Land crossings between Egypt and Sudan reopened:Abdel Nour
Minster of Trade and Industry Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour - YOUM7/Salah Saied
By RANDA EL-BANNA

CAIRO: Land crossings between Egypt and Sudan will reopen during the upcoming few days to facilitate trade and goods moved to mid African countries and COMYSA to encourage environmental trade between Egypt and Sudan, Minister of Trade Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour said Sunday, MENA reported.

This was announced during the Trade Agreement Sector (TAS) and Ministry of Trade workshop organized by TAS and the Developmental U.N. program for developing land crossings.

The land crossing opening aims to help Arab Countries’ trade, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Sudan, and Iraq to increase the flow of goods between Arab countries to achieve economic integration, Abdel Nour said, according to Al-Ahram Gate.

Members of the World Trade Organization had an agreement to facilitate trade between countries during the Ministerial Conference IX of the World Trade Organization (WTO) held in Bali, Indonesia December 2013. Egypt had a great role in reaching such agreement to save the Doha Development Round of collapse, MENA reported.

This initiative was launched by the Arab League, aiming to increase job opportunities and increase the competitive ability for Arab countries in trade to support the economic growth of Arab Countries, according to Al-Ahram Gate.

Egypt had a role in funding part of the first phase of this initiative and became member of its board of directors. Also a communication point was established at TAS to follow up with implementing the initiative in addition to coordinating with concerned authorities to set a future vision for achieving objectives of the initiatives, according to Al-Ahram Gate.

Abdel Nour said it is expected by the end of the workshop to reach an understanding for facilitating logistic services and improving them through a pilot program that will be applied in Egypt, which will set the first example for Arab countries, MENA added.

Sudanese Minister of Transport Babakr Ahmed Nahar announced that Egypt and Sudan had an agreement to reopen land crossings between Egypt and Sudan on March 17. It would eliminate all obstacles and increase goods exchange between Egypt and Sudan using roads and river transport through the Nile, according to Akhbar Al-Youm news website on March 18.

Nahar discussed mutual transportation problems between Egypt and Sudan and both sides reached agreements to solve these problems during the 18th round of International Conference on Land Transport and Logistics held in Egypt, Akhbar Al-Youm added.

Head of Egyptian Ports authority Gamal Hegazy said there were problems between Sudan and Egypt regarding opening Qastal land crossing that cost 85 million EGP. The problem is Egypt asked Sudan to alter the border line and Sudan agreed but then Egypt asked Sudan to go 12 meters back from Qastal land crossing. This created a problem between the both countries and Hegazy said the Ports Authority referred the case to Nahar for a diplomatic solution, according to Al-Rakoba news website for Sudan’s news on April 13.

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