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Sudan has experienced seismic changes in 2019. The fall of former president Omar al Bashir’s regime and the emergence of a new transitional government in August, has raised expectations that Sudan can break with the past to become more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous. But the new transitional government faces enormous challenges, among the most urgent being, an economy in crisis and at risk of collapse as well as a much-needed long-term structural reform agenda.
Sudan’s economy has been in decline for many years and deteriorated further after losing 75 per cent of its oil revenues with the secession of South Sudan in 2011. Improvements in Sudan’s foreign relations led to the lifting of US sanctions in 2017 and this was expected to foster recovery but significant debt, a widening trade deficit, eroded foreign reserves, a devalued currency and soaring inflation worsened.
In 2019, the Chatham House Africa Programme convened a series of Sudan Stakeholder Dialogues. These roundtables fostered constructive exchanges among diverse Sudanese and international experts on the causes of the economic crisis, the steps that need to be taken to stabilize the economy in the near-term and the longer-term structural reforms required to set Sudan on the path to recovery.
As the new government, led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, undertakes the design and implementation of reform programmes, this conference discusses the durable solutions to Sudan’s pressing challenges.
This conference is supported by Humanity United.
HE Dr Abdalla Hamdok, Prime Minister of the Republic of Sudan
Hon Dr Ibrahim El-Badawi, Minister of Finance, Republic of Sudan
Abda El-Mahdi, Managing Director, UNICONS Consulting; State Minister, Ministry of Finance and National Economy (2002-04)Nicholas Fink Haysom, United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Sudan and South Sudan
Hala al-Karib, Regional Director, Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of AfricaProfessor Guma Kunda Komey, Department of Geography and Centre for Peace and Development Studies, University of BahriCarrie Turk, Country Director for Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan, World BankAlexander Rondos, European Union Special Representative for the Horn of Africa
Dr Adam Elhiraika, Director, Macroeconomic Policy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Hiba Farid, Managing Director, Center for Development and Public PolicyAhmed Amin Abdellatif, President, CTC GroupIhab Ibrahim Osman, Chairman and President, US Sudan Business Council
Dr Alex Vines OBE, Director, Risk, Ethics, Resilience; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Dame Rosalind Marsden, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham HouseGabriel Negatu, Director General, Eastern Africa, African Development Bank
Nina Saeed, Founder and CEO, Alsoug.com
Gwi-Yeop Son, Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan, United NationsAhmed Soliman, Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House