South Sudan plans road, oil pipeline projects near Ethiopia border: Ambassador

(EBC; August 9, 2017)- South Sudan plans to construct road projects, oil pipeline and oil refinery after government forces captured the rebel stronghold of Pagak near Ethiopia border, Xinhua reported.

South Sudan's Ambassador to Ethiopia James Morgan said despite Ethiopia and South Sudan signing an economic Memorandum of Understanding early this year, the lack of control by South Sudan government forces bordering Ethiopia had hindered implementation of the agreement.

Although South Sudan gained independence in July 2011 from Sudan, less than three years later, it plunged into a civil war pitting forces broadly loyal to President Salva Kiir against those of his Ex-Deputy Riek Machar

South Sudan plans to build a road project and oil pipeline from the oil fields to Ethiopian border through the Pagak crossing ensuring Ethio-South Sudan economic ties blossom, he said.

With road links interrupted by fighting in South Sudan, Ethiopian Airlines' twice weekly flights to South Sudan capital Juba is the main remaining infrastructure link between the two nations.

South Sudan also plans to build an oil refinery near the Ethiopian border to send refined oil products to Africa's second most populous nation and one of the continent's fast growing economies.

"Our first task will be establishing police, customs and immigration offices on the border, that will be able to stop insecurity and criminality that has affected both SS and Ethiopia," said Morgan.