Orbits: Lifting of Fuel Subsidies .. Beware!
The NCP leadership office approved a proposal recommending the removal of fuel subsides as part of the ecumenical measures to avert collapse of the economy and in coincidence with the IMF call for Sudan to take emergency procedures to confront the upcoming economic challenges to achieve stability and push forward the current slowness in growth rates.
There is no fear of any decisions' consequences other than the decision of lifting of fuel subsidies.
Such decision demanded parallel measures to mitigate its effects. As it might spark street protests that would be hard to contain
To avoid that the government must be frank in explaining the reasons of such decision besides the facts on the current economic situation and its problems which forced it to take the emergency measures in response to the IMF call.
It seems that the government's options are few to overcome the economic challenges so it did not find any alternative other than lifting of fuel subsides.
Lifting of fuel subsides is a very difficult decision whatever the degree of digesting its justifications by the citizens even if it is the only option.
In such circumstance the government must apply lifting of fuel subsides by 100% from the very beginning.
It must apply it gradually considering that taking such harsh measures requires awareness through well planned political and media campaigns to explain and remove any misunderstanding to put the realities before the citizens without any decors or colours.
There should be an accurate arrangement before applying the decision to avoid the overwhelmingly rejection from the citizens if they are not convinced with the justifications of taking such decision.
However, such difficult economic decisions require a huge political action to pave the way for its implementations and remove any obstacles.
The government should organize a round table conference to review the economic situation, its problems, and the best solutions.
The proposed round table conference should include all economic experts irrespective their political parties to come out with the alternatives that might lead to reforming the economical situation.
The need for radical and sustainable solutions is much better than the emergency or crash programmes which are only pain killers.
By Muawad Mustafa Rashid, 02/06/2012