Friday 22 September 2017
(Voice of America 03/28/13)
South Sudan's first oil exports will reach Sudan in mid-April after resuming production, Sudan's state news agency SUNA said on Wednesday, citing a senior oil official. After months of negotiations both African countries agreed earlier this month to resume cross-border oil-flows after tensions between them eased. Landlocked South Sudan, which shut down its entire output in a row with Khartoum over oil fees last year, needs to export its oil through the Sudanese port of Port Sudan. The first southern cargo would cross Sudan's border between April 15 and 20 and then go to Port Sudan, Awad Abdel-Fattah, secretary-general in Sudan's oil ministry, told SUNA. South Sudan's oil minister said on March 14 oil firms in the South had been...
(Gurtong Net 03/28/13)
As part of efforts to systematically develop the education system through appropriate teaching approaches, South Sudan has taken a step forward to implementing a National Teachers’ Development program targeting 700 teachers across the country. The Eastern Equatoria State Ministry of Education’s Director for Quality Promotion and Innovation’s Mr. Joseph Ruo Abuni clarified that the National Ministry of General Education and Instructions in Juba in collaboration with state ministries is embarking on a two-year piloting program which according to him will be adopted upon its success after the ongoing implementation efforts. “This is a new program; South Sudan is offering a Diploma in Education in seven recognized and registered National Teacher Training Institutes (NTTIs) such as Arapi in Eastern Equatoria State,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/27/13)
South Sudan's deal to sell oil to Swiss-based trader Trafigura, made public on Wednesday, shows how new detente with Sudan may revive trade, but much can yet derail a pact meant to stifle hostility along their disputed border. Landlocked South Sudan, independent since 2011 after decades of civil war, is to resume oil exports it shut off 14 months ago in a dispute over transit fees with Sudan's government in Khartoum. The Trafigura deal, to pump crude to Sudan's Red Sea terminal at Port Sudan, is a mark of its intent. But among threats to the agreement the two Sudans signed this month to pull troops back from the frontier is a rebellion on the northern side that has long...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/27/13)
Kenya's CIC Insurance plans to expand its business to South Sudan and Uganda this year after profits more than doubled last year due to a jump in underwriting and investment income, the firm said on Wednesday. The insurer, in which Co-operative Bank is the single largest shareholder, said it planned to create a subsidiary in South Sudan and acquire a 40 percent stake in Uganda Cooperative Savings and Credit Union. Insurance is viewed as a growth sector in the east Africa, because of low penetration rates, with less than 5 percent of the population having any form of insurance cover. CIC said regional expansion was one avenue for growth. Others the company said it was pursuing included "micro insurance", new...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
Sudan's vice president on Tuesday invited rebel groups to help prepare a new constitution, a sign of Khartoum's newly-relaxed stance toward the insurgents since signing border security deals with South Sudan this month. Relations between Sudan and its southern neighbor have been tumultuous since the two split apart in July 2011 under a peace deal that ended decades of civil war - and both have accused the other of continuing to support rebels in their territories. After the split, the two fell out over the position of their border, the status of disputed land, the division of national debt and how much the landlocked South should pay to export its oil through Sudan, among other issues. Tensions compelled South Sudan...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
"BRICS, Don't Carve Africa" reads a banner in a church hall in downtown Durban where civil society activists have gathered to cast a critical eye at a summit of five global emerging powers. The slogan evokes the 19th Century conference in Berlin where the predominant European colonial states carved up the African continent in a scramble historians see as epitomizing the brash exploitative capitalism of the time. Decades after Africans threw off the colonial yoke, it is the turn of the blossoming BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa to find their motives coming under scrutiny as they proclaim an altruistic-sounding "partnership for development, integration and industrialization" with Africa. Led by that giant of the emerging powers,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger. The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture. All of the countries, except Cape Verde where there is little data, are also on track or close to meeting a U.N. target of halving extreme poverty by 2015, the report said. The African leaders will visit the White House on Thursday to showcase their fledgling democracies, but...
(The New York Times 03/26/13)
BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China continues his first overseas trip as his country’s leader, arriving in South Africa late on Monday after Russia and Tanzania, he meets with much goodwill – but also some concern among Africans that China may be a “new colonial power,” extracting resources and selling manufactured goods, as I reported on Sunday. China knows it. In a speech in Tanzania, Mr. Xi sought to calm the concerns, as my colleagues Chris Buckley and Jeffrey Gettleman reported. “China frankly faces up to the new circumstances and new problems in Sino-African relations,” Mr. Xi told an audience of Tanzanian politicians and officials in Dar es Salaam, the country’s economic hub and a center of government,...
(Addis Fortune 03/20/13)
Ethiopia will benefit from being paid by the barrel, as well as saving on oil transportation costs. Ethiopia is to be a pass way for the oil pipeline that South Sudan is set to construct, in order to export its cruel oil through the Djibouti Red Sea port of Douraleh. The government ofEthiopiasigned a memorandum of understanding on March 12, 2013, at the Hilton Hotel, with South Sudan andDjibouti, for the construction of the pipeline. Abrahame Tekeste (PhD), state minister for Finance & Economic Development; Elizabeth James Bol, deputy minister of Petroleum & Mining for South Sudan and Aboubaker Omar Hadi, chairman of Ports & Free Zones Authority of Djibouti, agreed that South Sudan will export oil via Djibouti’s port,...
(Sudan Vision 03/19/13)
Khartoum – Meetings of the Joint Political and Security Committee (JPSC) between Sudan and South Sudan continued at the level of technical committees. The two sides are expected to discuss the implementation of the security agreement signed between Khartoum and Juba last year to open ten border checkpoints to promote trade between the two countries besides the formation of a joint force to monitor border security. The force will comprise 90 members from Sudan and South Sudan and about 860 peacekeepers from the United Nations Interim Force in Abyei (UNISFA). Dr. Al Muiz Farouq, JPSC rapporteur said South Sudan issued a letter signed by its Defence Minister stating that Sudan has no forces south of 1.1.1956 borderline and South Sudan...
(Sudanese Online 03/19/13)
Khartoum-Sudanese authorities started on Sudan trail of members of Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) who have been accused of trying to stage a coup against the ruling National Congress Party (NCP). Sudanese authorities announced on Thursday, 22 November, that they arrested 13 individuals including former chief of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), Salah Gosh, Brigadier General Mohamed Ibrahim Abdel-Galil “Wad Ibrahim” from the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), and Major General Adil Al-Tayeb from the NISS on suspicion of standing behind a “subversive attempt” that security authorities allegedly foiled earlier on the same day. About a dozen members of Sudan's armed forces have gone on trial on charges of trying to stage a coup against President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, a...
(Gurtong Net 03/19/13)
The Central Equatoria State Health Minister Dr. Emmanuel Ija Baya has urged parents to cooperate with vaccinators and ensure that their children are vaccinated as the state embarks a four-day campaign against polio. He told the media this morning at a press briefing in his office as vaccinators from all the six counties of the state begin the exercise. “I would like to give a message to the parents. Please make sure that your child is immunized so that you don’t regret later when your child gets polio,” he said. The minister said that the vaccination marks an important step in the process of getting rid of polio In 2012, the minister said they were able to register up to...
(The New Sudan Vision 03/18/13)
(Calgary, AB, Canada) - There are two ways in which a tethered domesticated bull can untangle itself: either its shepherd unties it or it muscles its way out of a leash. The world's newest nation is a captive bull that everybody agrees must escape bondage but disagrees on the optimal approach. The country's bloody long war of liberation to wrest itself of foreign hegemony and control got a boost in 2011 when humanity ratified its people's overwhelming vote for independence, paving a stage for its Caesarean birth. Although South Sudan has overcome war, its society is deeply fractured by years of strife. Like a wounded veteran I recall from late 1992 in the town of Kapoeta, the country limps ahead...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/13)
A United Nations peacekeeper has been shot and wounded by unknown gunmen in South Sudan, the international organization said on Wednesday, in the country's first such incident. The shooting took place on Tuesday while the peacekeeper was on patrol in the remote Jonglei state in the east of the country, which broke away from Sudan in mid-2011. "UNMISS (the U.N. mission in South Sudan) confirms that a U.N. peacekeeper was wounded yesterday when an unidentified armed group fired on an UNMISS patrol," said Kouider Zerrouk, a spokesman for the mission. Jonglei, a remote and undeveloped area the size of England, has been torn apart by inter-ethnic massacres triggered by cattle raids and abductions in recent years. More than 1,600 people...
(AL Jazeera 03/12/13)
AU-brokered agreement, to be implemented within two weeks, comes a year after South shut down oil trade with North. Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to resume the flow of southern oil exports through pipelines in Sudan within two weeks, more than a year after Juba shut down its entire output. An African Union mediator announced the deal on Tuesday, which resumes trade between the two countries after South Sudan shut down its 350,000 barrel-per-day output in January last year in a dispute with Khartoum over fees. The armies of the two countries have also agreed to withdraw troops from contested border areas, in the latest attempt to set up a buffer zone after fighting last year. Idris Mohammed Abdel...
(BBC News Africa 03/12/13)
South Sudan and Sudan have agreed to resume pumping oil after a bitter dispute over fees which saw production shut down more than a year ago. The South, which seceded from the rest of Sudan in 2011, will begin oil production again by 24 March, under the deal negotiated in Ethiopia. Both states rely heavily on oil, which is pumped from the South through Sudan's pipelines for export. They also agreed to withdraw troops from their border area. A demilitarised buffer zone is to be set up, with the intention of improving security. Trade deals and a committee to agree on the disputed border were also discussed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The 17-page document signed by Sudanese and...
(Sudan Tribune 03/12/13)
Violence in South Sudan is likely to internally displace about 200,000 people, while up to 350,000 refugees, mainly from Sudan are expected into the country this year, the United Nations said in a report. JPEG - 41.3 kbPeople displace by ethnic violence in Pibor County, Jonglei state February 2, 2012 (ST/Julius Uma) The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in its latest report, also anticipates that heightened conflict and economic instability is likely to increase the number of people requiring food assistance by more than a million. “Insecurity remains a major constraint to optimizing South Sudan’s agricultural potential. Incidents of armed cattle rustling, violence between and among communities, and the activities of non-state armed groups continue to inhibit...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/12/13)
(Reuters) - Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to order the resumption of the flow of southern oil exports through pipelines in Sudan within two weeks, more than a year after Juba shut down its entire output, a mediator said on Tuesday. Landlocked South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in July 2011, shut down its 350,000 barrel-per-day output in January last year in a dispute with Khartoum over fees. Both countries depended heavily on oil for revenue and the foreign currency they use to import food and fuel, but disputes over the border and other issues prevented the two from resuming exports. Sudan's chief negotiator Idris Mohammed Abdel Gadir signed a deal with his South Sudanese counterpart Pagan Amum setting...
(Voice of America 03/11/13)
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has ordered troops to pull back from the border with Sudan, as part of efforts to create a demilitarized zone between the countries. South Sudan military spokesman Philip Aguer confirmed Monday the army has been told to move back, following an agreement the two Sudans signed in Addis Ababa on Friday. He said, "Within four days they will be able to pack all their equipment and start moving to the designated areas. That is 10 kilometers away from the buffer zone." The agreement calls for both sides to pull back their troops from the border by March 14. Aguer said it would take about two weeks to complete the move. There was no word when...

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