healing http://cotro.com/wp-content/plugins/fusion-builder/shortcodes/fusion-lightbox.php geneva;”>Hon. Akuong said South Sudan like any other young emerging nation with multiple challenges of infrastructure, capacity, laws and regulations, many profit minded business people have and are taking advantage of these challenges by sneaking into the country expired goods, drugs, sub-standard goods and services.
“Time has come for this exploitation to stop. The government is open for business to the outside. But once you are here you must sing and dance to the tune of the songs of this country,” cautioned Hon. Akuong.
He warmed that the law will soon appropriately deal with those who may not heed the government warnings.
Hon. Akuong made these remarks while officiating at a three days food safety training workshop at Juba Grand Hotel on Wednesday.
He urged the business people to play a leading role besides government in ensuring the standards of goods and services they import in the country represent the international acceptable standards.
Supported by Trade Mark East Africa South Sudan, the three-day food safety workshop was organized by the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Investment and targeted food and beverages companies, hotels and restaurants and bakeries.
The commerce minister underscored the role of Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) in promoting trade in the region.
He reiterated the commitment of the government particularly his ministry in working together to with TMEA in order to promote trade between South Sudan and the region.
The country director of Trade Mark East Africa- South Sudan Mr. Eugene Torero, urged the participants to take the training seriously if they are to make impact on food safety. “The training would be of no use if skills obtained from this workshop are left here”, said Mr. Torero.
Trade Mark East Africa in South Sudan supports the government and the private sector in developing institutional frameworks that facilitate trade and regional economic integration.
The South Sudan Customs Service, South Sudan Bureau of Standards, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment, and the Chamber of Commerce are among the key government institutions benefiting from it three year project.