KHARTOUM (Sudanow)—How many years does the Sudan need to become a modern state like the Arab Gulf, Malaysian or South Korean states?
With this question Altayyar daily Chief Editor Osman Mirghani began a column he wrote in his newspaper of Monday, stating that those countries embarked for decades on development.
However, Mirghani predicted that, utilizing the more advanced technology, the Sudan requires a much shorter time than the time needed by the Gulf states for accomplishing the development.
To make his point clearer, the columnist cited the experiences of the Gulf states and the Sudan, indicating that while the former went through the land telephone, the pager and the mobile cell, the latter, that is, Sudan jumped direct into the mobile era.
The columnist said he is sure that, will the resources it possesses and the more advanced technologies now available, the Sudanese people will be able to change their country in a single year's time and they will shortly free themselves from the bread and ATM queues.
Only with self-confidence, the Sudanese people can achieve the dream, Mirghani wrote.
While it commemorates the 63rd anniversary of its independence, the Sudan passes through difficult and extremely complicated circumstances of a high cost of living and a crushing economic crisis.
This remark was made by Ammar Yagoub in a column published by Akhir Lahza daily of Tuesday, attributing this situation to long armed and political conflicts which only brought about destruction and degeneration, instead of moving forward to catch up with countries which were until recently counted among the world's poorest and most backward nations.
"After 63 years of independence, what does the Sudan miss in order to advance and lead the African, Arab and Muslim nations?" Yagoub wondered, replying that the country is in short of nothing but a strong resolve and will-power and, counting the Sudan's tremendous natural resources, he said, if those resources were exploited properly, the country would not need the Russian or American wheat and would not turn back oil carriers with their full load from Port Sudan for lack of foreign currencies.
Following 63 years of independence and the Sudan is still waiting for nascent states to kindly a little sum of dollars for resolving the internal crises in exchange for a political position in the interest of that donor nation, Yagoub said
He added that the gift vanishes very soon while the crises persist and the country starts anew looking for another donor state to free it from the dilemma.
The Chief Editor of Al-Sudani daily newspaper, Dhia al-Dinn Bilal held, in a column carried by his newspaper on Wednesday, a comparison between the protests that took place in September 2013 and those which erupted last December.
He said the September incidents were more violent by the demonstrators in the form of the wide-spread subversion and more violent the government reaction the high number of the victims.
Bilal went on saying that in September the subversion and the violent reaction occurred in the national capital while in December the incidents covered both the capital and a number of states.
He pointed out that leaving the schools and universities open in September aggravated the unrest and, for this reason, the government decided to close down those educational institutions.
The columnist indicated as yet another difference the non-suspension of the social media by the government in September, something which it did in December, although the anti-government activists managed to foil this by using VPN and other applications.
Journalist writer Hassan Warraq, in a column carried by Aljareedah daily newspaper of Thursday, criticized the government policy of handling the economic crisis which appears from time to time as a result of appointing persons not specialized in economics to run the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.
A number of the Ingaz government ministers of Finance (e.g. Abdul Wahab Mahmoud, Ali Mahmoud Abdul Rasool) are of sheer banking and accountancy experience, in contrast with late economist Abdul Wahab Osman whose era was characterized by economic stability and prosperity, Warraq said.
He added that the Ministry has been run by monetary and accountancy mentality, rather than specialized economists, and for this reason, the columnist went on, the country has suffered economic crises.
Journalist writer Mona Abdul Fattah discussed in a column published in Almustagilla daily newspaper of Sunday the tendency for denial of facts or information which she said is characteristic of oppressive rulers.
The columnist noted that this disavowal policy is practiced by such rulers to claim as false any report that betrays any erroneous policy or deed they have perpetrated.
She cited a wave of denials during the Arab Spring movements, either by anti-revolutionists who tend to refuse the authenticity of the Arab Spring activists or by the ruling oppressors who tend to disavow wrong-doings attributed to them.
Ms. Mona cited as examples late Muammer Gadhafi of Libya and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying that the former continued to deny the truth of the revolutionaries, calling them as rats, until his death and the latter until now insisted that the demonstrators against his regime were not representing the Syrian people.
The columnist said the denial of the success of the Arab Spring movements was obvious in the Egyptian case in which some people claimed that the revolution there was kidnapped by the military, in the person of Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.
The non-accomplishment of democracy in Egypt would not imply that the Arab Spring movement in that country has failed, it was enough that it has moved a stagnant water and has shown that the willpower of the Egyptian masses would one day achieve he justice and freedom they aspire for, the columnist said.
Columnist Mohamed Gassim al-Sid, in a column that appeared on Alwifaq daily newspaper of Sunday, commented on a recent statement by Prime Minister Mutaz Mussa in which the latter said: There is no way for getting out of the economic crisis in Sudan, except through production.
The columnist remarked that the statement by the Prime Minister implies that the remedies presently being attempted by the government are only a tranquilizer so long as the production, according to the writer, is impossible and is bound by the shackles of the government itself.
He said the talk about production is on one side while the deeds and policies by the government are on the other side, that is, the government only talks but does nothing about the production.
Gassim pointed out that the fees imposed by the government caused an obstacle to both the agricultural and industrial operations by raising the cost of production and thereby shackling the capabilities of the producers in both fields.
The small rate of the agricultural production caused a scarcity in the local markets and adversely affected the competitive competence in the external markets, the columnist said.
He added that the small agricultural production also prevented the agro-industrial activities as the factories do not have the ample produce to run their machines.
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