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USAID Discusses Cooperation with Sudan

USAID Discusses Cooperation with Sudan

Saturday, 31 July, 2021 - 09:30
Samantha Power, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (File Photo: Reuters)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power will travel to Khartoum next week to enhance the US government's partnership with Sudan's transitional leaders and citizens.


The visit also aims to explore USAID's support for Sudan's transition to a civil-led democracy.


State-owned SUNA news agency stated that Power is visiting Sudan and Ethiopia between July 31 and August 4, days after she held a phone call with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.


During the call, Power discussed the role the organization can play to support Sudan to reintegrate into the global economy.


They also addressed Washington's role in building a peaceful democratic system for all Sudanese.


Power lauded the Sudanese revolution, which led to the remarkable transformation in the country and resulted in a significant development in Sudanese-US relations.


She also showed her agency's support for various joint programs with the transitional government, including efforts to implement the Juba Peace Agreement and the return of displaced people and refugees.


In Khartoum, Power is expected to discuss Sudan's involvement in the US energy and renewable energy project known as "Power Africa."


USAID shipped 87,000 metric tons of wheat which unloaded Friday in Port Sudan as part of $284-million-worth of aid provided to Khartoum.


The Power Africa project was established several years ago to produce electricity for the African continent. It is led by the USAID in partnership with private and public sectors and aims to enhance development efforts in the continent.


The project seeks to provide 30,000 megawatts of electric power by 2030, covering the needs of 60 million new electricity connections, aiming to reach about 300 million Africans.


Meanwhile, a US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) delegation arrived last week and held meetings to exchange expertise with the competent Sudanese authorities.


The visiting delegation discussed ways and areas of cooperation in the field of forensic evidence.


The Director of the General Department of Criminal Evidence, Maj. Gen. Haider Mohamed Sayed Ahmed, received the Regional Legal Attaché, Deb Shoemaker, and Deputy Regional Legal Attaché Jim Tongan.


The General Department of Criminal Evidence briefed the FBI delegation on its technical work and the role of the General Department of Criminal Evidence.


The two sides discussed ways for developing cooperation between the FBI and the General Department of Criminal Evidence.


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