The study was commissioned by the South African Embassy in Sudan, in the context of diagnosing and enhancing trade between the Government of Sudan (GoS) and the Government of South Africa for the benefit of the two countries. The ultimate purpose of this study is to strengthen the national machinery responsible for trade and development in the two African countries and to provide guidance for the successful implementation and monitoring of trade interests between the two countries. A second objective of the study is to encourage Sudan and South Africa to bring the commodities and services issue back on top of their common trade agenda to exploit the vast untapped trade and investment opportunities that exist in both countries.
Specifically, the study set out to: Review the trade policy regimes of both countries; comprehensively identify core trade issues and bottlenecks and recommend relevant measures that will contribute to enhancing bilateral trade and thereby promoting regional trade integration; Identify tariff and nontariff barriers to trade including transportation, banking, exchange rate, Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) and other non specific barriers; Collect existing and available relevant data and literature on the above trade issues including imports, exports of both countries; Provide, to the extent possible, the prices of group products to address price competitiveness of exports and imports;
In conducting the study, Unicons experts recovered and reviewed an extensive literature including but not limited to bilateral trade between Sudan and South Africa. This was utilized to identify areas of interest to both countries and to put the study in the global context of trade. Targeting the relevant bodies in Sudan, unstructured, semi structured and structured questionnaires were designed carefully to consider the different diversities and varieties of the people being interviewed. Stakeholders were given the option to express themselves in Arabic and English in a way that should not affect their positions or property and legal right (trade secrets, political manipulation, misuse, etc..). Confidentiality was assured by the fact that the information is to be strictly used for the purpose of the study and with the aim of enhancing and improving trade facilitation between Sudan and South Africa.