JICA needs peace to resume suspended projects

Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA) has assured the Transitional Government of national Unity (TGoNU) of its commitment in the completion of the suspended projects if peace is restored in the country.

Speaking during the handover ceremony of 450KW generator to South Sudan Urban Water Cooperation, the public relation Advisor at JICA, Atong Demach said the projects that have been suspended temporally due to the July crisis would continue to be postponed until peace is restored in the country.

“The Japanese projects that have been suspended due to crisis are on hold but in order for those projects to get completed peace must be restored in this country because it is not officially suspended, JICA is committed in their completion,” Atong said.

“Whatever JICA is doing is not a donation but we are partnering with the government in order for us to develop this country,” she added.

Japan has put on hold most of its developmental projects in South Sudan citing security concerns after the July 7th  incident in Juba.

The Japanese-funded constructions of Freedom Bridge along the Nile and the project for provision of clean water in Juba have been suspended until peace is restored and security improved.

Earlier, Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan, Kiya Masahiko warned that South Sudan risk not being supported by the Japan government through JICA especially in the completion of Freedom Bridge and urban water supply projects that is estimated to serve over 4,000 people in Juba if the government does not restore peace in the country.

He said the July crisis has forced the Japan government to return the Japanese engineers and the constructors that were tasked to work on the major projects back to their country.

He said the government of Japan still observes the development and is talking to the government on the progress of the implementation of peace agreement.

However, the Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Sophia Pal Gai said crisis forced investors to move out of Juba which has hindered development in most parts of the country.

She appealed to other investors to come back to Juba in order to continue supporting the government. “We need to be supported so that our people can be happy and also they will not be forced to leave the country,” Sophia said.

By Kidega Livingstone 

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