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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Sudan Chairs UNCTAD Roundtable on Economics of Gum Arabic in Africa

Geneva / Khartoum- The Deputy Permanent Envoy of Sudan in Geneva, Ambassador Kamal Jubarah Mohamed Salih, presided over Round Table meeting on the Economics of Gum Arabic in Africa at the UN Office in Geneva Friday, organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and discussed the organization’s report titled “Commodities at a glance: Special issue on gum Arabic.”
Ambassador Kamal Jubarah said the report, produced by the Commodities Branch of the UNCTAD secretariat, explored the economic, social and environmental relevance of the gum Arabic sector, with a focus on the major challenges and opportunities of producing countries in Africa.
Sudan’s delegation to the activities of the meeting was led by Sudan’s Permanent Envoy to the UN Office in Geneva Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, Deputy Permanent Envoy Ambassador Kamal Jubarah Mohamed Salih and Secretary General of Gum Arabic Council Dr. Abdel-Majid Abdul-Gadir with the participation of many member states of UNCTAD and relevant organizations.
Sudan’s Permanent Envoy to the UN Office in Geneva and coordinator of the African Group at UNCTAD Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail presented the statement of the group before the meeting, where he expressed thanks and appreciation to the UNCTAD for organizing the important meeting, especially for the detailed study prepared by UNCTAD on development of gum Arabic for realizing the agenda of sustainable development, especially combating poverty, desertification and climate change, calling for raising the added value of the commodity and distribution of its proceeds in just ways that maximize the benefits of the producing communities.
Ambassador Kamal Jubarah explained that the meeting came out with a number of recommendations top of which were importance of convening another meeting to follow up the outcome of the round table, forming an association for gum Arabic producing countries and establishment of a center for gum Arabic studies, noting that Sudan presented an application for hosting the center.
UNCTAD considers gum Arabic as a promising commodity for producing countries in Africa due to its potential to generate foreign exchange, promote sustainable agriculture and forestry, ensure food security and combat desertification and climate change. It also has the potential of playing a critical role in producer countries' efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set forth in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.