JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan will embark on implementing
major infrastructure development projects in an effort
to open the landlocked east African nation to trade
opportunities as it seeks to recover from a devastating
minister John Luk Jok said Monday that with the
prospects of peace returning to the war-torn country,
the government would embark on building new roads and
establish rail and air infrastructure in a bid to tackle
the country’s current infrastructure challenges.
He said the
government also plans to erect new rail lines to connect
the country to Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda respectively.
that the government is also searching for potential
investors to build the country’s second international
airport in Tali, a remote area some 80 kilometers north
of the capital Juba.
needs to build its transport sector and particularly the
air transport and road infrastructure. We must continue
to build our roads because roads are the most ideal
modes of transport,” Jok said.
the World Bank, South Sudan’s road network remains in
very poor condition, especially in rural areas that are
largely inaccessible during the six-month rainy season
(from April to October).
in the near future can be an international hub, we have
this idea of building a new airport at Tali, the
location is so central that it can attract so many big
international airlines,” Jok said.
spoke during an occasion to inaugurate the country’s
first modern terminal Juba International Airport ahead
of peace celebrations scheduled for Wednesday.
President James Wani Igga hailed the new development at
the Juba airport as vital, which will help improve the
country’s image abroad because the old facilities were
in poor state.
South Sudan peace deal
fete to boost hope for peace and stability: experts
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
The forthcoming celebration of
a peace deal in South Sudan is likely to shore up hope
for peace and stability as warring leaders strive to
build confidence in ending the country’s prolonged
conflict, experts said on Monday.
Jok, co-founder and director of Sudd Institute, a
Juba-based think-tank, said the celebration for the
signing of a peace deal should involve leaders and
ordinary citizens in order for the current normalcy to
“If there is
now peace between the leaders, it would seem more
logical that they go to their constituencies together to
appeal to them to end the war because the leaders’
rivalry is already over,” Jok told Xinhua during an
interview in Juba.
something more substantive, more meaningful and more
concrete in terms of building the confidence to end the
war,” he added.
Jok said the
leaders should now use the peace agreement as an
opportunity to carry out nationwide tours to convince
the citizens and rebels to end hostilities and embrace
the leaders are the ones competing for public office and
making their constituencies fight for them, the reality
is that it is the youth, children and women from the
grassroots who suffer,” said Jok.
Sudanese government has scheduled Oct. 31 as the
country’s peace day celebration, and the main opposition
leader, Riek Machar, is expected to attend as a gesture
of reconciliation and unity.
Ting Mayai, a professor at the University of Juba’s
School of Public Service, told Xinhua that the event
will be an opportunity for President Salva Kiir and
Machar to showcase to the citizens, the region and the
world that they are ready to implement the agreement in
letter and spirit.
president Kiir’s reaching out to Machar to come to Juba
to celebrate together the agreement ahead of the
implementation of the deal, Machar’s positive responses
is a great point of refresher for peace in the country,”
demonstrated an element of political will from the
leaders to pave way for the realization of achieving
sustainable peace in the world’s youngest nation, the
Scopas, a Juba-based journalist, echoed Jok’s sentiment,
saying the celebration will act as a good starting point
for leaders to win the hearts of the masses.
needed for the parties to the agreement is to convince
the public, region and international community by
improving the security situation within the country
through their actions ahead of the next transitional
period,” Scopas said.
emphasized that the leaders should work hard to put the
interest of the people above their political gains and
to create a conducive environment to spur economic
Kiir, his former deputy and arch rival Machar, and
several other opposition groups signed a power-sharing
deal in September in Ethiopia to end hostilities that
claimed thousands of lives while creating one of the
world’s biggest refugee crises.
Sudan’s conflict, which was entering into its fifth year
before the cessation of hostilities, erupted in 2013
after forces loyal to Kiir and Machar engaged in combat.
South Sudanese civilians had sought refuge in
neighbouring countries as the conflict raged on despite
attempts by international players to end it.