Japan Pledges To Support Peace Efforts In South Sudan

The Japanese Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuya Shimba with President Salva Kiir in Juba recently. [Embassy Photo]

Shimba disclosed this to Gurtong recently in an exclusive interview after he met the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir in Juba.

“The government of Japan, in accordance with its policy towards providing continued support to South Sudan for consolidation of peace, makes concerted efforts for assistance through the implementation of Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects and the cooperation with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS),” he said.

He said Japan will consider the possibility of providing assistance focusing on areas of infrastructure development, enhancement of governance, human capacity development and agricultural development.

“In addition to the bilateral relations, Japan expects to strengthen cooperative relations between the two countries in a variety of areas of global issues in the international arena,” Shimba added.

The minister expressed optimism in South Sudan’s potential to proper in the near future.

“I actually feel that South Sudan has tremendous amount of potential with its vast national land. I am strongly impressed by many Japanese devoting themselves to the nation building of South Sudan together with their South Sudanese counterparts in diverse ways,” he said.

The UNMISS Japanese engineering unit has been involved in road repair between Juba and Yei, in and around Juba City and the construction of a way station for returnees in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Japanese government has already assisted in construction and rehabilitation of six road bridges in order of priority among the major road bridges in Juba.

It is also conducting the survey and design for the construction of a US $ 100 million long-span bridge in the Nile River as an alternative bridge.

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