Activists launch White Nile resource development initiative in Sudanese capital

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More than 400 civil society activists, politicians, technocrats and businessmen from the White Nile state announced a proposal for the development of the state and its resources, in accordance with the initiative of Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok to implement “the objectives of the revolution”.

Speaking at a press conference at the premises of the Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) in Khartoum on Saturday, the group’s chairman, Mohamed Abdelrahman Dawi, said the plan is based on the results of a number of workshops and forums held in various locations.

The main objective of the initiative is the development of the resources of the White Nile State. The group intends to present itself as “a house of expertise” to the executive and legislative bodies of the State of White Nile, and to work together “to achieve development objectives”.

Dawi explained that the initiative focuses on solutions to “the national crisis and the transition to democracy”, in support of the initiative launched by Prime Minister Hamdok two months ago.

He further read parts of the groups’ charter, according to which “political forces, civil society organizations and peace forces in the White Nile state will take full responsibility for the safety and welfare of the people. to be part of the population in order to obtain their right to a freedom and a dignified life, prosperity, urban and social development ”.

The initiative aims to support “the establishment of a civil and democratic system of government based on the equality of citizens, the holding of free and fair democratic elections and the implementation of peace agreements” in the country. Dawi further underlined that “through this initiative we seek to present a successful model for the rest of the states”.

The group stresses the importance of a clear governance system. To this end, the new Law on Local Government and the Conference on Governance and Administration should be the top priority. A National Legislative Council and a State Parliament, in which “women and young people are represented in proportion to their weight in society”, will also be set up as soon as possible. In addition, “each state should receive a fair share of the national resources it produces”.

The initiators called on “the forces of the revolution in White Nile State and the Sudanese people in general to adhere to unity and peace, to use dialogue to resolve differences, to renounce regionalism and racism. and to support the leadership of the revolution ”.

Another press conference will take place early next week “to present the details of the initiative”.

Sources: Sudan Social Network (SSN), SudaniaNews, Sudan News Agency (SUNA)


* Two months ago, Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok announced the National Crisis and Transition Issues – The Way Forward initiative, “to find a way out of the national crisis and democratic transition issues” in Sudan, as the transition would be hampered by disputes between political groups during the revolution, acts of sabotage by affiliates of the ousted Al Bashir regime and other internal problems.

Hamdok’s initiative contains proposals to implement the goals of the Sudanese revolution, resolve the economic and political crises in the country, develop a clear national program to unify the transition bloc and achieve comprehensive peace by broadening its base. .

“Decision-making centers in Sudan should work under a common vision” on “a civil and democratic system of government based on equal citizenship and free and fair democratic elections,” the prime minister said at the time. The different political actors should therefore “reach the widest possible consensus” on the tasks to be implemented during the transition period.

On August 15, Hamdok announced the formation of a mechanism “to create a broad consensus” for the implementation of his initiative.

The objective of the new mechanism is “to represent the greatest number of Sudanese society and its different sectors” and “seeks to achieve the greatest degree of consensus within Sudanese society” during the country’s transition to democracy. , and will be chaired by the President of the National Ummah Party (NUP), Major General Fadlallah Burma (retired).

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