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.
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.
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."
Inspired by the late Manute Bol, a southern Sudanese who found fame and fortune as an NBA player in the US, basketball is growing as a sport in the soon-to-be independent South Sudan. As this NY Times story relates, a game played in US neighborhoods, schools and by professionals provides a source of hope and a possible path to a larger world for some talented, ambitious southern Sudanese youth.
Southern Sudanese voted overwhelmingly for secession from the north. That result means a six-month transition to full independence, a period that will prove to be contentious and challenging. Read more in this IRIN Global News article.