JUBA – South Sudan’s Vice President for Service Cluster, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol on Monday revealed plans to reopened cross-borders corridor between Sudan and South Sudan in a bid to boost trade.
In August 2021, Sudan and South Sudan agreed to open four borders crossing points after nearly 11 years.
During Omar al Bashir’s regime, South Sudan and Sudan closed much of the 2,000 border-line, hitting traders on both sides of the dispute line.
The borders were closed in 2011 when relations deteriorated after South Sudan gained independence following a long civil war, taking with it three quarters of the country’s oil.
In August 2021, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former Sudanese Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok agreed to reopened their borders after 11 years.
The plan was later halted until further notice due political instability in Sudan
“We want Sudan to open the border for the citizens of the two countries to move freely with their goods and services,” Abdelbagi said during celebration of Eid Al-Adha in Juba on Monday.
Abdelbagi revealed that a committee will be formed to discuss the reopen of border between two sisterly countries.
“There will be a big delegation comprise of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to discuss the border issues between Sudan and South Sudan,” he said.