The Minister of Industry, Abdul Wahid Youssef Ibrahim confirmed that he and the Ministry are interested in developing the printing and packaging industry. The Minister stressed during his meeting with the printing and packaging chamber about the need to update the presses, to develop modern technologies and to take advantage of resources available in neighbouring countries and to move ahead in this field.
The minister talked about the possibilities of providing consumables to printing presses at affordable prices. He said that the ministry will achieve this by monitoring and visiting printing presses, and thereby find out the possibilities of this sector and its needs. He added that the ministry will push for the development of the printing and packaging industry in order to create an industrial boom in the country.
Bilal Yusuf, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry said that the printing and packaging sector is one of the most important sectors, which helps in promoting and developing industrial exports.
He praised the ministry’s effort to exempt the consumables used in printing and packaging from tax charges. On the same note, the head of the Chamber of Printing and Packaging, Abdullah Tayeb Hadi also praised the role of the Ministry of Industry in supporting the printing and packaging sector. He talked about the need to reduce the cost of electricity in the industrial sector to achieve technological and economic progress in the printing and packaging sector.
The history of Sudan is plagued by wars between rival groups. Peace talks between the southern rebels and the government made substantial progress in 2003 and early 2004. The peace was consolidated with the official signing by both sides of the Nairobi Comprehensive Peace Agreement on 9 January 2005, granting Southern Sudan autonomy for six years, to be followed by a referendum about independence. Southern region became independent on 9 July 2011, with the name of South Sudan.