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JUBA, 12 February 2011 – The tamarcking of the 192 kilometer Juba-Nimule highway connecting South Sudan to Uganda and eventually to the Mombasa port in Kenya was on Thursday by the GoSS President Salva Kiir Mayardit.
The road is one of South Sudan’s key roads that is used to import goods from East Africa into the semi – autonomous region.
About 20 buses use the Juba-Nimule road everyday ferrying passengers between the Ugandan capital Kampala and Juba.
Kiir said tarmacking of the road will help address transport challenges that South Sudan as an independent nation is likely to face with her neighboring countries.
The United States of America Consul General Barrie Walkley who was also present at the launch said improving the road’s condition will greatly reduce the time taken to travel from Juba to Kampala.
It is estimated that currently it takes eight hours to travel from Juba to Nimule.
“The completion of this road will catalyse business transactions between Southern Sudan and the neighboring countries”, said Walkley.
He pledged US’ continuous support to South Sudan’s socio-economic transformation.
The GoSS Minister of Transport and Roads Anthony Lino Makana said the Juba- Nimule road is one of the 7,000 kilometers of road being tarmacked in South Sudan.
The project that is expected to be completed early next year is being funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Louis Berger Group at a cost of US$ 225 million.
(Gurtong)Mobile telephone operator Vivacell has embarked on extending its operations in Eastern Equatoria State.
Torit residents utilise mobile phone for their communication needs.[©Gurtong]
TORIT, 14 February 2011 (Gurtong) – In its bid to take services closer to the rural communities in the state, the company has projected erecting 40 transmission boosters in the area.
The company’s senior site acquisition officer Celso Agole Putha told Gurtong in Torit that construction of base stations is already underway in Goejok, Magwi town, Ibona, Kormush and Imurok.
“The boosters currently operational are in Moli, Pageri, Nimule and Torit while new ones are expected after our successful tour of Loriyok in Budi County, Kapoeta town of Kapoeta
South County and Narus town of Kapoeta East County”, he said.
Agole added that other boosters will be built in Lolim, Kapoeta East County, Loyoro in Kapoeta East County, Napotpot in Kapoeta East County and Lobira in Ikotos County.
“We have obtained pieces of land after successful meetings with local authorities of Chalamini and Lobalua villages where we will set up our boosters and we are happy that the communities have welcomed the development”, he said.
JUBA, 25 February 2011 - Maridi’s power supply was inaugurated on Wednesday and the Western Equatoria town can now experience the benefits of electricity. The project was funded by USAID in collaboration with governments of South Sudan and Western Equatoria.
Officiating at the function, the minister for Transport and Roads, Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS), H.E. Anthony Lino Makana, said the electricity supply will improve education, health services and businesses. He commended the government for its commitment to rural development. “If someone tells you your government is not working, [know] that it is a lie because we work day and night”, he said.
The United States general consul Barrie Walkley told the people during the inauguration that his country’s support of the electricity project aims at supporting Dr. John Garang’s vision of taking the town to the villages. Ambassador Walkley said Maridi’s power plant is ready to serve 725 customers with a 21-kilometre line and another 175 people will be connected later. He added that the electricity will help small scale businesses in the region.
The Governor of Western Equatoria, H.E. Joseph Bakosoro said the project is a unique because it is the first of its kind in an area which has never electric power supply.
The function was also attended and addressed by GOSS minister for Energy and Mining, H.E. Garang Diing Akuong as well as several members of the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly and the regional assembly.
Maridi is the third town to be connected to electricity grid under the Southern Sudan Rural Electrification Programme supported by the USAID. The Maridi community participated effectively in the construction of the lines by providing free labour. The power project which commenced in 2008 cost USD 3.9 million
LinkMarch 1, 2011 (JUBA) – The African Development Bank (ADB) is ready to provide support to the emerging independent state of South Sudan in the development of its various infrastructures, says the bank’s Country & Policies Vice President, Aloysius Ordu.
ADB would give more financial and technical support in the area of capacity building, good governance and poverty reduction. This came in a meeting on Tuesday in Juba between the visiting Ordu and the Vice President of South Sudan, Riek Machar Teny.
As part of the ADB’s traditional support to fragile states in Africa, Machar also appealed for support to initiatives of peace building and reconciliations among the populations in the region, which he said were traumatised by the 21 years of war, cattle rustling and tribal conflicts.
He also stressed on the importance of prioritising support to agriculture and livestock sectors in the region.
The region’s Vice President said his government has been under pressure, trying to manage what he said were the “very high expectations” of the people of the new state.
“Our people need compensation for the losses in war,” he said, adding that the compensations should be in form of service delivery in health, education, food security, clean water and electrical coverage sectors, among others. The region will not “turn into Dubai overnight”, he acknowledged, but gave assurance that his government would do its best to gradually meet the expectations of the people.
With a mandate to promote economic and social development in Africa, Ordu, also assured that South Sudan can also qualify to become member of the African Development Bank as the 54th country in Africa after its official independence in July 2011.
The Bank’s delegation will further discuss the details of their support with the minister of Finance and Economic Planning, David Deng Athorbei.
ADB is a financial institution of 53 African and 24 non-African countries which promotes economic and social progress in Africa through loans, equity investments and technical assistance. Structurally, the ADB Group includes the African Development Bank, the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund.
Established in 1964 and headquartered Tunisia, ADB has provided a cumulative US$55 billion in loans and grants in Africa.
(Gurtong)Residents and businesspeople in the Lakes State capital Rumbek will soon enjoy a 24-hour uninterrupted electricity supply.
The State Minister of Physical Infrastructure Joseph Maker Madit has at the same time clarified that the stalled electrification of Rumbek was caused by the recently- concluded Southern Sudan Referendum.
The minister said the technicians who had come from northern Sudan left for fear of reprisals during the plebiscite.
He added that lack of cables for the 3-megawatt power plant also contributed to the halt.
Madit has, however, assured that the project will commence soon, saying already electricity transmission poles have been delivered in the Western Bahr el Ghazal State capital Wau and additional transformers are expected from Juba.
“The installation of the generator is complete and what is pending is work on the transmission networks”, he said.
He assured all foreign contractors working in Lakes State that they will be offered government protection as they play a key role in the re-construction of South Sudan.
He said the project that was set to be completed last December will only require two months for its completion.
“With the new power supply, we will conserve our forests as most town dwellers currently rely on charcoal for their energy needs”, he said.
The completion of the electricity project was one of the promises the current Lakes State government pledged during the political campaigns in the run up top last year’s Sudan general elections.
LinkSunday, 29th August, 2010
JUBA-South Sudanese authorities have identified eleven sites in the semi-autonomous region where they plan to build hydroelectric plants to exploit the White Nile and other rivers, a government official said on Saturday.
The oil-producing south will vote in a referendum on secession on Januay 9 and is widely expected to become an independent nation.
Southerners will be building a country from scratch after decades of civil war destroyed what little infrastructure there was in the fertile region.
Isaac Liabwel, a senior official at the ministry of water resources and irrigation, said exploiting the Nile was central to the development of the south, which has no electricity grid. Only a few towns have power provided by expensive generators.
“We have located more than 10 potential sites for hydro power, most are along the Nile and its tributaries,” Liabwel said. Liabwel said five sites had been earmarked along the Nile, three others on its tributaries, and three at other water catchment sites in the region.
He said they could potentially provide the south with 2,000 megawatt hours of power per day. The final price tag and timeframe is unknown and costing studies are under way, said Liabwel, who singled out four of the sites along the Nile as the top priority.
“These are the main sites. Once they are operational we can link with Uganda and the DRC Congo and export power to them,” he said. The Blue and White Nile merge in Sudan into a single river that then flows into Egypt.
Southern Sudan Electricity Corporation general manager, Ajuoi Chol, said the cost for the four priority sites south of Juba would not be less than $1b.
ReutersNAIROBI (Reuters) - South Sudanese telecoms firm Vivacell aims to triple its subscribers to 3 million by 2014 and sees a huge market for mobiles in the country, despite hefty operating costs, a company official said.
The region is set to become Africa's newest nation in July after it voted to secede earlier this year following two decades of war.
There are massive infrastructure deficits but South Sudan's fledgling mobile phone market has attracted a number of firms since a peace deal was signed in 2005.
"There's a huge potential for the market in South Sudan, we have 10 million possible customers," Khalil Nassar, Vivacell's chief technology officer, told Reuters late on Wednesday, referring to the country's estimated population.
"Our plan is to reach 3 million subscribers in three years time. We expect to hit a million by the end of this year."
Vivacell was launched in 2009 after Lebanon's Fattouch Investment Group purchased south Sudanese company NOW (Network of the World) in 2007.
The firm is now jointly owned by south Sudanese and other backers, Nassar said. In addition to Vivacell, Kuwait's Zain, South Africa's MTN and Sudatel's Sudani have already set up operations in the south.
Nassar, who was speaking on the sidelines of an industry conference, said his company intends to capitalise on an influx of South Sudanese returning to the region following the peaceful referendum in January.
"As the country becomes a republic in July, most people will come back to their areas," he said. "The first things they will want are going to be water, electricity and then ways of communication."
Sudan's conflict killed 2 million people and displaced another 4 million as the country's Muslim north and mainly Christian south battled over differences in ideology, ethnicity and religion.
Hundreds of thousands are now expected to flock to their homeland this year, with over 264,000 returning by October last year, according to the United Nations.
The dearth in infrastructure makes it difficult and expensive for a company like Vivacell to operate in the country, and Nassar said employees were forced to use planes to reach sites.
"This country is coming from 30 years of conflict. There are no asphalted roads, so its not cost-effective," he said.
Officials say telecom companies operating in the south last week received a letter from the South Sudan government telling them to suspend work there until the administration publishes new rules for the sector.
Nassar said he was not aware of such an announcement, adding the company was focused on rural expansion in the impoverished state.
"The objective now is not to make profit, but to set up network and satisfy our customers," he said.
Juba PostJUBA - The Japan International Cooperation Agency representative in Juba, Kenichi Shishido had a talk with His Excellency Salva Kiir on Friday. The two discussed on the future infrastructure development of South Sudan.
Shishido said that JICA presented to the office of the President of South Sudan the structure of their work plan which includes the construction of the new bridge, water plants and food nutrition granaries.
President Kiir welcomed the decision and told Shishido that the plan falls in the priority development context of his government.
According to the president, south Sudan suffered era of the Unity government with little or no intentions to develop infrastructure of the region. “The National Congress Party failed to put in place any infrastructure in the south”. He said that developing a good road net work would bring in development of trade, industry and agriculture.
Juba river port falls in the immediate advantage for construction. The president declared that the port will also handle goods coming from international destinations.
Shishido revealed that JICA has conducted a study on River Nile Bridge, which was constructed in 1973. The plan to construct a new River Nile Bridge is expected to begin next year 2012. The new bridge will connect Nimule road to Lologo and Jebel kujur so as to reduce traffic in the City.
According to Shishido, the project estimates will take $80M for the construction of the bridge. It will also take $30M for expansion of Juba River port- from 2011-2014 and capacity development on sustainable road maintenance and management in Juba.
Shishido added that JICA will give support to enhance the capacity of South Sudan Urban Water Cooperation for their operation and management of water treatment plant, transmission and distribution facilities, water quality and financial condition improvement. The proposed project is estimated to take $4.3M.
Shishido said 120 public tap stands, eight water tanker filling stations, construction of distribution mains and secondary distribution pipe lines will be in place by the end of 2013.
The varying project of JICA targets to strengthen organizational capacity of GoSS and State Ministry of Health to perform effectively. It also aims at implementation of human resource development, policy and Annual plan. He said the move is to prepare the new nation to be self reliant.
Salva however, urged the JICA to protect the lives of her citizen by providing skills on the reserve of food nutrition. “A nation without food cannot stand and her citizens are exposed to hunger, poverty and the children would suffer from malnutrition”, added Salva. He appealed for the cooperation of the international community to enhance the growth of the citizens.
JICA will fully implement in the country the planned projects that will benefit the population that needs humanitarian support in terms of food security. JICA recognizes the fact that the long civil war destabilized the citizens of south Sudan who are now still settling to gear agriculture and trade. Shishido’s remark came at a time when he was leaving Juba for Khartoum and he promised to keep an eye on south Sudan’s projects to succeed.