Islamic Development Bank grants $63.3 million to Sudan

Updated 09 April 2018
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Islamic Development Bank grants $63.3 million to Sudan

  • IDB agreed to lend Tunisia $185 million
  • IDB is a Jeddah-based multilateral development financing institution
JEDDAH: A grant agreement worth $63.3 million for the establishment of facilities and services in South Darfur, Western Sudan, was signed by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in Tunis on Saturday.
Fluctuations on the foreign currency black market forced the Sudanese central bank to twice devalue the pound since January.
The pound hit an all-time low in January when it was selling for between 43 and 45 to the dollar.
Earlier this month, the IDB agreed to lend Tunisia $185 million to finance developments including an electricity project, an official told Reuters.
The bank agreed to finance an electricity link worth $150, as well as the construction of hospitals in Kasserine and Kef worth $34 million.
Founded in 1973, the IDB is a Jeddah-based multilateral development financing institution. It began its activities in 1975. The present membership of the bank consists of 57 countries.
The IDB is engaged in a wide range of specialized and integrated activities such as project financing in the public and private sectors; and boosting economic and trade cooperation among member countries.


Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

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Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.