File photo: Hundreds of Egyptian trucks queuing on the highway between Egypt and Sudan (Photos courtesy of General Union of Transport Workers and Services)
The crisis began to end when Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council announced on Monday that it would postpone the decision on new electricity tariffs until April.
The council initially decided to raise electricity prices three weeks ago as part of an economic reform plan, but faced huge public opposition, particularly from farmers in the northern state of Sudan.
According to the farmers, the decision threatens their livelihood, as they cannot afford more expenses in times of economic hardship.
At least 1,500 Egyptian drivers and their trucks were stranded on the northern Sudan highway, a major trade route between the two countries, when Sudanese farmers protesting the decision set up more than 10 makeshift roadblocks known as “Trus” on the road.
After two weeks of protests, Egyptian trucks transporting goods from Egypt to Sudan were allowed to return after emptying their cargo.
Throughout the protest, the farmers had allowed buses and cars carrying passengers to travel freely between the two countries.
GUTWS has issued a warning to Egyptian truckers to avoid Sudan for the time being.
On Thursday, Egyptian Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker and Sudanese Finance Minister Gebreil Ibrahim met in Cairo to discuss ways to speed up the increase in power link capacity between the two countries to 300 megawatts, according to reports. official statements from both countries.
Egypt and Sudan signed a contract increasing the power link capacity from 80 to 300 megawatts in March 2021.
Shaker and Ibrahim also discussed the possibility over the summer of loaning mobile turbines to Sudan to increase production capacity.