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South Sudan's government has prioritised the construction of several roads and bridges in the country in the wake of increasing trade talks with its neighbouring countries
The country’s Economic Cluster of the Council of Ministers reviewed the road priorities during a recent meet and reiterated the pressing demand for roads network in the new country in order to promote trade and development between states and with the six neighbouring countries of Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, DR Congo and Central Africa Republic.
These will include a network of major international trunk roads connecting to all the neighbouring countries as well as inter-state roads connecting all corners of the country to the capital, Juba.
A number of bridges will also be built across the River Nile in Juba, Bor or Ramciel and Malakal in addition to another bridge across the Sobat River in eastern part of Upper Nile state.
The roads projects are estimated to cost more than US$10bn in a plan stretched to take 10 years to complete implementation, according to the ministry of roads and bridges.
The country is under an austerity budget with visible implications on roads work. Due to the budget limitations, the government will seek finances including securing loans from foreign financial institutions in order to implement the plan.