Gov’t, World Bank sign multimillion dollar deal to spur health, agriculture

Gov’t, World Bank sign multimillion dollar deal to spur health, agriculture

The Ministry of Finance and Planning, in partnership with the World Bank, signed a $30 million deal for a project meant for resilient agriculture and livelihood with additional financing from the International Development Association.

 The signing ceremony conducted on Thursday also involved a deal of about $400 million to uplift the healthcare sector in the country.

Speaking to journalists after the signing, the minister of finance and planning, Bak Barnaba Chol, stated that the ministry would demonstrate transparency in implementing the project in the country.

According to Bak, the government prioritises health and agriculture as key areas that are important for the survival of the people in the country.

“As a country, we have prioritised health and agriculture to move our country forward and safeguard our people from the deteriorating conditions they continue to live in,” said Bak.

Bak stated that there were a lot of funds and projects signed by the government of South Sudan, adding that transparency would be considered in the use of the funds.

“I promise you transparency and accountability with these funds, and I will make sure these funds are efficiently Manage an effectively allocated resource as you approve it.”

According to Bak, the World Bank stands with South Sudan, adding that the portfolio was around $350 million in first-year projects from the World Bank.

“Now we have reached $1.4 billion in the implementation of different projects in the country. This is a great help, and it would not have happened without the support of the leadership of the World Bank in the country,” he said.

Meanwhile, the World Bank Country Director for Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan, Ousmane Dione, called for transparency in the use of the funds in South Sudan.

“We can reflect more on bringing transparency and commitment to serve the South Sudanese people, who deserve peace, stability, and development for the success of the people of South Sudan.”

According to Dione, health and food have provisions for a long journey, and it is very important for the South Sudanese people to have access to better health and food.

“Agriculture is very important; producing not only to feed your own people but also to export to other countries is something every single nation should cry for, and many countries that work in difficult situations have managed to pass the challenge, and there is no reason why South Sudan can’t do it,” he said.

“South Sudan can be part of the challenge and prove that it can pass through the challenge to prove the way for the future generation.”

However, the minister of agriculture and food security, Josephine Lagu, said that the government will do its very best to make sure that the project is implemented successfully.

“We as a people and as a government can produce our own food; let us produce food that we eat instead of importing food from elsewhere all the time, and we said that as you know and we know.”

“This country has immense agricultural potential. What has been deterring us from realising this potential was primarily the issue of insecurity, but now the country is stabilising, so we are confident that this country can produce its own food to fit itself and also to export,” he said.

The money will be channelled through the ministry of finance to the ministry of agriculture to implement the project. The project includes capacity building in good agricultural practices, investment support for improving agricultural production, food production, animal vaccination and health, reduction of fish waste and losses, and project management and technical assistance.