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The scramble for Sudan
Sudanese President Abdel Fatah Al Burhan at the international conference for Sudan in Paris, in May 2021. © Jacques Witt/Pool/Abaca/Reuters

The scramble for Sudan

Deprived of Western goods and services for over twenty years, Sudan was re-admitted into the international financial community in late 2020, opening up whole new opportunities for western multinationals and banks. Washington, London and Paris are using every available lever to plug their business communities into this new Eldorado: writing off debt, lobbying the boards of the IMF and World Bank, funding consultants and deploying specialists.

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