Southern Sudan Eyes AfDB Membership

A Southern Sudan referendum ballot. The soon-to-be independent nation has formally applied for membership at the African Development Bank. Photo by: Jenn Warren / USAID

The African Development Bank announced May 20 that Southern Sudan had formally applied for membership at the bank.

The formal request for membership took place during the March visit of AfDB Regional Vice President for Operations Aloysius Uche Ordu to the soon-to-be independent nation, according to the bank. The regional lender added that the Southern Sudanese government is keen to receive support in the area of infrastructure, which it sees as vital for linking the territory to its East African neighbors, particularly Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia.

“We are committed to work alongside the government and people of South Sudan as they embark on their quest for inclusive growth and sustainable development,” Uche Ordu said in an AfDB news release. “The formal request for membership will be treated with expediency.”

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