US$1bn for road construction project in South Sudan
South Sudanese Government has embarked on a road construction project that will see the road networks linking Juba to Bor in Jonglei state and Rumbek in Lakes state constructed.
China’s Exim Bank will make available US$ 1bn for the project. South Sudan has only around 300 kilometers of paved roads of which a third are in the capital city of Juba. The 192-km Juba-Nimule highway, the only paved road in the country, cost US$ 220m to build.
The new road project is very welcome as most roads in the country are covered with potholes and unstable bridges. This has caused loss of business due to inefficient means of goods transportation. Most South Sudanese depend on road transport due to the poor state of other forms of transport and high air fares.
The Juba-Bor road is currently under construction and it is expected that once complete, it will reduce the price of commodities in the country – which have in the recent years, sky-rocketed due to the poor state of roads and attacks by armed robbers and inter-clan revenge attacks.