Bank of Sudan

Bank of Sudan

Bank of Sudan is the central bank of the Sudan. The bank was formed in 1960, four years after Sudan's independence. It is located in Khartoum and its governor is currently Sabir Mohammed Hassan.


When Sudan achieved independence in 1956, the creation of a central bank was a priority. A 3-man commission of experts from the American central bank, the Federal Reserve, worked with Sudanese government and financial people to create the Law of the Bank of Sudan for 1959, and in 1960 the Bank of Sudan began operations. To establish the bank, the Sudanese government nationalized the National Bank of Egypt's operations in the Sudan (some seven branches), and combined them with the Sudanese currency board.

In addition to the regular duties of a central bank, which may include minting coins and issuing banknotes, managing a country's internal and external accounting, and setting monetary policy and interest rates, Sudan's central bank also has responsibilities to implement Islamic banking law.

In 1965, Bank of Sudan and Crédit Lyonnais formed a joint-venture bank name Al/An/El Nilein Bank (Nile Bank). Crédit Lyonnais contributed the two branches it had developed since it first entered Sudan in 1953. Bank of Sudan took 60 percent of the shares in Nilein Bank, and Crédit Lyonnais took 40 percent.

In 1970, the Sudanese government nationalized all the banks in the Sudan, changed the names of several, and put them under the Bank of Sudan. Barclays Bank, which had an extensive network of 24 branches, became the State Bank of Foreign Trade, and then Bank of Khartoum. The six branches of Egypt's Bank Misr became People's Cooperative Bank. The four branches of Jordan's Arab Bank became Red Sea Bank or Red Sea Commercial Bank (accounts differ). Commercial Bank of Ethiopia's one branch became Juba Commercial Bank. National and Grindlays Bank, which in 1969 had taken over the four branches that Ottoman Bank had established after it entered in 1949, became Omdurman Bank. In 1973 Red Sea Bank and People's Cooperative Bank were merged into Omdurman Bank. Then in 1984 Omdurman Bank merged with the Juba Commercial Bank to form Unity Bank.

In 1993, Al/An/El Nilein Bank merged with the Industrial Bank of Sudan to form Nilein Industrial Development Bank. In 2006, Dubai-based Emaar Properties and Amlak Finance acquired a 60% stake in Sudan’s El Nilein Industrial Development Bank; the Bank of Sudan retained a 40% stake.

After Islamic law (Sharia) was established in the Sudan in 1984, the banking and financial industry reformed in accordance with the government. The banking system was Islamized, and in 1993 the Sharia High Supervisory Board (SHSB) was established, to ensure compatibility with Islamic principles. In compliance with the SHSB, treasury bills and government bonds are not being sold by the government to raise money; instead, the Bank sells "Financial Certificates" that comply with Islamic financial principles.


As far as the current state of the Sudanese banking and financial situation is concerned,the bank's "About Bank of Sudan" section states:

":Since the beginning of the Three Year Economic Program (1990-1993), the Bank of Sudan has carried out policies that aim to revitalize the Sudanese economy, the last of which was the credit policy of 2000 which was based on the following: -"

:# "Emphasizing supply side measures and monetary stability better to utilize banking resources by stressing financing of priority economic priority sectors, and continuation of streamlining general supply policies.":# "Continuation of the social support program for the benefit of the poor families in accordance with the national mobilization project for social security and for the improvement of productivity.":# "Continuation of financing public corporations through the banks without recourse to the Bank of Sudan for direct financing.":# "Allowing the commercial banks to offer financing in foreign exchange according to the regulations issued by the Bank of Sudan."

Branches of the Bank of SudanAs the country of Sudan is about 1 1/2 times the area of the state of Alaska in the United States, the central bank has a branch bank system:
*The Main Branch - Khartoum
*Wad Madani Branch
*Kosti Branch
*Atbara Branch
*El Gadarif Branch
*Nyala Branch
*Juba Branch
*El Obied Branch
*Dongola Branch
*Port Sudan Branch
*El Fashir Branch
*Wau Branch List of governors of the Bank of Sudan
*Mamoun Ahmed A. Behairy 1959 - 1963
*Elsayid Elfeel 1964 - 1967
*Abdelrahim Mayrgani 1967 - 1970
*Abdelateef Hassan 1970 - 1971
*Awad Abdel Magied Aburiesh 1971- 1972
*Ibrahim Mohammed Ali Nimir 1973 - 1980
*Elsaikh Hassan Belail 1980 - 1983
*Faroug Ibrahim Elmagbool 1983 - 1985
*Ismail el-misbah Mekki hamad 1985 - 1988
*Mahdi Elfaky Elshaikh 1988 - 1990
*Elshaik SidAhmed Elshaikh 1990 - 1993
*Sabir Mohammed Hassan 1993 - 1996
*Abdall Hassan Ahmed 1996 - 1998
*Sabir Mohammed Hassan 1998 - "currently serving a second term"


Kaikati, Jack G. 1980. The Economy of Sudan: A Potential Breadbasket of the Arab World? "International Journal of Middle East Studies" 11, 99-123.

ee also

*Central banks and currencies of Africa
*Economy of Sudan
*List of central banks
*Sudanese dinar, the former currency
*Sudanese pound, the current currency

External links

* [ ar icon en icon Official site: Bank of Sudan]

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