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 days workshop last week; Dr. Yassin who headed 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 Abdul Majid 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.
While Reuters has reported earlier that Khartoum- July 2013 has been set by the World Trade Organization (WTO) as a date for processing Sudan’s official application on joining the 160-member international organization.
Sudan’s official application to join the most powerful legislative and judicial body regulating international trade has been delayed for more than 22 years for political and economic reasons. The application will be handed over by Minister of International Cooperation Kamal Hassan Ali.
To join, candidate countries have to offer to cut tariffs, change their laws to guarantee the rights of importers and exporters under WTO rules, commit to implement 24 trade agreements and lift restrictions on imports and exports.
Sudan established a department in the Ministry of Trade to manage WTO membership process and allocated a huge budget for efforts to join WTO.
Vice President Abdel Rahman Ali confirmed that Sudan’s delegation to Geneva is mobilizing support to its official application for joining the WTO.
As the new member has to apply equally to all WTO members, “Sudan’s delegation will meet International Trade Center Director, WTO membership officials, representatives of United Nations Security Council permanent members and the representatives of Brazil, India and China,” Ali said.
The government in Sudan has assembled a higher committee, encompassing all economic sectors as to research and resolve troubles faced by national producers. The upcoming stage in Sudan is anticipated to hold a significant step set for providing resources and opportunities on increasing the quality on national agricultural and industrial products, and services.
It is worth mentioning that the International Cooperation Minister in his statement told the press that each of the financial and economic sectors in Sudan is fully prepared to fulfill WTO requirements. The Sudanese government has arranged for an economic program covering the next four years, and which especially attends the rate of production in each of the agricultural and industrial sectors. The government eased red tape procedures on investment, making it easier. Moreover, new mechanisms for settling disputes were founded.