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Finance Minister: A revision of the customs exchange rate, within overall economic reform policies

Khartoum, 2 Jan. (SUNA)- The Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Badr Eddin Mahmoud, has underlined the important role played by the Customs Authority in contributing and protecting the country's production against smuggling, preventing narcotics infiltration.

The minister told a celebration marking Sudan's national day, which was organized by the Customs Authority in the presence of numerous officials, that efforts should be concerted to increase revenues and to stave off any attempts of border smuggling that hugely impacts the country's economy, calling on the authority to expand their forces and manpower in order to increase the income and avoid any smuggling while at the same time observing the smooth flow of goods and commodities.

The minister said within the context of the economic reform to revise the customs rate of exchange, in coordination with the ministries of trade and that of investment as well as the Bank of Sudan. He said the overall objective is to increase and strengthen the exports revenues, increase the confidence between the various bodies, through exchange of information and close monitoring.

The minister commended the customs authority and its staffers for their stand in protection of the various ports and the gains of the home land as well as their endeavors and efforts to protect the Sudan national economic, promising that all requirement for the authority will be provided so that they would be able to go ahead with their role of protecting the countries inlet and preventing smuggling.

The head of the Customs Authority, Gen Abdul Hafeez Salih, has meanwhile stressed that they would spare no efforts in discharging their duties and working to realize the aspirations of the Sudanese people.