Ramciel City Development Master Plan kicks-off
First Vice President, Gen. Taban Deng Gai, Speaking at the launching workshop on Master Plan for the proposed Ramciel City yesterday (Photo by Kitab A Unango):
By Kitab A Unango
The government and a team of three Moroccan and Korean engineers have started the technical development of the master plan for the proposed South Sudan capital city, Ramciel.
The Comprehensive Master Plan development which is expected to last for 15 months will include demarcation of areas for key government installations, roads, markets and residential areas.
Speaking at the launching workshop on Monday, the First Vice President Gen. Taban Deng Gai encouraged the team adding the government was committed to the project to ensure its completion.
“The government is committed to the Ramciel City Project and I encourage all of us to work together so that this project becomes a reality,” Gai stressed.
Gai added that the kick off of the technical development of the Ramciel city master plan was a great achievement to move the country forward.
“The fact that this workshop is taking place immediately after the celebration of the signed Revitalized Peace Agreement is a great achievement of peace to move this country forward,” Gai added.
In his part, Mr. Khalid Hamani of Alomrani Moroccan’s Company said they would visit Ramciel this week to mark the beginning of the project.
“We will have the site visit on Wednesday [tomorrow] and Tuesday [today]. All the team will go to the site to find the suitable location for Ramciel City to collect information that will be used for the demarcation of the city,” Mr. Khalid said.
Ramciel was proposed by the late Dr. John Garang and in 2011 the then government of Southern Sudan approved it to be the capital of South Sudan.
In February 2017, South Sudan signed an agreement with Morocco for the construction of Ramciel City.
During the signing ceremony in Juba, Moroccan King Mohammad the 6th pledged to fund the technical and financial needs of constructing Ramciel.
Ramciel is located in the former Lakes State that will serve as the future site of the national capital. It is considered the geographic center of the country easily accessed by the three greater regions of Bahr-el-Ghazal, Equatoria and Upper Nile.
The Ramciel master plan will cost three million US dollars to be financed by the government of Morocco.