The plan, which comes as Sudan became the first country to complete UNCTAD's Empowerment Programme for National Trade Facilitation Committees, aims to both boost GDP and improve the county's standing in international logistics rankings: Sudan placed 184 out of 189 countries in the World Bank's Trading Across Borders index in 2016.
The plan includes making it easier for Sudan to trade 10 key products representing almost half of Sudan's exports. The value of these exports was worth more than $1.5 billion in 2015.
TOP 10 KEY PRODUCTS OF SUDANESE EXPORTS
- Gum Arabic
- Hibiscus Flower
- Senna Pods
- Vegetables and Fruits
- Hides and Skins
The 31 actions included in the National Trade Facilitation Roadmap 2017-2021 were drafted with the assistance of UNCTAD.
Although not a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Sudan intends to use the roadmap as a way of implementing at least 70% of the measures included in the WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement which aims to streamline cross-border trade around the world.
"I have this image of 2011," the chairman of the Sudan Working Group on Trade Facilitation, Brigadier Ali Giddo Adam, said.