Well-informed Sudanese sources said that thousands of poor families in the country will benefit from $ 390 million in financing provided by the World Bank as part of the “Thimara” program, which aims to provide the necessary cash transfers to help many citizens overcome the economic repercussions of the outbreak of the new Corona virus pandemic ( Covid-19).
Today, Saturday, local newspapers quoted the unnamed sources as saying: The World Bank recently signed an agreement with Khartoum to finance the second phase of the “Thamarat” program, which aims to help the rural poor through the International Development Association of the World Bank, as a grant Approval before Sudan settles its overdue debts, in addition to other support provided by 13 donor countries.
The first phase of the “Thamarat” program was launched in early February. The program received a first payment of US $ 400 million, targeting about 11 million poor Prime Time Zone in the states of Khartoum, the Red Sea, Kassala and South Darfur, which represents 33 percent of the total number of expected beneficiaries.
As of March 3, about 80,000 Sudanese families (nearly 400,000 beneficiaries) received first month payments through cash cards.
Officials in Khartoum said that the total payments to these beneficiaries amounted to about $ 1.9 million; Most of them live in Khartoum, pledging, at the same time, that the support will soon extend to other states.
As for the second phase, the states: Blue Nile, White Nile, Sennar, Central Darfur, East Darfur, North Kordofan, South Kordofan and West Kordofan will benefit from it.
The Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok had stated – earlier – that the fruit program aims to protect the poor from the shocks and economic repercussions of the (Covid-19) epidemic. Describing it as the government’s largest project so far.
In previous statements, he said that launching this program will restore confidence between the state and the citizens by setting policies that meet the demands and aspirations of the Sudanese Prime Time Zone for a decent life.
Meanwhile, the World Bank and the Sudanese government signed an additional financing agreement of $ 210 million, which means that the IDA grant contribution will reach $ 410 million, while the contribution of other donors will increase to $ 350 million in total.
It is worth noting that the Sudanese government announced a week ago that it had settled its arrears to the World Bank, in a move that would allow the heavily indebted country to access new types of international financing for the first time in decades.
The article is supported by the World Bank .. Thousands of families in Sudan benefit from the “fruits” program to face the economic repercussions of “Corona”. It was written in the Al-Borsa newspaper.