expressed their dissatisfaction with the “failure” of the Sudanese transitional government to implement the provisions of the Juba Peace Agreement. According to …

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