Conflicts and a lack of business opportunities in the oil sector creating economic headwinds for Sudan, the International Monetary Fund said. File Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI Fragility in Sudan brought on by regional conflicts is exacerbated by the loss of most of its oil export potential, the International Monetary Fund said. Sudan as a united country started producing oil in the 1990s, though the division of Sudan and South Sudan in 2011 left most of the oil fields straddling the new border. The split resulted in a loss of Sudan’s oil export revenue, which is down about 80 percent from before South Sudan became a nation. Oil still plays an essential role in the economy and the International Monetary Fund said policy adjustments in the wake of the birth of South Sudan had reduced inflation and supported recovery to some extent . “Despite these efforts, however, large macroeconomic imbalances […]