Finance - Sudanese govt. gives lifeline to Darfur Regional Authority - The Sudanese government has given the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) 800 million Sudanese pounds (about US$ 130 million) as its commitment to efforts to remove the obstacles militating against the implementation of an agreement reached between it and groups of Darfur Rebel movement.
The agreement, under the auspices of the African Union–United Nations, and the Qatar government, was reached in 2011.
PANA reports that on Thursday, the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) received from the Sudanese Ministry of Finance a letter of credit for the money as a commitment by the Government in accordance with the 2011 Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).
Finance Minister Ali Mahmoud handed over the letter of credit to the DRA Chairman, Dr. Tigani Sese, at a ceremony attended by Senior Finance Ministry officials and a representative of the National Bank of Omdurman (NBO).
The Minister told reporters that all technical arrangements with the NBO has been agreed on to enable the Authority to immediately withdraw from the fund.
The Qatari government has promised hundreds of million of dollars to hasten the implementation of the agreement it has invested so much political leverage on since 2011.
The DRA has been complaining of lack of funds and failure of Khartoum to deliver on money issues, thereby making the agreement mere ink on paper, and failure looming in the air, as the case with previous AU-brokered agreements in Abuja, Nigeria and Ndjamena, Chad.
The Darfur Authority has yet to comment on the way the money would be used.