Ministry Emphasizes Importance of Tourism
Khartoum -The Minister of Tourism and Wildlife Hassabo Mohamed Abdel Rahman called for union movement considering it as the backbone and key partner in any development.
During a meeting of central committee of the General Union of Workers of food industries, tourism and hotels, Hassabo said that tourism and food industries were vital for the country in coming period, adding that natural resources and identity Sudan enjoys are one of most enviable merits, describing the repulsing of aggression in Heglig as “Sudanese spring”, calling for necessity to differentiate between national principles and agenda and opposition. He added that the opposition if it wanted to be wise had to respect national sovereignty, the gains of the country, respect the constitution and not seeking foreign help, saying the first item now is security arrangements, linking debating the issues of borders, petroleum to agreement on this item. He said the issue was not a matter of party or government, but a matter of homeland, stressing the importance of increasing production and care about tourism industry. He said the government would not issue decrees, decisions and taxes without listening to the opinions of workers, welcoming any vision or suggestion for dialogue and agreement. He added saying there must be suggestions, initiatives for improvement and development. He noted that private sector is one of important pillars of development.
On his part, the President of Sudan General Trade Union, Prof. Ibrahim Ahmed Ghandour affirmed their standing before whoever attempts to target the gains of workers in labor law and expressed readiness to fully cooperate with the Union of Employers so that workers get their rights, pointing out some problems facing the tourism, mainly poor inputs the state provides and increasing fees and taxes.
Ghandour said that tourism now has opened its doors, indicating tourism potentials Sudan has, especially Maroe civilization ruins, commending the great role the food industries union has been playing and its close connection with its grassroots. He mentioned that among major challenges facing Sudan was targeting the country, stating that it is a real targeting not an excuse for accusing unknown party. He added that Sudan attracts the attention of powerful states in the world, which want to control resources in the world, noting that the leaders of workers have been fully aware of political issues which averted them responding to attempts to push them against national agenda, affirming that all have foiled all those attempts. He said that those who want to effect a change should resort to the people through democratic means, affirming that attempts of change which are based on targeting and foreign support will fail, calling on political leaders to unite around one national program with unwavering principles. The president of the general union Abdel Rahman Babikir Abdel Rahman revealed problems public and private sectors are faced with, especially with regard to lack of formation of unions and legislating insurance law, hoping that Sudan will benefit from geographic tourism location connected with the existence of historical ruins so that they become a vital source for the country in days to come.
By Khalda Elyas, 25/05/2012