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US upgrades South Sudan’s preferential trade status


December 20, 2012 (WASHINGTON) – The United States President Barack Obama on Thursday added South Sudan to a program that gives it further trade privileges.

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United States President Barack Obama (Photo White House)

The newest nation on earth, which gained its independence in July 2011, is now eligible for benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) after determining that it now satisfies the eligibility criteria.

Under U.S. law the president has the power to determine which countries in sub-Sahara Africa can join the program after performing an annual evaluation process.

According to the U.S. Trade Representative website, AGOA was established in 2000 to provide eligible sub-Saharan African countries to export a wide variety of products to U.S. markets duty free including apparel, footwear, and some agricultural and processed food products.

Last March Obama designated South Sudan as a beneficiary developing country under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) which allows preferential duty-free entry for up to 4,800 products from 129 designated beneficiary countries and territories.

AGOA designation now gives South Sudan an opportunity to export more products than is available under GSP. It also allows access to US credit and expertise.

“In the face of many challenges, South Sudan has made measurable progress since becoming an independent nation in July 2011,” U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said in a statement.

“President Obama’s designation of South Sudan as an AGOA-eligible country will help support its continued economic growth through increased trade and investment – which is a proven tool for sustained development” he added.

The U.S. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said that making South Sudan eligible “could help support this new nation’s development”.

African countries are designated by the U.S. under AGOA “if they are determined to have established, or are making continual progress toward establishing the following: market-based economies; the rule of law and political pluralism; elimination of barriers to U.S. trade and investment; protection of intellectual property; efforts to combat corruption; policies to reduce poverty, increasing availability of health care and educational opportunities; protection of human rights and worker rights; and elimination of certain child labor practices”.

South Sudan is currently under economic duress following its decision to shut down its entire 350,000 barrel oil production which it exported though Sudan’s pipelines. The two countries disagreed over the fee Juba should pay for the service.

A deal signed last September between the two sides that would allow a restart of oil flow is now on hold over other security issues which Sudan insists must be finalized first.

Emerging from more than two decades of war, which killed roughly two million and displaced million others, South Sudan is struggling to build government institutions, combat corruption and curb ethnic violence.


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  • 21 December 2012 09:45, by South South

    Good for South Sudan, thank president Obama, those penguins in Khartoum who cannot eat meat, who can not buy USA dollar and who have no buses to go work can come to South Sudan and live there, but under our rules. people like Northern Sudanese can come too but needs to stop lies, Sudani ana is ok to come, he is black like us, Jalaby will see a doctor in Juba for his mental issues. Great

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    • 21 December 2012 10:55, by MOHAMED ABDELATIF SAIED

      South Sudan, who will except to go and die, killing every night in juba. we rather stay in expensive world of ours than going to south where even death is cheap

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      • 21 December 2012 11:06, by Lorolokin

        Mohammed ,
        We don’t need you even, you are just a bunch of crap.

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      • 21 December 2012 13:09, by P.K.M

        You have done such killing since 196os; does it made your life easier now Sudan ever since? No! Look, there are tens of thousands of South Sudanese intellectuals in and out of South Sudan. How many Helicopter crashes do you think will take you to kill them all? 30, 40, 50 thousands helicopters!

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        • 21 December 2012 13:27, by P.K.M

          You sound exactly like someone who knows the killers in Juba daily! Why are those killed turned out to be those highly educated? By the time our President figured out exactly who is doing the killing, not only in Juba but all over South Sudan; you’ll be in a big trouble. Trust me, Salva Kirr knows how to play that game, he has been there before.

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    • 22 December 2012 05:09, by ANYANYA1

      Hello South Sudan, I am 100% Agree with you man, I belief, South Sudanese people need freedom, Unity, Jobs, School, Hospitals, Roads. also South Sudan Government need to know what is the important of citizens in the Country? what is Military Jobs and Polices in the Country are they there to Kill their own citizens or to protect them? Thank you Mr.President Obama, you did great job to South Sudanes

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  • 21 December 2012 10:54, by master

    president Obama
    don’t waste your time
    these people depend on NGO & they produce no thing
    they can’t even feed them selves
    they are (sea funeral)

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    • 21 December 2012 11:20, by Robot

      Moh and Master,
      Do you two really know history???, if so, do you know South Sudan has been the bread basket for the whole Sudan????. anyway the cow has stopped lactating and you have nothing to milk. i think euphoria is disturbing you. Bashir didn’t believe his eyes when he came to Juba. Good luck.

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  • 21 December 2012 11:18, by Foxtail

    This is just an economical development, it has nothing to do with crimes in Juba. killing is a part of live even in the most developed countries. see what happened in the US recently. killing kids!syia,EGYP, SUDAN and many more countries. poeple are dying everywhere not Juba alone.

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  • 21 December 2012 11:21, by pabaak

    This is a sign of gesture at least to encourage the leadership in juba and ten states of S. Sudan that there is minimal improvement to meet AGOA eligibility criteria but this does not mean they can fall in deep sleep-and over celebrate much that they have won the prize, because a lot still to be done to keep in line with this criteria. rule of law for example is issues of concern in every in city

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    • 21 December 2012 11:32, by pabaak

      in S. Sudan, when a criminal is apprehended and put in custody awaiting investigation, the relatives or whoever in big position come and threaten the police to release them, and hence the case has gone without trial,these cases are numerous,however there are many loopholes that need the government to really make meaningful progress in order to strengthen democratic values in the nation

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  • 21 December 2012 12:55, by Makunon


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  • 21 December 2012 13:10, by Makunon

    GSP codes should be use to import anti- aircraft and anti-tanks and revive vision of SUDAN PEOPLE LIBERATION ARMY-MOVEMENT SPLA/M.Capture Khartoum and establish government of equal opportunity and free from all religions. SPLA/M Oyeeeeeee

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    • 21 December 2012 19:45, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

      Makunon. It can be done if Kiir,Riek are removed. Got a strong leaders in SPLA/M. 3refineries run first. 5Higways to neighbours countries,inners southighway. Food processor Factories,well feed,eqiups armies can fight well. South officiasl are preoccuppies with fear nothing. old clampsy lack business knowlege of war. Good leadership in economic is needed first to storm North. not criminal minded

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  • 21 December 2012 15:51, by master

    7 killed & 32 injured in wau

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    • 22 December 2012 02:59, by Observer

      Sadly for you and me we are in no position to make comment about what is happening in S Sudan.
      Or do you not consider the Darfur region as part of Sudan or S Kordofan, Blue and White Nile States??
      They have all suffered many more deaths that the ones you mention.
      The English have a saying.. people in glasshouses should not throw stones... you should remember that

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  • 21 December 2012 20:43, by Nyakuzuny

    thanks President of United States of America ,for what u are putting us in the programe.you need to develop our New nation,and u become our Father Now,but may we ask u about our Problem in South Sudan!if u are not Remove President Kiir; there will be No Development in Our New Nation,you put us now in the good ways,but there will be No Benefit in South Sudan,Kill the Lion first"it is my Advice to u

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  • 22 December 2012 03:38, by 4Justice

    Somebody please do something about Salva, we can’t go on like this.

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  • 22 December 2012 07:03, by 4Justice



    A UN chopper with Russians on board was shot down after unloading ammunition at a well known rebel base in Jonglei.

    SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer said the UN mission had been asked whether it had an aircraft in the Likuangole region and UNMISS had replied there were none. Aguer also alleged that the chopper was seen landing at a base belonging to rebel leader David Yau Yau.

    "The plane took off while the SPLA forces were approaching the area. The SPLA artillery unit unfortunately fired on
    the plane," Aguer said. "Unfortunately, the plane was shot by friendly fire."


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  • 3 April 2013 11:37, by stefan

    Sorry for you Obama, there is biggest lions for public’s money in the South Sudan who doesn’t put rule of law in Country in order to protect business people neither own civilians or citizens.
    Any way thanks you for what you doing to South Sudan but they’re going to baza do e-papierosa
    embarrass you for weak lead

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