Qatar pledges US$ 500 million to help rehabilitate Darfur

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Qatar has pledged to provide US$ 500 million for the rehabilitation of War-fatigued region of Darfur of western Sudan, out of the total sum of US$ 7.5 billion estimated to bring the area out of its current state of misery.

Quoting the official Sudanese News Agency (SUNA), PANA reported that this indication was given at a two-day conference in Doha, under the patronage of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, attended by over 40 representatives of governments and international organizations.

The conference is discussing ways to help the region amass US$ 7.5 billion needed to rehabilitate the region and provide badly-needed basic services, including water, education and development projects.

The rehabilitation, experts said, will stave off frictions among the various ethnic groups who will be compensated for the losses incurred during 10 years of civil strife.

Reporting from the Qatari capital, Doha, SUNA said Qatar has also set aside US$ 1 billion for the establishment of The Darfur Development Bank.

Paper works and construction of the edifice in the region began in 2010.

The Qatari pledge was announced by the Qatari State Minister for Cabinet affairs, Ahmed Bin Abdallah Al-Mahmud.

The conference is devoted to lure donors and the German government, for instance, has committed to pay 60 million Euros while the United Kingdom pledged to provide US$ 16.5 million over three years.

These are to help build the capacity of Darfurians in agriculture and husbandry domains, the participants said.  
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08 april 2013 16:29:09

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