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Gov’t launches exhibition of local products

(L) Elizabeth Monoa Majok Undersecretary Industry, (2nd left) is Moses Hassan Thiel, Minister of Trade and Industry

By Kidega Livingstone

Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the private sector and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched “Made in South Sudan” Exhibition.

The exhibition of the South Sudan’s local products will begin on the 6th -10th next month at Freedom Hall, under the theme, “Together promoting South Sudan Business and Industrial Development.”

Speaking during the launch yesterday, the Minister of Trade and Industry Moses Hassan Thiel said the owners of manufacturing factories, handcraft and homemade items are expected to exhibit their products in order to be promoted by the government and development partners.

“There are many products being made here and are sold right here, I think if we encourage this, we will be able to control our economy by also exporting our products outside the country,” said Thiel.

He stressed that the country has varieties of resources and fertile land for agriculture that need more investors in order to invest in agriculture and industrial sector for the country to move toward prosperity.

“Made in South Sudan” products would encourage entrepreneurship to foster self-reliance and shaping our economy through local production,” he said.

Daniel Kiir, team Leader Human Development at UNDP said the initiative is an important milestone for the future of young people in the country as industrialization remains the major policy priority for achieving the African Union Agenda 2030.

He said the campaign to showcase local production capabilities matched with the UNDP’s investment program that targets empowering women and youth by providing skills to local entrepreneurs in order to strengthen their capability in business.

He appealed to the government to stand behind the initiative in order to bear fruit.

“For country like ours which overly rely on oil as a single biggest source of revenue and export, there is a huge  window of opportunity as a late comer to devise a smart transformative strategy of economic and trade diversification through industrialization and boosting local production,” Kiir said.

South Sudan is an incredibly young nation with around 50 percent of its population classified as youth who are in need of employment and income. The resilient women and youth represent the future of this nation according to UNDP.

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