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South Sudan president calls for strengthening economic ties with Ethiopia


President Salva Kiir and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn speak after the signing of bilateral cooperation agreements in Addis Ababa on 24 February 2017 (ENA Photo)

March 17, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has commended growing relations with the neighbouring Ethiopia, stressing that the two countries should strengthen economic and trade cooperation with a focus on high-value emerging sectors for the benefit of both sides.

The government attaches great importance to bilateral ties between the two countries exhibiting considerable progress in recent months. It is hoped that the two sides will deepen collaboration based on existing foundations so that they can make more meaningful contributions to the international community.

President Kiir made the remarks while receiving a written message from the Ethiopian special envoy at the presidential palace.

The Ethiopian leader’s envoy Berhane Gebre-Christos said he delivered a follow-up message on a number of issues President Kiir and his Ethiopian counterpart have discussed during his visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where the two countries signed a number of agreements.

He added that the content of the message was concerning how to move forward in strengthening bilateral Relations between Juba and Addis Ababa.

The minister in the office of the president Mayiik Ayii Deng said there is significant room for greater bilateral economic cooperation in the emerging sectors targeted under innovative industries initiative.

He said a key component of the administration’s economic development strategy aims at bolstering cooperation in security as well as the circular economy and a new paradigm for agricultural development.

Minister Deng said that the government has already launched several major projects under a recent cooperation agreement.

A high ministerial committee would convene a meeting soon to discuss details of how the technical teams could kick start the processes.

The president, he said, also reiterated commitment to actively participating in the global community, urging countries around the world to cooperate in tackling economic, humanitarian and security challenges.

The young nation, he adds, remains steadfast in meeting its international responsibilities and is willing to share its experiences in fostering democracy, economic development, human rights and science.


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  • 18 March 2017 08:34, by Kush Natives

    Third world leaders always learns through hard ways rather, if not. Why these two neighboring sisters countries mocked themselves since day 1 for an insufficient benefits? There’s a say in army that, "your colleague in the same squad" is your an immediate brother. So, where was this slogan in the first place?

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  • 18 March 2017 08:46, by Kush Natives

    If Ethiopia was the first country that danced when Riek Machar rebelled in 2013, then what’s the issue now? Now Ethiopian prime minister is lobbying South Sudan’s president to talk on their behave, why? Because, the Ethiopian government found itself in a hot pot? Because Orominya went out of control in Ethiopia? Egypt is pulling Ethiopian’s back, and because of the Nile water damp?

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  • 18 March 2017 08:53, by Kush Natives

    Well, nobody want to be without neighbor, whether Ethiopia vs South Sudan like it or not! But, we MUST put the citizens’ interest first! Otherwise, these two sisters neighboring countries wouldn’t be at this state of trying to catch up with things that would have been prioritized since D1.

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    • 18 March 2017 11:08, by jubaone

      Just jienge bullshit,
      There is NO economy to be strengthened. You strengthen what is weak and already there. But there is just nothing to be strengthened. This is a failed state without any economy unless of course Kiir foolishly thinks counting money is the economy. This is a inshallah economy. Maybe Kiir and the fellow jienge criminals should take investors to Warrap. They badly need development

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      • 18 March 2017 14:07, by South South


        Just barking like a dog your favorite food will not stop us from developing this country. We are moving forward with good plans. You don’t like them? Ok, I will give you a cow to eat, which has very nice steak instead of monkey, dog, rat and snake. This may change you to see facts in front of you. Maybe snake poison covers your eyes and you are semi-blind to see the truth.

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        • 18 March 2017 14:34, by DumoMakuachdit

          Kiir stepping aside from presidency is the only solution to stabilizing the country.

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        • 18 March 2017 16:06, by jubaone

          South South,
          You hopeless jienge. If you can’t develop even your stinking luak with all the stolen billion $ how can you develop when you have wasted all the money? Just losers who have to be babysitted. Look at your states. Hopelessnes, hunger, idiocy, revenge killings. Just spend the rest of your jienge life as a refugee. Loser👅

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          • 18 March 2017 16:37, by Force 1


            South you think everything or buildings that are standing in Juba were built by you? Pathetic!

            Everything standing in Juba were built by businesses and sponsor by JCE! You only know how to ran your mouth like a woman and that’s all you can do.

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            • 18 March 2017 18:15, by jubaone

              Look at this foolish jienge. Of course all investors like Juba and Equatoria cos we’re smart, educated and hard working. Investors can’t go to jiengland where lazy primitivea d illiterate monyjienges are still and running around naked. No that is not for civilised people. Even thesejce criminals fear 😱 their luaks. 1000 years you will remain that primitive jienge.

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          • 18 March 2017 20:06, by South South


            You are a very low guy in thinking. Who is really a loser? Someone sitting in your home village with his guns or someone who fled his home village and sit in a refugee camp in Uganda like a bird in a cage? Good things are happening in South Sudan. Low thinking people like you will continue barking, but we are moving.

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            • 21 March 2017 06:46, by jubaone

              South South,
              Maybe move to your jienge craals or run to Uganda or Kenya. Well, the jienge system is supplying state arms to jienge villagers thats why they have no fighting in their luaks. Instead of developing, they just sit under lalob trees playing mungula and gossiping like market harlots. Just hopeless idiots and lazy fools.

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