Her Excellency Ms. Sanaa Albideen El Shafie, DG, SSMO signed the cooperation MoU at SSMO Head Office on 25.2.2021. Indian Ambassador to Sudan, H.E. Ravindra P. Jaiswal signed on behalf of BIS. The two organizations have decided to cooperate and share experiences in the areas of setting up quality standards and assessment procedures to ensure the quality. This will help in providing safe reliable quality goods; minimizing health hazards to consumers; promoting exports and imports substitute; and control over proliferation of poor varieties etc. through standardization, certification and testing.
DG (SSMO) in her remarks, hailed BIS expertise and international reputation, and pointed out that SSMO has already been using the Indian standards formulated by BIS and they are compatible with the Sudanese requirements and culture. She further said that the signing of the MoU will open door for further cooperation between the two organizations. Earlier, during bilateral discussions, DG (SSMO) pointed out that SSMO is keen to adopt many of the 20000 Indian standards being offered by BIS free of cost to the LDCs. SSMO also decided to take advantage of the various training programmes offered by BIS under Government of India scholarship schemes.
India is a significant trade partner of Sudan. The annual bilateral trade between the two countries is more than US$ 1.5 billion. Indian goods, machineries, chemicals, pharmaceuticals etc. meet the international standard including the standards set by the SSMO.
Capacity building in socio-economic and human resources fields is one of the main objectives of India’s policy towards Sudan. In the last financial year 2019-2020, more than 300 Sudanese officials/students have gone to India for training courses and higher education under GoI’s various scholarship prgrammes. To counter COVID-19, we are sharing best practices and organising online training courses for foreign doctors including Sudanese, also general training courses.