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Trade and Investment in South Sudan virgin land of Opportunities

South Sudan the world´s newest country having attained its Independence on 9th July 2011 two years old has made a significant progress in political, security and to some extent on economic stability after two years of independence, surly there are still huge challenges and lots more needs to be done.

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Opportunities

South Sudan is endows with unlimited potential in oil, gas, agriculture, forestry, livestock, fishery, tourism, mining and energy source and above all vibrant human resource, South Sudan has the greatest potential for investment opportunities in the region.

A new democracy with ten states located into three greater regions: Greater Bahr El Ghazal, Greater Upper Nile and Greater Equatoria where the seat of government is based in Juba, Central Equatoria State.

Each one of ten states has it s own potential and opportunities different from the other, according to the Sudan Census results 2008 Census which puts South Sudan´s Population at an estimate of 8 million people very much disputed though.

Facts and Challenges

South Sudan new nation, having emerged from the longest and protracted war in African history, faces fundamental challenges: being a land locked country, in adequate infrastructure, effect of colonial legacies in the communities, manifested in the current Failed Coup Attempt and the rebellion and conflict; effect of war, humanitarian aid dependency culture, generations after generations are affected by the war without essential skills, indeed South Sudan literacy rate stands at 27 % only.

Despites challenges; South Sudan stand a better chance to succeed in 21th century in building a stable, viable democracy and economically prosperous new nation, because it started late. With right investment and planning and right policies it could avoid experiences of “ those Failed States in Africa” and go for experiences of “those successful states” which achieved economic prosperity and stable democracy like the Republic of Botswana, Rwanda just to mention few; it is doable; South Sudan two years sovereignty experiences shows a significance progress in many respects.

South Sudan priorities for investment

Agriculture, physical infrastructure, social infrastructure including schools, hospital, water services, mining, energy and electricity, petroleum and gas industries, prospecting of natural resources for economic use; forestry: teak, mahogany, Ebony and gum Africa (gum Arabic) medium to heavy manufacturing industries, transport, telecommunications, print and electronic media, information technology, commercial banking, insurance, property management and financial institutions, pharmaceutical chemicals, tourism and hotel industry development and above all human resource investment in vocational training and entrepreneurship opportunity, more precisely investing in service sectors like education, private schools, colleges, vocational and technical, universities; health private clinic and real estates and sports South Sudan is gifted with able human resources suitable for all kind of sport specifically; basket ball, food ball and all athletics, South Sudan could compete in world stage if avails an opportunity

Very basic local investment opportunities

Water irrigation farming, animal and fisheries, meat industry- hide, skin, and leather, animal and chicken feeds, diary industry, horticulture development, mining: cement, coal, gold, uranium, etc.

Energy sector huge potential in solar, hydropower and wind power

Climate Zone

There are six climate zone in South Sudan: green belt, ironstone plateau, Nile Sobat, flood plains, hills and mountains and arid zone all presents unique opportunities and potentials for investments in ten states of South Sudan:

Eastern Equatoria state, Central Equatoria state, Western Equatoria state, Jonglei state, Upper Nile state, Unity state, Lakes state, Warrap state, Western Bahr El Ghazal state and Northern Bahr El Ghazal state.

Current political, security and economic environment in South Sudan

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Clearly, there are post independence issues unresolved between Sudan and South Sudan as: Abyei referendum, Border demarcation, Security arrangements and Assets South Sudan stills uses Sudan Pipe line Infrastructure and a host of other critical post independence issues. However, of late the relationship between Sudan and South Sudan has significantly improved with reciprocal visits by the two head of states to Juba and Khartoum respectively. There is a great deal of improvement and the process is on going with great hope that it will be sustained for a longer time, since it is a common interest of the two countries. South Sudan is in very good and full bilateral and trade relationships, with Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia and a huge presence of Eretria business community doing business in Juba, especially in hotel industry.

Based on this description, it could be said with confident that, South Sudan has normalized relations with Sudan and maintains peaceful relations with other neighboring countries in the region.

Economy: South Sudan economy is growing and actively seeking additional opportunities to diversify its economy beyond oil revenues with a focus on agriculture, mining, energy, infrastructure and human resources etc.

Security: Despite the tragic Failed Coup Attempt by Dr. Riek Machar that has caused a shocking Human Rights Abuses, and destruction of human resources and property, People of South Sudan are hopeful with current peace negotiation in Addis Ababa mediated by IGAD. It also worth mention that David Yau Yau rebel leader from Jonglei state is on peace negotiation with the government in Addis Ababa, the process is most likely to bring lasting peace to the people of South Sudan.

Current Major Investment on going in South Sudan and East Africa
1. Fulla Rapid Hydro Power in important
2. Lamu Regional Project LAPSETT
3. East Africa Railway Project