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South Sudan cabinet resolves to maintain security budget

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By Julius N. Uma

February 11, 2012 (JUBA) - As South Sudan prepares to announce much anticipated austerity measures, its council of ministers on Friday resolved to maintain the defense and interior ministry’s budgets, the government spokesperson said Saturday.

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Southern Sudanese military police (AP)

The council, according to Barnaba Benjamin Marial, also lauded the country’s finance and economic planning ministry over the newly initiated measures, which have reportedly been referred to its economic cluster for review prior to final endorsement.

“The new measures will not interfere with our security,” Marial told journalists, adding that “The council resolved that there should be no reduction in salaries for the army and the police during this period.”

The austerity measures come in the wake of South Sudan’s decision to completely shut down its nationwide oil production after it accused neighbouring North Sudan of stealing the country’s crude oil entitlements. Khartoum says that Juba was not paying fees for transporting its oil to Port Sudan.

Oil revenues account for 98% of South Sudan’s country’s budget but the north also relies on the oil fees to bring in much needed hard currency.

Marial said, despite the new environment, the government will continue focusing on key sectors of the economy citing food security, education and health as top priorities.

In a related development, however, the country announced it had officially launched a tax campaign that seeks to expedite South Sudan’s transition to non-oil revenue.

The initiative, the finance ministry said in a press release, aims at increasing non-oil revenue collection by 300% within a six-month period.

“Right now, we are collecting about 13 million SSP [South Sudan Pounds - around $5 million] a month in non-oil revenue, not including customs” Kosti Manibe, the finance minister said.

“In the next six months, we want to increase that to 40 million SSP a month. That is still only about 5% or less of pre-shut down monthly expenditures by the government, but it’s enough for some essential services,” he added.

However to enforce the campaign, the ministry intends to embark on a robust public relations initiative, that will involve production of printing materials, training of taxpayer education officers, radio public service announcements and establishment of a customer service number earmarked to provide fast and easy answers.

In addition, the finance ministry plans a series of sessions with journalists in the coming weeks as part of the nationwide efforts to review progress and provide detailed explanation on the various tax regulations in the country.

(ST)

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  • 12 February 2012 09:09, by backtoschool

    Thanks dear compatriot for maintaining the country revenue instead of depending on oil.

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    • 12 February 2012 12:03, by Alan_Bard

      The Population, Immigration, and Borders Authority (PIBA) of Israel said Thursday they will begin taking steps to crack down on those employing citizens of South Sudan, According to PIBA, they will begin levelling fines and indictments against those employing South Sudanese on April 1st.

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      • 12 February 2012 12:04, by Alan_Bard

        Crisis looms in South Sudan
        Oil & Gas Journal - February 06
        Oil diplomacy is making very little headway in resolving issues between Sudan and the recently independent South Sudan, with both sides gearing more toward another war than to peace.
        The situation in Sudan and South Sudan has reached a critical point, it has become a major threat to peace and security across the region,

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        • 12 February 2012 12:05, by Alan_Bard

          N expresses concern as death toll from raids in South Sudan reach 78
          BNO - February 05
          JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN/GENEVA (BNO NEWS) — The United Nations (UN) on Saturday expressed its concern after at least 78 people were killed during massive cattle raids in South Sudan. Several others remain missing, while dozens have been injured.

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          • 12 February 2012 12:06, by Alan_Bard

            S.Sudan OYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
            S.Sudan OYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

            Arthur Akuien Chol $51millions in his Swish bank Account
            2. President Salva Kiir Mayardit $38 millions in Australian Bank Account
            3. Vice President Riek Machar Teny $36 Swish bank account
            4. Minister of Roads and bridges Gier Chuang Aluang $36 millions
            5. Former minister of finance Kuol Athian M

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            • 12 February 2012 12:33, by Dinkawarrior

              Alan Bard are you serious??

              1. Mathok’s $150 millions in Swish, Kenya, and Uganda Banks
              2.Akuien‘s $51millions in his Swish bank Account
              3. Kiir’s $38 millions in Australian Bank Account
              4. Riek’s $36 Swish bank account
              5. Gier’s $36 millions
              6. Athian’s $35 million

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  • 12 February 2012 09:30, by Gabriel KK

    We are happy and ready with any move because we know the situation of our Country but you have to speed up the construction of the pipelines.

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  • 12 February 2012 10:26, by John

    Good job!! Without industry, agriculture, even tourism industry, they managed to find money!

    Everything is counting on importing, tax can only be collected through trading of imported goods, which will casue inflation. And once the money is running out for buying, more money will be printed, huge inflation will come.

    Billion note will be available soon, with which can only purchse one egg...

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  • 12 February 2012 20:22, by morogot batal

    THIS MONEY READ OUT BECAUSE THE MINISTER OF FINANCE KOSTE MANIBE IS A NONE DINKA OTHERWISE IT WOULD BEEN SWALOWED.

    NONE DINKA OYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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