S. Sudan & Sudan to start border trade
October 11, 2011 (Miraya FM)
Trade activities between Sudan and South Sudan will resume, Khartoum said in a meeting held during the recent visit of President Salva Kiir to Khartoum.
South Sudan's minister of commerce Garang Diing Akuong told news agencies that the Sudanese government has conditioned the resumption of border trade to the return of peace and security on the troubled Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan region.
The trade blockade has dramatically affected the economic situation in Upper Nile and Bahr el Ghazal states which completely relied on the Sudan for their economical supplies. Consequently the hike in prices pushed students to protest in Wau. Northern traders were also affected by that measure as their products/goods were restricted from reaching markets in the South Sudan.
The South Sudanese minister further revealed that President Bashir has said in his recent meeting with his counterpart President Kiir that the port in Port Sudan would be put at the disposal of the South Sudanese government for the import and export of its goods.
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