Details of the suspicious burlap deal imported to the Government of Sudan from Bangladesh

Khartoum: Pulse News

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry issued a clarification on the circulation of social media posts regarding the import of burlap sacks from Bangladesh.

The clarification stated that the Ministry of Agriculture monitored, in the past two days, the circulation of a post on social media related to the import of sacks, for the agricultural season 2020-2021 AD, in which it was stated by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture that “Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Hamdouk intervened and stopped an agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Bangladeshi government for the supply of burlap This is an incorrect statement and was not authorized by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture.

In order to raise the values ​​of transparency and commitment to the public opinion’s ownership of the facts, the Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Agriculture to clarify all the details related to this matter. Accordingly, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry would like to clarify that on October 11, 2020, the Minister of Agriculture in charge at the time sent a letter to the Bangladeshi government – the attached letter – asking to continue In a previous contract signed in 2017 in favor of Golden Fiber Trading Company as an agent for the Bangladeshi Textile Factories Corporation – according to the previous contract – to supply burlap to the Government of Sudan.

The content of the letter means the monopoly on the supply of burlap to the Folden Fiber Trading Company, according to what is applicable in the previous contract signed in 2017.

The Minister of Agriculture in charge of the procurement and contracting law did not abide by the procurement and contracting law, as the supply of burlap requires a bidding procedure, in addition to bypassing the Agricultural Bank responsible for agricultural inputs in Sudan, and also bypassing the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, which is authorized to supervise government procurement and contracting procedures.

In addition to what was mentioned, it was later revealed that the aforementioned company, Golden Fiber Trading, was linked to practices that led the Empowerment Dismantling Committee to issue a decision to stop dealing with it.

Accordingly, the Prime Minister summoned Mr. Abdullah Hamdok, the Minister of Agriculture in charge of the day after sending the letter to clarify about sending the letter in this format, and the Minister of Agriculture at the time did not provide any sufficient explanations and payments to issue this letter. Therefore, the Prime Minister directed the Minister of Agriculture in charge of issuing a decision denying the letter he sent to the Bangladeshi government For the monopoly of the burlap merchandise for the Golden Fiber Trading Company, and this is what happened.

In conclusion, this clarification comes within the framework of the commitment of the transitional revolution government to the utmost transparency in managing the affairs of the state.

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