South Sudan, Sudan revised Cooperation Agreements
By Kidega Livingstone
South Sudan and Sudan have activated the Cooperation Agreements which the two countries signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in 2012.
The agreement to reactivate the Cooperation Agreements came into effect during a mini summit between President Salva Kiir and his Sudanese counterpart, President Omar El-Bashir on Wednesday.
Kiir and the high-level ministerial delegation that accompanied him to Khartoum returned to Juba yesterday evening.
Addressing the media at Juba International Airport upon their arrival from Khartoum, Minister of Information and the Government Spokesperson, Michael Makuei Lueth, said that the two countries have agreed to implement the Cooperation Agreements that were signed in September 2012, in Addis Ababa. He described the meeting in Khartoum between Kiir and Bashir as “a successful and meaningful meeting, because the Cooperation Agreements have been revised, added that the move would bring development to South Sudan in particular.”
He said a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) will be signed in all sectors as part of the agreement stated. “The main areas of discussions were the border demarcation, opening of the border crossing points and the security related issues,” Mr. Makuei said.
The Cooperation Agreements include areas concerning oil and economic matters, framework on the status of the nationals of the other states, agreement on border issue, agreement for Cooperation on Central Bank issue, on trade and trade related issues and many others that were to enter into effect within forty days from the date of their signing.
Last Month the Minister of Trade and Industry, Moses Hassan Tiel said that South Sudan and Sudan were set to resume normal trading following the promise made by the government of the Sudan to open the waterway or river transport and various roads at the border points to allow free movement of goods between the two countries.
The Minister said the decision was reached after an earlier promise was made by the Sudanese government on water trade and exchange of technical expertise in the areas of petroleum, finance as well as trade after the two ministers met in Khartoum last month.