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New S. Sudan finance minister vows to raise 90m SSP in 100 days

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August 9, 2013 (JUBA)- South Sudan’s new finance minister, Aggrey Tisa Sabuni, has pledged to raise non-oil revenues from 70 to 90 million South Sudanese pounds (SSP) within 100 days of taking office.

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South Sudan’s new finance minister Aggrey Tisa Sabuni (C) with his counterparts during the swearing-in ceremony August 7, 2013 (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

Speaking to the media on Friday, he said the target could be achieved by forging ahead with economic reforms and improving relations with donors.

Sabuni, who appeared relaxed and happy, held several high-level positions at the ministry before being appointed presidential advisor on economic affairs.

The official, who served as the under-secretary at the same ministry prior to his appointment into an advisory position in 2012, said he would continue with the economic reforms which his predecessor had put in place.

“Drive on economic reforms will continue. Reductions in non-essential expenditures across the board will remain in place on items such as travel, vehicles and supplies. At the same time the drive to improve our payroll procedures and improve accountability will continue, by ensuring that only workers who are working get paid. These cuts, though painful, are crucial to ensure that we have sufficient funds to maintain security and provide basic service during this difficult period”, he said.

Sabuni also reaffirmed president Salva Kiir Mayardit’s commitment to ensure that tax revenue is utilised efficiently and transparently to improve the lives of ordinary South Sudanese people.

“The government under the leadership of our president Salva Kiir Mayardit, will continue to deepen tax reforms and modernisation in order to eliminate wastage and corruption. We will work together with the relevant institutions to ensure proper implementation of the public financial management act and also ensure that [the] procurement bill is passed to enhance transparency and accountability, Sabuni told reporters Friday.

He said that under his leadership, the ministry would work on simplifying the tax system, making it easier to comply with and more efficient in promoting domestic investment, foreign direct investment and employment creation.

“The objective of these economic reforms is basically to improve the system and to raise resources for funding government operations without excessive borrowing and contribute to equitable distribution of income”, he said.

He said the government would also continue to ensure that resources are allocated in accordance with priority targets, including infrastructure development, expansion of education and health facilities and creation of a conducive environment for private sector development and employment creation.

He urged all citizens to pay taxes as required in order for the country to maintain its economic independence and realise sufficient funds for public programmes that would help improve the welfare of all South Sudanese people.

“If proper procedures are followed as they are laid down as part of the general economic policies, I am certain we will realise vision objectives of transforming South Sudan into a globally competitive middle income economy with high a quality of life for all citizens”, he said.

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  • 10 August 2013 10:11, by omoni jr.

    yeah yeah yeah, we will see mr. thief.
    ok,mr. 100 days.we are here.

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    • 10 August 2013 10:22, by Dinka Nhialic

      Those must be lies but perhaps u might be right. But what we know is that, u will borrowed money from the previous leaders who are corrupts so that u can come and put them claiming u raise while nothings u did.
      How about some others cabinets? what are their promises?
      We shall see if u make it man.

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      • 10 August 2013 11:01, by Dau-network

        We hope in you till you proved yourself as a failure but we can not judge your achievements before 2nd step.

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        • 10 August 2013 16:12, by Philosopherking

          The performance of the finance and economic planning ministry should be measured not in terms of money raised from taxes and donors, but on investment, production, employment, exchange rates, balance of trade and general economic growth! Why do South Sudanese politicians like to pay lip-service and shower themselves with praises before delivering? Talk, Talk, Talk, no walk.

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      • 10 August 2013 11:30, by Redeemer

        Dinka
        Yin ace Nhialic yin e menh jok
        in fact you are hollow from the top to the bottom. I have never come across a negative person of your kind. why don’t you wish him good luck rather than posting useless questions

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      • 7 January 2014 19:09, by negruvoda

        I believe that the http://www.absolutewealth.com/ is a better source of economic news. On the website you usually read different opinions, even if they are contradictory. This news is only one subjective opinion.

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    • 10 August 2013 22:46, by jijury

      If I was all of you commentators, I would not dance yet unless I see this Minister of Finance on the streets, ports and boats putting his words into action. Tax payers are not the problem, the problem are those tax collectors who taxed those poor traders and divide money Between themselves & their bosses leaving the country with little or nothing. That’s what this new minister need to target first

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      • 11 August 2013 01:28, by aguotwany@live.com

        Judging the new Finance Minister, let your doubt be there but expect the deeds. In fact, he will do well. First who are the Jobs owners in Juba and cross South, Sudan ? The answer is ’ Foreigners ’ . They have to pay and hire the citizens of South , Sudan but he has to work with the rests of the ministries with immediate the Interior then the rests follow otherwise difficult to rise 100 Millions

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    • 13 August 2013 11:09, by MKee

      That is nothing at all!
      90m ssp/10 states/100 days/ numbers of counties in south sudan..... = less than $200 a day...
      curruption in the making!!!

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    • 16 August 2013 10:02, by valentinoakec@yahoo.com

      I really wonder as to why the internet commentators are always negative, why see anybody as a thief, to me Mr. Aggrey Sabuni is a technocrat in whom I have a believe that he is going to do what has just said and even more, let us always be positive dear brothers and sisters, because we don’t expect angels to be the one governing us, do we?

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  • 10 August 2013 10:16, by Ngor Ngor Matem

    Many thanks indeed, Aggrey Tisa, what a hard working Finance Minister! May God rewards u while we the citizens are waiting to see how and when u will get us the feedback of 90 million South Sudanese Pounds, it will be so historic really to happen but as u are a hard working person, u will make it so so good. Once again many thanks, wishing u the best.

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    • 10 August 2013 21:50, by Dr.love wendit

      good news to new finance minister but let us see all of us
      we want determine exchange btween south sudan pound and ugandan shillings with good rate

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  • 10 August 2013 10:29, by Guandong

    Mr. Minister, The problem is not we can’t earn money,the problem is our idae b/s all money that u have collected will end up in ur pocket.And how can u tell us that within 100 days u wil proved these money? thou u did it will still remain to support Kiir as to save ur post.earn them,give them n let met in 2015 elction.

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    • 10 August 2013 10:36, by Manyok

      Impressive. Since you have been heavily involved in intellectual discussions at Ebony Center for Strategic Studies over the last year, Hon. Minister, you have gathered a lot of great idea to make you carry out comprehensive reforms. I am looking forward to all these.

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  • 10 August 2013 10:35, by wang

    The guy was out from his mind. Please pleasured that of yours Alcoholic President alone? And how much does Kiir has borrowed this time from World Bank?

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  • 10 August 2013 10:54, by Mohamed Deng Dit

    Your efforts will be unblievable.
    how will you keep the money when the greedy SPLM empire is waiting, so that they send to their childrean abroad and plan to marry as many wewes as possible.
    BIG LIE MR FINANCE MINISTER.......

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  • 10 August 2013 11:18, by dinkdong

    Liar, liar, pants on fire

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  • 10 August 2013 11:18, by Hardlinner

    Only action will back your claims otherwise nothing new will be expected from you. Incompetiveness and lack of will to listen to others is the root cause of splm failure. There is need for incorporation of modern minded young graduates into the government to facilitate efficiency and past tracking of all activities related to development.

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    • 10 August 2013 11:56, by Gatkuer

      hahahahahahahahah.the man is new in the government and he does not know what is going on with kiir and his corrupted supporters.i am sorry for him because he is good man but he will not make it due to fact that the policy maker is kiir him self and with out huge fund to him no work should be done.take care mr new finance minister you are not in the government it is just a group of thieves.

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  • 10 August 2013 11:56, by dude

    These ministries do not know how to run a government. You do not run the government by collecting money and then put them back to your pockets. All the roads in Juba should be paved by now if there did not put the 4 billions dollars in their pockets. what a bunch of thugs. This government is a joke and do not believe or trust them. Ofcourse they are in a hurry to say that they will raise 70 to 90

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  • 10 August 2013 12:00, by dude

    million dollars in 100 days because it just a tongue talking meaning that it is easy to say things than to actually do the act or do the job. I lost hope in this government. They do not like to be criticize. What kind of government is that? how will they succeed in bringing prosperity into the country. I feel sorry for them and I feel sorry for the whole country. We have been waiting for long.

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  • 10 August 2013 12:01, by dude

    million dollars in 100 days because it just a tongue talking meaning that it is easy to say things than to actually do the act or do the job. I lost hope in this government. They do not like to be criticize. What kind of government is that? how will they succeed in bringing prosperity into the country. I feel sorry for them and I feel sorry for the whole country. We have been waiting for long.

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  • 10 August 2013 13:36, by uthur

    Thanks mr minister for this promise, but don’t make them as day dreams. Though confidence, who will collect them ane keep them for you? Look modern homes are growing faster but schools, roads, health centres, water points are degrowing rapidetly why? It is because collected money goes to individual accounts.

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  • 10 August 2013 13:57, by South Sudan Secret services

    Thanks Finance Minister,We hope and believe in you that this Money will be available in one hundred days,
    Little political puppet are still at the ministry, please have them release home too

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  • 10 August 2013 16:16, by Gungwel Ku Jieng

    First of all I would like to pass my congratulations to honorable minister for finance, national govt. Needs of strict observation for all difference revenues collections, good coordination collaborative of staffs in commerce and finance department.

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    • 10 August 2013 16:46, by Genuine Leader

      Brother.Manyok You knew Him.
      I will not comment right now’ i might prefer to wait brother Manyok word to see if the Hon minister will transform his tremendous theory to practicality.Thanks

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