Agriculture Main Target Of $32Billion Japan Grant

The South Sudanese Foreign Affairs Minister Nhial Deng Nhial speaking to the press at Juba International Airport. [Gurtong]

The South Sudanese Foreign Affairs Minister Nhial Deng Nhial told the press that the government will also diversify the private sector as part of utilizing the $ 32 billion grant from Japan.

The Minister told the Press upon arrival from Japan where he had accompanied President Salva Kiir Mayardit to the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development that development of the agricultural sector was key as it is the foundation of the country’s economy.

“We will define some of the projects that we think are critical for us and submit them for consideration”, he said.

He added that the grant is significant as it will help South Sudan realise its vision of diversifying her economy away from oil.

“Another issue is also the issue of technical and vocational training. We will aim to ensure that our education standards are in line with the requirements of the job market,” he added.

At the 3-day conference held in Yokohama, Japan that brought together African Heads of States and governments as well as Chief Executive Officers of Africa’s Regional Economic Communities, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a grant of $32billion US Dollars to boost economic development in Africa, one of the world’s poorest continents.

The delegation that was led by President Kiir was received by Vice President Dr Riek Machar.

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