April 27, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese tourism minister Mohamed Abdul-Karim Al-Had, disclosed that Qatar is offering $135 million in a joint Sudanese-Qatari project to removate100 archaeological sites in Sudan’s Northern and Nahr Alneel state.
Sudanese tourism minister Mohamed Abdul-Karim Al-Had (SUNA)
The Sudanese official, who spoke at a news conference on Thursday, said that Qatar will offer scientific advice to the National Archeological Center and will also rehabilitate the Sudanese National Museum and restore its precious artifacts.
According to the tourism minister, the Qatari money will be used in establishing two archeological compounds in Nahr Alneel state equipped with the latest infrastructure for exploration and archaeological work in addition to training Sudanese and Qatari cadres.
Al-Had said that the joint project’s budget for 2013 which amounts to $42 million has been approved, adding that it will be allocated to Al-Bejrawiyya sites followed by Jebel Al-Barkal.
The executive director of the Sudanese-Qatari project, Abdullah Al -Najar, on his part, affirmed the importance of joint cooperation between the two countries in the field of archeology, saying that it highlights the role of Sudan in ancient civilizations, pointing out that the joint project has strategic importance not only for Sudan but also Qatar.
Al-Najar further urged all concerned agencies and institutions to join the project for the aim of advancing Sudan’s archaeological sites as well as promoting and reflecting Sudan’s monuments and culture abroad.
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F IN A L C OMMU N I Q U É
International Donor Conference
for Reconstruction and Development in Darfur
Doha from 7-?8 April 2013
We, the Participants in the International Donor Conference for Reconstruction and Development in Darfur, hosted by the State of Qatar on 7-?8 April 2013:
- ? Affirm that the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) is the main framework for
the overall peace process in Darfur; and
- ? Confirm that the only viable solution to the Darfur crisis is through peaceful dialogue leading to sustainable peace, and that Darfur now and after the commence of implementation of the DDPD started the gradual and sequenced transition from the humanitarian assistance to early recovery, reconstruction and development;
Further, we declare the following:
Reaffirm the urgent need to implement the DDPD, particularly the development
components outlined in the Document;
Welcome the joining of Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Bashar as a signatory party to the DDPD; and call upon the other parties that have not yet signed the Document to do so in order to achieve security and stability as well as support the development efforts in the region;
Commend all humanitarian efforts exerted by the Government of Sudan, all States, United Nations Organisations, International and National non-?Governmental Organisations during the past ten years of the conflict;
Recognize the importance of the Darfur Development Strategy (DDS) prepared by the Darfur Joint Assessment Mission (DJAM) in accordance with Article 32 of the DDPD as an essential reference document for the identification of priorities and implementation of recovery, reconstruction and development priorities in Darfur;
Commend the active participation of all development partners, stakeholders and civil society organisations in Darfur during the preparation of the DDS;
Value the international and regional efforts led by the State of Qatar in order to promote peace process and support development and stability in Darfur; and its continued efforts to bring the other non-?signatory movements to join the peace process;
Acknowledge and thank the Government of Sudan for all its efforts made on the ground and the support provided to promote peace process, stability and development in Darfur;
Thank all Countries, Regional and International Organisations – particularly UNAMID -?
for their continued support for the peace process, stability and development in Darfur;
The following has been agreed upon
1. The DDS is to be considered as the main entry point for the gradual and sequenced transition from humanitarian assistance to development. As a result, the participating Countries and Organizations have adopted the DDS as a starting point for the recovery, reconstruction and development of Darfur over the next six years;
2. Immediate cash support amounting US$177,400,000 has been pledged – the State of Qatar will provide US$88,500,000 immediate cash support from their overall contribution to kick start implementation of the recovery and reconstruction projects in Darfur;
3. Sufficient funding for the implementation of the medium and long term projects of the strategy amounting to US$ 1,051,659,100.00 has been received; this includes grants, loans, banking facilities, credits and technical assistance;
4. The Government of Sudan renewed its commitment and pledges to pay an amount of US$ 2.65 billion as described in the DDPD; therefore the total contributions pledged are US$3,701,659,100.00.
5. A transparent, accountable, competent and flexible funding mechanism for the implementation of the DDS has been adopted;
6. The Darfur Recovery and Reconstruction Board of Directors to be co-?chaired by the State of Qatar and
§? The Government of Sudan;
§? The Darfur Regional Authority (DRA);
§? The United Nations;
While its membership will be from
§? Representatives of Donor Countries and Development Partners (…)
has been endorsed;
7. The Government of Sudan has committed to provide all the necessary legal, procedural, security and logistical facilities to enable access and free movement of Development Partners, National and international Non-?Governmental Organizations to implement and monitor the projects under the DDS;
8. A Technical Follow-?up Committee to continue for one year renewable, chaired by the State of Qatar and membership of representatives of:
§? The Government of Sudan;
§? Darfur Regional Authority;
§? United Nations Country Team (UNCT), UNDP and UNAMID;
§? Donors and Development Partners;
has been endorsed in order to enable the rapid implementation of the DDS, in particular the Foundational Short-?Term (FaST) Activity projects.
9. Arrangements for an Investment Conference on Darfur will be made;
10. Another Donor Conference to take place within two years from the date of this Conference to follow up on the performance of the pledges and urge payment of outstanding commitments will be organised;
In conclusion, the Participants wish to convey their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the State of Qatar under the leadership of His Highness Amir Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani for its generous hospitality, organisation and the efforts made to ensure the success of this Conference. The Participants also convey their appreciation to the Government of Sudan, the DRA, UNDP, UNAMID, UNCT and all International Development Partners and Donors for the continued efforts deployed in furtherance of the success of reconstruction and development in Darfur.
Doha, Qatar April 8, 2013
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April 8, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The International Donor Conference for Reconstruction and Development in Darfur (IDCRDD) which concluded its work Monday in the Qatari capital of Doha fell short of achieving its goal of collecting $ 5.7 billion needed for implementing the development strategy in the war ravaged region.
Sudan’s Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) leader al-Tijani al-Sissi (R) shakes hands with Sudanese presidential adviser Mustafa Osman Ismail (L) during the International Donor Conference for Reconstruction and Development in Darfur, in Doha April 8, 2013 (REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous)
The Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud announced that the participants made financial pledges of $3.6 billion.
The final figure however, included $2.65 billion from Sudan’s government per the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) signed in mid-2011. Qatar, the host of the peace talks between the Darfur foes and today’s donor conference, declared that it is making a $500 million contribution.
The other donors included European Union (€27.5 million) ,Germany (€60 million), Britain ($49.5 million) and Darfur’s neighbor Chad ($1 million).
The Sultanate of Oman announced that it will fund the development of the village of Halouf in South Darfur state.
The funds will come in the form of grants, loans, banking facilities, credits and technical assistance. The immediate cash support totaling $177.4 million of which Qatar contributing $88.5 million.
The outcome accounts for barely half of the $7.2 billion target which were to be used over the next six years which comes despite wide participation by regional and international.
A United Nations source, who preferred to remain anonymous, told to the German Press Agency (DPA) that rich nations disappointed by refraining from making meaningful pledges.
“The outcome of the conference is disappointing…..Big and rich countries led by the United States and Japan did not offer anything and contributions from the wealthy Arab states such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE were nominal” the UN official said.
“Raising less than $1 billion reflects absence of political will on the part of the donor countries. There was no significant contribution other than the Qatari’s” the official added.
But Jorg Kuhnel, head of communication of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Sudan, told Doha-based Gulf Times that more commitments are expected in the future noting the long term aspect of the strategy.
“The conference doesn’t need to raise the $7.2bn today” Kuhnel said. He went on to say that pledges were enough to start the “foundational and short-term activities” in Darfur.
“What we need to raise is sufficient funds to start implementation and to build credibility of the process. And this we have already achieved at this stage,” the UNDP official said.
The European Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said that the EU had serious concerns over the Darfur situation.
“The EU is firmly committed to bringing durable peace to the people of Darfur. However, we remain deeply concerned about the slow implementation of the DDPD, rising insecurity in parts of Darfur and restrictions on access for aid. We hope that all parties to the conflict will take this opportunity to choose political dialogue over armed confrontation”, Piebalgs said.
“We call on the Sudanese government and all parties involved to sustain their efforts to improve the environment in which aid workers operate and fully implement the DDPD to enable a new momentum on development”, he added.
Participants in the IDCRDD agreed that Darfur development strategy should be the basis for gradual shift from a policy based on providing humanitarian aid to supporting development in the region.
The statement pointed out that participating countries and organizations have adopted the strategy as springboard for recovery, reconstruction and development in the Darfur during a six-year period.
A monitoring mechanism characterized by transparency, accountability, competence, and flexibility would be set up to manage the funding necessary to implement the strategy.
The DDPD was signed on 14 July 2011 by the Sudanese government and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) led by al-Tijani al-Sissi. Also on 6 April the peace framework agreement was formally inked by a splinter group from the Justice and Equality Movement led by Mohamed Bashar .
The two factions of the Sudan Liberation Movement of Abdel-Wahid Nur (SLM-AW) and
Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM), and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) refused to sign the accord and remain at war with Khartoum.
The holdout rebel groups describe the DDPD as “partial solution” and demand a holistic approach for the Sudanese problem. In November 2011, they founded with the Sudan people’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) an alliance, calling to topple the regime by all means.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the conflict in Sudan’s troubled western region, where ongoing violence continues to take a terrible human toll.
The United Nations has estimated that around 300,000 people have died during the conflict in Darfur, while some 2 million people have been displaced. Khartoum puts the death toll at 10,000.
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