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Sudanese see hope in US move to end country's isolation


by Joseph Earnest December 14, 2020


Newscast Media KHARTOUM.In a bustling market in central Khartoum, Sudanese applauded the US decision announced earlier Monday to welcome their country back into the international fold, voicing optimism for their future after decades of isolation.


"It means a lot of hope," said medical student Suha Anas, a 21-year-old woman in a black abaya gown, as she munched on a traditional Sudanese sweet.


The US removal of Sudan from its sponsors of terrorism blacklist, she said, will impact people's lives in multiple ways, including the world's perception of her fellow citizens.


For near three decades, the United States had blacklisted Sudan over harboring Islamist militants.


Monday's decision opens the way for aid, debt relief and investment to a country going through a rocky political transition and struggling under a severe economic crisis exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.


For months, Sudan's currency has been wracked by hyper-inflation, soaring by 254 percent year-on-year in November. On Monday, in another sign of optimism over the US move, the value of the Sudanese pound against the US dollar went from 250 to 240 on the black market.


Ali Adam Hamed Abouna, a 54-year-old sports journalist passing through the Souq al-Arab market in the heart of the Sudanese capital, said he believes the US decision will attract "many investments".


"Many American and other companies that couldn;t operate here will now be able to do so, and the Sudanese economy will benefit," he said.


"We are suffering because we were closed off from the rest of the world. We need the outside world, we need foreign expertise, we need foreign currency."


Abouna also believes a more dynamic, globalized economy will help shrink corruption and the black market, which remains a feature of the country's landscape, much to the chagrin of many Sudanese.  Add Comments >>


 Source: Daily Star










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