Economic Cooperation and Trade - Sudan

Economic cooperation and trade

Finding solutions together

The Netherlands has been active in supporting the productive sector in Sudan. In the previous years, many private companies benefited from the Dutch Private Sector Investment (PSI) program which aimed to stimulate growth, create employment opportunities and generate income. True examples for this approach are the projects of Samil, Komnut and FOGA. Samil factory in El- Daein, East Darfur produces nutritional products intended to combat the various forms of malnutrition encountered in developing countries with special emphasis Sudan and other neighboring African countries.

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The Netherlands also supports the Sudanese young entrepreneurs through the Orange Corners Sudan program, implemented by 249Startups. The program aims to support an enabling entrepreneurial climate, as well as providing incubation for young entrepreneurs transforming their smart ideas into sustainable businesses.

Fund for Youth Employment

In 2021, Sudan became eligible for the Dutch Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE). CFYE is a program that aims to create a prosperous future for 200,000 young women and men in the Middle East, North Africa, Sahel & West Africa and Horn of Africa. Following a call for proposals, Sudanese private entities submitted their projects to be evaluated against the project requirements.


Komnut Peanuts Processing Factory that currently is under construction will add value to the peanut value-chain in Sudan through modern processing that enables company to export high quality, aflatoxin-free products to the international markets and provide small holder farmers with better prices, proper training and know-how.  


FOGA established two Gum Arabic processing factories, one for cleaning and sorting in South Darfur, and the other for spray drying in Gazira State. FOGA was partially funded by PSI. Using a holistic approach that covers the whole value chain from the collection know-how to the global marketing of high-quality products, FOGA breaks a historical circle of resource under-utilization and exploitation of smallholder farmers. 


The Netherlands encourages trade relations with Sudan. The Embassy of the Netherlands regularly participates in the Khartoum International Trade Fair. In 2021, besides its presence as part of the European Union pavilion, the Netherlands had a separate pavilion that included six participating companies that specialize in agriculture, seeds and water management equipment.