The first 100 days often refer to the beginning of a leading politician’s term of office.
In Sudan 100 days passed for the new government which is participated by all peace signatories.
Minister of the Council of Ministers, Khalid Omer Yusuf has displayed the achievements of the first 100 days of the government in its second phase after the peace deal signatories became part of the political incubator.
Yusuf displayed all the outstanding dossiers showing the progress in the government programmes in concentrating on the role of the various blocs in the December revolution.
He said that there are five axes determined by the government as priorities besides other axes to move forward.
The minister started with displaying the outcomes of the Paris Conference to support the democratic transition, lauding the efforts of those who made the conference a success.
He added that the collective efforts resulted in the return of Sudan to the international community, pointing out that the success of the conference is one of the Constitutional Document stipulations to remove Sudan from the States Sponsors of Terrorism (SST), adding that Sudan was an isolated state but its relations with the international community improved after the considerable success of Paris Conference, a matter that leads to the necessity of assessing the performance of the transitional period, affirming that they will not stop in this point, but they will continue to make that success valuable through tireless efforts in all aspects.
On the economic dossier, Yusuf pointed out that two months ago there were hardships in the livelihood, but now there is considerable progress, pointing out that the government managed to provide 200 thousand tonnes of flour from the WFP besides other 200 thousand tonnes from CEN and Saiga companies.
He added that the agricultural season was a success as the total production was about 700 thousand tonnes, most of it was stored by the Agricultural bank and the strategic storage beside the international cooperation with the neighboring countries and the USA as in the remaining of this year Sudan will receive 300 thousand tonnes grant from the USAID to the Sudanese people, a matter which will guarantee to provide bread till the end of this year.
On fuel crisis, Yusuf said that the queues of fuel are gradually disappearing in greater Khartoum but there are still some problems in the states, pointing out that they are endeavoring to distribute the fuel in a balanced way to reach all parts of the country.
On the power supply crisis, Yusuf said that the situation was at its worst two months ago, but now there is considerable progress and the government is working out a plan to achieve stability in power supply through the Ministry of The Energy project to add 1000 Megawatts during this year by solar power and other means to make the power supply stable during the summer season.
Medicine and Emergency
On heath dossier, the Minister said that they worked with the Ministry of Health to provide all the necessary drugs, adding that they have provided 21 million Euros to Medical Supply Corporation in coordination with the Ministry of Finance and Central Bank of Sudan to cover the requirements of the next months, adding that they demanded the Central Bank of Sudan to provide the foreign currency to cover the bills of imported medicine.
He added that US$800 billion were provided to cover the vacuum government’s support to the imported drugs through providing the requirements of the local industries.
On emergency hospitals in Khartoum State, the Ministry of Finance provided SDG500 billion to Khartoum State to open emergency units with a commitment to cover its expenses monthly.
On major services, Yusuf said that Sudan has stepped forward in writing off its foreign debts, pointing out the bridged loan of the US and relieving the World Bank arrears b UK, Ireland, and Sweden besides the African Development Bank (BADEA).
At Paris Conference, Yusuf said that the French initiative and meeting the requirements of the HIPC will lead to writing off Sudan’s foreign debts, adding that the World Bank has granted Sudan US$2 billion to be utilized in development projects especially in roads, water supply, health, and education.
He said that US$800 million were provided as direct support to the budget, adding that the USA and Sweden provided US$700 million to be utilized in development projects in the war-affected areas.
He disclosed that Paris Conference has provided support to make the (Thamarat) project for helping vulnerable families a success.
He concluded that the economic crisis will remain their major concern and they will exert all possible efforts to avoid the economic collapse resulted from the corruption of the ousted regime.
The Minister said that there is considerable progress in the peace process after the signature of the Juba Peace Agreement, pointing out to the signature of the Declaration of Principles with SPLM-N (Al-Hilu) which will lead to the direct talks next week, besides the indirect talks with SLM/A (Abdulwahid) which is hoped to lead to sustainable peace all over the country.
Transitional Justice Process:
Yusuf pointed out to the justice file stressing that there are changes in the general prosecution, besides handing the culprits of the 29th Ramadan shooting incident, adding that the cabinet will discuss with the national committee on dispersing the sit-in investigation the reasons for its delay along with discussing the transitional justice act and establishing a commission.
Yusuf pointed out the obstacles in implementing the security arrangements as stipulated in Juba Peace Agreement, affirming that the government is prepared for establishing a national professional army to protect the nation and its constitution.
He said that there were considerable efforts to support the police authorities and to remove any obstacles to enable it to conduct its mission professionally.
He also pointed out their concluding steps in drafting the internal security act to protect the democratic civilian rule.
Yusuf that the transitional period does not mean an ultimate success but one of the means to reach the ends which could only be achieved through integrated role between the military and the civilian components.
He expressed appreciation to the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), the Rapid Support Forces (SAF) for their support which made the revolution a success besides their efforts in Juba Peace Agreement.
He concluded that the performance of the government in its first 100 days is below the aspiration, but through the unification of ranks, they can achieve considerable success in the upcoming period.