Sudan, South Sudan signs trade cooperation MOU to spur bilateral ties

South Sudan

Sudan and South Sudan on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding that will ease the flow of goods and services between the two countries and act as a guide as they prepare to open borders.

Ayii Akol Madut, commissioner-general of the South Sudan Customs Services at the National Revenue Authority, said the pact will facilitate the flow of goods into Juba in the shortest period of time and as well provide competition for products imported into South Sudan from the east African region.

“This agreement will cease rampant delay of goods from Kenya’s port of Mombasa, it takes seven days for goods to arrive in South Sudan from Mombasa, with clearances at Malaba, then again Nimule. But in Sudan, the goods will just come to Renk, and other entry points within one day and clear within an hour,” Akol told journalists in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

He revealed that they also agreed on cooperation between the customs of Sudan and the National Revenue Authority of South Sudan in terms of capacity building and assistance in the form of uniforms and cars that will be donated by Sudan to South Sudan.

Bashir Eltahir Bashir, director-general of the Sudan Custom Authority, said the agreement will strengthen the economic area of cooperation between Juba and Khartoum and vowed its implementation in full. “We will implement the memorandum of understanding as soon as possible, we are committed to implementing this agreement in letter and spirit to promote economic recovery in our two sisterly countries,” Eltahir said.

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 world’s youngest nation in economic turmoil as conflict disrupted production of oil, the main foreign currency earner. Enditem

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