RNS Consultant Talks With Japanese Officials in River Transport
Khartoum: River Nile State Governor's Advisor, Al-Fadlabi, last Thursday, met a Japanese delegation. The delegation is on an official visit to Sudan to evaluate the Sudanese economical situation especially after South Sudan secession, and the effect on the Sudanese economy after the decreasing of oil revenues.
The meeting was attended by the Ambassador Assadig Al-Magly and also by representatives from the Department of River Transport - Ministry of Transportation-
Al-Fadlabi began his talks with the delegation on bilateral relations and ways to boosting them in the economical domains. Furthermore, he viewed report about the general situation of River Transport in Sudan, clarifying that there are official efforts to develop the River Transport. He added that the Government of Sudan is interested in participation with private companies. The government also encourages the national and international privet companies due to develop the River Transport and to establish smart-partnerships with local and foreign private sectors. The meeting also has discussed about project of the partnership between the (RNS) and foreign companies; which –the project- is to develop and facilitate the movement of River Transport among the Sudanese towns along the Nile particularly Berber and Atbara in the (RNS) and Kosti in the White Nile State which has old and new ports.
Meanwhile, the Japanese delegation insisted its readiness to encourage public sector and the Japanese private sector. From her side, Keiko Watanabe, Ph.D, the assistant director in the International Development Research Institute (IDRI) has declared the importance of coordination between Sudan-South Sudan in the field of River Transport to facilitate the movement of transportation for passengers and goods between the two countries. In addition, she declared her government’s effort and stance to encourage the Japanese general/privet sectors to help the two Sudans to use the River Transportation which connect them usefully.
By Mohammad Awad M. Jadallah, 16/06/2012