Doing Business in Sudan

Business and Economic Overview

Sudan is the 110th largest export economy in the world and the 120th most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI).  The top exports of Sudan are Gold ($1.51b), Crude Petroleum ($720m), Sheep and Goats ($476m), Other Oily Seeds ($458m) and Other Animals ($302m). Its top imports are Wheat ($977m), Refined Petroleum ($718m), Raw Sugar ($425m), Unpackaged Medicaments ($263m) and Cars ($251m).

The top export destinations of Sudan are the United Arab Emirates ($1.71b), China ($611m), Saudi Arabia($600m), India ($426m) and Egypt ($394m). The top import origins are China ($2.34b), the United Arab Emirates ($972m), India ($834m), Saudi Arabia($638m) and Russia ($636m).

Washington lifted 20-year-old trade sanctions on Sudan in October 2017, citing progress on counter-terrorism and humanitarian access however Sudan remained on the list of sponsoring of terrorism.

Businesses face corruption when obtaining public services in Sudan. When it comes to public utilities, businesses are expected to give gifts to obtain an electrical connection and water connection. Obtaining visas, work permits, or similar requests are extremely burdensome, lengthy, and costly to businesses especially for foreign businesses.

The widespread of corruption leads to people not reporting corruption as many find that the officials, they would report corruption to are also be involved in corrupt practices.

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