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South Sudan and China complete $248m airspace project deal

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January 25, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan and China have inked a $248 million loan agreement earmarked for the establishment of an Air Traffic Management (ATM) system in the East African country.

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South Sudan president Salva Kiir visits Peking University on April 25, 2012 in Beijing, China (Getty)

Under the deal signed on Thursday, the two governments agreed the money will be channeled through Export-Import Bank of China.

South Sudan’s minister for transport, John Luk Jok said the young nation lacks facilities meant provide its air traffic monitoring and control services and still relies on ATM facilities provided by Sudan.

"The project is great and we are so happy it reached this stage. Our greatest happiness goes to the Chinese embassy and the people of China for helping us build our own air traffic management system," he said.

The project, to be undertaken by the China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd. will take three years to complete, the minister said.

South Sudan’s finance minister, Stephen Dhieu Dau said the ATM would be a key infrastructure for safeguarding national security and in generating revenue for the war-torn nation.

"We thank our governments for bringing the two people together and we are proud of our friendship with the people of China. I want to thank the Chinese embassy in South Sudan for strengthening our bilateral relations with China," said Dau.

"We are also negotiating with the Chinese government, Chinese companies and financial institutions to fund other economic and social services projects in South Sudan," he added.

Reiterating China’s good relations with South Sudan, the Chinese ambassador to South Sudan, He Xiangdong said project will enable South Sudan to collect air traffic fees, improve monitoring of the air space and safeguard its sovereignty, once finalised.

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  • 26 January 11:14, by Rumbek S. Sudan

    The bad thing with our government is that the keep on borrowing huge amount of money but failed to achieved what they borrowed money for. You borrow money and goes straight to pockets of government’s officials, and the country remains on huge debts. Boss Cash branch in Rumbek failed, tarmac road construction from Juba to Aweil failed etc. Shame on you!!

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    • 26 January 13:02, by Jubaa5

      What do you mean our government? If you are a dinka you can call it our government !! This president has distroyed south sudan and you still called it our government?
      Do you really see what is going on in s.sudan. Public servants working for free without salary for 9 months and you called it our government!! Shame on you idiot!!

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      • 26 January 14:08, by Jubaa5

        This Bagara (cow man) still calling s.sudan our government!!
        Even the powerful Nation on earth has already said salva kiir is not fit to be the president of s.sudan.
        When will you dinka men will learn good things in life ,you support salva kiir because he is a dinka no matter wrong things happening,look how many tribes in USA, in England ?
        Anyway you will know or learn when you go to your grave!!

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    • 26 January 15:23, by Eastern

      This Dinka regime should not be allowed to BORROW on behalf of South Sudanese. Kiir’s regime is not representative of the South Sudanese people. It is an UNFIT REGIME!

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