South Sudan has secured a $50 million grant for one of its development priority sectors: infrastructure.
The assistance package is from Japan and comes just as South Sudan prepares to mark its first year as an independent country on July 9. The grant will support three projects, including the construction of a bridge across the Nile River, building of a water treatment plant and expansion of the river port in the capital city of Juba.
Lack of quality infrastructure is among key challenges to South Sudan’s path toward nation building – which is why most foreign assistance projects there are now focused on building roads, energy grids and similar facilities.
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