Former Sudanese Minister of Communications calls on Africa to pay attention to his country problems
The Former Communications Minister of Sudan, Hon Mahadi Ibrahim, on Wednesday called on the African parliamentarians to adopt a resolution supporting the efforts of his country to end economic sanctions imposed by the United States of America at the PAP session currently going on in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.
Hon. Ibrahim added that parliamentarians must make a call to the international community, in order for Sudan to enjoy the existence of sustainable development and a legitimate position of its citizens to global development.
"Our country will highly appreciate such a noble and decisive African position because it will show the expression of position and African solidarity to Sudanese human rights, including their right to development, dignified life,” he emphasised. Hon. Ibrahim indicated that the US unilateral measures included the commercial restriction which resulted in the freezing of all Sudanese government funds, among others.
He said these measures affected all vital areas of the country such as infrastructure, education, health as well as the economy, which led to a dramatic reduction of the country's ability to deal with epidemics, an increase in import of various drugs, equipment and necessary inputs to fight against diseases such as HIV and AIDS.
“A deficit in machinery, equipment and modern agricultural techniques essential to increase production while reducing costs, has led to the slowdown in agricultural development programs, despite the large available land areas, covering about 200 million hectares, of which only 26 percent are used," he highlighted and shared that the situation results in an increase in annual imports of wheat to two million tons, which cost about $1.5 trillion.
For the former ruler; increasing exchange rates also worsened the situation by restricting bank operations and impacting on investment and agricultural exports, which led to losses adding up to $700 billion in this sector, during the last decades.
According to former Minister, this situation aggravated the external debt problems of Sudan, compromising the crucial development projects and resulting in fewer opportunities for participation in international markets.
"These measures denied Sudan an opportunity of debt cancellation, offered to highly indebted states,” he said.
During the debate on this subject, Hon. Abdul Razak, Pan-African Parliamentarian from Nigeria, said "Today as yesterday, Africans are called to roll up their sleeves to fight for their rights in order to create one better education and good live for their children. We must have a resolution condemning acts such as terrorism and corruption; and recommend immediate lifting of sanctions imposed on Sudan.”
Hon. Oscar Zemane Ulutho, from the Democratic Republic of Congo added that there was need for a pan-African RESOLUTION to tackle problems faced by Sudan; warning that this predicament can’t be discussed only at parliamentary level, but that state leaders ought to advocate for a resolution.
Hon. Ivone Soares of Mozambique believes that no country should be prevented from giving its people freedom or giving its children a future by preventing them from studying. "All measures and prohibitions taken against a country must be seriously studied to see if they violate human rights or not." She stressed that there is a need for a union between the countries and peoples of Africa against the constant threats experienced day by day.
The session of the Pan-African Parliament whose motto is to “Take the Pan-African Parliament to the people of Africa” began on the 9th October and runs for two weeks.