H.E. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway H. E. Marianne Hagen made opening remarks at the fifth meeting of the Friends of Sudan meeting in Khartoum on the 11th December. The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, H.E. Dr Ibrahim Elbadawi made a presentation of the Government’s plan for economic recovery and development in the transition period 2020-2022. The Chairman of the Peace Commissioner Prof. Suliman Mohamed El Debailo made a presentation on the review of the peace process. Norway’s Special Envoy to the Sudan and South Sudan, Dr Endre Stiansen, chaired the meeting.
Representatives from 20 countries and organisations participated: African Union, African Development Bank, Canada, Egypt, European Union, France, Germany, International Monetary Fund, Italy, Kuwait, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Nations, United States and the World Bank. The League of Arab States took part as observer.
All participants engaged in broad discussions on how the international can community best support the Sudan’s civilian led Government in its efforts to achieve peace and promote economic recovery and development, issues relating to preparation of a new constitution and to the upcoming elections.
Sweden will host the next meeting of the Friends of Sudan during the latter part of February 2020, followed by a preparatory meeting in Paris in advance of the April donor conference. The group renewed their commitment to take part in a formal pledging conference in April 2020, and agreed to revert to the issue of host country.
National and international media covered the opening remarks by H.E. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway H.E. Marianne Hagen.