KHARTOUM, President Omer al-Bashir of Sudan says the country is still under an economic siege as it continues to be denied access to the Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) Initiative, a joint programme of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) aimed at ensuring that poo countries do not have to cope with a debt burden they cannot manage, as well as access to soft loans and grants provided by international lending institutions.

In an address to the Khartoum State Council of Ministers here Thursday, he praised the stands of Arab and Islamic funds as well as countries such as Turkey and China for standing by Sudan and supporting the country in difficult times.

The president told the government of Khartoum State, led by Lieutenant-General Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein, and his cabinet, that he would find funding for the services projects and programmes being implemented by the government of the state.

He said efforts would also be exerted to attract and provide funds for the various investment projects in Khartoum state which, the president said, had been dispossessed of federal support which accorded higher priority to the distant and less developed states of the country.

President al-Bashir pinpointed to success scored by the Khartoum state government in the provision of health services, education facilities, roads construction and provision of safe drinking water.

He cited the example of success achieved in the health sector in Khartoum state during the last five years which surmounted the achievement of the previous 50 years in the same field.

He said the programme of increasing production and productivity as adopted by Khartoum state are but national projects that would receive due support from the federal government in collaboration with the central bank, the Bank of Sudan, and other investment partners.

The president said displacement to the national capital, Khartoum, has stretched to the limit the resources and services provided by the state of Khartoum, saying effort should also be exerted to control illegal housing and to control migration of people the capital city.

Source: Nam News Network