HE the Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti and Sudan’s Minister of Transportation, Roads and Bridges Makawi Mohamed Awad yesterday witnessed the signing of the minutes of the meeting of the joint committee on developing and managing the Sudanese Port of Suakin.
Hassan bin Hassan al-Hail, chairman of the joint committee on transport
with the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), and
director-general of Sudan’s Maritime Ports Authority Dr Abdul Hafiz
Saleh Ali, signed the minutes of the meeting. The event was also
attended by Qatar’s ambassador to Sudan, Rashid bin Abdul Rahman al-Nuiami.
The Suakin Port development and management project is expected to be
completed in 2020 with Qatari funding worth $4bn, of which $500mn will
be allocated for implementing the first phase, the official Qatar News
Agency reported. The Sudanese and Qatari share of the project will be
51% and 49%,
respectively, according to Awad.
The minutes of the meeting, signed yesterday morning in Khartoum,
outline a future roadmap for co-operation and general frameworks for
Starting this April as a beginning of the co-operation, HE al-Sulaiti
said, a maritime route would be launched between Hamad Port and Suakin
Port to ship Sudanese livestock, stressing that the minutes of the
meeting included a “powerful economic co-operation in the interest of
both brotherly countries”.
He also stressed the strength of Qatari-Sudanese relations, for which
the foundations were laid by His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin
Hamad al-Thani and Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir.
This step, he added, would bring back Suakin Port’s historic glory and
make it a maritime commercial gateway as well as a key, vital economic
platform in the region.
Suakin Port, HE the Minister said, has its advantages and is supporting
exports significantly, especially the economies of the African region.
He also stressed its importance and vital, strategic location, its
connection to the Silk Road and uniqueness for being an important
meeting point for exportation, particularly
for neighbouring countries.
He emphasised that the port’s development works would move at an
accelerated pace to finalise its rehabilitation and development by 2020,
taking into account the application of the world’s latest technologies
for operations, as well as
Meanwhile, Awad hailed the Qatari role that is supportive of Sudan in
all fields, nothing that it has contributed to the country’s progress
and economic development. He said the minutes of the meeting came within
the framework of successful strategic partnerships between the two
Awad stressed that the project would provide high-quality services to
all vessels on the Red Sea, as Suakin Port is a new seaport for Africa
and an investment source to provide economic benefits for Sudan and
serve the two countries’ interests.
HE Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti and Makawi Mohamed Awad witness the signing of the minutes of the meeting.