Loss of US$ 6 Billion Annually due to Dominance of Traditional Patterns

Ahmed Ibrahim

Khartoum – Now, the atmosphere to develop Sudan vigorously and progressively, especially economically, is very conducive. The removal of the former government headed by Al Bashir is a very strong factor in this regard. Many have talked about the matter, especially the economists. To begin with, Dr. Haitham Mohamed Fathi, economic expert, says that many countries have revealed serious desire to support Sudan, especially in the aftermath of the overthrow of Al Bashir’s regime, pointing out that the welcome of US to the new leadership means strong determination to establish better relationship with Sudan.
Political analyst, Dr. Mohamed Al Nair, says that political solutions are a key factor to economic ones, adding that it is imperative for the transitional military council or the coming governments to set priorities that are to mainly focus on the livelihood of the citizens. ‘It is this issue of livelihood that triggered the April revolution’. He stressed that it is a must to overcome the predicament of liquidity so that the clients are in a position to have access to their money conveniently and without the least sort of hardship.
However, within the framework of the new political era, all solutions to the country’s ills, especially economically, have already been there. For instance, there is the domain of the minerals. The country produces annually 250 tons of gold. Regrettably, 70% of this amount has been vulnerable to smuggling, thus depriving the public treasury of US$ 7 billion-something that is quite competent to overcome any kind of deficit in the budget.
Another aspect is the field of agriculture. Because of the richness of the country in all kinds of resources, some Arab countries are noticed as being very concerned to invest in the area. Conspicuous among the projects that are established by them are the ones of Al Rajhi in North Kordofan and the Northern states. Delightedly, it is reported that production there per one feddan reaches 61 sacks of wheat.
With regard to the animal resources in the country, their number amount to about 107 million heads.
According to some experts, the depressing thing is this; such huge numbers of animals have been traditionally monitored, affirming that the modern farms which are much need to develop such herds profitably, are utterly lacking.
In the words of the guidance director at the animal resources ministry, Dr. Najwa Ahmed Yousif, such a trend traditionally, is plagued with shocking disadvantage; the loss annually of the public treasury has reached US$ 6 billion.

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