JUBA South Sudan
(Xinhua) -- South Sudan said Tuesday
it has already integrated an online portal aimed at eliminating
various non-tariff barriers (NTBs).
The move aims in a
bid to ease trade and expedite timely delivery of humanitarian
aid as the country seeks recovery from more than five years of
Mou Mou Athian, Undersecretary for East African Community (EAC)
under the ministry of trade, industry and EAC Affairs, said the
online portal is the first trade-related online tool in South
Sudan designed to provide information on institutions and
mechanisms to fight NTBs.
"It is designed as the virtual center that provides
information on national, regional and international themes
related to the elimination of NTBs," Athian told journalists in
Juba during training of officials on use of the portal.
He disclosed that they developed two tools that will help
with the identification, registration and elimination of NTBs.
Athian revealed that the first tool is the national response
system for NTBs that will enable quick resolution of specific
NTBs particularly those related to non-compliance to the
He disclosed that the second tool is specifically designed to
assist humanitarian organizations in South Sudan and revenue
authorities to streamline the process of tax exemptions and
enable faster flow of humanitarian assistance to people in need
in South Sudan.
"The NTB portal directly addresses South Sudan’s commitments
arising from its membership to the EAC and will help South
Sudan’s participation in regional forums that are established to
address NTBs," said Athian.
He added that increased exchange of information on NTBs with
EAC member states, among others, will reduce the cost of goods
imported to South Sudan and facilitate exports.
"Start using the NTB Portal, learn, report and monitor NTBs
and help us make it an effective mechanism for reducing the cost
and time of trade in South Sudan," he said.
Charles Data Alemi, director Imani development that developed
the online portal together with Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA),
said the digital tool will help traders in the country to
identify and report on any form of NTBs.
"Today’s training is specifically to train members of the
national committee who will be responsible for resolving some of
these NTBs," he said.
Land-locked South Sudan joined the six member EAC trade bloc
in 2016 that includes Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and
The country is now pursuing membership in the World Trade
Organization that will open up access to capital and market for
locally produced goods.
South Sudan to probe
officials and companies over oil deals
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan said on Thursday it has commenced
investigations on officials and companies involved in oil deals
to ascertain oil sales, payments and taxes.
Ateny Wek Ateny, president Salva Kiir’s spokesman, said the
work of an ad-hoc committee will question officials that include
former minister of petroleum Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth and some
companies in a bid to balance books with auditors over pre-oil
sales, payments and the taxes.
"The terms of reference are very clear there is a term for
the investigation to ascertain the number of pre-sale agreements
in the past and present deals and the details of companies
allocated South Sudan crude oil on the basis of pre-sales,"
"They are also to investigate the pre-sales process, off-take
sales payments and taxes.
"They also have to engage the auditor general to audit the
pre-sales in order to reconcile payments and liabilities against
the government of South Sudan," Ateny told Xinhua in Juba.
The committee led by Elia Lomuro, the Cabinet Affairs
minister, will also question officials in the finance ministry
and Bank of South Sudan.
Michael Makuei Lueth, minister of information and
broadcasting, said the government is also interested in
reviewing the contracts entered between South Sudan and the
companies responsible for selling crude on behalf of the
South Sudan depends 95 percent on oil production to finance
its fiscal budget.
The crude is transported through Port Sudan.
The youngest nation which is just emerging from conflict
since outbreak in December 2013 has not yet passed its 2018/19
fiscal budget after lawmakers last week protested over delays in
payment of six months salaries for civil servants and soldiers.
Oil production has of late peaked to 175,000 barrels a day
from less than 130,000 bpd due to prevailing peace after the
government and opposition groups signed the revitalized peace
deal in September 2018 in Ethiopia.
South Sudan secures U.S. $
24.7 million dollars
to improve water supply and sanitation
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
The African Development Bank (AfDB) said
Tuesday it has approved 24.7 million U.S. dollars to finance a
project to improve the country’s water supply and sanitation.
AfDB said the strategic water supply and sanitation
improvement project will support the rehabilitation of
approximately 50km of the Juba town distribution network and
related works, including metering and public water collections
Benedict Kanu, Bank country manager for South Sudan said the
project will greatly assist South Sudanese by helping to improve
the quality and delivery of urban water supply services in Juba
city and strengthening rural water supply and sanitation
He added that it will help in combating diseases, reducing
health costs, improving quality of life, as well as helping
women save time and increase convenience due to closer water
"On completion, the project will directly benefit 300,000
people in Juba and the surrounding rural Jubek state," AfDB said
in a statement.
Juba, like many urban centers in the country, suffers from
the effects of years of armed conflict and under-investment in
the development and maintenance of basic water infrastructure,
according to AfDB.
It said increased numbers of displaced people and rapid
urbanization have placed considerable strain on existing urban
water supply infrastructure and the illegal supply of untreated
water drawn from river Nile by private water tanker operators is
common in the city and its suburbs.