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April 18, 2013 (JUBA) – Donor and development partners have pledged up to $300m as aid meant to support South Sudan’s turbulent economy, the country’s ministry of Finance has announced.

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South Sudan Finance Minister Kosti Manibe (ST)

However, much if this new support, according to the ministry, would be provided through the government budget; a sign of “increased confidence in South Sudan’s public financial management system”.

The decision, the ministry said in a statement, emerged out of this week’s South Sudan Economic Partners Forum, hosted by the US Department of State on April 16.

The forum, held in Washington DC, was organised by the Governments of the US and South Sudan, in coordination with the European Union, Norway and the United Kingdom. More than 40 other governments and international organizations reportedly participated in the event.

“The forum marked the start of an enhanced partnership to strengthen governance, political inclusiveness and sustainable development in South Sudan,” the US Department of State, said in a release.

Partners at the meeting, it added, also reviewed South Sudan’s progress over the challenging past 18 months, while welcoming its government’s fiscal and economic strategy, and reportedly agreed on the outlines of a compact based on mutual commitments to reform and international engagement.

At the forum, South Sudan delegation, led by its finance minister, Kosti Manibe, reportedly met with ministers and senior representatives from countries that participated, as well as international organisations.

Manibe, in his remarks, described the shocks that affected South Sudan over the past 20 months, especially after 98% of government revenue was lost after the oil shutdown in January last year.

The minister, a statement extended to Sudan Tribune says, also revealed how the young nation stood at the brink of conflict, suffered food shortages, and saw the arrival of 200,000 refugees from Sudan.

“Some observers did not expect the young nation to survive these challenges. However, with resolve, discipline and prudence South Sudan succeeded in overcoming the most pressing challenges,” he stressed.

The finance minister, however, emphasized that it will be important to use natural resources in a disciplined, efficient and prudent manner.

“With improved governance, South Sudan will be able to tackle its development priorities, improve the business environment, protect civil liberties, increase the wellbeing of its people, and care for future generations”.

Achieving all these goals, he told the forum, will not be easy, but appealed to donor to assist South Sudan put in place the necessary institutions essential for reforms and effective aid management.

Meanwhile, donors and the international community have urged South Sudan to exercise prudence, good governance, and increased transparency, in addition to protecting civil liberties and improving accountability.

(ST)

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  • 19 April 2013 09:22, by Turism

    Though the donors have donated some of the money that is amounting to $300M then south sudan can still misused the resources as before then focusing on some of important development like education, agriculture and health.

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    • 19 April 2013 09:40, by Mi diit

      I am afraid that some of the money will be diverted to private bank accounts far away before they can even reach South Sudan. Here in South Sudan some administrators are waiting to steal again from the president or ministers’ office. Ministers are waiting as well to cut what comes into their official accounts. We are in a mess.

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    • 19 April 2013 10:52, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Let the 300 million US dolar pledge by the donors be use in Tangable and transparent, Big NO to the same way of the 75 officials corrupted.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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      • 19 April 2013 16:25, by padiit gaga

        This are a lot of money but nothing will be done with because they thieves are just only waiting for them to be steal, those who used to donate money to southsudan they do not know what is going on southsudan, south has lake of administration every body work for his own interest not for the country vision.

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    • 19 April 2013 10:59, by Sir King

      AAAAH! What is wrong with these Donors? How can you donate such huge money to thieves swamped nation of ours again. Please we like to withdraw your money because they are waiting anxiously to buy more hummers, V8s, GXRs etc. Hei! These donors are also supporting corrupt Kiir Kuethpiny leadership. Shame of Kuethpiny Mayardit for he produced wrong person to South Sudanese.

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  • 19 April 2013 09:27, by Runrach

    It sound good Hon. my worried is that these pledges of $300m will goes direction to your pockets or went missing in your office or president office.

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    • 19 April 2013 10:37, by Wunditda

      Am very anxious about such a huge donation rendered to our wolves in Juba. If this money is well managed, many development projects will be successful.

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  • 19 April 2013 09:31, by dinkdong

    To the donors: thank you for your consideration, but be reminded that the economy of this new nation was devastated by the national top officials. Including the president, they are all corrupted. The moment you will make that $300 millions available to them, it will end up in their bank accounts. Ask Pagan Amum, Majak Agoot, Malong Awan among others; they will agree with me.

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  • 19 April 2013 09:41, by wang

    It would have been a much better if the article title was: the donors pledge up to $300m in support to Kiir’s family instead of S. Sudan... ordinary Southerners will smells non from those dollars..

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    • 19 April 2013 10:42, by Wunditda

      wang—
      It’s not Kiir’s family. It’s Kiir’s family of friends who are now driving government in Juba. Last year about 358 died of starvation in Warap State, Kiir’s homeland. He is a selfish Hyena.

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    • 19 April 2013 12:56, by Amannyigat Ku Kuat Ran Nek Koc Junub

      Wang or whatever you call your name.
      It is not for Kiir’s family but also for his VP Machar’s family to consume the public fund which was donated by donors. It is their government with VP together.
      Thanks Amannyigat Ku Kuat Ran Nek Koc Junub

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  • 19 April 2013 09:46, by New Government

    To Donor.
    thanks for donation but remember don’t give cash money, if the money means for development look for any company such that the company should be the one to the work in field that need to be develop.otherwise with government of south Sudan the money will go all to the pockets of individual

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    • 19 April 2013 10:39, by pabaak

      New Government
      You’re right, I think donors know more than us about the cash on theses days and the better way to realize their impact on intended services is to Chanel this amount to international organization such USAID or any well recognized organization that can provide the actual services in term of building schools, hospitals, and roads, actually based on proprieties

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      • 19 April 2013 10:54, by pabaak

        Its doesn’t mean that we totally lost hope on our own institutions though is not very far from reality, however, its will be seen as another way of new governance of contracting out to effectively better service delivery processes, So this time around it will be imperatively important for our Independent commissioners such as anti-corruption commission to wake up and stand in their feed to

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        • 19 April 2013 11:03, by pabaak

          protect the public money be disclosure information about public money if in term of oil revenues, taxes, minerals or any other income of the government has to be reveal to public in order to better acquainted themselves about how much gallons of oil been sell and how revenues has been spent

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  • 19 April 2013 09:55, by Jang

    my worry is only one,south Sudan will be in debt for decades and innocent people will pay this debt when this money is only in individual account.use this money wisely.No sleeping in hotels again.

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    • 19 April 2013 10:05, by Monydit

      This money should be used by donors to build roads, hospitals,schools and agrecultural projets not to be given to thiefts again like the money donated in Oslo in 2005 which some end up in the pocket of Pagan Amum, Kiir and Akuien chol.

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  • 19 April 2013 09:59, by Gabriel Ajak

    Good, but the money shouldn’t be kept in a office like what Mr president dose before, now the people are in a critical trouble, but cause by president Kiir.

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  • 19 April 2013 10:04, by Wen Majokweng

    I thanks the donorated but if u have gives that money to company to builded roads, hosipitals and schools it may be better then u gives to thieves of s.sudan leaders who don,t wanted to development their respective states of south sudan.

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    • 19 April 2013 11:19, by Tutbol

      If anyone lives in those so-called donor countries, then please take your time to do your research on how these donations are pledged to Africa. Just make it as an interest to visit some African countries embassies & study their so-called donations recieved & you would be surprised to find out that three quarters of that donations just don’t lift off from the donor countries!

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  • 19 April 2013 11:51, by Lokeji

    The donors are also committing the same mistakes, how can you donate money to a government that is entire corrupt to the roots? then again you come and cry throughout your media houses that these people are corrupt. the west must face the reality, they participated in erecting a very feeble state with a corrupt government containing warlords.splm/a are totally deform, there is no way to reform.

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  • 19 April 2013 12:53, by Amannyigat Ku Kuat Ran Nek Koc Junub

    Donors should not donate money to some corrupt officials. It is better for them to contract some companies to develop education, health, infrastructure and agriculture

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    • 19 April 2013 14:22, by Son of Upper Nile

      No I see all of you are blaming donors for their good gesture towards South Sudanese people by supporting our government. Now you blame them for giving the money to the government, but do you want them to give it to Yau Yau while it’s the mandate of the government to look after it’s people. As we believe that majority of SPLM officials are corrupt. Why not just decide to vote them out 2015.

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      • 19 April 2013 14:31, by Son of Upper Nile

        However Kosti Manibi is a clean man and managed our economy well during tough time. Now since food has come again after oil resumption Kiir should not replace him with a greedy Bahrelghazalian who know nothing about creating wealth other than wasting South Sudanese wealth which more than 90% is from oil coming from Upper Nile & the remaining is customs collected in Equatoria borders.

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        • 19 April 2013 14:38, by Son of Upper Nile

          BHG contribution in the national wealth is almost zero. They hardly cultivate that is why you hear always people dying of hunger in Warrap & Lakes, Their officials spent sates budget in Equatoria, East Africa & western countries. very small amount is what reach people on ground to support their states economy. Worth enough they border CAR failed state & Darfur troubled region so no customs money

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  • 19 April 2013 16:26, by steven

    This is good news. The money should be used to provide the necessary funds to the most needed areas in the country so that the whole country can have faster progress.

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  • 19 April 2013 20:13, by panom lualbil

    It would be better this $300m by DONORS is gon go missing to MR.KIIR’S POCKET OR FRIENDS, than to pockets of anyagatees, who have nothing to give/share with, but always something to get. There’re some donors within s sudan than you stingy coachcroaches.

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  • 20 April 2013 02:55, by TaTa

    why wasting money....?? they will steal into their bank account....

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