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  • Sudanese citizens will have to wait a bit longer for the relief promised by a recent government evaluation of the country's pound currency.

  • Many are still complaining of rising prices.

  • The central bank weakened the official exchange rate to 375 Sudanese pounds on February 21st.

  • That's close to the black market rate.

  • It was previously £55 to the dollar, but the effects of the changes are yet to be felt by ordinary citizens.

  • One group waited outside of a cartoon bank for hours.

  • Since this morning, it's been a battle here.

  • First, they said it was a problem with liquidity.

  • Then another time they said the system is down and there are so many people.

  • I didn't have time to pray have breakfast because I've been here Waiting.

  • Devaluation is seen as a key step in efforts to alleviate a chronic economic crisis that has plagued a political transition following the April 2019 overthrow of former President Omar al Bashir.

  • But after months of struggle, the long bread queues that have been commonplace in the Sudanese capital since his departure still exist.

  • One bakery.

  • You find us flower but doesn't have gas the other has a gas but has no flour.

  • Out of five or six bakeries in the area, maybe one or two can work, but three of them cannot.

  • That's why you see these cues here.

  • One woman said she could only find gas on the black market.

  • The Sudanese government had taken measures to try to limit price increases after devaluation and introduced a family support projects, providing monthly cash allowances of £5 that are eventually meant to reach 80% of the population.

  • But according to the country's finance minister, these steps are only supposed to cushion the impact of any further inflation.

Sudanese citizens will have to wait a bit longer for the relief promised by a recent government evaluation of the country's pound currency.

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Prices high in Sudan despite currency devaluation

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/03
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