Sudan's ATMs, Banks Running On Empty

The central bank of Sudan

Khartoum / El Gedaref — The ongoing shortage of cash in Sudan is deepening. ATMs have been empty for week, and banks simply have no available cash for the public to withdraw.

Many callers tell Radio Dabanga that cash has become impossible to get even a small amounts to spend on daily needs.

A number of residents of El Gedaref in eastern Sudan confirmed the lack of cash in the bank on Tuesday and Wednesday, explaining that the buying and selling has virtually ground to a halt in the markets.

The Central Bank of Sudan announced its intention to issue a new category of currency worth SDG 1,000 to deal with the cash expected to enter into circulation during the month of July.

Liquidity crisis

Public anger in Sudan has been building up over price rises and other economic hardships, including expensive bread, fuel and medicines, as well as limits on cash withdrawals over a liquidity crisis.

Over the past few months, as the value of the Sudanese Pound has dropped steadily against the US Dollar. In December 2018, the Central Bank of Sudan issued a decision to set the limit of cash withdrawals by bank card at ATMs. The recent printing of new currency by the Central Bank of Sudan has been necessitated by hyperinflation, coupled with a chronic shortage of hard cash. Banks have limited cash withdrawals so traders and the public prefer to keep their cash at home, rather than deposit it into banks.

The most recent reports reaching Radio Dabanga say that a large proportion of ATMs in Khartoum state have been out of service for more weeks, making it difficult for people to access their salaries.

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Radio Dabanga

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 150 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.