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South Sudan: Japan allocates $35m for peace consolidation

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By Julius N. Uma

April 5, 2012 (JUBA) - The Japanese government has earmarked $35m from the 2011 supplementary budget as its contribution in response to the United Nations contingency and other emergency appeals for joint efforts to consolidate peace in newly independent South Sudan.

The announcement, according to a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, emerged during the fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).

During the conference, Akinori Wada, the Japanese envoy to South Sudan underlined his country’s commitment to fulfill the pledge made, adding that the Japanese government is determined to support the development and economic growth of Africa.

“Japan is committed to make every effort to achieve lasting peace and stability in South Sudan, which is of great importance in this region. This commitment is the backbone of my government’s policy toward this country, and the fact that the total amount of Japan’s grant assistance to South Sudan in 2011 reached 35 million US dollars would confirm our strong commitment,” Wada said in the statement.

The Japanese government, through its 2011 supplementary budget, has reportedly injected over $340m to international agencies operating in African, 10 percent of which has been allocated to South Sudan.

Japan has contributed towards South Sudan’s post-war recovery efforts by providing assistance to human resource development through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

JICA’s technical cooperation has also supported capacity building in the areas of maternal and child health, water and sanitation, agriculture, vocational training and governance in South Sudan.

Since the 2005 signing of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the Japanese government says it has provided over $581m in assistance to Sudan and South Sudan. Japan is the second largest financial contributor to the UN’s global peacekeeping operations.

The World Food Programme (WFP), UN High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN Education, Scienctific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are the organisations earmarked to benefit from the $35m Japanese grant.

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  • 6 April 2012 08:47, by Madina Tonj

    Let South Sudan having many diplomatic from none Islamic such as Asian countries and others European. The so call Khartoum regime are losing many friends and they are also losing minds. Arab uprising maybe only solution for government change. Some Arabs business people are run away now from Sudan because they realizing the regime are losing faith with its citizens on such killing Students and woma

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  • 6 April 2012 18:02, by equtoria helped

    here is a video if beautiful juba south sudan for all you out there who no nothing about it and think development will stop no way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poiBDGnqiUw

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    • 6 April 2012 19:53, by Son of Upper Nile

      Thanks Japanese people for your generosity towards our people, may God bless you & bless us so we may be able to help others in future. We are endowed with resources and I believe one day will be giving to others also. I like giving more than receiving.

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  • 7 April 2012 03:15, by Raan Warrap

    Good news. More funds and a new friend too.

    Aside from that, I have some worries. I just hope this money will be used wisely by GOSS, but I already know a large chunk of it won’t go to us the people, but it will probably go towards corruption.

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