By the coming December Sudan is expected to access World Trade Organization WTO the objective
that Sudan has been working to realize for more than decade for.
This issue was discussed in a two-day workshop last week; the hed of the Sudan delegation in Geneva negotiation outlined the importance of joining WTO saying Sudan has met the conditions to be member “we expect the accessing of Sudan to the WTO by Dec. 2017, because the government of Sudan has prepared 12 documents to explain readiness due to the domestic reformation” also he urged the officials responsible for negotiations to share private sectors and to coordinate with the ministry of trade and lined bodies.
While Hiba Al Fadel an expert in International trade Center briefed that the event was coming in the context of Japanese support to Sudan financially and technically, pointed out to the historical background of WTO and the procedures of joining it.
The economic advisor of Yemen mission in Geneva Najeeb Hamime was addressing the participants stated that accessing WTO is “is moving objective” because it has intersection with the interests of others.
While the state minister of the ministry of trade Al-Sadiq Mohamed Ali hailed the efforts of Japan urging the government to avail chance for private sector to participate in negotiation assuring that “83%” of business activities run by private sector. Sudanese Businessmen and Employer’s Federation is a stakeholder in accessing WTO.
“Sudan can benefit from the facilities and can reach international markets easily” said Al-Sadiq who informed that 164 states members dominate 98% of global trade activity.
Hasab Al rasoul, a businessman appealed to “an exceptional” case of Sudan due to the US economic sanctions that impacted on all aspects of life, adding accessing to WTO enable Sudan to write of US$ 48 billion in debt, warring that staying out of WTO represents threat to national economy.
While Mohamed Abdel Majed urging the government not to hurry toward WTO at present, says “joining WTO affect the sovereignty of the state, also the economic platform is weak, it is better to wait for more reformations in law and system” pointed out that “China” has been negotiating for 15 years despite its economic power.