On 10 -11 April, Mr. Ryosuke Kuwana, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Mission of Japan, visited Khartoum as the Chairperson of the Working Party on Accession of Sudan to the WTO. Sudan applied for a WTO membership in 1994. After a long dormancy, the process was reactivated in 2016 and Mr. Kuwana was appointed as the Chairperson of the Working Party last July.
During the visit, Chairperson Kuwana, representing the members of the WTO, met relevant authorities of Sudan including First Vice President and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh and Second Vice President Hassabo Mohammed Abdel Rahman as well as the Speaker of the National Assembly Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed Omer. He also discussed with Sudanese representatives from the business sector.
Mr. Kuwana (far left) and Second Vice President With Trade Minister Salah (third from right) and others
Hassabo (next to Mr. Kuwana) and others
Meeting with business representatives Mr. Kuwana having an interview from a local media
Reference: WTO website (https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/acc_e/a1_soudan_e.htm)