This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The European Union has urged the government of South Sudan to impose strict policies to the pandemic corruption in the newest country.
EU Commissioner Andris Piebalgs told the press in Juba that the Commission is developing a seven-year strategic plan to support South Sudan on education, health and rural development.
“The recent increases in prices and rising inflation have raised concern to everyone. However, the government needs to put in place good public finance systems to effectively manage the country’s economy”, Pielbags told the press in Juba.
He explained that his visit is purposely to explore further knowledge on how the Commission can support South Sudan on the EU areas of interest.
“EU is currently preparing South Sudan to develop a strategic framework that will cover the period 2014-2020. This framework will help government addresses the needs of its citizens”, he said.
The Commissioner also urged South Sudan to diversify its economy, pointing out that over -reliance on oil revenue can sometimes be disastrous.
Pielbags echoed the South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir’s pledge to co-operate with the EU for the country’s development.
“I am glad that President Kiir has pledged his government’s commitment to properly manage its revenues to supplement oil. WE have also invited him to visit the EU headquarters in Brussels to develop diplomatic ties with the different departments to intensify the EU interest to develop the infant nation”, said the official.
Last month the EU unveiled a strategy to effectively manage its aid donations to the infant nation.
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