Amiet Market in Abyei resumes operations after shutdown

By Wek Atak Kacjang      

Amiet Market in Abyei Special Administrative Area has resumed operations after a three-day shutdown when fighting broke out between traders from Sudan and local traders in the area.

In Abyei Special Administrative Area, Amiet Market has become the saving source to many souls from both Sudan and South Sudan where any good is traded on exchange. Most traders from Sudan come with products while local traders deal in animals according to market price.

Speaking to Juba Monitor yesterday, the Deputy Chief for Abyei Administrative Area, Minister of Local Government and Law Enforcement Agencies Kon Manyiet Matiok said that the dialogue between Sudanese traders and local traders has resumed after the intervention of the government.

“In Amiet Market, different groups of people benefit from the market in multiple ways because it creates work for idle youth and women operate in the market as petty traders and tea brewers. The market is the empirical focal point for the discussion of the different dimensions of trade and peace-building in the borderlands between the two Sudans,” Kon Manyiet said.

He added that most of the local traders come from nearby areas such as Wau, Aweil, Kuajok, Bentiu, Juba, Yambio, Rumbek, Tonj, and Maridi.

He also revealed that the market is mainly a place where goods are sold in the open and with tacit acceptance by the governments of Sudan and South Sudan.

In Amiet market, the main trading goods are staple foods, livestock and household supplies such as salt, soap and clothes. United Nations Interim Security Force in the area is among the actors engaged in facilitating the market and trade and movement of people in general.

Amiet Market was established in 2016 and, in less than a year, a remote empty plain was transformed into a thriving expansive marketplace where many long-distance merchants arrive daily with their trucks and where people from local communities, trade and provide various kinds of services.

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