Abu Dhabi Fund for Development gives Sudan agricultural supplies worth Dh40m

The UAE will give nine million bags for packing agricultural products and crops

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development will give Sudan agricultural supplies worth Dh40 million (US$10.8m).

The UAE will give nine million bags for packing agricultural products and crops.

The move comes as part of the UAE’s support for the agricultural sector in Sudan.

The first shipment of 3,315,000 packaging bags has been delivered to the Sudanese government with the help of the UAE embassy in Sudan and the Agricultural Bank of Sudan.

The next consignments will be delivered before the end of April this year.

This shipment is part of the Dh11 billion (US$3b) aid package approved by the UAE and Saudi Arabia to support economic and financial stability in Sudan.

"This assistance articulates the keen interest taken by the UAE’s wise leadership to enable Sudan to overcome its present challenges, and provide its people with necessary supplies to drive growth in key sectors including agriculture, education, healthcare and food security,” said Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director-general of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (Adfd).

“We have supported projects serving key economic sectors, including agriculture, given its crucial significance for the country’s economic development.”

“Furthermore, we contributed to the development of many strategic projects that translate a long-term economic impact on the sustainable development of Sudan.”

Hamad Al Junaibi, the UAE Ambassador to Sudan said his country’s support to the government of Sudan will help it achieve stability and prosperity.

“Our wise leadership is keen to leverage the outstanding relationship both countries have fostered over the years to achieve our mutual interests,” Mr Al Junaibi said.

In April, 2019, the UAE and Saudi Arabia deposited Dh1.8 billion (US$500m) into the Central Bank of Sudan as part of the Dh 11 billion (US$3b) grant to help the country.

Earlier, Adfd dispatched 540,000 tonnes of wheat worth Dh550 million (US$150m) to meet the country’s urgent food needs.

The fund also sent school supplies that will support 400,000 students.

The Gulf countries also send medicine, petroleum derivatives and agricultural supplies to Sudan.