South Sudan has set 2020 as a year of peace and growth, underlined by the formation of the unity government as well as its active oil and gas sector and sizeable exploration opportunities. Before COVID-19 sent the global energy sector into turmoil, the swearing in of the new transitional government on February 22, 2020 sealed the 2018 peace deal and united South Sudan’s opposition parties, leading the country to elections in three years. In the oil and gas sector, Hon. Puot Kang Chol was appointed as the new Petroleum Minister and a licensing round was about to be launched.
Although the pandemic has delayed these initiatives, South Sudan’s commitment to energy prosperity has not weakened. A key part of this effort is the South Sudan Oil & Power (SSOP) Conference & Exhibition 2021, the country’s official energy event, which will take place on June 29-30, 2021, following a rescheduling due to COVID-19. SSOP’s 2021 theme is #InCountryValue and the conference aims to highlight South Sudan’s ambitious plan to implement a solid local content framework and to create an enabling environment for partnership and investment from international firms.
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