UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Abdalla Hamdok, who was sworn in as prime minister in Sudan on Wednesday evening, is a veteran economist who will have to make every effort to revive the country’s shattered economy.
Hamdouk was born in 1958 and worked in international and regional organizations, especially as Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa.
After studying agricultural economics in Khartoum, he obtained a master’s degree from the University of Manchester in Britain.
The prime minister hails from South Kordofan, a southern state similar to Blue Nile and Darfur, which has been locked in conflict between rebel movements and government forces for years.
Hamdok arrived from Addis Ababa shortly before his inauguration. He was received at the airport by two civilian members of the sovereign council charged with overseeing the government’s work during the transitional period.
“The government’s top priorities are to stop the war, build sustainable peace, work to tackle the grinding economic crisis and build a balanced foreign policy,” he told reporters.
“With the right vision and the right policies, we will be able to face this economic crisis,” Hamdouk said after taking the oath.
He pledged to set up an urgent program to address the shortage of basic commodities plaguing Sudan and its 40 million people.
Demonstrations that erupted last December following the government’s decision to triple the price of bread led to the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir in April after 30 years in power.
In the long term, Hamdouk stresses the need to improve productivity and rebuild the banking sector, which he says has almost collapsed.
His qualifications as an economist seem to be proven, according to his official biography, which was distributed to the media.
This biography notes that Hamdouk “has great credibility with the financing and development institutions in Africa, the International Monetary Fund and the Paris Club” of creditor countries.
He also worked for the African Development Bank. He is said to have developed policies that would have spurred Ethiopia’s rapid economic growth under Meles Zenawi’s government.
For the population, there seems to be some general satisfaction with his appointment, although he did not participate in the protest movement, he lived abroad.
“He has the qualifications we need more than anything else,” said Sumaya Ibrahim, 21, a student at the University of Khartoum.
Hamdouk also has a reputation as a champion of transparency and good governance throughout his career.
In 2018, Bashir appointed him finance minister, but Hamdok refused the post.
He served on the board of the Mohamed Ibrahim Foundation, founded by the Sudanese-British billionaire of the same name to promote good governance in Africa.
As head of the government, scheduled for August 28, Hamdok will seek to draw on his experience in African peace initiatives to end the conflict in Darfur, Kordofan and Blue Nile.
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