The West Darfur State in western Sudan signed a border trade agreement with neighboring Chad, with a trading amount worth $800,000.
The signing ceremony took place, according to SUNA, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Trade and Supply.
The border trade agreement aims to find official outlets that could help develop business operations and facilitate all necessary procedures and measures to control smuggling operations.
It also aims to facilitate customs procedures, encouraging traders to invest and discouraging the wasting state resources.
Exchange goods were limited to those that are typically smuggled through the state to neighboring countries, as the state of West Darfur is Sudan’s gateway to West African countries.
The Darfur region, which has suffered from war for a long time, obtained the right to border trade, under central supervision, within the Juba Peace Agreement signed last October, between the Sudanese government and the armed Revolutionary Front factions.
Last May, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok appointed the head of the Sudan Liberation Army, Minni Arko Minawi, as governor of the Darfur region.