Translation of text of statement issued by Council of Ministers on its closed meeting

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Translation of text of statement issued by Council of Ministers on its closed meeting

 “The Council of Ministers held a closed meeting during the past three days, in which it reviewed the general situations and ways to address the major challenges facing the country.

The meeting deliberated in detail on the initiative launched by the Prime Minister on the current political crisis and the way forward, stressing its importance for national consensus in order to face the challenges of the transition and called on all sectors and components of the transitional authority to rally behind it to achieve the objectives of the revolution and the tasks of the transitional authority with the widest popular and national participation and with solid support from all components of the transitional authority, civil and military, and peace partners. During its meeting, the Council of Ministers issued a set of decisions related to the five announced transitional government priorities, which came as follows:-

First: The Economy:-

Continuing government subsidies for medicine, cooking gas, electricity and flour. Immediate starting of campaigns to impose market control and price control. Confiscation and delivery of smuggled gold and confiscated currencies to the Central Bank of Sudan. Immediately start to bring one million families under the umbrella of health insurance, with funding from the Ministry of Finance and the Zakat Chamber. Providing a monthly grant of 10 billion pounds to all state workers, not subject to taxes, with the highest percentage allocated to the lowest grades, in order to meet the current economic conditions as of July 2021. Expanding base of implementation of Thamarat program to reach 3 million families (an average of about 15 million citizens) within two months. Increasing the capital of the Selaati program from 2 billion pounds to 10 billion pounds, to increase access of by the beneficiaries of the project in the various states. Immediate start of activating productive and consumer cooperative societies. Reviewing the salary structure to remove its distortions, and implementing the new salary structure at the beginning of the new fiscal year 2022. Starting procedures for employment of 5,000 persons in the capital and the states at the entrance of the public service. Free admission to all school-age children in the first grade of primary school in government schools. Stopping importing from the customer's own resources, not allowing import without banking procedures, and not accepting any settlement in this regard. Completing immediately the procedures for establishing bourses for gold and crops. Providing the necessary financing for agricultural inputs in the irrigated and traditional and semi-mechanized rainfed sector through the Banks Portfolio and the Ministry of Finance. Starting immediately completing Garri 3 electricity project, which is expected to add 450 megawatts to the national grid. Providing the necessary resources for maintenance of all stations to ensure adding at least the equivalent of 250 megawatts to the national grid before the end of the year. Signing immediately contracts for solar and wind power generation projects. Rehabilitation of the irrigated schemes, adding 100,000 feddans to the existing areas. Starting immediately digging 500 wells for drinking water in all states of Sudan, focusing on the areas affected by the war.

Second: Peace:-

Resuming direct dialogue with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North led by Abdelaziz El-Hilu as soon as possible, signing a framework agreement to advance the issue of reaching a comprehensive peace agreement in the country, and continuing to urge the Sudan Liberation Army, led by Abdel Wahid Al-Nur, to join the peace process. Providing the necessary resources to ensure the implementation of the Juba Agreement on Peace in Sudan. Ensuring extradition of wanted persons by the International Criminal Court. Addressing the problems of eastern Sudan in all its dimensions, with the participation of all parties. Ensuring convening of the Governance and Administration System Conference.

Third: The Security and Military Axis:-

 

Supporting the Armed Forces in their redeployment within the Sudanese territories on the eastern borders to preserve the security and property of the citizens in the border areas. Supporting the police forces with all the necessary facilities and capabilities to enable them to establish security and the rule of law. Expediting discussion and approval of the necessary laws: The Internal Security Act, The Police Act and the General Intelligence Service Act. Providing the necessary resources to expedite implementation of the Security Arrangements Protocol of Juba Agreement on Peace in Sudan. Establishing a ministerial mechanism to carry out the necessary reforms in the General Intelligence Service in cooperation with all relevant authorities. Enhancing the security of oil fields, and continuing comprehensive settlement of local community’s issues.

Fourth: Foreign Relations:-

Intensifying efforts on the issue of the Renaissance Dam in a way that achieves the interests of Sudan in the safety of its citizens, resources and water installations. Holding a national conference on foreign relations before the end of the year in order to build an agreed upon foreign relations strategy. Fulfilling the financial commitments to our foreign missions and review and restructuring of missions abroad.

Fifth: Issues of Democratic Transition:-

Working with all parties to ensure formation of the Legislative Council within less than a month. Completing formulation of bills on Election Commission and the Constitution-making Commission within a maximum period of a month. Finalizing formulation of the bill on the Higher Judicial Council Act within a maximum period of a month. Supporting the committee to dismantle the June 30 regime and provide it with the necessary resources to carry out its tasks. Raising the efficiency of internal government communication and enhancing the work of media and communication units in ministries and government institutions. Supporting the work of the national committee to investigate the dispersal of the sit-in to enable it to complete its work.

The Council of Ministers also decided to reduce government spending by applying the following policies:-

Reducing the cost of participation in official foreign missions for all government units by (50%). Reducing fuel quotas for government cars by (20%). Listing of all surplus government vehicles and selling them through public auction provided that the largest part of their revenue is employed in the health sector (medicines and rehabilitation of hospitals). Allocating four-wheel drive vehicles for missions only. Reducing the budgets of embassies, consulates and attaches by 25%. Canceling the allowances of all constitutional office holders, undersecretaries and heads of units during the era of the defunct regime, and reviewing decisions related to those allocations. Merging and restructuring government corporations and companies in order to achieve reduction of spending.

Our Honorable People;

This meeting comes four months after the formation of the peace government, and the setting up of the emergency plan in the previous closed meeting, with the purpose of reviewing the previous plan, and in response to the conditions our country is experiencing at all levels, as well as with the aim of developing a plan for urgent interventions with clear indicators for the remaining six months of this year.

A spirit of real cooperation and constructive discussion committed to the people's concerns and urgent issues prevailed in this closed meeting. What has been discussed during the past days is what was dictated by necessity and called for by the known general conditions.

The economic decisions during the entire past period were aimed at fixing major structural distortions in our national economy, and we would not have been able to activate our own resources without making them, but the most difficult has passed, and the time is approaching to reap the fruits of what we planted together during the last period in the file of writing off the external debt and reintegrating our country to the international development community and the flow of international investments in various important sectors to unleash the potentials of our economy.

Likewise, the completion of the revolution’s program and the relentless devotion to solving internal problems, working together to create a national consensus, and follow up on the implementation of plans in the files of economy, peace, foreign relations, and achieving security, in order to address issues of democratic transition, remains a duty and a mandate, as it remains a basic necessity in order to complete and implement the rest of the transition period.

The revolution was an obligation that the Sudanese people performed daringly. In order to achieve its goals, they endured a lot. They also waited a long time to see the results of their patience an accomplished hope. Of course, we do not say that we have succeeded in fulfilling the aspirations and ambitions, but we promise that we will not end a working day without dedicating its night to planning and arranging for a tomorrow that is full of achievement.”