South Sudan seeks to bolster trade ties with Ethiopia

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South Sudan is seeking to improve trade ties with neighbouring Ethiopia through the reopening of trade corridors and constriction of new roads linking the two countries.

The country’s petroleum minister said a high level delegation had been dispatched to Ethiopia by President Salva Kiir to discuss issues related to trade, infrastructural development and regional security.

“Ethiopia is a strategic neighbour and we want to make sure that while we are implementing the agreement, we also make sure that trade between South Sudan and Ethiopia is booming,” Gatkuoth said.

Gatkuoth said the team led by the country’s first vice President Taban Deng Gai , will meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and other government officials for negotiations on border demarcation and regional security.

Trade between South Sudan and Ethiopia has been affected by South Sudan’s two-year civil war.

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