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South Sudan’s inflation drops to 48%

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By Julius N. Uma

February 13, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s inflation, which in December of last year stood at a whopping 65.6% dropped to 47.8% in January, the country’s national bureau of statistics said in its latest report.

The report, unveiled earlier this month, also cites a decline in annual inflation for Juba, the South Sudanese capital, when compared to the rest of the country, from August 2011 to January this year.

Last month, for instance, annual inflation in Juba reportedly stood at a mere 42.9% compared to the national average of 47.8%.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune on Monday, David Chan Thiang, the director of economic statistics at the national bureau attributed the decrease in inflation to the government’s recent move to remove illegal check points erected across the country as well as the notable improvements in road networks.

“Let’s consider the infrastructure, for instance. At least 90% of the Juba-Nimule road, which links South Sudan to the rest of the East African nations, has been tarmacked making transportation of goods very easy,” Thiang said.

Meanwhile, the South Sudan’s Consumer Price Index (CPI), the report stipulates, increased by 0.1% from December 2011 to January 2012. This jump, it says, was mainly driven by higher prices of health, furnishing and household equipments.

The report, however, reveals that while the CPI in Juba increased by 2.7% from December last year to January this year, that of Wau (Western Bahr el Ghazal) and Malakal (Upper Nile) decreased by 5.1% and 5.2% respectively.

“The increase in the CPI was 0.1% from December 2011 to January 2012. Food and non-alcoholic beverages decreased in price by 0.3% from December 2011 to January 2012. Health increased by 22.8% and Furnishing & Household equipment increased in price by 14.1% from December 2011 to January 2012,” it says.

In the past year, the report added, prices of food & non-alcoholic beverages reportedly increased by 40.6%, while those of alcoholic beverages and tobacco as well as furnishing and household equipment are said to have surged by 205.1% and 111.0% respectively between January 2011 and January 2012.

The price of transportation, it says, also decreased by 9.4% from January 2011 to January 2012.

Formerly known as Southern Sudan Centre for Census, Statistics and Evaluation (SSCCSE), the statistical body is the official statistical agency of the Southern government, mandated to collect, analyse and disseminate all official economic, social and demographic statistics.

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  • 14 February 2012 07:48, by George Bol

    This report is just comparing the prices but we have no idea about the revenues sources, spending, and the statistics used to predict things.It’s like inserting prices and compare them against each other without visibility.

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    • 14 February 2012 08:36, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      To everyone I know it is not related to this artical but it is a peace of mind

      there is nothings called Teny Dhurgon The vice persident is called Riek Machar Puot Nyuon

      The so called Teny Dhurgon is the name of his grandfather’s witchcraft,

      I will tell you more about Puot Nyuon the names that i know from him since in UK,

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  • 14 February 2012 11:00, by michael Nhomlau

    Better keep quite my dear, if you did not understood the report, then bringing in something difference to the topic. Only one comment, that already mean the sign of confusion to them (the little writers).

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    • 14 February 2012 12:53, by Dam Musa

      Dear Dinka dominated SPLA/M, why are you serious after the names of Vice President? Please, what ever the case you might have with him, let it go. He is a national legitimate vice president,respect him and avoid barbaric statments.
      I wonder how you brought in Dr. Machar name on the article of inflation.You are hopeless.

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  • 14 February 2012 15:43, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Thanks, alot brother why are we only seeing the report of inflation drops, and not the increase of our Taxes in the Boarders????

    Who is taking them and where is taking them to?????????????
    why allow few to benefit from the resources of the nation like as if the are creators of South Sudanese poeople.
    God! God Help your people again u have helped them from the first enemy but now is time to help.

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    • 14 February 2012 16:11, by John

      Mate, if you keep asking the issue, some names, like DENGDA HARDBALL that rarely show up will come out after you, and ask you to identify yourself, and they will try to make you become a arab...

      So, being a patriot you can only cheer up for everything but not questioning anything.

      Otherwise, they will abuse you as being A TRAITOR OR ARAB!!

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  • 14 February 2012 23:07, by viper

    This center is misleading S Sudanese. why talk of inflation drops when what was 8 pounds last december is now 10 to 11 pounds now. Is that an increase or a drop? Please Thiang if u don’t know economic principles, go back to school

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