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June 22, 2013 (JUBA) – The government of South Sudan has officially launched the construction of a Juba Specialised Economic Zone (SEZ), an industrial area for business and investments activities.

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Minister Garang Diing Akuong (C) with other officials at the groundbreaking ceremony (Photo Larco Lomayat)

The 625 square km land, located about 30km from the South Sudan capital, Juba will reportedly be used for building a new modern city, mainly for large businesses that will boost the young nation’s economy.

While speaking at the ground breaking ceremony held in Jokukwe boma, the country’s commerce, industry and investment minister said the creation of the SEZ indicates the desire and determination of South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state to encourage and promote investments and economic development in the state.

Garang Diing Akuong, however, said South Sudan President Salva Kiir will do whatever it takes to promote peace and unity, which he described as prerequisites for a conducive investment climate.

“The specialized Economic Zone is indeed in line with the policy of the government of the Republic of South Sudan, which promotes national and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in South Sudan”, said Akuong, who represented President Kiir at the occasion.

The FDI investment inflow, the minister added, will not happen if there are no clear investment policies at national or state levels.

“..nevertheless, provisions of these kind of infrastructure and availability of others such as tax incentive, non-tariff barriers, power, roads, access to finance etc, will pave the way for more investments to consider South Sudan as one of best investment destinations in the region if not the world”, he stressed.

The minister further said South Sudan, with its rich natural resources, needs to diversify its resources in order to enhance economic growth and reduce too much dependency on other countries.

“To remedy this situation, we need to transform our economy in order to obtain stronger growth, economic diversification, job creation and socio-economic development”, he noted.

The establishment of SEZ will provide an opportunity for small and medium sized enterprises (SME) and their linkage to large-scale enterprise to seize this opportunity for their development and expansion, the minister added.

Obba Cecilia Peter, Central Equatoria’s minister for cabinet affairs, said the SEZ has its foundation rooted in late Dr. John Garang’s vision of "Take the Towns to the People".

“Today, his [Garang] vision through this groundbreaking ceremony becomes a clear reality,” said Obba, on behalf of the governor, Clement Wani Konga.

Meanwhile, Joseph Kulang, the chairperson of Central Equatoria Investment Authority said the project, if fully implemented, will offer first class service required by the people of this country and the region at large.

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The proposed site for the construction of the Juba Specialised Economic Zone (L.Lomoyat)

"The Special Economic Zone will not only be the pride of Central Equatoria State, but indeed of the Republic of South Sudan", Kulang said at the ceremony.

The zone, further said, is geographically designed to provide logistics for import and export goods as well as providing socio-economic development in terms of employment and services and to enhance economic growth.

The Juba SEZ through the Enabling Legislation 2013 shall be granted a special mandate in order to promote industrial development, he stressed.

(ST)

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  • 23 June 2013 07:29, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    This would have been a good news if the one who cut the ribbon was not Garang Diing,their is no truth from this man mouth,all he uttered always remained jokes.

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    • 23 June 2013 08:34, by Greater-Equatoria-Region

      You would have believed if it was your mother’s husband who cut the ribbon instead of Hon. Garang Diing.
      Shame on you!!!

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      • 23 June 2013 10:36, by Rezingving monynok

        heeeey crab
        how do you called yourself .g equatorian , is it tribe ?or fool boy ,stop nonsense get nice name bitch !!!!!!!!!
        it is good news to have modern business and investment city for the benefit of the people of South Sudan,

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        • 23 June 2013 21:11, by omoni jr.

          Hellow guys,
          Do not condemn Greater .Equatoria,you need to read his comment carefully so that you can understand it. The guy is actually condemning the Lotodo Awino. Do not insult the man for No reason. English is a problem to you all.. you have to apologise to G.Equatoria although he is not from that region, and the good news is, he is south sudanese,therefore he deserve respect as well.

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      • 23 June 2013 12:44, by Equatorian

        @Greater-Equatoria- Region
        you really need to change that funny name because you don’t sound like one of us and your nonsensical writings just portray where you came from.
        any way for the modern business and investment city to be opened by any south Sudanese citizen is not wrong but what will make it wrong (God forbid) is who is going to control what and why.

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        • 23 June 2013 16:28, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          Smart way of encouraging people to do good doesn’t means being mean and unpreciative.Iam smart,I can twist my English the way I want to poke fun at the leaders and make people smile at the same time.

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    • 23 June 2013 20:49, by SPLM- DC Hardliner

      why should an ambitious and developmental CEG project be launched by hopeless people (Dinka) Garang Ding like all the rest of his tribemates are known of barbaric belief in malice, theft, violence and looting mentalities. invite a Dinka to your party feed him well all day and night, the following morning he will be thinking of killing you due to in built envy and malice.

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      • 25 June 2013 10:05, by Agutmajak

        Stupid Son of Defector SPLM-DC, Dinka show you the way forward ,you don’t appreciate them. pliz sons of Defectors without Dinka in RSS! NO! NO! NO! South Sudan in the WORLD!

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  • 23 June 2013 09:11, by Don P

    This is great news.

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  • 23 June 2013 14:30, by Aweil the Role Model State 4peace

    Look at this Blind Government talking of lanching the so called SEZ in the Land of wolf-hearted Equatorian who can not appreciates such a progressive development in their State and instead they believe in deteriorating South Sudan’s peaceful co-existence by committing most atrocity crimes and rushed to their fake media to put blames on Government, SPLM Party and Dinka Tribe.
    Why not RAMCIEL?

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    • 23 June 2013 19:41, by Peng Kimang

      Look at this idiot still talking of Ramciel. Why don’t you first concentrate on stopping cattle rustling and rampant killings i Lakes State before thinking of development of such a state of art project.
      As we talk Rumbek East County Commissioner David Marial Gumke narrowly escaped death on road ambush.
      Do you think the country’s leadership would be foolish to move to such an insecure place

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      • 24 June 2013 19:45, by Aweil the Role Model State 4peace

        @Peng,
        Calling me an idiot is not the Agenda, but pretending and denying facts on ground can determine & reflects your nature and the abusive term i should use to describe you on this topic coz it is has been stated that some people are created in human’s image but they are naturally & biologically devils, animals and insects, so i believe you belong to those classes.
        Pliz learn to be human!

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  • 23 June 2013 19:31, by Duduka Abaraga

    You guys have to be patriotic. Your hatred rhetoric will not bring unity & peaceful coexistance. What ever dev’t is taking place is any part of RSS let’s consider for all of us. Be it in Equatoria, UpperNile, or Bahr el Ghazal region. The SEZ is initiated by C.E state gov’t & it is for the benefit of S. Sudanese.

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  • 23 June 2013 22:39, by laduu

    The special economic zone that was launched on the 22/6/13 was initiated by the the Central equatoria state gov,and the c’munity and not the gov of south Sudan as it is being misinterpreted. H/ever it is meant to benefit all the p’ple of the rep.of s.sudan in general.So p’se let us S.sudanese stop this backward and tribalistic mentality of of insulting each other or else we shall never develop!!

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    • 24 June 2013 03:23, by Wani khooto

      that is great thinking big man,i like that.tribalism will never take us any where...........while we south sudanese are far away from the world in development....

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  • 23 June 2013 22:53, by laduu

    We as s.sudanese need to respect each other, learn from other nations, and forgive about the past!We also need to respect other nationals that are living in our country because without some of these nations,we would not have enough food or even labor and education!
    WE NEED TO START WORKING HARDER THAN WE HAVE EVER WORKED,THINKING HARD AND NOT WAITING FOR HAND OUTS! MOST OF ALL WE MUST GO TO SCHOOL

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  • 23 June 2013 23:03, by laduu

    Tribalism, rudeness, illiteracy, ignorance, dis-respectfulness are traits that will NEVER build a nation.
    Please my fellow Sudanese , let us embrace the idea of this SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE and work with the state towards seeing it through and we shall greatly reduce our rate of begging from other nations. We shall be the strong nation that we are meant to be!! LET US JUST WORK HARD AND HAVE FAITH!!

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  • 23 June 2013 23:20, by Jubawe

    Again!!!!! (Dinka’s)officially launched the construction of a Juba Specialised Economic Zone, They not even look professional and attractive to the investors Village people, we known Dinka’s will never attract investor in south Sudan, because when Investors see Dinka’s they known, Dinka’s re Corrupt people with no knowledge of running in any field. Dinka’s trying involve in anything but can’t do i

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  • 23 June 2013 23:40, by Jubawe

    Dinka’s are the obstacles for Developing of South Sudan, they forcing themselve in any field where they can’t even manage it, same with Kirr, His family stole money from his Office and he try to cover up and blame other people of been involve in that but public already knwon, now what next, Salva Mathok commit genocide in Juba but Kirr not saying anything then how will RSS move forward with Dinka’

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  • 23 June 2013 23:55, by Jubawe

    Dinka’s Managers in their office can’t and write only playing Card game on his labtop image people like these what do you expect from them ofcourse corruption, asking secretary to write and read for them, same with Ministers, no idea of managing his ministry, no vision of new projects only rely on wise people ofcourse none Dinka’s(village people) South Sudan will be a corrupt and genocide Nation.

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  • 24 June 2013 00:08, by Jubawe

    President Kirr Suspended Kosti because he reshuffle Dinka’s from his Ministry of finance and Kosti known he reshuffle them because of corruption,Dend Alor supported Kosti idea of reshuffle Kirr corrupt people, thus why Kirr not happy because Oil start flow and they steal money any more but guess what Khartoum Shutdown Oil pipe, ahahaha, now what Next Kirr, go back to 72 letters to your offices

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  • 24 June 2013 16:47, by JONGLEI VISION

    Brothers, let us challenge the views on political ideology instead of the triblasim ideology. You as the young generations, you are deserved to fight this mentality what we so call tribalism. By now what it has done for us and them since 2005.
    I wish you the best and success.

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