Slaughterhouses required!

Osman Mirghani

Minister of Animal Wealth, Dr. Hafiz Ibrahim happened to affirm that Sudan needs 50 slaughterhouses out of which only 10 are available, describing Al-Kadaru slaughterhouse as the most modern and also the biggest in Sudan.

A few years ago the Chinese Ambassador spoke about a modern slaughterhouse to be established in Khartoum with a cost of US$80 million, but it seems that the project has vanished within the unstable relation between the two countries at that time.

If we assume that the average of establishing a modern slaughterhouse costs USU50 million, then the total amount for establishing 10 slaughterhouses amounts to only US$500 million which is not that huge and Sudan doesn’t need a miracle to make it.

It is not the job of the government to finance or establish those slaughterhouses, because this is the task of the private sector being local or foreign to make it if there is an attractive environment for such investments.

Unfortunately, the government which is tasked to provide a conducive environment represents the main obstacle due to its bureaucratic procedures and corruption.

Investment needs in the first place to rule of law as it is not just decisions or acts or slogans.

The rule of law is the general conduct of the government and other sectors of the state, but the government is the criterion in building the rule of law starting with boosting the institutionalism.

The existence of institutions doesn’t mean only raising a banner in front of the gates and appointing officials in it, but it means providing the actual institutionalism environment with the appropriate structures and disciplined work far away from any political fraud.

It is important for the government to distance itself from such projects and to concentrate on providing a conducive environment for investment and protect it.

This task has nothing to do with providing direct financial guarantees, but it only contributes to improving the insurance to include all sectors.

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