The speech of the Prime Minister to the Sudanese people this evening In the name of of Allah the Merciful Dear citizens Peace, mercy and blessings of God Almighty,,, I would like to talk to you today about the recent economic decisions and their ensuing developments, as well as addressing some of the issues closely related to this crisis.
I begin by saying that I am fully aware of the reality of the difficult economic and living conditions that our country is going through; I know that there are those who try to suggest that we live in an ivory tower, perhaps because I am not accustomed to speaking much or appearing all the time,My approach is to leave the policies and decisions to speak. I will start with the economic situation in the country: We explained the reality of the economic situation from the first day, and that we received an empty treasury, deadly debts and a state of political and economic siege.
Our economy was suffering from a structural defect. We did not hide information from people, and we should not, and we did not try to present people with a bright and rosy image. Meanwhile, our country and the world were swept by the Corona pandemic, which caused a global economic depression and government revenues fell by 40%. We had no choice but to adopt an economic reform programIt is our only option, which no one imposes on us or insists on us, and we are not forced to do so, but it is the conscious choice that we found capable of reforming the economic situation, and we know its harshness and difficulty, but it was the only remedy for our circumstances and our reality.
Despite all this, let me say that there is a light at the end of the tunnel..This medicine is not an isolated act, but rather it is part of a general conception we have worked on since our first day in which we were assigned to this site a little more than a year and a half ago..Our vision is based on implementing the tasks of the transitional phase. And the burdens of comprehensive reform in the stages we walked throughDespite the difficulties, patiently…
The stages of our plan were based on the following steps:
First: Stopping the war and achieving peace in a way that broadens and strengthens the transition base and provides better opportunities for the country to direct its energies towards building instead of conflict… We started that since our first month in October 2019 and walked a long journey that lasted for a year until we signed the Juba Agreement for Sudan Peace in October 2020 and we are still We continue the journey to complete the second phase with the remaining forces of the armed struggle.
Second: Ending the international isolation from Sudan and ending the sanctions and siege that restricted our national capabilities…
We started this journey since my first visit to the United States of America, in which I addressed the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019, and then we engaged in difficult and costly negotiations.. It was crowned with success in getting us out of the list in December 2020 after 15 months of hard work in which many men and women did not spare An effort for the elevation and salvation of this beloved country.
Third: Restructuring the Sudanese economy burdened with distortions, by ridding it of debts and reviewing expenditures and revenues to reduce the large deficit in the balance of payments…
This matter necessitated negotiations with institutionsInternational Finance and culminated in an agreement in June 2020 according to which we entered into a year-long program that ends on the thirtieth of this June.. By the end of this program, Sudan will be eligible to forgive its accumulated debts and its economy will be placed on a solid foundation to launch.
Fourth: The stage of directing energies towards production and directing resources, which is the stage we are looking forward to now.. This year, we achieved unprecedented productivity in local wheat. By creating an agricultural portfolio, we saved local resources to finance the summer and winter agricultural seasons, and through an agreement with the World Bank, we provided a grant to the blackIn the amount of $2 billion, it will be invested in projects that we have identified in the fields of energy, roads, agriculture, drinking water, education, and health, which will be successively over the next two years.
With regard to the reality now and the effects of the current stage of structural treatments for our economy, we have put in place a number of measures and treatments to mitigate the effects of these measures, including the initiation of social support programs, the family support program, which is concerned with providing direct cash support to millions of citizens. It should be mentioned that the Thimarat program has a balance of about 820 million dollars, 15% of which has been used so far. and hereWe acknowledge that there is an administrative defect in the information base that hampered this great work, and we are working to address it with all concerned parties.
This program includes six million five hundred thousand families – about 80% of Sudanese families, so far the data of 700,000 families have been completed, and it will include all state workers, and it is expected that the support provided for this program will rise to 2 billion dollars. I ask all the daughters and sons of our people to hurry to register in this program and receive direct financial support that contributes to alleviating the burdens of life on them until they cross our country from this.e stage. There is also a program (My Goods) to provide food supplies at factory prices through neighborhood channels and workplaces.
Here, the government has taken decisions with additional measures that contribute to expanding its umbrella so that it can reach people under these circumstances, in addition to supporting it with other resources to provide necessary commodities at reasonable prices. In this context, we affirm the government’s continued support for many essential goods and services, including electricity, flour, cooking gas and medicines. We have established a Chamber of Strategic Commodities, which has developed a stable supply plan for the next six months, and I will directly supervise the planI will also announce other detailed decisions during the next two weeks to implement the provisions of the emergency plan.
There were also promising beginnings for the work of cooperative societies, which also stumbled. Hence, I call on the change, services and youth committees to cooperate in neighborhoods, villages and cities in order to contribute to the revitalization of cooperative societies in their areas so that cooperatives regain their position as outlets to facilitate the arrival of necessary goods to citizens directly and without intermediaries or speculators. It is worth saying here, however, that despite the difficulties, this path we have chosen has led to resultsA positive and significant, but we know that the ripe fruits of this work require time and effort, and we will not hesitate to make this effort.
Last May, the Paris Conference was held, from which we reaped many results, including that Sudan was presented with its new face to the international community, and we began the discussion to reduce or cancel debts according to the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) program, which is concerned with reducing the debts of these countries. We also met with foreign investors, and signed agreements in the field of minerals and exploration for them.
The coming days will witness the signing of many agreements in different fields.These agreements include new investments in transport and infrastructure, energy and electricity generation, agriculture, construction and construction of roads in many regions, new airports, communications, and urban transportation, especially the national capital. As well as from the outputs in the debt file, a commitment was made to forgive 15.5 billion dollars out of 60 billion of debt, and this step encouraged the member states of the Paris Club to commit to work on forgiveness of their debts amounting to 23 billion dollars within this program (HIPC).
We know that the real solution lies in production, mobilizing the capabilities of the Sudanese countryside and developing its resourcesThe effective solution for our country is in agriculture, livestock, and the resulting manufacturing industry, and we are working to attract investment in the light of a clear vision according to the five belts of development in our country, and using modern technologies that save time, effort and resources. But this matter needs financing, and a very large funding, as you know that we do not have sufficient financial resources, so we sought to obtain financing by opening the way for international financial institutions, partnerships and attracting investments.
We are also working on processors and issuing resolutions to make real device repairsBanking, customs, taxes and their policies, and there will be customs and tax exemptions on essential goods, production inputs, and capital goods, and we will impose high taxes and customs on non-essential goods. This type of policy will help provide essential goods at competitive prices, and will not prevent non-essential goods from being obtained at their real value. It also encourages local production and employment. Dear Citizens, You have seen what happened in the past days in terms of an atmosphere that threatens chaos and the country’s entry into a state of security fragility. The truth is that our country is under threat