Need some Sudan Information!?
Can someone please provide me not a link, but some information on the country of Sudan. What i need is its friends, enemies, recources, major trading partners and products, Agricultural production and products, Transportation, Economic situation (GDP, GDP per capita, etc.) Current politcs, population trends, and problems and weaknesses.
If anyone could provide me with this information i would be willing to pay you back! Thank you!
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Sudan, one of Africa 's poorest countries, is a predominantly agriculture economy although the development of the oil-export industry has led to substantial shifts in the economic structure. Estimates for 2003 indicate that the services sector is the leading contributing sector to Sudan 's GDP. Services contribute 41% to the GDP, agriculture 38.7%, and industry 20.3%.
With more than half of the state budget devoted to the war effort, economic development is inhibi ted by the country's security situation, the severe shortage of foreign exchange, inadequate infrastructure and exorbitant debt. The national economy has, however, begun to show recovery symptoms. Sudan 's GDP grew by 6% in 1999 and inflation dropped sharply to 16% after peaking at 166% in 1996. By 2004 the inflation rate was down to 8.8%. The GDP real growth rate for 2004 was 5.9%. The growth is attributed to oil, which has boosted state income since exports began in mid-1999, and to the new programme of IMF reforms started in 1997. Nevertheless, oil exports that now account for about some 70% of export earnings (77% in the first quarter of 2001), are unlikely to boost the economy significantly unless the civil war can be ended. GDP growth, driven by developments in the oil sector, is expected to remain strong in the next few years. Furthermore, there are risks to entering the international market as control of natural resources is one of the key issues in the civil war.
Agriculture, which contributes 38.7% of GDP (2003) and employs some 80% of the population (1998), remains the most important sector, cotton and sesame being the main generators of export earnings. It is highly vulnerable to climatic conditions and subject to volatile commodity prices.
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