South Sudan, Sudan seek cooperation in revenue collection

South Sudan

South Sudan and Sudan announced Monday they are jointly working to strengthen cooperation in revenue collection and boost trade between the two neighboring countries.

Patrick Mugoya, Commissioner-General for the South Sudan National Revenue Authority said they are working in a systematic and institutionalized manner for the mutual benefits of the people of the two countries.

“We are working to establish a strong and workable relationship to secure South Sudan the right for shares of customs revenues emanating from trade between our two countries as well as custom revenues emanating from trade between South Sudan and other trading partners that uses South Sudan to transit their commodities into South Sudan,” Mugoya told journalists in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

A team from Sudan headed by Bashir Eltahir Bashir, Director-General of the Sudan Customs Authority arrived in Juba on Monday for a two-day visit aimed at strengthening trade and economic cooperation between the two nations.

Eltahir announced that Sudan is working to open ten border crossing points to South Sudan that will boost the flow of goods and services between the two countries.

The economies of the two countries are struggling to recover as a result of a drop in oil production, conflict, and civil unrest in both countries.

South Sudan won independence from Sudan in 2011 after more than two decades of civil war but again plunged into conflict in December 2013 after President Salva Kiir sacked his former Vice President Riek Machar, leaving the youngest nation in economic turmoil as conflict disrupted oil production, the main foreign currency earner. Enditem

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