Ahmed Ibrahim Ballal
The journalists’ tent forum that was held recently at the premises of Al Mustaqila newspaper tackled the economic problems that plagued the country as well the recommendations of the ways and means to resolve them. The speakers at the forum included both the state minister at the ministry of national economy and the chairperson of economic committee at the parliament.
The state minister at the ministry of national economy, Mustafa Houli, said that the decision of the government to print new banknotes is not without reasons, conspicuous among them is this; to bridge the gap in the liquidity deficiency-a procedure that will contribute in the alleviation of the suffering of the citizens.
He went on to emphasize the importance to rationalize the importation of unnecessary commodities, calling only for the availability of necessary ones, pledging that his ministry was exerting much efforts to resolve the economic challenges that faced the country, such as oil and liquidity.
The state minister at the ministry of national economy renewed pledges that the subsidy for commodities such as wheat, fuel and drugs would continue unlimitedly, noting that they would be governed by regulations to assure their reaching of the sectors that did actually need them.
Houli, further said that the loans and the deposits that were given by the foreigners to Sudan had already been documented and scheduled, adding that they would be used according to the policies set by the government.
Ali Mohmoud, the chairperson of economic committee at the parliament, advised that the only way out from the economic crisis that the country had been facing now was through increase of production and productivity, going to explain this; ‘manufacturing should be encouraged. Items should not be exported as raw materials. And the additional value system should be benefitted from’.
He advocated the cure of the deformities that faced the Sudanese economy and that tight measures to combat smuggling of commodities such as gum Arabic, sugar and gold, should be carried out, adding that the problems that encountered the Agricultural sector should resolved.
The chairperson of economic committee at the parliament saw that nature of the problems that plagued the country were both financial and administrative. ‘Added to these is the bad effects of the economic embargo’, suggesting that the solution was via the holistic economy, not the partial one.
Mohmoud called for the development of political relations between the country and the other nations and to benefit fully from the credits and deposits that would be provided to it, going further calling for the giving of due heed to the issues of the youth, particularly employment.