Juba, Beijing ink Nimule dry port construction deal

South Sudan and China have signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of the Nimule dry port project. The embassies signed the MOU in South Africa.

President Salva Kiir witnessed the signing ceremony on Wednesday in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he is attending the BRICS August 22-24 summit on economic and political cooperation.

A statement from the office of the president says the company will also build a presidential terminal at Juba International Airport, Apron project, and an air traffic management system project.

“President Kiir praised the Chinese Government for supporting South Sudan’s development agenda,” the statement partly reads.

The Chairmen of China Communications Construction Company, Wang Tongzhou, said his country was committed to strengthening diplomatic relations with South Sudan.

“China is determined to expand bilateral cooperation with South Sudan in trade, investment and infrastructure development,” Tongzhou stated.

The officials say the construction of the Nimule dry port will help reduce transportation costs and ease trade in the region.

Kiir traveled to South Africa on Tuesday and is attending the summit of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) –a grouping of global South nations against the western polices.