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South Sudan and Morocco sign new city funds agreement

King Mohammed VI of Morocco (L) shakes hands with President Salva Kiir after his arrival to Juba on 1 February 2017 (Moses Lomayat Photo)
King Mohammed VI of Morocco (L) shakes hands with President Salva Kiir after his arrival to Juba on 1 February 2017 (Moses Lomayat Photo)

February 2, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and visiting King Mohammed VI of Morocco Thursday witnessed the signing ceremony of nine agreements and memoranda including construction of multi-million new city for the East African country.

South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs named other documents inked on Thursday as agreement on general cooperation, promotion of investment, agreement on the avoidance of double taxation, agreement in the field of vocational training and understanding in agriculture.

Four memoranda were signed on industrial cooperation, mining and commerce between the two countries.

In accordance with the signed deals, a five million dollar feasibility study and assessment will be billed by Morocco.

“The Kingdom of Morocco has taken upon itself the commitment to finance the project (assessment fees) worth five million dollars,” said Morocco’s interior minister, Mohammed Hassan.

Environmental and social effect of the projects, particularly the new city, Ramciel, will be carried out. There is no date set for the projects to commence or exact cost estimates.

South Sudan government proposed relocating the capital to Ramciel, a pastoralist area located in Eastern Lakes State and assumed to be neutral and central in the country, in 2011.

Despite numerous government’s sponsored studies, the project failed to kick-off, partly due to the cost involved.

King Mohammed VI was received by South Sudan President Salva Kiir at Juba international airport on Wednesday for a two-day state visit.

(ST)