Last December, Sudanese took to the streets in response to spiraling inflation and shortages of bread, fuel, and other staple goods. Months of watershed protests culminated in the toppling of longstanding president Omar al-Bashir in April, but Sudan’s nascent civilian-led transitional government must still confront the same underlying economic issues that have plagued the country for decades. The lifting of most US sanctions in 2017 expanded opportunities for trade and investment; however, the country’s moribund economy has continued to rely on commodity exports and struggled to implement austerity measures and navigate price shocks, despite generous fiscal injections from the Gulf.


H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Elbadawi
Minister of Finance
Republic of the Sudan

The Hon. Donald E. Booth
Special Envoy for Sudan
US Department of State

H.E. Julian Reilly
Special Envoy for the Red Sea and Horn of Africa
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

H.E. Endre Stiansen
Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Moderated by

Mr. Cameron Hudson
Senior Fellow, Africa Center
Atlantic Council

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