Egypt Strengthens Ties with South Sudan Through Joint Development Projects

Egypt strengthens ties with South Sudan through joint development projects, including university, technical school, and power station, boosting economic growth and regional cooperation.

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Egypt Strengthens Ties with South Sudan Through Joint Development Projects

Egypt Strengthens Ties with South Sudan Through Joint Development Projects

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a high-level meeting on Friday with the ministers of Irrigation and Foreign Affairs to discuss bolstering cooperation with South Sudan through the implementation of joint development projects. The meeting aimed to support the efforts of Egyptian companies in collaborating with South Sudan on these initiatives.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry emphasized Egypt's commitment to maintaining close ties with South Sudan, highlighting the country's active involvement in various development projects. Egypt has been providing grants and aid facilitated by the Egyptian Agency for Partnership for Development to support its historical relationship with South Sudan.

Several significant projects are in the pipeline, including the inauguration of an Alexandria University branch in Tonj, a technical school in Warrap, and a large-scale power station in Rumbek. These initiatives are expected to contribute substantially to the educational and infrastructural development of South Sudan, underscoring Egypt's supportive role in the region.

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hani Sweilam discussed the outcomes of ministerial visits and ongoing cooperation in water resource management. Egypt has established 20 solar-powered groundwater drinking water stations, two river marinas, and a central laboratory for water quality analysis in Juba. Additionally, the ministry has rehabilitated water stations in Juba, Malakal, and Wau, and completed the establishment of drinking water stations in Mingla and Nimuli.

In January 2024, three groundwater drinking water stations were inaugurated, and a project to purify waterways in the Bahr el Ghazal Basin is currently underway. These projects are expected to provide job opportunities, develop fishing conditions, establish fish farms, and protect villages and agricultural lands from flood-related water level rises.

Why this matters: The strengthening of ties between Egypt and South Sudan through joint development projects has far-reaching implications for both countries. These initiatives not only contribute to the economic growth and stability of South Sudan but also reinforce Egypt's role as a key player in the region's development and cooperation efforts.

Prime Minister Madbouly stressed Egypt's keenness to support cooperation with South Sudan through the implementation of joint projects. Foreign Minister Shoukry noted that Egypt is "moving forward in implementing projects such as an Alexandria University branch in Tonj, a technical school in Waror, and a major power station in Rumbek." The Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation highlighted that the projects will "contribute to providing job opportunities, developing fishing conditions, establishing fish farms, and protecting villages and agricultural lands from flooding."

Key Takeaways

  • Egypt and South Sudan to bolster cooperation through joint development projects.
  • Egypt to open university branch, technical school, and power station in South Sudan.
  • Egypt providing grants, aid, and water resource management projects in South Sudan.
  • Projects aim to create jobs, develop fishing, and protect against flooding.
  • Strengthening Egypt-South Sudan ties reinforces Egypt's role as a regional player.