November 2, 2011 (JUBA) – A US institute, the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP), said on Wednesday it will support South Sudan in various fields in development of the new independent state.
- South Sudan VP Riek Machar meeting with the President and CEO of the PCIP Jerrold Green, in Juba. Nov. 2, 2011 (ST)
The announcement came in a meeting on Wednesday in Juba between the vice president of South Sudan, Riek Machar, and a delegation of the California-based PCIP led by its president and CEO, Jerrold D. Green.
A press release from the vice president’s office said the meeting discussed a wide range of issues particularly on projects South Sudan would need assistance in from the American public and private institutions.
In particular, the delegation expressed interest to assist on issues of capacity building of law enforcement agencies in South Sudan, among others. They also extended an invitation to the leadership to visit the US for more discussions with various institutions.
The vice president briefed the delegation extensively on a number of challenges the new state faces and would need support in.
’These include issues relating to insecurity and management of development expectations of the people of South Sudan,’ the press release says.
Machar said the government has a vision to turn South Sudan into the financial and transport hub of Africa. He revealed that an international airport bigger than those of the neighboring countries would be built at Tali, north of the current capital, Juba, and with a free zone around it near the proposed new capital of Ramciel.
He said the airport would be built in partnership with a credible international airliner in order to fly in cargoes and biggest planes some of the other international airports currently do not handle in the region.