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South Sudan set to develop on regional and international trade


July 25, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s vice president, Riek Machar, said at the closing of a trade and investment workshop on Wednesday that in the wake of the halting of oil production the country must diversify its economy.

South Sudan vice president, Riek Machar (Getty)

With the development of its institutions, South Sudan will be able to compete with regional and international export markets according to Machar.

The workshop on trade and investment, held in Juba, was organised by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment.

Machar said that South Sudan is dependent on imports from neighbouring Uganda, Kenya and Sudan; with little exporting in return, since the halting of South Sudan’s oil production in January.

Juba opted to halt oil production in a row with Khartoum over the use of the pipeline that transported landlocked South Sudan’s oil to the coast of its northern neighbour.

This coupled with various issues unresolved since the signing of the peace agreement which ended Sudan’s civil war in 2005, led to military conflict between the two nations in March.

However, there is hope as talks in Addis Ababa may be beginning to bare fruit.

Machar further explained that there is a need to diversify the economy of the country with a special focus on agriculture, forestry and livestock, among others. This potential, if developed, he said, would provide for domestic needs as well as producing a surplus to be exported regionally.

He said that South Sudan is currently studying the opportunities available with regards to joining regional trade organisations and which potential resources it can competitively export.

Speaking at the same event, the minister of commerce, industry and investment, Garang Diing Akuong, said the aim of the workshop was to brainstorm ideas on how South Sudan should integrate into the regional and international trade organisations.

Many international experts attended the meeting and made presentations on various aspects of trade and investment, looking into the pros and cons of joining regional trade blocs such as the East African Community (EAC).


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  • 26 July 2012 07:05, by Gäär

    What do you mean Mr Vice President? we have thousands and thousands of tractors in Juba and they are still unusable since they are bought a new. why dont you and the president walk the talk? deploy the tractors, secure a land for farming. its the government that should head the way, not the poor civilians.

    • 26 July 2012 07:38, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Our govt are very quick in talking,but very slow in implementation,second all those resoures the vice president is talking about are all there,how can we use it,if the majority of our communities are still behaving in a very premitives ways of life style.


      • 26 July 2012 09:35, by Aarai Baka

        According to the recent study about South Sudan, South Sudan become one number biggest consumers and buyers regionally and with no anything to returned or produce for gain. I only agree to one of our brother said, our leaders are quickest to said something but slower to implemented anything. what is the points of buying all those tractors and storage them without being in use?

      • 26 July 2012 17:34, by Ahmed Chol


        You are now reasoning and thinking like a statesman!

        I agree that, factories and all heavy investments of all kinds have to be headed or facilitated by the government like it is said in this video below.


        Our current administration has a different philosophy than this

    • 26 July 2012 09:45, by Dinkawarrior

      Too much dream with negative characters, hypocrite, greedily, tribalism, and nepotism.

      If you bring back $12 billions doallas you had hided overseas and in the nearest countries then our economic will be okay.

    • 26 July 2012 10:57, by BELILA

      Sure numbers of tractors were stationed within Government and non governmental Department a cross the country however those tractors can not be driven without a trained and qualified drivers. secondly where are this qualified tractor drivers?. thirdly do we as Citizen willing to undertake training to become tractor driver?let alone the bigger picture in Horticulture though we have many farmers.

    • 26 July 2012 11:38, by Equatorian Boy

      Does this man called Machar know agriculture?

    • 26 July 2012 14:03, by Lang

      The bush leaders will probably be singing the same story next year with nothing accomplished.

  • 26 July 2012 07:09, by Gäär

    again, the idea of joining other community organisations too is absurd. those countries are well established more than 50 years ago. for us to join them will make the economy worst than ever since the regional body will dictate the trade. lets try to be ourselves for atleast 15 years and analyse our options after that

  • 26 July 2012 07:34, by Madina Tonj

    Joining all these creep organizations without starting to show your citizens about your plan. President Salva Kiir and you VP should take testing drive all a cross 10 States to see how badly the road are. Citizens in South Sudan are facing lack of treatment, medicines, doctors, shorage of food, schools, Hospitals. lack of all these things, how do you join international trade and there is no proof

  • 26 July 2012 07:40, by philip andriko

    doing trade with our nearest countries is not bad but what can we sale to other while our consumption is more than four countries consumption rate per a day.we got the money but do not know how to use them to make more profit within or outside
    those are word not action.regarding pipeline when will our country manage them self without Arab contribution to our economic.were is lamu project funds.

  • 26 July 2012 07:47, by Michael Amane

    Dr. Riek, congrats for driving the nation by encouraging the citizens with developmental aspects. But it’s sad to find that sometimes when such crucial areas needing technical people arises, people find wrong people placed in the right position. And at the end of the day you find the concerned persons know how to play cards and drink coffee under public trees.

    • 26 July 2012 08:42, by Ruach

      The legible person!We will rely on whatever u say/said.Trading and investments are not very difficult as our land is here only consumed by the jungle!!

  • 26 July 2012 09:04, by wang

    This is unfair trade Macher and his groups are talking about and also it too early for South to compete with those heavy muscles Eastern Africa countries.

  • 26 July 2012 09:37, by Tribe

    Aid-dependent nation is what S-Sudan is and will remain.How many times h’ve our leaders hosted such numerous gathering with no pragmantic solutions other than empty promises. One importance thing i noticed that occured is the serving of lavish foods and drinks which they themselves enjoyed coupled with few monoloques before they parted to their fenced homesteads laughing at of how they fool us.

    • 26 July 2012 09:56, by Tribe

      Conti..Anything they say today is an already shelf agenda.They know they willn’t deliver but they say it to keep us hoping.The only agenda that they willn’t share with us and get implement no matter what is looting.The vision 2020 or 2040 is concorted effort to lengthen their stay. The dreamed beautiful capital city was the desperation of events in Equatoria expedite by tribal feeling good notions

  • 26 July 2012 10:14, by Eastern

    South Sudan could indeed thrive in export market if there is political will to do so. The country is well endowed.

    • 26 July 2012 11:21, by Anti.terorists

      our leaders have failed us dear south sudanese, what international trade r they talking about, giving all the private sector to foreigners in ss, which country in the world whose citizen r deprived their right in private sector, the citizen sector.

  • 26 July 2012 12:55, by 4Justice

    What made our people so retarded this way? sometimes I feel this can’t be true maybe i am just having a bad dream. how can you talk about international trade when you can’t even produce a single bottle of mango juice? Let assume you have a product, how are you going to get the product to the market without paved roads?

    • 26 July 2012 13:08, by 4Justice

      Talk talk talk money wasted in hotel for yet another bunch of fools bla bla bla workshop; the hotel fee can provide a village clean drinking water

      • 26 July 2012 13:29, by 4Justice

        You should begin with major Infrastructure Projects, such as paved roads,construction of Two-Lane through type bridges, water purification plants, sanitary sewer systems and storm drains

        • 26 July 2012 13:41, by 4Justice

          Drain Pipes

          • 26 July 2012 13:51, by 4Justice


  • 26 July 2012 13:46, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    I am afraid these guys do not know how to run a country. Please tell them to borrow a leaf of a book of how to run a country from Field Marshall Joseph Lagu or Traitor Maulana Abel Alier. They must learn to create priorities for action without empty megaphone project announcements. Please learn to buy a donkey before you buy a cart.

    • 26 July 2012 13:54, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      I seriously think Lagu made a grand mistake to let these people lead the train of liberation. A true patriot should have led this game. It is now over what is coming next with all dirts being anounced to the world. It is bringing shame upon us. Beshir Bendi and the rest are doing the talking to blocked ears of executives who are incapable of governing.

      • 27 July 2012 03:58, by SeekingTruth

        When did you come out under the rock? Which country had your uncle led? The one that he sold only to get a light skin pussy, some house to sleep in, and some cooking utensils for serving his food? Is that what you’re talking about? Please, crouch back under your rock and never come out no more!

        • 27 July 2012 15:10, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          Please if you think you can intimidate people who point out your mischief you are wrong soon you will find yourself in fire. As a concerned citizen I have a right to commend on the errors you are making in governance. About the pussys do you know what is going on at the bank of the nile in Juba? At least the pussy he got was not HIV infested and not with stolen money of the dumb and poor, ya imp!

  • 26 July 2012 20:34, by Mapuor

    Lets hope one day the long night of uselessness will end and the sun will once again shine for all in our beloved country,lets not get dispair,the blood of your matters will never go in vain

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