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Sudan’s deepening  economic crisis

 

April 17, 2020 (Khartoum) Member of the Economic Committee  Adel Khalaf Allah, has revealed that  a meeting to be held this week with the aim of reaching a new vision on the general budget of Sudan.

In an exclusive  statement  to Darfur 24, he said  “If a budget amendment is required, then the transitional government  must meet to accommodate the new amendments .. Generally, the majority of the committees that make these amendments have reached the imperative of reviewing the general budget. These moves come at a time when economists and politicians have refused to hold the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Dr. Ibrahim Al-Badawi responsible for the deteriorating economic conditions in the country at present. Recently, voices calling for dismissal of the current  minister of finance have increased , accusing him of failing to find tangible solution to the country’s economic crisis. He  also  accused by the public  of standing  in the way of the implementation of the revolution program, and he is also against paying any amount to import fuel to fill the gab in the country.

International dimentions
The prominent leader of the  forces for  freedom and change, and administrator  in the Central Bank of Sudan, Mohamed Esmat, said that regardless of what  “Al-Badawi” is doing, the issue is a solidarity of the civil government, which he said must expedite the setting of a clear-cut program to address the crisis away from the individual responsibility of any minister.  “The crisis is not limited to the crisis lifting subsidy on bread, but rather has political and international dimensions because Sudan remains on the list of state sponsors of terrorism” said Esmat.  Esmat, who is also  head of the United Federalist Party, said that the responsibility for ending the economic crisis lies with the sovereign council, specifically the military component and the cabinet, and that they should be in permanent session to deal with these crises and contain them, stressing at the same time that the dismissal of the minster of fiainace would not solve the economic  dilema of Sudan.

Lifting of Subsidy

For his part, Khalaf Allah said, “The cause of the crisis is not in the capacity of the minister, but in the economic program implemented by the same approach of the ousted government, which deepened the crisis and increased the suffering of the people “.
Khalaf Allah, who is the official spokesman for the Baath Party – one of the components of the forces for freedom and change, said that talking about converting the support mechanism and trends is just a manipulation of language and words, as it is a failed traditional recipe for the International Monetary Fund, and that what the Ministry of Finance calls “support” is, in fact, mathematical treatments between the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank as a result of instability of the exchange rate. Therefore, the so-called “raising subsidies” is a symptom of a structural disease within the Sudanese economy that requires priority and incentive policies for the productive sectors that generate foreign currencies.   Khalaf Allah emphasized the urgent need for a new program on the economy and a monitoring mechanism from trasitional government until the formation of the legislative institution. Khalaf Allah said  that there is no other  option ,but to amend the budget, saying: “The amendment decision was supposed to be issued during the economic conference according to the meeting that took place and during which we disagreed with the  minister of fiainace  regarding these essential points, but the meeting was transferred to the cabinet, which in turn postponed Controversial points, and leaving the budget go without the editorial decision, until finding alternatives to it and the problem of the economy in general”.  variance  In this context, the leader of the Forces for Freedom and Change, Nour Salah, acknowledged that there was a discrepancy within the corridors of the government regarding the administration of the economic affairs, and the dismissal of the “Bedouin” or not, and he saw that this is an exercise before entering into electoral elections, and that the people should be keen to communicate their voice to The concerned parties to choose the most appropriate path to economic reform, especially in the absence of a legislative council. Nour, who is the deputy political secretary of the Sudanese Congress Party – one of the component of the current  government – said “that “there is a consensus between the forces of freedom and change and the Ministry of Finance that support in its current form distorts the economy, and will not help in implementing economic reform projects, except that there is disparity on how to deal with it”.  In a statement seen by Darfur 24, Nour  wagered on dialogue to reach a consensus on a road map that brings together disparate groups, and closed the door to the defunct regime, but he came back and said: “The legacy of the rescue is heavy, and we are unfortunately unable to start from scratch .. We are starting from a distant point Very much, and we have to remove debris, restoration  construction” and increase performance, and therefore we need a long time until we start and expect results. ”

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