The activities of the Sudanese-Turkish Economic Forum will be launched in the Sudanese capital in the presence of about 200 businessmen from the two countries, as well as a number of experts and economists. A number of agreements will be signed in the fields of oil, infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, information technology, contracting, mining, tourism and food industries.
The forum will include a presentation on investment projects and opportunities in Sudan alongside a number of working papers. Osama Faisal, Minister of State for Investment, will present a paper entitled “Investment Opportunities in Sudan.” The president of the Exporters’ Chamber, Wajdi Mirghani, will present a paper on projects and employment opportunities. Sudan is provided by Turkish investors. The meetings of the Sudan-Turkey Agricultural Committee were started in Khartoum yesterday and will witness the signing of a joint work plan. The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mohammad Danis, expressed his country’s desire to strengthen cooperation in the agricultural field with Sudan, pointing out that his country has speciality in agricultural cooperation with Sudan, praising the government of Sudan and the allocation of agricultural investment area of Turkey. He said that the next phase will witness more partnerships and cooperation between the two countries.
For his part, Sudanese Minister of Agriculture, Abdul Latif al-Ajimi, said that the Sudanese-Turkish cooperation is in continuous prosperity, praising the desire of the Turkish private sector to invest in the country. He called for activating all the previously signed agreements and enforcing them in addition to expanding cooperation in agriculture .
Al-Barir told Asharq Al-Awsat that the presence of businessmen, investors and large Turkish companies in this large number confirms the desire of the Turkish side to promote and develop the economic and investment cooperation relations in Sudan in many fields, which will focus on oil fields, infrastructure projects, agricultural sector, Mining, food processing and other fields.
He stressed the willingness of the private sector to implement investment projects with the Turkish side in the strategic sectors and priority projects, taking advantage of the resources and possibilities in Sudan and the expertise and techniques of Turkey, pointing out that the Sudan’s geographical location and in the context of Turkey’s interest in Africa remains a strategic option to access African markets.
For his part, Dr. Mabrouk Mubarak Salim, Minister of State, Ministry of Animal Resources, discussed with the Turkish delegation the cooperation and partnership between Sudan and Turkey in the field of livestock and animal health and the exchange of benefits in the fields of trade and investment.
The Director-General of the General Commission for Geological Research, Genghis Erdem, pointed to the development of the relationship between the research bodies in Turkey and Sudan in the field of mining, pointing out that the visit aims to exchange benefits between the two countries, especially in the field of mining investment, revealing their training to a number of Sudanese geological cadres during the period past, who have stood on the Turkish technology in mining.
For his part, Dr. Mohamed Abu Zeid Mustafa, Minister of Tourism and Wildlife, told Asharq Al-Awsat that his ministry has an executive program that will be signed today with the Turkish Minister of Tourism, and a number of Turkish businessmen and companies will sign contracts in the field of training, tourism guidance and investment projects. Sudan Airways will also sign an agreement to transport Turkish tourism to Sudan next season.
The minister pointed out that the visit of the Turkish delegation will include tourism projects on the coast and the Red Sea in the east of the country, and prepared the Sudanese private sector matrix tourist projects to be provided to Turkish tourism companies. The projects will be presented by the private sector in the Red Sea state, an explanation of the Sudanese tourist elements, and memorandums of understanding will be signed for tourism investment projects aimed at conveying the Turkish experience in hotels, resorts and infrastructure.