MINISTERS’ TOUR AIMS TO FOSTER GREATER CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE AFRICAN COUNTRY, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSES AND INVESTORS
The Government of the Republic of South Sudan is dispatching a high-level ministerial delegation on an international investment roadshow in April. Beginning with government-to-government meetings in Washington, DC on April 11, the delegation will also travel to New York, Dubai and Johannesburg.
The aim is to give the administration an opportunity to help the world better understand its vision for South Sudan while showcasing investment and trade opportunities in the country,
The roadshow will allow potential investors the chance to meet policy makers and business leaders face-to-face, to discuss the value proposition on offer in South Sudan. Mandated by Salva Kiir Mayardt, the President of the Republic, the visiting ministers will be open to discuss ideas and projects that will boost the economy, and position South Sudan as a regional growth and investment partner.
In extending his invitation to businesses and media, the Honorable Nhial Deng Nhial, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says, “We have come through the test of strife. Now we must rebuild, maintain peace, and create. With help, we are ready to show the world that we are capable of being a nation that works. This is an opportunity to partner with us to build an economy and the country.”
Past conflict curtailed oil production in South Sudan, but since the peace accord was signed, the country has resumed production, generating increased revenues to fund development. The purpose of the Invest in South Sudan Roadshow is to find partners who will help grow the economy and create jobs. Minister Deng Nhial adds, “We want to build on the peace dividend to build a diversified sustainable economy that will benefit all South Sudan’s people.”
The delegation will be discussing opportunities and incentives that make South Sudan an attractive investment destination, highlighting the country’s importance as a gateway to markets in east and central Africa. South Sudan’s mineral deposits, fertile land, and infrastructure and industrial needs all offer potential investors opportunities outside the petroleum sector. Ministers participating in the roadshow represent multiple sectors of the economy.
Minister Deng Nhial explains, “Opportunities exist beyond the petroleum sector. We want to build a world class education system, an agricultural sector to feed our people and contribute to regional food security, a tourism industry to appreciate our natural heritage and a mining sector that helps us reap the rewards of our own wealth.”
The investment roadshow aligns with the government’s drive to raise awareness about progress in the country, and investment to re-ignite its economy. It hopes to build on the potential of its diverse underdeveloped sectors and industries.
In conclusion, Minister Deng Nhial says, “There is an African proverb: A man cannot sit down alone to plan for prosperity. We understand this to be true. So we would like to invite you to join us, find opportunities to invest in and have your questions answered.”
? Honorable Nhial Deng Nhial, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
? Hon. Salvatore Garang Mabiordit, Minister of Finance and Planning
? Hon. Paul Mayom Akech, Minister of Trade, Industry and East African Affairs
? Hon. Onyoti Adigo Nyikwac, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security
? Hon. Amb. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Minister of Petroleum
? Hon. Gabriel Thokuj Deng, Minister of Mining
? Hon. Dr Abraham Maliet, Secretary General of the South Sudan Investment Authority (SSIA)
? Dr Chol Thon Abel, Managing Director, Nilepet Corporation
? Hon. Dier Tong, Central Bank Governor
Friday, April 12: The Peninsula Hotel, New York City, USA
09:00 – 14:00
Wednesday, April 17 The Address Boulevard Hotel, Dubai, UAE
09:00 – 16:00
Wednesday, April 24: The Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, SA
09:00 – 16:00
For more information, and for businesses wishing to attend the Invest in South Sudan Roadshow, please register online at www.southsudanroadshow.com