This investment below is from a Sudanese private firm DAL group in Northern state, near Wadi Halfa on Egyptian frontier
DAL Group Private Plane Wheat
Water Pumps Tractor
There are over 200 million feddans of arable land available in Sudan.
Investment in foreign farms is not new. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 foreign investors rushed to snap up former state-owned and collective farms. Before that there were famous—indeed notorious—examples of European attempts to set up flagship farms in ex-colonies, such as Britain’s ill-fated attempt in the 1940s to turn tracts of southern Tanzania into a limitless peanut prairie (the southern Tanganyika groundnut scheme). The phrase “banana republics” originally referred to servile dictatorships running countries whose economies were dominated by foreign-owned fruit plantations.
But several things about the current fashion are new. One is its scale. A big land deal used to be around 100,000 hectares (240,000 acres). Now the largest ones are many times that. In Sudan alone, South Korea has signed deals for 690,000 hectares, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 400,000 hectares and Egypt has secured a similar deal to grow wheat. An official in Sudan says his country will set aside for Arab governments roughly a fifth of the cultivated land in Africa’s largest country (traditionally known as the breadbasket of the Arab world).
It is not just Gulf states that are buying up farms. China secured the right to grow palm oil for biofuel on 2.8m hectares of Congo, which would be the world’s largest palm-oil plantation. It is negotiating to grow biofuels on 2m hectares in Zambia, a country where Chinese farms are said to produce a quarter of the eggs sold in the capital, Lusaka. According to one estimate, 1m Chinese farm labourers will be working in Africa this year, a number one African leader called “catastrophic”.
This is a list of the top Sudanese Companies, along with their logos and a brief description with a link to their website if available. Many of these companies have an international or continental presence, while some are conglomerates with many smaller companies under their ownership which we will try to list.
- DAl Group- A Sudanese Conglomerate that owns AL Sunut, the developers behind the AL Mogran Central Business District. They also own SAYGA Flower Mills, DAL Motors, Blue Nile Dairy, Sudanese Liquid Air, Sudanese Tractor Co, and many other companies. http://www.dalgroup.com/
- Giad- Headquartered in Giad Center, Khartoum State, this company owns Giad industrial city, where all the cars, trucks, and tractors that they make are manufactured. They also produce wires, steel rebars and other industrial products. http://www.sudanmaster.com/ and http://www.giadmotor.sd/
- Safat Aviation co.- creators of the first 100% Sudanese manufactured airplane, and helicopter. Their main manufacturing center is the Safat Aviation Complex in the Khartoum Suburbs. http://safatavia.com/
- National Telecommunications Corporation- As it’s name suggest, this corporation is the leading authority in Sudanese Telecommunications. The NTC Tower, featured in a past post, is where they are headquartered.
- Sudan Airways-Despite a less than average safety record, Sudan Airways is the leading airways in Sudan and one of the only international airlines based in Sudan. Operates out of Khartoum International Airport. http://sudanair.com/
DAL Group logo and Safat Aviation Logo not available
July 13, 2009 (PARIS) — The Sudanese government managed to buy an unknown number of WS-2 multi-launch rocket systems from China, according to Kanwa Defense Review Monthly magazine.
This is the first time this system is exported by China to any country, the Defense magazine reported adding that Sudan now is in possession of the “most powerful long-range attack system” in the African continent.
The multi-launch rocket systems was never shown in any of the country’s military parades.
The report comes as the Sudanese defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein started today an official visit to China.
“The two countries have witnessed fruitful cooperation in such areas as politics, economy and culture since the establishment of diplomatic ties 50 years ago,” the Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie said after talks with Hussein.
Chinese state media made no mention of any proposed defense contracts between the two countries.
Kanwa Defense Review Monthly could not verify when Sudan received the WS-2 rocket systems but that several African delegates at the Abu-Dhabi International Defense Exhibition and Conference 2009 confirmed the sale.
Furthermore, sources told the magazine that the system’s effective range was upgraded to 200 km with enhanced accuracy and reduced launch time. The system’s warhead weighs 200 kilograms and it uses four types of ammunition.
The UN Security Council (UNSC) imposed an arms embargo that covers Sudan’s Western region of Darfur.
Human rights groups frequently accused China of supplying arms to Sudan for use in Darfur, in breach of a UN arms embargo and produced photographs of Chinese weapons in Darfur.
But Beijing insists that any weapons sales made to Sudan are not in breach of any UNSC resolutions.
Pakistani Company to Establish 300 million dollar Cement Factory’s in Nahr Al-Nil State (SudanMediaCenter)
Minister for Industry Dr. Jalal Yousuf Al-Degair has commended the advanced Sudanese-Pakistani economic and industrial relations. The Minister who received at his office Monday a delegation of the Pakistani Best Day Company, a company specialized in the production and marketing of cement, affirmed that Sudan’,s doors are open before foreign investments in the field of cement manufacturing, which is now witnessing successive prosperity and growth. The Minister has explained that his ministry plans to produce 30 million tons of cement to meet national projects needs and the construction leap which are now covering the entire country. The Pakstani embassy Commerce Consul in Khartoum Faisal Iqbal, for his part, asserted the Best Day Company desire to establish a cement factory in Nahrel-Nil State for production of 450,000 tons of cement a year at capital of 300 million dollars, explaining that the feasibility study of the project had completed.
Rehabilitation of Track Khartoum – port Sudan
800 Klm length
Owner : Sudan Railways Corp.
Financial : Giad Tractor Agricultural Equipment Co.
Contractors : Project Implementation Unit (Joint Venture between SRC & GIAD)
Consultant : Sudan Railways Corp. (Project Department)
Duration : 2 years
Aids of Project: up grading of track components along the line
Khartoum – Port Sudan 800 km long – this upgrading lead to increase
the maximum speed from 40 km/hr to the average max speed 60-80 km/hr
Rehabilitation of track line Babanousa/Nayala
Phase(1) babanousa/Eldaien 130km
Owner : Sudan Railways Corporation
Financial : Giad for tractor & agricultural equipments Co.
Contractor: projects implementation unit
(Joint venture between (SRC & Giad))
Consultant: Sudan Railways Corporation
Cost of project: US$ 120,000,000
Duration of project: (2 years)
All pictures from http://safatavia.com/
Safat -01 Safat Helicoppter
Safat-03 Aircraft Maintenance
As part of Sudan’s recent development many roads are being built to accommodate the growing number of drivers, and to give Sudan a good image. Most of these roads are being built by European and Asian Companies. Here are some pictures of the new roads.
Here is a video of the Safat-03,Sudan’s first domestically manufactured airplane. It is made at the Safat Aviation Complex in Khartoum State. Video from Ahmed587 of the Skyscrapercity-Khartoum/Omdurman City Gallery.
While searching the internet, I have found many Sudanese bloggers and a list on Drima’s blog (sudanesethinker.com) of Sudanese bloggers. The link to the list is in the links section of this blog. Blogs are a great resource for Sudanese around the world to connect with each other, read about the lives of other Sudanese around the world. Best of all, anyone can make a blog with basic internet skills, dedication to your blog and the time to promote it. Drima’s blog also has many references and blog posts about the Sudanese Blogosphere. Blogging is one of the Internet’s best uses.