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(Sudan Tribune 07/09/13)
July 9, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s vice-president, Riek Machar, has expressed hopes and optimism that his two-year old founded nation will become "the African tiger" similar to the Asian tigers such as Singapore that surprisingly emerged from the scratch and became economic powers. He said South Sudan will become the next world’s investment destination but acknowledged that there are challenges to be overcome first in order to realize the dream. Machar who is an engineer by profession and obtained his PhD in Strategic Planning in Industry in Bradford University in England at the age of 30 years before joining the struggle for independence in early 1980s, said he could engineer a roadmap to the success of his country. He...
(Human Rights Watch 07/09/13)
As South Sudan prepares to celebrate its second year of independence on 9 July 2013, we would like to take this opportunity to call on you in your powers as the President of the Republic of South Sudan to refrain from confirming any death sentences, and to instead commute all existing death sentences in South Sudan on this occasion.Furthermore, we commend your government for South Sudan's vote in favour of the fourth UN General Assembly resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty on 20 December 2012. We now urge you to take the next steps in establishing an official moratorium on executions in South Sudan with a view to abolishing the death penalty, in line with...
(Sudan Tribune 07/09/13)
(JUBA)- The special representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations and the head of UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) pledged commitment and support of the organisation for political reform, a day after president Salva Kiir Mayardit received an open letter from friends highlighting areas of concern and recommendations to rectify the situation. Hilde F.Johnson made the remark in speech before state United Nations Security Council on July 8th, 2013, during which the top UN official said emerging political differences within the leadership was also becoming another concern hindering efforts to effect for political reforms. “I, along with the rest of the mission, remain committed to helping the government make progress in pursuing further political reforms, constitution making,...
(AL Jazeera 07/09/13)
Juba, South Sudan - A heavy reliance on oil revenue needs to be urgently rectified by South Sudan’s government, analysts say, with the potential of the country’s promising agriculture sector one of the best bets for diversification. Even though oil production recently resumed after a 16-month stalemate over transit fees with Sudan to the north, the government desperately needs to develop the private sector to provide jobs and ensure stable economic growth going forward, according to the World Bank. "It is a major challenge for the government to reorient itself from the oil dependence, which will last for some years, to build a much broader base of the economy through construction and maintenance of infrastructure, as well as actions to...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Sudan exports of Dar Blend crude will hit 7 million barrels in August, up 40 percent from the previous month, as the country ramps up output, trade sources said on Tuesday. South Sudan resumed Dar Blend exports in June after the country and neighbour Sudan resolved a dispute over pipeline fees that began in January 2012. Landlocked South Sudan sends its oil via the pipeline for export from Sudan. The jump in Dar Blend supply will continue to depress spot differentials of competing grades from the Asia-Pacific and West Africa, and improve margins for refiners able to run such oils. The South Sudan government issued a tender last week to sell 3.2 million barrels - or four...
(AL Jazeera 07/09/13)
Juba, South Sudan - "Toward effective nation building and prosperity for all", encourage the billboards across this city. As South Sudan's capital prepares to celebrate its second independence day on July 9, mixed feelings linger about the progress the youngest nation in the world has made since independence. "We are free now, but life hasn't gotten better," said Ruth, who works for a local grassroots organisation. "Crime in Juba has increased, and education and health services have become more expensive," A group of students at Juba University reflected on the past two years. "To find a job is very hard, you need someone to get your back," Santo explained. Johnson, a first year student, added: "You can see some improvements...
(Amnesty International 07/09/13)
South Sudan’s independence was joyful. Many South Sudanese voted for independence, and many believed that an independent South Sudan could address the deep underdevelopment that resulted from a long civil war. However many issues between South Sudan and Sudan remained unresolved at secession: border demarcation, the status of the disputed border district of Abyei and sharing oil revenues. These issues spilled over into conflict in April 2012. On 9 July South Sudan will celebrate two years of independence. Amnesty International's expert Khairunissa Dhala takes stock of the world’s newest nation. What has happened in South Sudan since its creation? South Sudan’s independence was joyful. Many South Sudanese voted for independence, and many believed that an independent South Sudan could address...
(Zambia Daily mail 07/09/13)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Addressing the delagates at the TICAD V session on Somalia.THE fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-V) was held in Yokohama, Japan from June 1-3, 2013 and 41 African presidents including President Sata, along with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, attended. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe opened the conference by announcing a five-year US$32 billion package to support infrastructure development and boost economic growth in Africa. However, most African leaders had their own share of challenges that were highlighted at the summit. Our staffer NKOLE CHITALA who attended the conference now reports. AFRICAN countries including Zambia have made considerable progress in addressing various economic problems...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/09/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations should consider deploying surveillance drones and helicopter gunships in South Sudan because peacekeepers are struggling to protect civilians from violence and rights abuses, the U.N. special envoy to South Sudan said on Monday. Hilde Johnson told the U.N. Security Council that after a U.N. civilian helicopter was shot down in December, new safety procedures and a lack of military helicopters - the peacekeepers have only three - had slowed the mission's ability to respond. Johnson said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had outlined several options to boost the South Sudan mission in a report to the 15-member Security Council, including surveillance drones, helicopter gunships and more cargo and riverine transport capabilities. “I urge the council...
(Ghana Business News 07/09/13)
African airlines enjoyed nearly a 10% rise in traffic in May 2013 as global passenger growth trend continues, according to an industry report. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says African airlines’ traffic climbed 9.8% in May which was the second highest among the regions. The report notes that African carriers are benefiting from a sustained increase in trade through developing links to Asia and the Middle East, as well as strong GDP growth in local economies, particularly in Western Africa. “Capacity rose 7.4% in May, raising load factor 1.4 percentage points to 66.2%,” said IATA’s passenger traffic report. In terms of air freight, African carriers grew just 0.2% in May, but growth trend, according to the airline association, was...
(AL Jazeera 07/08/13)
Juba, South Sudan - As South Sudan prepares to celebrate its second independence day, mixed feelings linger about progress made since becoming the youngest nation in the world. South Sudanese rejoiced at festivities two years ago Tuesday marking secession from its northern neighbour Sudan, after decades of war that claimed more than two million lives. At a 2011 referendum, 99 percent of the population voted to secede, and expectations for a better future ran high. We are free now, but life hasn't gotten better. Crime in Juba has increased and education and health services have become more expensive. But building a new state has proven a daunting task, and two years on people's patience is being tested as the country...
(Gurtong Net 07/08/13)
KUACJOK, 8 July 2013 [Gurtong]-Speaking after ushering a massive general cleaning of the town in preparation for tomorrow’s celebration, the Deputy Governor, Akec Tong Aleu called on every resident of Warrap to mark the day with happiness and neat surrounding. “We are preparing to clean the entire town such that we receive the Independence with happiness and all the people are very happy to celebrate it in clean environment,” he said. “That is why you see everybody from every institution outside there with gloves in their hands including Hon. Governor, state ministers, UNMISS team and others joining cleaning of the town,” Aleu added. The Deputy Governor who is also the Chairperson for the Organizing Committee further acknowledged that preparations are...
(Gurtong Net 07/08/13)
JUBA, 8 July 2013 [Gurtong] - The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nhial Deng Nhial told reporters on Sunday upon his return from Addis Ababa that the African Union is going to send a technical team to Juba in an effort to find a solution to the border differences. He however did not disclose the exact date of arrival of the committee. “The first attempt to establish a centre line for the buffer zone has failed,” the minister said. South Sudan is seeking for the help of the African Union to provide a solution to ensure that both countries move ten kilometres away from the centreline as part of the border demilitarized zone. President Kiir sent Foreign Affairs Minister, Nhial Deng...
(Reuters 07/08/13)
Aimee Ansari, CARE South Sudan’s new Country Director, shares her first impressions of her new home country. It’s raining heavily as we trundle down the road from Mabior to Bor in Jonglei state in South Sudan. The road is a track of thick, deep mud. Our car slips and slides through as Akuien, our driver, tries to both control the sideward movement of the car and keep us moving forward. It’s about a four-hour journey on a day with no rain; today it will take us five or six hours. As we slither through the mud, I think that this drive is not unlike the journey that South Sudan is going through – slipping and sliding from the initial euphoria...
(Sudan Tribune 07/08/13)
Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki said that a broader scope and an all-embracing strategic solution is crucial to attain a durable deal in resolving outstanding CPA issues between Sudan and South Sudan. Afwerki made the comments while conferring with visiting EU Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan, Rosalind Marsden at the presidential palace in Asmara last Thursday 4 July. Despite South Sudan’s peaceful secession from Sudan in July 2011, post-split key issues remain unresolved. In September last year, Presidents of Sudan and South Sudan signed a series of agreements in Addis Ababa including security arrangements, oil and on the rights of citizens in the two countries. However the agreements remain far from implementation due distrust and lack of political commitment...
(Gurtong Net 07/08/13)
TORIT, 08 July 2013 [Gurtong] – Security Chairperson Major General Henry Danima Odu announced that his committee has put everything in place and safety is guaranteed. The leader who spoke to Gurtong earlier in the morning of the Monday 8, at Torit Police Division in Torit confirmed a joint patrol of forces comprising of army, Police, prison, wildlife and Civil Defence have been deployed to potentially insecure areas in Torit town. He said the government joint patrol forces which have been deployed to the insecurity prone areas in Torit town will continue to be on reserve until the ongoing celebrations come to an end. He clarified that his Sub-committee puts all the strategies in place in order to prevent public...
(Sudan Tribune 07/08/13)
The commercial shops at the grand market in Nyala, capital of South Darfur state, were shut down following news of an assassination attempt that targeted the notorious Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly committing crimes against humanity and war crimes in Sudan's western region of Darfur. The governor of South Darfur state, Adam Mahmoud Jar al-Nabi, told the pro-government Ashorooq TV that an unknown person opened fire on Kushayb whom he identified as an "assistant at the Central Reserves Police" and one of his companions in Nyala yesterday. He added that Kushayb was severely injured in his hands and receiving treatment at Nyala hospital. The governor further pointed that the...
(Sudan Tribune 07/08/13)
South Sudan oil production has resumed in April 2013 after stoppage for nearly 15 months. Assuming problems with Sudan over the implementation of the 27th September 2012 Agreements will be resolved, it is expected that the revenue from the first sale of South Sudan's oil will soon start to flow again into the South Sudan's budget. Chief amongst new beneficiaries of oil revenue will be governments and local communities of oil producing states; namely, Upper Nile and Unity states. The Petroleum Producing States shall receive two percent of the net petroleum revenue and the local communities within the Petroleum Producing States shall receive 3%. The Petroleum Revenue Management Bill which sets out the framework and management system fort these percentages...
(Sudan Tribune 07/08/13)
(JUBA) - South Sudan has said that recent orders asking foreigners in the country to regularise their status should not be interpreted to mean that the country is against foreigners. The country’s Interior Minister, Alison Manani Magaya, said in an interview with the Sudan Tribune on Saturday that the move to require foreigners to legalise their stay is normal and is aimed at combating what he calls rising crime in the country. “The policy of the government is that those who come must possess legal documents, register with the ministry of interior through immigration authorities upon arrival, and show respect to our people and laws as well as our way of living,’ said Alison Manani Magaya. The minister’s remark follows...
(Sudan Tribune 07/08/13)
On 9th July, the people of the South will celebrate the second anniversary of their independence. It is a moment of reflection of what they have achieved as nation and as citizens who make up this new nation. In my piece about the first anniversary of the independence, I stated that given "our rich cultural values and enormous resources and the inspiring selfless sacrifices of our martyrs, South Sudan has a character with all the ingredients for building a bright and prosperous future and one day becomes the most powerful nation on the continent." There is no doubt that the second year of the new nation has been a difficult year by all standards. It is the year that the...

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