Sudan's Minister of State for Transport, Roads and Bridges, Ibrahim Yousef Banj, has praised Qatar's role in developing Sudan's Red Sea ports in the east of the country through the strategic partnership between the two countries, making Sudan a vital anchor for the global economy.
In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA), Banj said that Qatar is implementing large development projects worth $4bn to modernise the port of Sawakin.
He pointed out that Sudanese-Qatari discussions provide an excellent model for bilateral co-operation.
He added that this vital project will enable Khartoum to make optimum use of the preferential features enjoyed by the Sudanese ports on the Red Sea.
The Qatari project includes an integrated vision of container and passenger ports and the link with neighbouring countries, as well as providing job opportunities.
He pointed out that Sudan has benefited greatly from Qatar's advanced experiences in this field and will benefit more from the modernisation of the Red Sea coastal region, especially as Sudan borders Chad, Central Africa, Ethiopia and South Sudan, which are landlocked and do not have ports.
The Qatari project is expected to transform Sudanese ports into a global economic outlet for all vessels in the Red Sea.