Sino-Sudanese partnership attains many gains in Red Sea State

19:09, January 28, 2011      

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On the far borders of east Sudan and on the Red Sea coasts there are many construction and service projects that stand as evidence of the great benefits from the standing cooperation between Sudan and China in different fields.

From the modernization of Port Sudan harbor to the city's water supply project and the liquid air project, the economic partnership between Khartoum and Beijing has achieved many gains and contributed to the supply of necessary services for the Red Sea population.

"We in the Red Sea State are picking the fruits of the great progress in the Sino-Sudanese relations where Chinese companies have implemented many development projects in the state," Salah Siral-Khatim, Acting Governor of the Red Sea State, told Xinhua.

"The Chinese companies, in accordance with the partnership with the Sudanese Sea Ports Authority, have brought and installed one bridge crane and eight other rubber ones which have greatly contributed to the movement of loading and unloading of the commodities at the harbor," he added.

He said there was a plan, which would be implemented in cooperation with some Chinese companies and continue till 2020, for developing the ports on the Red Sea.

"The plan consists of a number of stages concerning Port Sudan harbor, the northern home port, the green area and the old and modern Sawakin area," he said.

"There are also a number of projects that will be implemented including deepening of the home ports, increasing the platforms, modernizing the loading and delivery equipment and computerizing the clearance procedures," he added.

Regarding the water supply projects for citizens in the state, the acting governor said that "there are great efforts being exerted by the implementing Chinese companies of the project of transferring water from the Nile to Port Sudan city. The work is progressing satisfactorily."

"We are greatly relying on the Chinese expertise in this vital project as Port Sudan city is suffering from a lack of drinking water, and this project, when completed, will be the decisive solution for the city's water issue," he added.

Siral-Khatim also reiterated the keenness of the Red Sea state government to encourage investment and to enhance tourism. "We are looking forward to an active partnership with China to develop the tourism industry in the Red Sea state as it enjoys many tourist resources," he said.

"We are planning to establish some tourist villages along the coast of the Red Sea and support the tourist sector in the state. We hope China would play a considerable role in this respect," he said.

He further stressed the importance of establishing profit- earning production projects in the state, saying that "we hope the partnership with China would tend towards establishment of profit- earning production projects of high production benefits to increase the level of the citizens' living standard."

"We also hope that this partnership would engage in indigenizing the industry in the state with the focus on fish farming as all necessary materials are available. We are also planning agricultural projects to utilize the Chinese expertise in this domain," he said.

The governor praised China's stances in support of Sudan's stability and development.

"The Sino-Sudanese relations have witnessed great development due to the will and wisdom of the two countries' leadership," he said.

Lying on the middle of the western cost of the Red Sea, some 1, 200 km to the northeast of Khartoum and some 260 km southwest of Jeddah, the Port Sudan harbor also serves the transit trade for many African countries such as Ethiopia, Chad and Central Africa Republic and is linked with Kenya, Uganda, Congo and Egypt.

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