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China grants South Sudan $31.5m for development projects

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October 24, 2011 (JUBA) – The Chinese government today extended a grant of 200 million Yuan (about 31.5 million US dollars) to South Sudan for development projects in the newly independent state.

The grant was announced on Monday in Juba after a meeting between the South Sudanese minister of Information and Broadcasting, Barnaba Marial Benjamin and the Chinese Ambassador to Juba, Li Zhiguo.

Ambassador Zhiguo said the grant is dedicated to support agriculture, education, health and water supply projects. He further said that Beijing’s government will donate a number of radio stations to South Sudan to promote media development.

He further said that Chinese officials are in consultations with their counterparts in South Sudan to determine more development projects to be implemented where there are real needs. He pledged that Chinese enterprises will start their work soon after the end of the current discussion.

Minister Barnaba welcomed the Chinese gesture and praised Beijing’s tangible support for the South Sudan’s development endeavors.

"We want you to look comprehensively in the areas of investment as well as education, especially university education, which is constantly facing infrastructural and personnel challenges," he said.

Last August during a visit to Juba, the Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi said his country will continue to develop “friendly cooperation” with South Sudan, including providing aid.

After a meeting with the South Sudan President Salva Kiir in August, Yang emphasized that the two countries should enhance cooperation in the fields of oil, mining, agriculture and infrastructure construction. He further said China will continue to help South Sudan promote development and improve people’s living conditions.

China, which will receive Salva Kiir in December of this year for more talks on development projects and economic cooperation, is the first oil producer in South Sudan.

Last September, Juba said it will respect previous oil contracts signed between the Sudanese and other investors, before the independence of the South Sudan on 9 July 2011.

(ST)

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  • 25 October 2011 09:15, by Chier Akueny

    Dear South Sudanese,
    The world is trying to alleviate the situations of our country by donating such huge amount to us but this much amount will not be used successfully but corrupt leaders of ours will buy big houses, designating big companies and let their children being eating good food and go to school abroad.

    Actually, foreign countries should not waste their meagre budgets. By Chier

  • 25 October 2011 09:27, by Longa

    This is a very good endevour China has taken on our road to development, what remains now is how to manage this money. This money could cover properly the said projects. The government and the people of South Sudan need to see that this money is used correctly.

  • 25 October 2011 10:02, by whatsayyou

    minister Barnaba
    please advice your colleagues not to take personal advantage from these money. let the money be used into exactly what is mention but not to involve some hidden agendas by corrupt officials in the RSS.You thess white hearted corruptist of RSS, your ideaology is all about backwardness otherwise being rich in a poor community is meaningless

    • 25 October 2011 18:19, by Longa

      @Whatosay, it is really meaningless to be a rich person in the middle of the poor millions. And if that wealth is supposedly gained by clean way it could be better and people can feel happy but through embezzlement, it is a curse.

  • 25 October 2011 13:02, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Many countries are donatingg much money for development in the south sudan in various sector off development,but our government are not very serious in implementing development,only by hearing that Mr so and so has been caught with this amount of money like what took place in Upper Nile State-Malakal, the minister for physical infracsture did.

    OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

  • 25 October 2011 14:56, by Naked Dinka

    It’s an easy money, Yea? How long are we going on to keep begging for help? It has been almost 7 years after CPA. Pull up your socks

    • 25 October 2011 21:09, by Ngonglok

      Well argued brother!!! Brovo



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