South Sudan

Salva Kiir: The World Will Envy ‘Prosperous, Peaceful South Sudan’

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardit

South Sudan President, malady Salva Kiir has said his country is going to emerge a very prosperous and a peaceful one that is going to be the envy of the whole world.

Kiir who administers one of the weakest economies in the world made the statement on Sunday in a Christmas Day message to his 12.5 million population in which 80 percent have no toilet access, 65.9 percent living in extreme poverty and 5 million people facing severe famine.

The President is convinced that the only challenge derailing his nation’s development is the ongoing conflict that he promised to end it soon and immediately embark on serious economic activities.

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“I know that many in the world community have written us off and there are many out there who believe that the situation in South Sudan will never get any better. We have a simple message for them, South Sudan shall rise once again and it shall be triumphant against all the odds,” part of Kiir’s message read.

According to Kiir, even their regaining of independence from the Arab/Muslim dominated Khartoum administration had earlier been perceived by the world as impossible but it later happened.

“Let the skeptics be reminded that the proclamation of South Sudan’s independence on July 9, 2011 was perceived as a mission impossible and yet you the people of South Sudan succeeded to make it possible.”

The President did not mention any economic indicator or prospected figures and also didn’t explain how he’ll solve the current political impasse but solely based on 2011 independence narrative to conclude that his country is destined for world’s number one desire.

“This country shall emerge stronger, united and prosperous and we shall be the envy of the world.”

Basing on the World Bank and Central Intelligence Agency fact book figures, South Sudan economy largely depends on oil and 98 percent of the country’s budget is financed by the proceeds from the black gold making it the most oil dependent country in the world.

The outbreak of bloody civil war between Kiir and his former deputy Dr. Riek Machar in December 2013 significantly affected the crude extraction that reduced it to 120,000 barrels a day compared to the peak of 350,000 barrels per day in 2011.

The over dependence on oil has adversely impacted on agriculture and much of the food consumed in the country are now imported from neighboring Uganda, Kenya and Sudan.

The country’s currency has fallen against the major currencies by over 400 percent from SSP18.5 per $1 in December 2015 to SSP80 per $1 in September 2016.

Only 27 percent of the population above 15 years is literate with male at 40 percent while female literacy is at 16 percent.


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