Sudan Minister of Finance Calls for a Greater Role of the AfDB in Sudan's Reconstruction

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Dr. Awad Ahmed Al-Gass, Minister of Finance and National Economy, called the African Development Bank to play a greater role in the reconstruction of Sudan as a a post-conflict country. Meeting on 14 April 2008 with the AfDB Executive Director for Sudan, Francis Tuan Karpeh, Dr. Al-Gass briefed his guest on the economic situation in Sudan, pointing out the peace achieved in the south, the State's efforts to resolve the conflict in Darfur and the signing of the East Peace Agreement. He as well emphasized Sudan's economic potential and the need for concerted efforts for this potential to materialize.

To sustain peace, Sudan, he said, implemented a large number of projects, stressing that Sudan is working to strengthen its economic resources and the creation of infrastructures and services to improve the lives of its citizens.

He said that the current economic efforts and peace achievements qualify Sudan to benefit from the Post-conflict assistance implemented by the Internation Community. He called upon the Bank to play a greater effective role in Sudan's reconstruction and in Africa's renaissance.

The AfDB Executive Director said that his visit in the country aimed at assessing the economic situation in Sudan with a view to normalizing relations with Sudan.