Friday
May272011

North-South tensions persist, violence in Abyei

The town of Abyei was the scene of fighting between North and South Sudan forces this past week. That area on the border between North and South Sudan is source of dispute and tension. (Read more here. and here) Under a separate part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, Abeyei is supposed to have its own vote to determine if it will become part of the North or South. That vote has not yet been taken due to ongoing disputes about issues such as voter eligibility. (NOTE: This region is hundreds of miles north of Water for Sudan's drilling area. Salva and the WFS crews have not been in any danger as they've drilled wells.)

The international community, including the UN, the US and European countries, are pressuring both sides to stop the violence and continue the agreed on peaceful transition to South Sudan independent statehood's official start on July 9th. (photo from The Enough Project)

Friday
May202011

South Sudan and US Make Moves to Improve Infrastructure, Economy

 

July 9th will mark the end of this transition and the official "birthday" of the world's 192nd state, South Sudan. The Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) is acting to improve the soon-to-be new state's infrastructure and economy during the transition period begun with the January plebiscite vote. One example of this work is the recent workshop convened in Juba by the GOSS Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. Over 400 delegates are meeting to to address the workshop's objectives which focus on good governance, public service efficiency, and enhancing South Sudan's quality of life. (Click here to read more).

Meanwhile, the international community continues its engagement with the transition and the emerging new country. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced plans for an International Engagement Conference to help address private sector investment in Sudan, both North and South. The US, along with the Netherlands, the UK and Norway are spearheading the effort, with an emphasis on agricultural development as a key factor in improving life in the region. (To learn more, click here.)

Friday
Apr222011

Southern Sudan applies to IMF


The current Government of Southern Sudan(GoSS) has applied  for membership to the International Monetary Fund. This is another step in the process of nation-building for what will become the world's newest state this July. Once accepted for membership as the 188th IMF member, South Sudan will have access to loans and other financial assistance. Read more in this Sudan Tribune article.

Thursday
Apr072011

Africa's newest state draws closer to launch

The news about Sudan in the so-called developed world is most-often focused on the dramatic, often tragic events that happen there. That's understandable given the country's history since its 1956 independence from Britian and Egypt. But with the January CPA referendum vote to separate itself from the North, Southern Sudanese have started down a path to create the world's newest state. Though fraught with uncertainty and huge challenges, progress is being made, however undramatic. Click here to read more in this  IRIN News story.

 

 

Saturday
Mar052011

South Sudan Facing Many Challenges as New Nation

Crowds greet Southern Sudanese president Salva Kiir as he arrives at airport in southern capital Juba from Khartoum, the day after he witnessed the release of results of south’s independence referendum for secession from the north, February 8, 2011. Photo: AFP

From VOA News.com: "As south Sudan prepares for nationhood in a few months, leaders in government, civil society and the donor community are struggling with the many needs of what is soon to be Africa’s newest state. They agree that the challenges are enormous, but differ over the most important priority when asked the question during a recent visit to Juba.

A series of interviews with leaders involved in southern Sudan’s reconstruction showed considerable knowledge of the challenges ahead for the fledgling nation, but differences of opinion over the number one priority."

Read the interviews and full article.

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