Japan-Sudan Relations

Japan-Sudan Relations (Basic Data)

January 10, 2017

Basic Data

1. Political Relations

(1) Diplomatic Relations
Established on 6th January 1956
(2) Installation of Embassy
<Japanese Embassy in Sudan>
  • Established a Legation (under Ambassador in Egypt) in February 1957
  • Upgraded to an Embassy in April 1961
<Sudanese embassy in Japan>
  • Established an Embassy in September 1961
  • Closed the Embassy in February 1970
  • Reopened the Embassy in August 1973
(3) In June 1996, Japan imposed sanctions against Sudan pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1054 and 1070. In September 2001, Japan lifted the sanctions.
(4) In June 30, 2006, Japan imposed sanctions pursuant to UNSC Resolutions 1591 and 1672, which mainly target those responsible for committing violence in Darfur and impeding the peace process. (on going)

2. Economic Relations

(1) Trade with Japan
(a) Major Traded Items
  • Items imported from Sudan: petroleum, etc. (2015)
  • Items exported to Sudan: buses, trucks, passenger cars, transportation equipment (2015)
(b) Trade balance
  • Value of Imports from Sudan: 19.756 billion JPY(2015)
  • Value of Exports to Sudan: 7.24 billion JPY(2015)
(2) Japanese firms operating in Sudan
2 firms (As of October 2015)

3. Japanese economic assistance (Up to2014)

  • (1)Loans: 10.5 billion yen (E/N basis)
    Grants: 122.2 billion yen (E/N basis)
    Technical cooperation: 19.8 billion yen (JICA)
  • (2) Because of major violations of human rights in Sudan from late 1980s to early 1990, Japan, in accordance with the principles of the ODA Charter, ceased its assistance to Sudan in October 1992, except for emergency and humanitarian assistance. After the signature of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, Japan expanded its bilateral assistance to Sudan, in addition to its assistance through international organizations.
  • (3) In January 2009, Japan decided to contribute 16 million dollars (1.575 billion yen) for the DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration) activities and 10 million dollars (1 billion yen) for the general elections in Sudan.
  • (4) In July 2010, Japan decided to contribute 8.17 million dollars (770 million yen) for the referendum in the Southern Sudan.
  • (5) In December 2011, Japan decided to 49.50 million dollars for humanitarian assistance (supplementary budget).
  • (6) In October 2012, Japan signed the E/N of 1.79 billion yen for the Project for Improvement of Water Supply System in Kassala City (grant aid) and 3.045 billion yen for the Project for Upgrading Food Production Infrastructure (grant aid).
  • (7) In February 2013, Japan decided to contribute 37.70 million dollars for humanitarian assistance (supplementary budget)
  • (8) In February 2014, Japan decided to contribute 25.20 million dollars for humanitarian assistance (supplementary budget) and signed the E/N of 1.53 billion yen for the Project for Improvement of Solid Waste Management in Khartoum State (grant aid)
  • (9) In February 2015, Japan decided to contribute 20.91 million dollars for humanitarian assistance (supplementary budget). In September Japan signed the E/N of 2.32 billion yen for the Project for the Improvement of Health Care Service in the Suburban Area of Khartoum State (grant aid).
  • (10) In January 2016, Japan decided to contribute 19.83 million dollars for humanitarian assistance (supplementary budget). In October Japan signed the E/N of 3.15 billion yen for the Project for Improvement of Water Treatment Plant in Kosti City (grant aid).

4. Various agreements

  • Arrangement on Dispatch of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers was signed in November 1988.
    (Dispatched started in December 1990, suspended in January 1993, resumed in August 2008)

5. Cultural Relations

(1) Student exchanges
Over 80 Sudanese students have come to Japan for studies.
(2) Academic exchanges
  • Kyoto University and Khartoum University
  • Kobe University and Gezira University
  • Tottori University and Agricultural Research Corporation (which belongs to the Ministry of Science and Technology)

6. Number of Japanese nationals residing in Sudan

  • 123 Japanese (As of October 2015)

7. Number of Sudanese nationals residing in Japan

  • 207 Sudanese (As of June 2015)

8. Exchange of VIPs

From Japan to Sudan
Date Name
October, 1977 Private Goodwill Economic Mission (Leader: Shigeo NAGANO, Chairman of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
January, 1978 Moichi MIYAZAKI, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications
July, 1983 Yozo ISHIKAWA, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
November, 1983 Goodwill mission (Leader: Masanao ODAKA, the Executive Director of The Middle East Research Institute of Japan)
January, 1988 Japan-Sudan Parliamentary Friendship Association (Leader: Member of House of Councillors Mr. TASHIRO)
February, 1989 Japan-Sudan Parliamentary Friendship Association (Leader: Member of House of Councillors Mr.TASHIRO)
December, 1993 Tetsuko KUROYANAGI, Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF
July, 2003 Keitaro SATO, Ambassador in Charge of Peacebuilding in Africa
August, 2003 Keitaro SATO, Ambassador in Charge of Peacebuilding in Africa
September, 2003 Tetsuro YANO, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
September,2004 Keitaro SATO, Ambassador in Charge of Peacebuilding in Africa
December, 2004 Ichiro AISAWA, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
May, 2005 Delegation of the Democratic Party of Japan to Middle East and Sudan(Leader: Katsuya OKADA, President, The Democratic Party of Japan
July, 2005 Keitaro SATO, Ambassador in Charge of Peacebuilding in Africa
November, 2005 Japan-African Union Parliamentary Friendship Association (Leader: Koji OMI, Member of the House of Representatives)
February, 2006 Yasuhisa SHIOZAKI, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
October, 2006 Keitaro SATO, Ambassador in Charge of Peacebuilding in Africa
January, 2007 Kazunori TANAKA, Senior Vice-Minister for Finance
March, 2007 Keitaro SATO, Ambassador in Charge of Peacebuilding in Africa
January, 2008 Tetsuro YANO, Member of the House of Councillors (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Japan
May, 2008 Itsunori ONODERA, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Yasuhide NAKAYAMA, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs,Keitaro SATO, Ambassador in Charge of Peacebuilding in Africa
July, 2008 Study mission of House of Councillors (Leader: Tetsuro YANO, Member of the House of Councillors)
August, 2008 The delegation led by Asahiko MIHARA, Member of the House of Representatives (Director-General, International Bureau, Liberal Democratic Party)
February, 2009 Keitaro SATO, Ambassador in Charge of Peacebuilding in Africa
July, 2010 Chinami NISHIMURA, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
September, 2010 Study mission of House of Representatives (Leader: Katsuyuki ISHIDA, Member of the House of Representatives)
July, 2011 Makiko KIKUTA, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
October, 2011 Ryuji YAMANE, State Minister for Foreign Affairs (Public and Private Joint Mission for Promoting Trade and Investment)
From Sudan to Japan (since 1998)
Year Name
1998 (In October) Abdallah Hassan Ahmed, Minister of International Cooperation and Investment (on the occasion of TICAD II)
2001 (In May) Yusif, Director of Asian Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(In December) Dr. Al-Tigani Salih Fidail, State Minister of Foreign Affairs
2003 (In May) Mutrif Siddig, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(In September) Mr. Badreddin Mohamed Ahmed Suliman, Advisor to the President for Economic Affairs (on the occasion of TICAD III)
2004 (In March) Mr. Al Tijani Adam Ali Tahir, Minister of Environment
(In March) Dr. Sulaf Al Deen Salih Mohamed, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Commission
(In September) Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, Minister of Foreign Affairs (a Working Visit upon Invitation by Minister for Foreign Affairs)
(In November) Dr. El Zubeir Bashir Taha, Minister of Science and Technology (on the occasion of STS Forum)
2005 (In March) Joint National Transition Team (JNTT)
(In December) Dr. Altijani Salih Fidail, Minister of International Cooperation
2006 (In August) Dr. El Zubeir Bashir Taha, Minister of Science and Technology (on the occasion of STS Forum)
(In November) Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, Minister of Foreign Affairs
(In December) Mr. Malik Agar Ayar, Minister of Investment (on the occasion of a JETRO Investment Seminar)
2007 (In June) Dr. Ahmed Belal Osman, Advisor to President (private invitation)
(In October) Ms. Tabita Shokai, Minister of Health (private invitation)
(In October) Dr. El Zubeir Bashir Taha, Minister of Interior (on the occasion of STS Forum)
(In October) Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Minister of Regional Cooperation (Government of Southern Sudan) (by the Opinion Leader Invitation scheme)
2008 (In March) H.E. Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie, Assistant to the President (by the Invitation by Minister for Foreign Affairs)
(In May) Field Marshal Omer Hassan Ahmed al Bashir, President of the Sudan (on the occasion of TICAD IV)
(In October) Dr. El Zubeir Bashir Taha, Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Ibrahim Ahmed Omer, Minister of Science and Technology (on the occasion of STS Forum)
2009 (In January) Mr. Ali Ahmed Karti, State Minister of Foreign Affairs (by the Opinion Leader Invitation scheme)
(In March) Dr. Luka Biong, Minister of Presidential Affairs in the Government of Southern Sudan (on the occasion of the TICAD IV Follow-up Symposium)
(In March) Dr. Awad Ahmed El- Jaz,Special Envoy of the President of the Sudan (Minister of Finance and National Economy)
(In October) Dr. Mutrif Siddiq, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Sudan, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (on the occasion of Japan-Sudan Policy Dialogue)
(In October) Mr. Pagan Amum Okiech, Secretary General of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (by the invitation of the MOFA of Japan)
(In November) Professor Abdalla Ahmed Abdalla, Deputy Chairman of the National Elections Commission of Sudan(by the Opinion Leader Invitation scheme)
(In December) Dr. El Tigani Salih Fidail, Minister of International Cooperation of the Sudan Government of National Unity,
Prof. Peter Adwok Nyaba Tor, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research of the Sudan Government of National Unity,
Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Supply of the Government of Southern Sudan (Japan-Arab Economic Forum)
2010 (In December) Dr. Mutrif Siddig Ali Alnimeiri, State Minister of Humanitarian Affairs (on the occasion of a public symposium)
2011 (In November) Dr. Ghazi Salaheddin Al-Attabani, President Advisor (by the invitation by Minister for Foreign Affairs)
2012 (In October) Mr. Ali Mahmoud Mohamed Abdelrasoul, Minister of Finance and National Economy of the Republic of the Sudan(on the occasion of the Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank)
(In December) Dr. Tahani Abdalla Attia Gasmalla, State Minister of Ministry of Science and Communication (on the occasion of the Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety)
2013 (In January) Dr. El Tigani Seisi, The Darfur Regional Authority
(In June) Mr. Magdi Hassan Yassin, State Minister for Finance and National Economy (on the occasion of TICAD V)
(In October) Mr. Idris Mohamed Abdelgadir, State Minister of the Presidency (by the invitation of the MOFA of Japan)
2014 (In November) Ms. Souad Abdelrazig Muhammad, Minister of Education (on the occasion of World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development)
2015 (In March) Mr. Ismat Abdelrahman Zain Alabdeen, Minister of Interior (on the occasion of UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction)
2016 (In December) Mr. Kamal Eldeen Ismail Saeed, State Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Sudan (by the invitation of the MOFA of Japan)