Sudan: ICT and Telecoms sector excludes US sanctions relief

In October 2017, the US government announced its decision to ease its economic sanctions against Sudan in 1997. But in an interview with Bloomberg on June 5, 2018 in Khartoum, Ibrahim El-Mirghani, the Sudanese Minister of Telecommunications, revealed that this reduction of sanctions does not benefit at all to the sector of telecom and Information Technology and Communications (ICT).

According to Minister Ibrahim El-Mirghani, the telecoms and ICT sector does not benefit from the relief because the US Foreign Assets Control Bureau refused to lift the technological and telecom sanctions against the country, despite the transformative potential that this strategic sector can have on the socio-economic development of populations and nations.

For the United Nations, telecoms and ICT is one of the keys that could enable countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is why many nations are now investing in it, aware of the impact technology will have on the lives of millions of people around the world.

In order to prevent Sudan from missing out on the benefits of the next global ICT revolution, Telecoms Minister Ibrahim El-Mirghani said the country has made contact with many US agencies to bring benefits to the telecom and telecom sector. ICT for the reduction of sanctions.

Source: Agence Ecofin