South Sudan and Japanese government sign $23 million agreement on infrastructure development

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Japanese and South Sudanese flags. [Vector illustration by iStock]

JUBA – The government of South Sudan and its Japanese counterpart on Wednesday signed a US$23.3 million grant agreement for infrastructure development in the world’s youngest nation.

The multi-year project includes reconstruction of four bridges, access roads, surfacing and advisory service to ensure road traffic safety and increase traffic volume through reconstruction of bridges in Juba City.

The agreement was signed by Amb. Mayen Dut Wol, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Toyama Mitsuhiro, Charge d’Affaires ad interim of Japan.

“Without improving infrastructure, sustainable development and economic growth cannot be achieved,” Chargé Toyama said at the signing ceremony for a new grant from Japan in Juba on Wednesday.

Toyama said the project will also see many South Sudanese engineers trained in various technologies needed to develop Africa’s youngest nation.

“After this project is completed, the four reconstructed bridges will help improve traffic convenience and logistics in the capital Juba,” Toyama said.

Toyama said it helps improve traffic and logistics in Juba.

“In addition to the Freedom Bridge over the Nile, which will be available in the coming weeks, we hope that these bridges will also improve the lives of all citizens of Juba.”

Amb. Mayen Dut Wol, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, received the Government of Japan for its contribution to promoting economic and social development in South Sudan.

“The construction of four bridges located in Juba, named Shuhada, Albino, Salakana and Kokora bridges will reduce traffic congestion and help traffic overflow,” Dut said.

Read the full story at: Sudan Post.

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