Build The Nation: South Sudan Prioritizes Infrastructure Development
While several African countries saw significant delays to infrastructure projects due the COVID-19 pandemic, South Sudan has been committed to dramatically raising its living standards, spurring industrialization and generating economic benefits through large-scale infrastructural investments. Built against a backdrop of reformed political stability, the new administration is focused on improving infrastructure to stimulate growth and investment across energy and non-energy sectors. Accordingly, the country is prioritizing significant improvement of roads, the revitalization of power generation infrastructure and the development of improved water and sanitation infrastructure, supported by a new Infrastructural Development Plan and the establishment of foreign partnerships.
By prioritizing new and improved road networks, South Sudan is growing both trade and transportation opportunities within the country. Notably, South Sudan is concentrating on the construction of major in-country road networks, including the Juba-Bahr El-Ghazal Highway, the Juba-Bor-Malakal Highway, the Juba-Yambio Highway and the Juba-Nadapal Highway. By partnering with international construction firms, South Sudan is enhancing connectivity and ensuring the direct transport of goods and services to residents throughout the country. In addition to local networks, South Sudan is improving regional networks with neighboring countries through the development of key projects such as the Kenya-South Sudan Highway, a 248-km highway linking Kenya to South Sudan. By focusing on linkages with the wider region, South Sudan is opening up trade and transportation opportunities, encouraging economic growth in the process.
“Logistics is one of our biggest problems that we are trying to solve. Last year, we started work on national roads that will connect South Sudan to both Ethiopia and Sudan. This will assist with the movement of goods and materials, especially to the oil fields, which are very close to the borders of both countries,” H.E. Awow Daniel Chuang, Undersecretary, Ministry of Petroleum, told Pump Africa.
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