Tony Blair Pledges Support For South Sudan

Tony Blair’s visit last week to Juba was the second of its kind after he visited the country in December 2011. [Gurtong | File]

Blair was in Juba last week and met several senior government officials discussing several issues relating to efforts to liberate the economy from the current financial hard path it is in.

“He [Tony Blair] is happy to help and assist the young nation through challenges like seeking loans, development finances to improve education and agricultural sector,” Dr. Barnaba Marial told journalists after meeting with the National Council of Ministers on chaired by President Salva Kiir.

He said Blair’s pledge is aimed at minimizing the hard economic situation the country is in as it operates under austerity measures.  

South Sudan after shutting down her oil production early this year, introduced austerity measures in a move to cost-effectively manage the reserved revenues it has.

The country had solely depended on oil. Before shut down, oil contributed over 90% of the government’s annual budget.

Blair’s visit last week to Juba was the second of its kind after he visited the country in December 2011 and signed cooperation agreement with the South Sudanese government to support the country in other areas of infrastructure such as education. 

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