France and Sudan
Visits to Paris:
Visit by the Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Karti, in February 2013; by Abdelmahmood Abdelhaleem Mohamad, Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during the Franco-Sudanese bilateral consultations of February 2014; by Ahmed Mohamed Sadiq Al Karouri, Minister of Minerals, for the Franco-Sudanese economic encounters organized by MEDEF International in May 2015.
Visits to Sudan:
Visit by Mr Rémy Rioux, Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, for the Franco-Sudanese bilateral consultations in March 2014.
Sudan is France’s third-largest trade partner in East Africa, behind Kenya and Ethiopia. French companies are present mostly in the agricultural sector (gum arabic) and in the pharmaceutical, oil and logistics industries.
Economic relations between France and Sudan are constrained by American sanctions.
We have long-standing scientific cooperation, drawing on multiple partnerships between Sudanese and French research institutes and universities, including in agronomy, the establishment in Khartoum in 1993 of the Centre for Social, Judicial and Economic Documentation and Study (CEDEJ), and the creation in 1969 of the French Section of the Sudanese Directorate of Antiquities (SFDAS), a Franco-Sudanese archaeological research institute.
Significant academic cooperation has been developed, and France is the leading destination for Sudanese students. It is supported by a number of schemes, including mobility grants, the signing in February 2013 of a declaration of intent on academic and scientific cooperation, the launch of several inter-university cooperation projects, the creation of co-supervision grants, and the University Agency for Francophonie (AUF) membership of Sudanese universities.
France has an active cultural and educational network in Sudan, first and foremost with the Institut français (French Institute) of Khartoum, but also with a network of Alliance française branches (Al-Ubayyid, Wad Madani and Port-Sudan) and Franco-Sudanese centres (Dalang, Rufaa and Nyala), as well as the French school in Khartoum, which has been under contract with the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) since 1990. French is a compulsory subject in secondary schools for students in literary subject combinations, and attracts many students.
France finances several humanitarian and development projects to secure the food situation and protect minors in conflict areas and support civil society organizations, as well as Agence française de développement (AFD, French Development Agency) support for the gum arabic sector.
Website of the French Embassy in Sudan : www.ambafrance-sd.org
French Section of the Sudanese Directorate of Antiquities (SFDAS) : www.sfdas.com
Sudanese outpost of the Centre for Social, Judicial and Economic Documentation and Study (CEDEJ): http://www.cedej-eg.org/spip.php?rubrique65