South Sudan Strengthens International Collaborations and Infrastructure Development
The Governance Cluster meeting in South Sudan, led by First Vice President Dr Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, made significant strides towards enhancing international collaborations and advancing infrastructure development.
The approval of two memos presented by Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Ruben Madol Arol, showcases South Sudan’s commitment to fostering partnerships in key sectors.
The General Cooperation Agreement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, technical expertise, and on-ground investments in various sectors of mutual interest.
Additionally, a financial agreement with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia was discussed, targeting the upgrading of essential roads. Although further discussions are pending, the signatories of the agreement are expected to provide comprehensive details in the upcoming cluster meeting.
The General Cooperation Agreement signed between South Sudan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in January 2022 represents a significant milestone in promoting bilateral relations and knowledge exchange.
This agreement aims to facilitate collaboration in diverse sectors, including industry, petroleum, minerals, agriculture, livestock, tourism, sports, and health. By leveraging the expertise and resources of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, South Sudan aspires to foster economic growth, technological advancements, and sustainable development.
This partnership holds immense potential for both nations, with the exchange of ideas and investments paving the way for progress in critical industries.
Another notable point of deliberation in the Governance Cluster meeting was a memo discussing a financial agreement between the South Sudanese government and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
The agreement focuses on the planned upgrading of key roads, specifically Palouch, Mathiang, Maiwut, and Pagak Road, with an estimated value of approximately USD 400 million. These infrastructure projects aim to enhance connectivity and transportation within South Sudan, which will contribute to regional integration and economic development.
The favourable interest rate of 4% per annum offered by Ethiopia further demonstrates their commitment to supporting South Sudan’s infrastructure vision.
While the details of the financial agreement discussion were adjourned for subsequent cluster meetings, the anticipated briefings from the signatories of the agreement, including Ministers of Finance and Planning, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Roads and Bridges, will provide comprehensive information on the project’s specifics. This will include project timelines, financing arrangements, and expected benefits for South Sudan’s infrastructure and overall development.
The recent Governance Cluster meeting in South Sudan signifies the country’s dedication to strengthening international collaborations and infrastructure development. The General Cooperation Agreement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia opens doors for knowledge exchange, technological advancements, and investments in critical sectors.
Additionally, the financial agreement with Ethiopia for road upgrading projects highlights the country’s commitment to improving transportation infrastructure and fostering regional integration.
As South Sudan moves forward with these agreements, it aims to unlock opportunities for economic growth, technological advancements, and sustainable development.