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♦ Khartoum-Port Sudan highway paralysed by protestors

July 29 - 2020 RED SEA STATE / KASSALA / KHARTOUM Yesterday, the Khartoum-Port Sudan highway witnessed complete paralysis, with hundreds of lorries and public transport vehicles lined up on both sides of the road.

In Kassala, protesters closed a number of government institutions and ministries on Tuesday in protest against the appointment of the new governor.

The High Council of Beja Nazirs and Independent Chieftains conditioned the opening of the road with an official response to the demands they submitted to the Sovereign Council and the Cabinet.

The memo holds demands related to the eastern track, negotiated during the peace talks in Juba and the appointment of civilian governors in Kassala and El Gedaref.

The High Council has given the government 72 hours to respond to the demands. The Beja chiefs say they will opt for self-determination for eastern Sudan (Red Sea state, Kassala, and El Gedaref) in the event that the demands are rejected.

In Khartoum, members of the Sovereign Council and a delegation of eastern Sudanese civil society activists "reached an understanding concerning all differences of opinion, and this will be discussed in detail in a consultative dialogue after the Eid El Adha".

♦ Sudan starts regulated gold export

July 28 - 2020 KHARTOUM On Monday, Sudan's Sovereign Council inaugurated its first shipment of gold, through the governmental Strategic Commodities Portfolio.

Sudan created a Strategic Commodities Portfolio last month to secure the provision of basic commodities such as wheat, medicines, and fuel, in exchange for regulated gold sales.

In January, Sudan decided to permit private traders to export gold, in a bid to stop the recurrent smuggling of the precious metal, and to attract foreign currency.

For years, the Central Bank of Sudan (CBoS) that had a monopoly on exports, bought gold in Sudan at fixed prices at collection sites in the country, which led to illegal trade.

In his speech during the inauguration ceremony on Monday, Deputy chairperson of the Sovereign Council, Chairman of the High Committee for Economic Emergencies, and Commander-in-Chief of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, Lt Gen Mohamed Hamdan 'Hemeti' lauded the strict measures Khartoum has taken to stop the smuggling of gold.

According to Global Witness, Hemeti captured a large part of the gold market in Sudan in previous years.

Sudan produced an estimated 93 tons of gold in 2018, the then Minister of Energy and Mining, Adil Ibrahim, reported in November last year.

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