Sept. 7, 2022 (JUBA) — South Sudan on Wednesday praised China for deepening bilateral relations in multiple areas of cooperation between the two countries.
Vice President and President of the Services cluster, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol, said China plays an important role in providing services in the country.
“This afternoon, during the award ceremony at the Chinese Embassy, for the 9th batch of Chinese medical teams in South Sudan, I presented certificates of appreciation to the team and to China as a whole for supporting South Sudan to improve its key education, health, economic and development sectors since independence,” he told reporters. in Juba.
The vice president made the remarks at a ceremony where he awarded service certificates to Chinese skilled workers and experts in various service fields and fields.
“We continue to recognize China’s contribution to securing our future in terms of peace, economy, education and health through capacity building, scholarships and logical needs. Now, China’s 10th Group medical team is expected to use the country’s political tranquility to improve services from where their colleagues might have left off as relations between South Sudan and China deepen. “, he noted.
Akol said the government welcomes foreign direct investment in all sectors, highlighting the historic relations between China and Sudan from which South Sudan seceded in 2011.
“South Sudan is open for business,” he stressed, adding, “We are not segregating. We welcome people who want to do business with us to improve our economy and the lives of our people”.
The official hailed what he described as China’s “no strings attached” political approach and economic cooperation model attractive to Juba and other African countries.
Experts say the number of Chinese nationals in South Sudan has increased dramatically since 2011. Beyond oil, Chinese companies are mostly found in a country’s infrastructure that needs services, ranging from roads, bridges , telecommunications, power plants, power grids, schools, etc. hospitals, buildings, among others.
Companies from China and other countries wishing to invest in the country register, conduct feasibility studies and write proposals. Although the Chinese government often plays a role in securing market access, private companies and small entrepreneurs are as much behind new investment as the state, some of which are associated with South Sudanese officials. .