A War Supply Department was established during the 2nd world war for supply and distribution of consumer supplies such as sugar, flour and other munitions, in coordination with province directors and district commissioners. When the war ended the Department was reshaped as Department of economy and commerce with different responsibilities. Following the country’s independence and as part of the 1st national cabinet led by Mr. Ismael El Azrhri, the Department was transformed into a Ministry of Commerce ,Industry & Supply in Jan 9th 1954 with Mr.Ibrahim El Muufti as the 1st Minister. Since then the Ministry had consecutive redefinitions as follows;-
• Department of War Munitions.
• Department of Economy & Commerce.
• Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
• Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Supply.
• Ministry of Commerce & Economy.
• Ministry of National Economy
• Ministry of Commerce, Cooperation & Supply.
• Ministry of Domestic trade.
• Ministry of Foreign trade.
• Ministry of Industry & Commerce.
• Ministry of Foreign Trade.
• Ministry of Trade
2. Specifications of the Ministry of Trade:
1. Pay and to stimulate trade and external and internal policies and means of verification and streamline the operations of the export and import and commodities prices and monitor the movement of international trade.
2. Organization of border trade in cooperation and coordination with border states with the consent of the Council of Ministers.
3. Participation in the pricing policy for exports and imports.
4. Deployment of cooperative awareness and propose legislation governing cooperative action.
5. The policy and control of special rules of origin to promote competition and anti-dumping and trade in transit.
6. FOLLOW-UP TO implement of trade CONVENTIONS protocols and conventions commodity loans.
7. Provide and secure information and data the crisis on exports and imports and to contribute to the development of a pricing policy.
8. Proposal of general policies of the State in the field of internal trade and markets.
9.The preparation of the national plan for strategic goods, in coordination with other national states.
10.The management of the comprehensive data on the strategy and the movement of goods.
11.Oversee efforts to join the World Trade Organization, in coordination with the relevant authorities.
(b) the Ministry:constituent units
The presidency of the Ministry.
(c) Units that are supervised by the Minister:
1. Export Promotion Council.
2.The Gum Arabic Board
3.The Sudanese Free Zones Markets.
4.The secretariat of the WTO.