South Sudan to clear embassies-related debts.
South Sudanese authorities authorized a $100 million payment on Friday to clear the arrears of its abroad embassies that had been shuttered owing to budgetary limitations.
As the country’s financial system worsened, South Sudan temporarily shuttered down most of its embassies in 2015 due to an inability to pay lease and diplomat wages.
In Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and America, the South Sudan has around 24 embassies.
Michael Makuei Lueth, the Information Minister, told reporters following the weekly cabinet meeting in Juba on Friday that the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has been instructed to create a $100 million fund to settle tremendous arrears.
“Some of our ministries and embassies are in crisis, others have closed down. We are also losing membership in some of the organizations, be it regional or international, in reality due to the fact we have now not been paying our fees,” Makuei instructed reporters in Juba on Friday.
Makuei stated the authorities is going to clear arrears in order to achieve appreciate internationally.
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs made the presentation to the cupboard asking for at-least a sum of over $ 100 million s Jihould be authorised to fee to the staff of the ministries and to meet all the first-rate arrears so that we are respected internationally,” he said.
“The Cabinet authorized the moment and directed the Ministry of Finance to pay that amount accordingly,” he added