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Reviews Sudan: historic memorandum of understanding with General Electric

18:05  17 october  2020
18:05  17 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The Sudanese government signed a memorandum of understanding with General Electric on Thursday aimed at increasing power generation by up to 470 megawatts, as Sudan struggles to emerge from an economic crisis and long isolation. Emer McCarthy reports.

A memorandum of understanding or MOU is a type of agreement. It’s a nonbinding agreement between 2 parties or more. An MOU template contains an outline of the details and terms of the agreement. It would also include the requirements and responsibilities of each party.

La ministre des finances par intérim du Soudan, Heba Mohammed Ali, avec Mai Abdelhalim, de General Electric, le 15 octobre 2020. © REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah The interim finance minister of Sudan, Heba Mohammed Ali, with Mai Abdelhalim, of General Electric, on October 15, 2020.

Sudan has signed Thursday a “historic” memorandum of understanding with General Electric, the American group of electricity production. The deal comes after decades of US sanctions, with Sudan since 1993 on the US blacklist of countries that support terrorism. Between 1992 and 1996, the Sudanese dictator Omar-al-Bashir, had indeed welcomed the leader of the jihadist group al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden.

"We have not seen an interaction between such an important company and Sudan for almost thirty years". Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said in a statement released by the official Suna news agency.

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On November 15, 2010, the National Organization for Victim Assistance signed a historical Memorandum of Understanding with the Korean Crime Victim Support

History . Foreign Relations of the United States. Memorandum of understanding signed at Washington, Paris, and Bristol April 7 and 30 and May 6, 2004; entered into force May 6, 2004.

The memorandum of understanding with General Electric is expected to provide an additional 470 megawatts of electricity to cover the consumption of approximately 600,000 homes. For this, three plants will have to be rehabilitated.

Currently, 67% of the 42 million people in Sudan live without electricity. And those who have access to them often have power cuts that can last up to six hours.

An important step for the economy of Sudan

This agreement should therefore help "to meet energy and health needs across Sudan" welcomed Mai Abdelhalim, general manager for North-East Africa at General Electric.

This project between Khartoum and General Electric is an important first step for the stricken economy of Sudan whose inflation reached 212% in September over one year, a record.

In an attempt to lift American sanctions and encourage investment, the transitional government in power, since the fall of Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, has agreed to pay the indemnities claimed by the Americans from the victims of attacks in several African countries, attacks blamed on Sudan.

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