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Businesses declined from 79 to 49 percent-survey

By Sheila Ponnie

A survey by the National Bureau of Statistics has revealed that there was a sharp decline in South Sudanese owned business as compared to other nationalities across the Country.

According to the study carried out between 2010 and 2019, the proportion of employees with South Sudanese nationality has decreased from 78 percent to 49 percent.

The survey was conducted to determine the performance of different development programs and goals and to provide information on the business sector and market research.

The survey further indicates that employees from other non- African countries has increased from 0.8 percent to 30 percent working in Juba.

“The majority of foreign employees are working in Wau, Rumbek, Aweil, Yambio and Bor town,”Atem Bul, the National Statistic System Coordinator said.

The National Bureau of Statistics conducted an Integrated Business Establishment Survey (IBES) which was carried out in 12 major populated towns in South Sudan.

It further revealed that most of the businesses in the country were informal adding there was need for the policy makers to create an environment that could provide more jobs for the nationals.

“It is recommended that the National Legislative Assembly, Ministry of Labor, Foreign Affairs and Minister of Investment should look in to the employment policy and investment policy that could increase creation of more jobs opportunities for the South Sudanese Nationals,” Bul said.

This came up yesterday, in Juba during the launch of the published capacity building programme of the national Bureau of Statistics in South Sudan.

John Maciek Acuoth, Deputy Chairperson National Bureau of Statistics said it was the second survey that was conducted in the country and it was intended to give an idea of what some of the economic sectors in the country were doing.

He explained that the survey was one of the important sources of getting information for researchers who would like to get specific information in the market and one source of getting that information was to look in to the surveys that were conducted by one of the institutions in the country.

 “South Sudan has a long way to go, we need to develop and strengthen the capacity to produce statistics, and we need to establish strong statistical units in the states those are still lacking now,” he said.

“So there is a long way to improve our national statistical system because it is very important responsibility of the Government and without statistical information and data, the government cannot be able to plan for the future.

“You need information on which base creditable decisions that will produce fruitful results of the country and its people,” he said.

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