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World Bank gives South Sudan $38 million grants to improve rural roads


May 19, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Saturday said it has received a grant amounting to $38 million from the World Bank, to support infrastructure projects, specifically building roads in rural areas.

South Sudan has also received financial assistance from Qatar, after it lost 98 percent of its budget when it shut down oil-production earlier this year as part of a transit fee dispute with Khartoum.

The country’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Kosti Manibe Ngai, on Friday met with the World Bank Country Manager for South Sudan, Laura Kullenburg, and signed a grant agreement aimed at improving rural roads in South Sudan.

Speaking to reporters shortly after sealing a deal with the bank, minister Ngai expressed gratitude for the grant.

“Roads are the basis for trade and job creation, for getting services to people, for bringing our communities together. These funds will be used to upgrade and rehabilitate rural roads linking productive agricultural areas to market centres, and to strengthen the ability of the Ministry of Roads & Bridges to manage rural infrastructure", Ngai said.

The minister described the roads project as a way to take services to people in rural areas so that they are not forced to migrate to urban centers.

“This project will also transport farm inputs to productive areas, and encourage farmers to produce given there is access to the market,” he said.

The rural roads project was conceived as part of a joint project between the government and development partners to develop the feeder roads network of South Sudan. The project is aligned with the priorities set out in the three-year South Sudan Development Plan (SSDP).

“The project has three components - rehabilitating selected rural roads, road maintenance and spot improvements, and support for institutional development in the Ministry of Roads & Bridges for rural infrastructure management. Besides substantially benefiting farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs in South Sudan, the long term effort is expected to help ensure food security”, he explained

Kullenburg explained the grant came from the South Sudan Transition Trust Fund (SSTF), established by the World Bank to provide bridge financing to the new nation in period between its independence until such a time when South Sudan begins to benefit from the services offered to member countries.


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  • 20 May 2012 08:21, by DANDHEL

    BIG THANK YOU world bank for that help but we people of SS didn’t know if this $38 millions will end up in big boys pockets again..we will make sure that this monies will be used accordingly as provided for the rural roads work..

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    • 20 May 2012 08:40, by SEE ME

      This is only propaganda!!

      Did they study the "Soil Resistivity" where the projected roads will take place?

      What is the LOADBEARING for those projected roads?

      38 millions do nothing for roads in RSS.

      May be streets in JUBA.

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      • 20 May 2012 12:02, by Beneben Bai

        SEE ME, did you do both engineering and arts of communication in USA or what? I thought you only specialised in arts of communication plus few courses in history and international relations

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        • 20 May 2012 16:51, by SEE ME

          Iam an effective member of SAME, NACE, IEEE, WSO, NFPA.

          Iam an HRD consultant.

          I don’t want to go for details about my degrees

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      • 21 May 2012 15:00, by man of the people

        SEE SEE or whoeva u
        are this the way you people start eating money in juba just only by giving accuses, this money is alot of if it can use in Good faith but whr people like you are there to eat this money since 2006 the road is still the same no change even in juba. pathetic govt i hate it.

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    • 20 May 2012 09:02, by Jeti

      Corruption and embezzlement of public funds by some individuals, are the main common diseases in the Republic of the relatives’ government of South Sudan. Thank you, World Bank for the grant!

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    • 20 May 2012 09:54, by Manyieldit

      Dear South Sudanese, this is not the first time for World Bank to fund such rural road project. they does it in 2006 for all ten states but not even a single road been rehabilitated successfully. what different will this project make this time? The culture of corruption has rock this part (South Sudan) of the world and I don’t think govt. will mange the money properly. I suggest the world bank

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      • 20 May 2012 09:57, by Manyieldit

        manage this project directly and not through the govt. of South Sudan nor it through the so-called Humanitarian agencies (NGOs)or UN agencies all of these institutions are damn worst corrupt.

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    • 20 May 2012 17:40, by PAULETA

      that is quit huge amount of money if properly allocated and utilized it can safe the nation from the dusty n muddy roads.....

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    • 20 May 2012 20:15, by Dut Monybor

      Thank you brother Dan for the commend ,this money need to be used properly only for infrastructure in rural urban .
      Not for personnel used.

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  • 20 May 2012 08:22, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Here you go. But those leaders like our Gov. Kuol Manyang Juuk will still be talking about lack of money to build roads. What can we do to these leaders really?

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    • 20 May 2012 08:34, by George Bol

      Gov. Kuol Manyang can not develop the state by himself. You are part of the development. You biting your hands but the amount that saw will be segmented across the ten states and i think these dollars will not build the entire South but part of the development.

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  • 20 May 2012 09:25, by Northern Sudanese

    thank you world bank for filling salva’s pockets with milions again :D

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    • 20 May 2012 10:13, by Beneben Bai

      north sudanese, the money we are getting from World Bank is legal and not like the one Jalaby mother is getting from Prositution

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      • 20 May 2012 10:40, by Northern Sudanese

        dont mention someones mum or else i will mention yo poor mama who keeps licking food from the bins in Juba!

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        • 20 May 2012 11:14, by Beneben Bai

          Northen Sudanese, being poor is not a crime my freind. if my mother is licking beans water in Juba, then it is much better than those doing a bad business in the community to spoil the whole community as been indicated by behaviours of Jalaby inherited from his mother. For Albashir behabiours is something the whole world is a witness no question

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          • 20 May 2012 20:37, by Loko El Pollo

            To Beneben:Where do you get bean water from?.This arab idiot said that your mom lick food from the trash can in Juba.No any Dinka will pick up food from the rubbish bins uless he or she is really dying from hunger.

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            • 21 May 2012 18:31, by Ruach

              Bor Town should be taken to another area.It will remain Bor Town for Bor only.This town is too flooded and last year is the same like this year and next years with no dev’t.

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      • 20 May 2012 10:41, by Northern Sudanese

        Beneben Bai

        yes it is legal money and it legally goes to the cowboys private pockets :D

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        • 20 May 2012 11:29, by Beneben Bai

          Northern Sudanese, if it goes to pockets in Juba, then that is our problem not yours. Keep away from these questions because you totally failled for the last 56 years to do something good for S. Sudanese people. why now? where were you during the last 56 years when you were everything in Sudan? Shut up

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  • 20 May 2012 11:18, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    GarangMabiordit God will one day judge you and all that you are doing to the people of South Sudan.Whymare you deceiving the world that the people of new nation are part of information of what is going on in the country is it not you alone with some few wha really knows what you are doing to the people of this country by cheating them in day light God will punish you one day, see what yo did to t

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  • 20 May 2012 11:22, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    traders who supply your SPLA with food as if they got it from your father why do you do things like this and goes as far as deceiving the world that the people of south Sudan will be made aware of all you dealings,my look you have been responsible for all the corruption in South Sudan in the Ministry, who is paying for things not delivered you are all aware of that especially your boys who r ere

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  • 20 May 2012 11:26, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    The things you are doing in this country will have an end one day and you with your group are coming to your end as this situation is made by you intentionally as a way of cheating the people of South Sudan ,why did you took the items in the first place like fuel, food and the supplies, why are you making them to suffe on things they have delivered????

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    • 20 May 2012 11:46, by Beneben Bai

      Brother Emmanuel, I do respect your view and concerns but let not be seen odd my brother. We are now facing a threat from our enemy (khartoum regieme). lets prioritise our problems. If we are wiped out as they call us insects, there will be no you and where to talk about corruption and lack of transparancy in South Sudan. In our case, external threats first and internal ones second

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      • 20 May 2012 14:55, by Northern Sudanese

        Beneben Bai

        ’’We are now facing a threat from our enemy (khartoum regieme)’’??????????? what you mean? we didn’t tell you to shut down 98% of your economy ? you did that on your own XD

        as our president said in Omdurman ’’yes, it was their choice to close it down, but it is our choice when to open it again’’ :D

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  • 20 May 2012 11:32, by Roordiordit

    Thanks World Bank and other Organisation who helped S.Sudan for its development.We they people of south sudan especially current officials must have technical knowledge to spend international gift accordingly.38 million can do something for rural development where each state can get 3.8 million,but a lot of money will lost in Juba government’s official pockets,and then the states governors with

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    • 20 May 2012 11:45, by Roordiordit

      their states ministers will wet their pockets before the work start with some remaining money.It is better for world organisation who want to fund south sudan to do their work by themselves like UN who has built the road from Juba to Nimule which is the best road in South Sudan,but if the were granted money to Juba,nothing would have been done.PLSE MAKE OUR NEW NATION SHINE.

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  • 20 May 2012 22:50, by panom lualbil

    I do not like it when loans was received but no action taking place in 3 months for which loans was designed to !

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