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BORDER DISPUTE: Kayihura, Onek Meet S. Sudan’s Salva Kiir

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In Juba, the Uganda delegation first attended the Graduation Ceremony of the first batch of South Sudan Police Services Officer Cadets of which 38 trained in Uganda.

After the ceremony, Kayihura and Onek attended a special meeting to discuss border disputes, the chaos at the Customs and Immigration department of South Sudan among others.

S. Sudan was represented by Gen Magaya, minister of Commerce Trade and Investment, Honorable Garang Ding Akuang as well as the deputy ministers of Transport, Animal Resource, and Foreign Affairs.

The two delegations agreed to enhance the implementation of the MOU between the South Sudan Police Service and the Uganda Police Force signed in June 2012 in Kampala to cooperate in the areas of training, operations and production with the view to ensure security and safety to the people of both countries.

The two delegations acknowledged the existing problems in issues of Customs and

Immigration, and agreed to work towards a common one-stop border Customs and Immigration clearance point, and to harmonize the visa validity duration to three months.

This followed complaints by Ugandan traders that S. Sudan officials were mistreating them.

Regarding the border dispute where Juba officials constructed a school inside Uganda territory, it was resolved that any problems concerning the border should be resolve in a brotherly spirit and border demarcation should proceed as soon as possible.

On trade and commerce, both parties discussed the issues of transportation, standards and Non- Tariff Barriers affecting both countries and resolved to promote existing efforts by the line ministries in addressing the concerns raised by the traders.

Uganda traders export a variety of merchandise to the Republic of South Sudan such as fresh agricultural products, water, alcohol, cooking oil, cows, textile products and hardware materials, among others.

South Sudan achieved independence on July 9th 2011, becoming Africa’s 54th youngest nation with an estimated population of over 8 million.

Uganda is bordered to the North by South Sudan.

According to the World Bank, South Sudan has been Uganda’s largest trading partner since 2007 adding that for both informal and formal trade combined, South Sudan is the largest destination for Uganda’s exports; “larger than any other destination in the world”.

The World Bank statistics show that “while formal imports from Uganda were US$246 million in 2008, informal imports were estimated to be as much as US$389 million in the same year.

During the meeting, the two parties noted the need to cooperate and interlink the railway net-work between Uganda and South Sudan as well as Uganda’s support for South Sudan’s request to join the Northern Corridor membership.

The delegations recognized the importance of the Joint Permanent Commission between the two countries and promised to ensure it convenes as scheduled in Kampala next month.

After this meeting, Kayihura and Onek met the President of South Sudan Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit at State House.

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