Evolution and Change
Evolution and change is an eternal norm of life which no one can resist. This is the first principle that all the political and social forces in the country must fully grasp and understand and be guided by to reach a reasonable consensus solution for the present multidivisional crises, manifested at present by the ongoing protest since 19 Dec. and mainly lead by youth the majority of them without any political affiliation with the political parties in the government or the opposition..
Also, the Tasmania of Change in this globalized world dominated by the ICT (Information Communication Technology) cannot be stopped by any mean but responding to it in a reasonable manner and in particular that those who master the ICT are in majority the youth with strong aspiration for a better and brighter future, free of nepotism and corruption and in which the rule of law and respect of human rights and dignity is guaranteed for all.
In this context there was a very important statement by the Political Secretary of the NCP Omar Basan in which he said that the sons of some of the party leadership have participated in the present demonstrations because they are part of the people. Further, yesterday Al Watan Newspaper reported that 29 of those sons have been arrested during these demonstrations, Then Basan added that there is an important need to engage in a dialogue with them. Already the NCP has announced some preparations for such a step so let us wait and see the results. The last point here that needs to be mentioned is that, freedom, social justice and rule of law are universal values recognized by heavenly religions before international accords and institutions.
Same time there is the need to point to that riding the recent protest ship will not save the traditional political forces from decay and disintegration. The new life syrup for these parties is not in rising in the youth protests boat but in the implementation of radical reforms inside their parties and by which the leadership is not inherited by one family for ever under any slogan or doctrine and others are just a decor. If the demand is that term of presidency don’t exceed two terms of 4, 5 or 6 years, how can it be acceptable that a political leader head a party for more than five decades. The other question is when the political leadership of the party is inherited by one family from grandfather to father to daughter or son, can by any measure this be called a democratic party. The mentally deformed elite who follow such leaderships should either revisit their convictions and positions or lecture no one on participatory democracy.
In this context, the youth and professionals protests groups should be very careful when dealing with the so-called traditional political parties and in particular the NUP and the DUP. These two parties have a long black history of confiscating and aborting public aspiration as have been the case in the 1964 October Revolution and the 1985 April Uprising, and in which the DUP Al Sadiq Al Mahdi played a major role later in the collapse of the third democracy (1986-89). If this happen again we have only ourselves to blame because we have not learned well the lessons of history.
This does not mean to exclude them or any other party or group because the final aim is to reach a democratic consensus for sustainable political stability that will pave the road for a real sustainable development based on good governance and social justice. Also, because there is not argument that if the grand aim is the building of the nation state on solid bases then no one should be excluded if he have not committed a crime and convicted in a fair trial.
The Minister of Industry and Trade Musa Karama was interviewed exclusively on many critical economic issues by the weekly economic newspaper (Issues :16-23 Jan.2019). While we will try to publish this important interview in full latter, it is important to focus at present at some points raised.
Minister Karama focused on an issue that is seldom given the due attention it deserves that is the role of the informal sector in the economy. He pointed to that the informal sector share in the national economy is not less than 50 percent if not more. So, the Ministry of Economy public budget and the Bank of Sudan policies control and affect only 5o percent or less of the economy. Adding that the liquidity and foreign currency in the coffers of the informal is by far larger than those in the banks.
The prime minister said last week (22 Jan.) that all the previous agricultural policies have not succeeded due a variety of reasons on top of them the economic sanctions. The PM in an address to Production and Economic Resources Ministers Conference pointed that this came under the theme: An Economy driven by exports and based on education, that this year budget aim to reform the public service, boost production and productivity. In this context the Agricultural Bank capital will be doubled and same time there will be strict monitoring to insure that the loans are used for the designated aim. He concluded by that the state target reducing poverty vide the agricultural sector.
We fully agree with and support the last sentence because the reduction of poverty will never be attained without targeting the productive forces in the agricultural sector on which 70 or 80 percent of the population depends on for their livelihood.
All this does not exclude the vital need to revisit all the previous strategies which the PM himself have said have failed and this should be done be revert to experts from outside the circle of those who devised them in the first place.
Same time there is a strong need to accommodate the recommendations of some of the important workshops and conferences that have convened in Khartoum on agriculture and livestock.
The decision by the Legislative Council of Khartoum State to reopen the cinema houses is something that should be encouraged because in this age as we said above of the ICT it is almost an impossible mission to prevent anything. So, the solution is not prevention but that the elite if they really are elite to pin point the negative aspects of any work of art in whatever form.