By Steve Peacock
Critical resources are needed in the troubled African nation of Sudan, and the U.S. Department of State is stepping up to the plate, so to speak, to provide those goods; specifically, State is ordering hundreds of patio furniture-sets for its embassy in Khartoum, and will order the high-end tables and chairs from a South African online retailer, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has learned.
The patio beautification project coincides with today's conclusion of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip across the continent. During her travels she encouraged the governments of Sudan and South Sudan, meeting with South Sudanese President Kiir "to reaffirm U.S. support and to encourage progress in negotiations with Sudan to reach agreement on issues related to security, oil and citizenship," according to a department statement.
The list of all cast-aluminum patio resources requested for the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum includes:
590 Wave Arm chairs;
115 9' Suncrylic heavy duty patio umbrellas, each with a 75-lb. base;
50 Wave Side tables.
State is looking for a contractor to procure the products from Golden Barley Garden Furniture, which trades as HomeGarden.co.za. State did not disclose the estimated cost.
Source document: Solicitation #SSU40012Q0011.