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World Bank responds to Sudan Tribune’s story


May 7, 2012 (WASHINGTON) – The World Bank on Monday issued a response to Sudan Tribune’s story ’EXCLUSIVE: South Sudan economy on the verge of collapse, World Bank warns’ published yesterday.

The World Bank has been working actively in South Sudan since 2005 to provide early assistance, given its urgent development needs. As part of our support, the Bank provides technical and economic analysis to the government, and recently provided an assessment of the economic situation as requested by the Government of South Sudan.

Your story yesterday misrepresents the nature and content of the dialogue between the World Bank and the Government and development partners. The World Bank is deeply concerned with the economic and development impact of the unresolved oil issues and how this will affect the people of both South Sudan and Sudan, particularly the most vulnerable.

The ongoing dialogue between the World Bank and South Sudan focuses on positive steps that can be taken to manage the different economic scenarios arising out of its oil dispute with Sudan.

The World Bank Group will continue to work closely with both South Sudan and Sudan to support the countries through their economic difficulties, focusing on economic resilience, protection of vulnerable people from economic hardship, as well as longer term development needs. Given the desperate living situation being faced by people in both Sudan and South Sudan, the World Bank’s economic analysis unambiguously shows that it is in the interests of both countries to resume talks urgently and resolve their ongoing dispute over oil payments and other issues peacefully.

Lillian Foo

Communications Officer,

Africa Region

The World Bank Group

+1 (202) 458.7726


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  • 8 May 2012 09:11, by Xeno

    I knew it was over-exaggerated news to make chicken heads like M. ali, jalaby, northern sudanese happy. see idiots. The message addressing both sudan you morons.

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    • 8 May 2012 09:15, by zulu

      Indeed Zeno,
      Those idiots like Mohamed fed his egoism with the misrepresented news by ST. I bet, the reporter hails from NS to satisfy the NCP’s speculation that they were really choking our economy. Money comes into south Sudan through many channels, besides direct deposists by the diaspora, the UN and charity groups.

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      • 8 May 2012 10:06, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        It is good that the report was coming from NISS of Bashir to fool our citizen in to rebellion because I was worried that without finance, there would be too much mass defection because we have our brother who like to run away in the time of hardship I still have that trauma in my mind and I realised yesterday from my brother special Mi Dit, Diu, D J and Ruach that no matter what happen, we will

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        • 8 May 2012 10:11, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          die together this time, thank to those who Gaven me their assurances I am relief thank and God bless the people of our country,
          The more we stick together, the more our victory is certainty,
          Thank God for prohibited our brothers from being food lover to country lover, i hope their father will do the same,

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          • 8 May 2012 13:32, by Mach

            Sudan should worry of itself now alone, because South Sudan had already joint hands with their East African Brothers which is now called the Big three; ” South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya” This big three economic future is brighter now than it’s ever been.

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          • 8 May 2012 16:01, by Koang


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        • 8 May 2012 13:17, by Hardball

          We know all these reports are cooked up behind closed doors in Khartoum and claimed to be World Bank Report. Which World Bank is creating fake headline about South Sudan and the one that’s working with east Africa Big Three “South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya” Lamu’s Project we just saw in the next headline? Let’s wait and see who is going to collapse?

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      • 8 May 2012 10:18, by Louis Ocampo

        I request direct and unconditional apology from Sudan Tribune otherwise it will be recorded as ’’dirty Website’’

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    • 8 May 2012 10:13, by mohammed ali

      Xeno, ths a public relationship letter to sften the impact of publication of the report on the GOSS.They didn’t say that the report was false nor the quotation of some senior officials were wrong.It doesn’t need a report from the world bank to understand what will happen when you loose 100% of your budget revenues in a country where there is already more than 50% are starving!

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  • 8 May 2012 09:18, by Agor

    I thought Sudan tribune journalist report real statement made by institution without exaggerated the statement.

    Thanks to World Bank for clarification on their position.

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    • 8 May 2012 09:28, by Louis Ocampo

      To Sudan Tribune
      Why do you always post a contradicting stories?

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  • 8 May 2012 09:23, by Bol Pur

    Thanks World Bank for clarifying your statement. I don’t understand where Tribune got such stories from and ? I know Sudantribune is pro Sudan and I want to tell them that whatever funds Sudan is giving you South Sudan can give you double. I have been disturbed by tribune biasness reporting on South Sudan issues. South Sudan economic will never collapse even though oil remained closed foreve.

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  • 8 May 2012 09:33, by viper

    I thought that sudantribune was an independent source of news but now, I have lost confidence from their paper since it is biased. Why give that fake report against our country? Was it to be a pressure card to our gov’t to accept the $36 per barrel? Our oil will die with us here in s sudan. We will not take it back to you anymore. Shame on sudantribune paper

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  • 8 May 2012 10:17, by Corrector

    This letter isn’t saying anything for you to feel comfortable in. It still affirms that Sudan and South Sudan are in difficult economic times, but also recognises that S.Sudan is in near collapse state. It also shows that the World Bank is discussing ways with both Sudan and South Sudan in how to help their respective economies. Don’t give yourself any false hope. Your still going to drown. Cunts.

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    • 8 May 2012 15:19, by Beneben Bai

      corrector, put yourself in a real positon if you are a real corrector otherwise you are putting things in mess. what correction do you mean? is it to favour Sudan in your correction. dilute your correction and drink its water. you need it much to yourself rather then S. Sudan

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  • 8 May 2012 11:26, by mujtaba

    did the World Bank say the informatin and quottaion wrong?

    he he he

    they did not deny what reported in Sudantribune.. fools

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    • 8 May 2012 14:04, by Loko El Pollo


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    • 8 May 2012 15:31, by Beneben Bai

      mujtaba, he he he are you crying here or what? did you see both Sudan and S. Sudan here or not?. why did you concentrate on the side of S. Sudan rather than Sudan? is that is not part of your "nifaaq". we stoped pumping our oil because you are stealing it. how many did S. Sudanese faced starvation under your khartoum government? do you want us to expose you to who ever does not know this?

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  • 8 May 2012 11:31, by mujtaba

    the world bank responded by reflected the other positive sides of their relations with SSG to soften the reaction ..

    No denial for their leaders speech on South sudan.

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  • 8 May 2012 11:33, by mujtaba

    And yes their letter reaffirm wht’s being reported by them

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    • 8 May 2012 15:47, by Beneben Bai

      mujtaba, yakhi write to reject today that Sudan is not part of their report so that they will come back to you either confirming or denying it tomorrow that Sudan is not part of what they are reporting. eitherwise stop theniin albaaudha here. there will be no playing around our oil this time

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  • 8 May 2012 19:23, by Dinka Aliap Chawul


    i thought u were to behave lyk a newer to da site but now,u show to everybody that u r moron and idiot,WB was analysing the economical impact of shutdown on both economies of 2sudans but not onesided.moreover,u’ve no right to abuse randomly without specifying anyone.does that make sense¿ Plz!

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  • 8 May 2012 23:23, by Sudanese123


    I think this World Bank reply doesn’t dismiss the Sudan Tribune story... It actually proves it! Words such as "false", "fabricated" or "lies" are not being used here. The "misrepresentation" bit of the letter is apparently a lame attempt to save World Bank employees from embarrassment for what appears to be "gossip" with other G-6 officials! Well done Sudan Tribune!!

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