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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Editorial: Bilateral Agreements Require Enforcement

In the news Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Lt. Gen. Dr. Mohammed Osman Al-Rikabi

affirmed that Sudan and Turkey have witnessed the exchange of visits which were crowned by the signature of economical agreements besides setting a roadmap on the mechanism to implement what was agreed on in economical, finance, banking, oil, gas, agriculture, animal wealth, industry, minerals, and trade.
Turkish Deputy Minister of Trade, Al-Fateh Mateen said that his previous visit to Sudan was successful and achieved several goals including boosting the relations between the two countries, adding that an intensive programme was set for the visit including the signature of important agreements on cooperation and investment leading to a roadmap in all aspects to translate the cooperation into reality through the implementation of the agreements.
However, the observers to the Sudanese foreign relations recognized that there is a considerable openness towards the globe in preserving balanced relations with all axes.
In the recent years President Al Bashir visited several countries and at the same time several presidents visited Sudan.
Those exchanged visits resulted to entering into joint agreements; but if we review the outcomes of those agreements we will find than the tens of agreements signed during those visits are still on paper as drafts in the shelves of our officials.
The last two years witnessed the signature of more than one hundred bilateral agreements with other countries including Turkey and Egypt but the implementation was below the aspirations.
Sudan also signed several agreements with Russia during the recent visit of President Al Bashir, if implemented it could have resulted to the stability of Sudan’s economy and protection of its sovereignty.
The question that poses itself is who is responsible? Another question is what are the standards according to which those agreements were signed? Who is following up the implementation of those agreements and who documents the progress report in this regard?
It seems that some of the agreements were signed without any feasibility studies.
It is high time to review all the bilateral agreements and protocols signed in the recent months.
The Sudanese of all walks want to see on the ground the fruits of the economical bilateral agreements.