September 29, 2010

Cross-border highway near Kassala upgraded

Kassala - SUNA
The Presidential Advisor, Dr.Mustafa Osman Ismail, will inspect Wednesday, during his two-day visit to Kassala State, the progress of work on the 26-kilometer Kassala-Al-Lafa highway linking Sudan with Eritrea, which will be inaugurated by the President of the Republic, Omer Al Bashir during his expected visit to Kassala State in the presence of the Eritrean President, Isaias Afwerki.

Dr. Ismail will also visit Al-Lafa model village which is established with the support of the Qatari government for maintaining stability in the area and providing housing for the war-affected people. 

September 22, 2010

Sudan Arab Ministerial Cte meets

Eastern Sudan was a key topic at a meeting where members addressed other items such as the state of Somalia, and the need for development in the south to ensure Sudanese unity.

The Arab Ministerial Committee on the Sudan has welcomed the initiative of Kuwait for hosting an international conference for the reconstruction and development of eastern Sudan, on the first and second of December and the efforts exerted by the Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Social and Economic Development. 

Convening at the Arab League (AL) Premises under the chairmanship of the league Secretary-General, Amr Moussa the country welcomes the “the efforts of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development and United Nations Development Programme in this regard.”

In the statement it issued after its meeting of the day before, the committee praised the efforts devoted by the Islamic Bank for Development, Jeddah and the UNDP in cooperation and coordination with the Government of the Sudan for the perfect preparation for the conference. It further urged the Arab States,  financial funds, commerce chambers and non-governmental organizations for positive participation in the conference and contribution to economic, reconstruction, development, poverty control, and provision of basic services in Eastern Sudan.

The committee stressed the importance of the AL positive and constructive contribution to these efforts through international and recently established mechanisms in whose activities it participates.

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September 6, 2010

Tokar flooded - July

tFollowing serious July flooding in the Tokar region of Red Sea State in north eastern Sudan, the Minister of Social Affairs requested support from a number of different NGO agencies, including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

MSF already had teams providing healthcare in the Red Sea State. Altogether they have over 2400 staff  in Sudan.

Many families in the Tokar region were affected by heavy flooding in mid-July which destroyed homes and water sources. In the immediate aftermath the Ministry of Health addressed the most urgent medical needs and distributed relief items. However, with flood-affected people still in need of further assistance, help was requested from various agencies.

MSF donated 200 emergency kits to a special shipment of supplies that was sent by boat to the affected area at the end of August.

September 2, 2010

Kuwait Donor Conference plans

Khartoum - Zuleikha Abdul Raziq
The Presidential Advisor, Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, has affirmed that east Sudan obtains tremendous wealth and potentialities that can make a change and a qualitative shift if they are exploited.

Addressing a meeting for briefing on the ongoing preparations for the Donors' conference for East Sudan, scheduled for next November in Kuwait, Dr. Ismail lauded East Sudan Agreement which focused on the development and stability of east Sudan.

He said that all the arrangements were finalized for establishment of the projects through funding from the donors in the fields of services development.

The Director General of East Sudan Development Fund, Engineer Abu-Obieda Duj, affirmed completion of the arrangements for implementing development and investment projects at a cost of three billion US dollars for the three states of east Sudan. 

As reported in Sudan Vision