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Sudan, a new playground for business
General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan at the international conference for Sudan in Paris, in May 2021. © Jacques Witt/Pool/Abaca/Reuters

Sudan, a new playground for business

The coup led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on 25 October 2021 has stopped Sudan's transition model dead in its tracks. With a military junta in power, international institutions and Western governments have stopped sending aid to Khartoum as they wait for guarantees from the new administration. Yet important economic reforms launched at the end of 2020 have turned Sudan into a new market which banks and multinationals are hoping to conquer. Meanwhile, Moscow, Beijing, Ankara and the Gulf states have been watching these developments from afar, only mildly condemning the regime change which may well work in their favour as they also try to seize opportunities in this new El Dorado.


SUDAN Diplomacy 27/10/2021
From left to right: General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, French President Emmanuel Macron and Sudanese PM Abdalla Hamdok at the International Conference for Sudan, May 2021.
From left to right: General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, French President Emmanuel Macron and Sudanese PM Abdalla Hamdok at the International Conference for Sudan, May 2021. © Jacques Witt/Pool/Abaca/Reuters

Al-Burhan's coup d'état comes at the worst time for Paris 

The 25 October coup by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan occurred just as France had been planning key meetings with Khartoum throughout November. For Paris, like London and Washington, has been trying to get a foothold in Sudan. [...]

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