June 24, 2018
The meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) countries adopted the framework policy document and was signed by the ministers in the city of Mombasa, Kenya.
The document aims to increase the volume of trade exchange between the countries of the region through increasing the number of crossings border and facilitating procedures and customs tariffs.
The Minister of Foreign Trade, Hatem Al-Serr, stressed that Sudan has previously adopted the IGAD countries’ policy of opening border crossings for the flow of border trade with all the neighboring countries of Sudan, including countries that do not have IGAD membership such as Chad.
“The border trade is a key part of the policy of the national reconciliation government and one of the most important outcomes of the national dialogue,” he said after returning from the meeting of the IGAD Ministerial Council of Ministers of Trade hosted by the Kenyan city of Mombasa on 20-22 June 2018.
The meeting provided an opportunity for IGAD countries to discuss the framework policy document to regulate informal trade and security governance across borders. He added that the Mombasa meeting adopted the framework policy document and was signed by the ministers, pointing to the increase in the volume of trade exchange between the countries of the region, Increase the number of crossings, and facilitate procedures and tariffs.
The document also called for enhancing the livelihoods of border communities, achieving human, social and food security, strengthening border security governance and combating illegal cross-border trade.