By: Aisha Braima
KHARTOUM (SUDANOW) $200 million-contracts for generating electricity in East Sudan region were signed Thursday at the Friendship Hall in the presence of the First Vice-President General Bakri Hassan Salih, the Minister of Water Resources and electricity Mutaz Musa and a number of senior officials.
The contracts were signed by the East Sudan Development Fund and the companies which won the implementation tender.
The East Sudan Development Fund was established following the signing of peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the rebels of East Sudan Front in 2006.
The project was one of the outcomes of the East Sudan Development and Reconstruction Donors conference, hosted by Kuwait in December 2010.
The First Vice-President hailed Eritrea for its efforts in sponsoring the East Sudan Peace Agreement a matter that paved the way for launching the development projects.
He also appreciated the role played by Kuwait in supporting development projects in Sudan particularly in the eastern region of the country.
Bakri stressed that linking the east with the national electricity network grid would lead to stability,sustainability of development and enhancement of agricultural and industrial revival.
Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismaeal, who is responsible for following up the east Sudan issues, praised the leaders of East Sudan Front who preferred peace option, instead of war, leading to the establishment of a number of development projects in the eastern states and hence contributed to the stability of the area.
Executive Director of the Fund Abu Obaida Mohamed Duj explained that 600 villages will receive electricity service within the project, which is planned to be implemented in 18 months, in addition to a number of agricultural projects. He expected the signing would create a big change in the economic, cultural and social fields in east Sudan and promote investment, as electricity is the backbone of development.
Duj explained that the 200 million dollar-contract included an agreement with the Sudanese Company for Transport valued $165 million provided by a Kuwaiti loan, a 65 million euro-agreement with the Chinese Company ‘Chiang’ and a third agreement at 5 million euro with the national company ‘Switch’.
The Kuwaiti ambassador to Sudan Tilal Munsour al-Hajiri said the electricity project is but one of the many major projects which have been sponsored by Kuwait and contributed to the Sudan development and showed the solid relationship between the two countries. He expressed hope that those projects in the fields of health, education and services would help in creating the desired stability and development in Sudan.
Smart partnership agreement was also signed with the National Union for Sudanese Youths to train 3,000 youths on participating in community development in east Sudan.
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