The Council of Ministers in its regular sitting on Friday last week approved the sum of 899, 296 USD for the building of two roads linking South Sudan and Ethiopia. The two roads are; Gambela-Pagak-Paloch road and Dima-Raad-Boma-Bor Road, will serve as Regional integration roads. The first route will enable South Sudan to export its oil to the landlocked Ethiopia.
The Cabinet listened to a Ministerial memo from the Minister of Roads and Bridges, Hon. Rebecca Joshua Okwaci, on the agreement signed in February for the construction of the two roads in Ethiopia. This agreement was finalized this year in February by the two heads of state in Ethiopia following a three-day State visit by President Kiir.
Addressing the Press after the Council of Ministers meeting Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, stated that the Cabinet approved the formation of a Steering Committee to work and coordinate with the Ethiopian government in implementing the project.
The Information Minister revealed that the roads would be constructed by the Ethiopian Military Engineering Corps. The road construction coincides with the construction of a refinery in Upper Nile, which will have the capacity to process as much as 100,000 barrels of oil per day. A Swiss and a U.S. COMPANY will provide the funding for the construction of the refinery. South Sudan intends to step up its oil production from an all time low of 120,000 barrels a day.