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China donates machinery to aid South Sudan's agricultural development | US ends financial assistance to South Sudan, warns of consequences | Gbudue government and SPLA-IO celebrates Peace in Yambio | Deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo puts South Sudan on high alert: U.N | How the United States Kept Arms Flowing into South Sudan |

Sudan, South Sudan Deploy Joint Forces To Protect Oil Fields

South Sudan and Sudan have deployed a joint military force along their border to protect oil fields and pipelines from criminal activity, South Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth was quoted as saying on Thursday. South Sudan broke from Sudan in 2011 and took with it around 350,000 bpd in oil production. After South Sudan’s secession from Sudan, the two countries have been mutually dependent on oil revenues, because the south has 75 percent of the oil reserves, while the north has…

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Shs14.9 billion to improve Uganda, South Sudan trade

TradeMark East Africa, has availed $4m (Shs14.9b) for the upgrade of key infrastructure connecting Uganda to South Sudan through Nimule. The money, which is expected to establish a One Stop Border Post at Nimule, will also seek to upgrade the road infrastructure between the two countries in about six months, which will in turn improve trade. Currently, it takes traders an average of three days to clear goods through the Nimule border post. Mr John Kalisa, the TradeMark East…

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South Sudan: Infrastructure upgrades at Nimule One Stop Border Post set to ease clearance of humanitarian consignments

The Government of South Sudan in partnership with TradeMark East Africa have launched construction works of key infrastructure at the Nimule One Stop Border Post (OSBP) including parking yard, access roads, examination shed and drainage systems. The function was officiated by Hon. Dr. Moses Hassan Tiel, the South Sudan Minister of Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs (MoTI&EAC), Undersecretary Ministry of Transport Hon. Capt David Martin Hassan, Undersecretary MoTI&EAC Hon. Agak Achuil Lual, Executive Director South Sudan National Road Authority…

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MTN telecom to expand South Sudan coverage

South African telecom operator MTN has promised to expand its operations in South Sudan to tap into the rising demand for the mobile services. MTN head of corporate services in Juba Khumbulani Dhlomo, however, admitted that the operator was grappling with numerous challenges emanating from the prolonged civil war. Mr Dhlomo said the challenges included the economic downturn and insecurity to connect the entire country. The shutdown of Vivacell mobile network has also presented a huge burden to MTN…

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Why polygamy breeds civil war

FEW South Sudanese see a link between their country’s horrific civil war and polygamy. Instead they blame greedy politicians or the tribe next door. Fair enough: corruption, weak institutions and tribalism all make violence more likely. But marital customs matter, too. Wherever polygamy is widely practised (in South Sudan, perhaps 40% of marriages involve multiple wives) turmoil tends to follow. The 20 most fragile states in the world are all somewhat or very polygamous. Polygamous nations are more likely…

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TradeMark East Africa to set up a Shs 28bn logistics hub in Gulu

Trademark East Africa (TMEA) has launched the process of setting up a logistics centre in Gulu town to facilitate trade between Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Speaking to journalists at their offices in Kampala this morning, TMEA country director Moses Sabiiti said the organization has already secured $8m (Shs 28.8bn) from United Kingdom’s Department for Foreign Aid (DFID) and European Union for the world-class facility. “The hub will be able to handle 500,000 containers at one…

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Physical oil market sends warning to OPEC: Rout might not be over

As OPEC watches a near 15 percent drop in the oil price in three weeks, important indicators in the physical crude market are flashing signals that the decline might be far from over. The warnings come not from the heavily traded futures market, but from less transparent trading activity in crude oil and products markets, where key U.S., European and Russian crude prices have fallen of late, suggesting less robust demand. Benchmark oil futures have plunged in recent days…

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South Sudan joins Africa Trade Insurance

In his New Year message President Salva Kiir Mayardit emphasized the need to build a peaceful, prosperous, secure, and stable South Sudan. The country’s now completed membership in the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) underscores this message. With financial support from the African Development Bank, The Republic of South Sudan was able to complete its membership with an initial share capital subscription of USD7.8 million. ATI supports African countries like South Sudan by covering risks to companies and investors…

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Why mobiles could be key to solving humanitarian crises

As the months of 2017 went by it became clear that the scale of humanitarian disasters was outpacing the international community’s ability to respond. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there are some 130 million people globally in need of humanitarian assistance. Devastating storms in the Caribbean and protracted conflicts in countries such as Yemen, Iraq, Syria and South Sudan means need for support has never been greater. A combination of innovative thinking and…

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Jeff Bezos is the richest person in history

Jeff Bezos is now the richest person of all time. That should put an Amazon smile on his face. The Amazon CEO’s net worth reached $105.1 billion Monday, according to Bloomberg’s billionaire tracker. That eclipses the record previously held by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Forbes, the other major tracker of the net worth of the world’s richest, put Bezos’ net worth at a mere $104.4 billion. The majority of that net worth comes from the 78.9 million shares of…

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