The US trade and financial sanctions on Sudan to end after 20 years as the government is making great efforts to regional security
Sudan has been heavily harmed by the US economic sanctions over the past years, especially viatl sectors such as industry and transportation, which has lost 80% of its annual capability manifested in collapse of national airline; in addition to the freezing of the governments’ assets.
Things started to look up in the wake of the recent deciosn to lift these sancions. However, the nagging questions is would people’s living conditions change to a living reality?
The Minister of Aninmal Resources expected the country’s livestock exportation to go up by 100% after the lifting of the snactions. As a result, Sudan will eventually be able to import needed technologies to upgrade scientific research and boost animal production.
The Minister of Animal Resources Yousif Musa Tibin admited that the animal sector was tremendously harmed by the US economic embargo as Sudan was not able to import necessary equipment and techonologies to upgrade the sector despite its meeting its obligations to international organizations such as Animal Welfare and World Food Organization.
Tibin assured that the government is seeking to upgrade production and productivity by 100% to satisfy growing demand for Sudanese livestock exports, adding that the ministry has lately imported vaccines in aid of livestock welfare thanks to the support of Arab Agricultural Development Organization.
The Minister noted that establishment of a veterinarian center in the country has notbaly contributed to rendering Sudanese livestock free of endemic diseases and epedemics, adding that the ministry is planing to set up at least a veterinarian clinic in all states of Sudan in addition to the existing 20 veterinatrian units and 19 laborotaries.
Tibin expressed his gratidute to Sudanese vets and experts, who he said have been able to handle all promblems related to animal health, adding that Sudanese vet doctors and experts merit accreditation and noted for their contribution to naimal researches across the world.
Dr. Maha El-Sheikh, the secretary of Islamic Movement Sectretariat, head of Sudanese –American conversation committee, praised Sudanese people for their resiliance and patienace with the US snactions.
Speaking of the campaign for lifting the sanctions, the Minister of Foreign, Ibrahim revealed that dialogue with the US administriation on lifeting the sanctions and removing Sudan from terror list had started in 2000 -- thanks to initiatives by Ghazi Salahuddin with former US envoy, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) as well as his person as a presidential assistant.
Ghandour revealed that the US Administration set five conditions for lifting the snactions: combating terror, Lord Resistance Army (LRA), ending the war in Blue Nile and South Kordofan, supporting peace in South Sudan, allowing delivery of humanitaran aid to conflict regions and abstaining from ejecting international aid agencies from the country.
He added that Sudan on its part, requested the US Administration to suppy information about LRA leader Joesef kony to arrest him without any intervention by the US army, noting that the Sudanese side also questioned as whether South Sudan would stop supporting Sudanese rebels, namely Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N), who are fighting the government.
Ghandour said Sudan demanded checking humanitarian aid prior to delivbery to conflict regions, especially flights. However, he assured Sudan’s keenness desire to mainain contversations and cooperation with the US to pave the ground for investments. He called upon the national media to seek news and information from the ministry of foreign to ensure accuracy and aviod any reporting that may be harmful to bettering relations with the US.
For his part, the Govenor of Central Bank mof Sudan, Abdel-Rahman Hassan Abdel-Rahman acknowledged harm caused by the US sanction to Sudan banking and financial sector, especially transactions with regioonal, international and Arab institutions.
He noted that fialure to do business with international parties over the past has caused difficulties and mounting challenges to Sudan to import and supply medical drugs as well as failure to benefit from IMF projects. But, he affirmed that qualified businesspersons and notable Sudanese economis had played a role in easing the sanctions, thanking all banks and financal institutions that continued to do business with the Central Bank throughout the US economic sanctions.
The Editor-in-Chief of Al-Sahafa Arabic dialy undersocred the importance of Sudanese-US relations, but admited that improving such ties is far more complictaetd than it appears. He cited recent development in the relations, a reference to a recent US decision to partially lift the sanctions, adding that a lot needs to be done for a complete normalization.
The Editor-in-Chief argued that a normalization relation with the US is key to improving relations with the world and restoring Sudan’s image abroad, adding that Sudan represents a regional player and important for peace, security and stability in the region. He called on the media to miror the results of the national dialogue, which he considers part of democratc transformation in the country.
After nearly 20 years of hostile relations, the American government decided to reverse its position on Sudan and lift trade sanctions earlier last January.
The announcement made by outgoing President Barack Obama's administration comes after an executive order to permanently repeal a range of sanctions as a result of Sudan's efforts to improve security in the region.
For the first time in two decades, Sudan will be able to receive imported goods and services from the US, as authorised by the US Department of the Treasury.
The lift will also release frozen Sudanese property and assets held in the US, and permits the trade with the oil and gas industry in Sudan.