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EU earmarks €200 million in aid for S. Sudan

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May 26, 2011 (JUBA) - The European Union (EU) has earmarked €200 million (US$282.2m) worth of aid, meant to support agriculture, health, good governance and education in South Sudan, Andriz Piebags, the European
Commissioner for development said on 13 May in a press conference in Juba.

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European Commissioner for Development, Andriz Piebags (AP)

“The European Commission has made a proposal along these lines to the EU member states, to which I expect them to agree,” Piebalgs said, adding that the EU will also announce an assistance package at an upcoming South Sudan conference and will encourage other donors to also make aid commitments.

Amongst the EU’s top priorities for the soon-to-become new nation, the European commissioner emphasised, is the plan to boost food security projects and institutional capacity building.

South Sudan is less than two months away from becoming independent following its population’s overwhelming vote for secession. The January 2011 vote was a key part of Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended over two decades of a bloody civil war between north and south.

Recently, the Sudanese government openly appealed to the EU to waive a requirement in the Contonou agreement, which has for long prevented the north African country from receiving aid from the bloc.

The agreement is the basis of the EU engagement with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, the agreement, requires recipients to ratify the Rome Statute, which establishes the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Sudan has been unable to access the EU aid because it withdrew its signature from the statute after ICC charged President Omar al-Bashir and other government officials were indited. There is are now arrest warrants for members of the government in Khartoum, including the current governor of South Kordofan, Ahmed Haroun.

Members of the African Union (AU) Commission and the European Commission are due to convene their annual meeting from 30 May – 1 June in Brussels, Belgium. The joint Africa-EU partnership event, according to a communiqué, will focus on consolidating democracy, including developments in northern Africa, and consolidating growth.

The EU president, Jose Manuel Barroso and Klaus Rudischhauser, the director for African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and AU Commission chairperson, Jean Ping are expected to appear at the event.

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  • 26 May 2011 08:35, by Mr. Truthteller

    Thanks EU for the offer. Please watch carefully in implementation of their projects. Otherwise, our officials will embezzle the money and put them into those ugly deep pockets, buy hummer cars and send the rest to their accounts abroad.

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  • 26 May 2011 08:43, by liberator3

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    Who cares about that money! Oh! I forgot there is a hungry and corrupted institution named "GOSS". whatever,

    loading up elites officials pockets in Juba won’t solve the security situation in the South.

    I know many western nations are buying off officials in Juba in order to protect their respective regional interests. that’s what it amount to nothing more than that!

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  • 26 May 2011 11:58, by 1988

    Thanks but no thanks, Questions such as how much will be owed with interest should be asked by all sudanese regardless of status. The European union is on the brink of collapse and these are there desperate attempts at estabilshing another era of colonism to save themeselves ask all to open there eyes and realize the real lies that these money hungry greedy fools want and intend to gain with the exploitation of the virgin state of South Suda.

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    • 26 May 2011 17:30, by Waucity

      1988, If they help us create wealth by giving us money to start producing our wealth, then Don’t you think that you are the selfish one by hating the fact they may benefit?...You need to learning that it is giving and receiving, so let’s not hate with they get out of Southern Sudan please. I think white people in general want us to trust them a little and have a nice relationship...They have now changed, they are not like before!!!!!...Before they lived in a very harsh life and live under oppression from kings and queens of their world, so they way they treated African was the way they would have treated themselves back then...Example, the way they treated the Bour in South Africa was just as bad as the black treatment...I am currently proud of them, their constitutions are not bad at all..They are way better then Arabs, therefore we should build a relationship with them.

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  • 26 May 2011 21:17, by Yanga

    Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat every day.

    We should be happy and grateful in acceptance of this aid, but note well the limitations of aid. I believe an over-reliance on aid is ultimately counter-productive.

    Have the GoSS published a development plan? If any one knows of such a document or something close to it, I would love to see it and would very much appreciate being shown where to find it.

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