Prepared by: Nada Elsiddieg
The Sudan Partnership which consists of almost 50 different governments and multilateral organizations. It was formed in order to assist Sudan overcome the economic challenges it faces. An online press conference was held in Berlin on the 25th of June 2020 in support of the Sudanese Transitional Government.
The Sudanese Partnership Conference was hosted by Zeinab Badewi and co-hosted by The Federal Republic of Germany, The European Union, The United Nations, and The Republic of the Sudan. The delegations expressed their full political support for The Sudanese Transitional Government and have shared their hopes of Sudan rebuilding itself into a free, peaceful and prosperous land. This marked an important step which has allowed new opportunities to emerge regarding partnerships between Sudan and the international community as well as strengthened political partnerships supported by pledges of financial support.
The relationships between Sudan and the international community will revolve around mutual respect, mutual accountability and transparency between one another. Sudan is believed to serve as an important pillar of stability in its region, therefore the international community is committed to helping it become a democratic, prosperous land by supporting in every way it can, in order to sustain this momentum which wiIl hopefully render its transition a success.
Furthermore, the conference paid tribute to initial progress made towards achieving the government’s goals. In addition to that, almost two Billion US Dollars was pledged. These funds were pledged from: Germany (150M Euros), The United States of America (256M USD), The European Union (251 Euros), The United Kingdom (150M pounds), The united Arab Emirates (50M USD), The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (10M USD), Norway (30M USD), Canada (60M USD), Sweden (38M Euros), Korea (7.5M USD), Belgium (25M Euros), Italy (19M Euros), Japan (12M USD), Switzerland (12M Euros).
These funds were earmarked for development aid, debt forgiveness, humanitarian assistance, COVID-19 responses, and for the finance of the family support program created by the Ministry of Finance.
23 of the representatives that spoke made a point of calling for debt relief and/or international financial institutions offering financial support. Also, 14 of the delegates addressed Sudan being labelled as a state sponsor of terrorism by The United States of America and advocated for the removal of the designation. Meanwhile, a total of 32 delegates called for and/or made pledges to assist the country during the COVID-19 pandemic as the country is still a red zone.
Josep Borrell, High Representative/Vice-President of the European Union, stated: “History is in the making in Sudan. Supporting the transition here and now is not only an expression of solidarity, but an investment worth making: for Sudan, for stability and development in the region, and in order to set an example for the world. For any transition to be sustainable, people need to see concrete and quick dividends, hence our mobilization today. The message we send to the Sudanese people is clear: we will not fail you.”
The representatives of The Sudanese Government expressed their gratitude for this support. The remarks they had made were optimistic, yet also realistic. They described the transition as “not all rosey, messy, and non-linear” and made it clear that they are attempting to meet the high expectations set to them by the people of Sudan.
The Sudan Partnership Conference consisted of the delegations of: Germany, Sudan, European Union, United Nations, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Lithuania, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Korea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia. South Africa, South Sudan, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, The United Arab Emirates, The United Kingdom, The United States, 3The African Development Bank, The African Union, The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Intergovernmental Authority on Development, International Monetary Fund, Islamic Development Bank, League of Arab States, OCHA, UNICEF, United Nations Development program, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, The World Bank Group, and The World Food program.