Population (Millions)

13.81

2017

GDP (Billion)

$2.904

2017

GDP Growth

-3.2%

2017

Inflation

273.4%

2017

country brief

South Sudan

Country Context &
Overview.

South Sudan (SS) gained independence in July 2011 after decades of conflict. Since then, the government has faced multiple nation-building challenges. The greatest of them was the resumption of widespread conflict in 2013, which led to a decline in real GDP. Further, the country faces the task of building new institutions while dealing with low human and institutional capacity, diversifying revenue streams and providing basic services to its 11 million people (half of whom are illiterate and living below the poverty line). Domestic and external investment are needed for sustained growth.

The South Sudanese rely heavily on imported goods, while the economy relies heavily on oil revenue which accounts for 90% of all exports and 98% of public revenue. Global fall of oil prices have led to critical shortage of foreign exchange and devaluation of the South Sudan currency. South Sudan recently acceded to the EAC in April 2016, within which it hopes to trade more with its neighbours, strengthen its governance structures, and increase economic activity. However, it faces challenges in implementing EAC commitments.

As a priority, TMEA will support the government to implement EAC commitments. Full implementation of these committments is expected to enable businesses to benefit from reduced trade costs in the region, increase opportunities to trade and compete with their regional counterparts, and as a result, create employment opportunities locally. Responding to needs in South Sudan’s institutional capacity, the programme will support long-term training and technical assistance at all levels of central, state government and the private sector.

Continuity and Innovation in
TMEA Strategy 2:

South Sudan’s economic growth outlook is uncertain. Successful implementation of development programmes is largely dependent on the outcomes of the Peace Agreement. Within the context of its fragile political and economic situation, TMEA Strategy 2 will adopt a two-pronged approach, with short term and longer-term goals. In the short term, TMEA will focus on private sector-led programmes, which support humanitarian action and which aim to secure livelihoods. For the longer term, TMEA will roll out interventions focused on supporting infrastructure development, boosting the productive capacities of identified sectors, and facilitating cross-border trade.

As a priority, TMEA will support the government to implement EAC commitments. Full implementation of these commitments is expected to enable businesses to benefit from reduced trade costs in the region, increase opportunities to trade and compete with their regional counterparts, and as a result, create employment opportunities locally. Responding to glaring gaps in South Sudan’s institutional capacity, the programme will support long-term training and technical assistance at all levels of central, state government and the private sector.

For the longer term, TMEA will roll out interventions focused on supporting infrastructure development, boosting the productive capacities of identified sectors and facilitating cross- border trade.

OUTCOME 1: REDUCING BARRIERS TO TRADE

Improved efficiency and capacity of transport and logistics networks

DETAILS EXPECTED RESULTS BY 2023

Construction of One Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) and Integrated Border Management (IBM) Reduced crossing time at Nimule border post
Construction and operationalisation of cross Border Markets and logistics hub Increased number of women and small businesses trading at new markets

Improved trading standards and reduced non-tariff barriers

DETAILS EXPECTED RESULTS BY 2023

Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) elimination Efficient implementation of national and regional NTB mechanisms
Support to SSNBS for Quality & Standards, Sanitary and PhytoSanitary (SPS) Enhanced national framework for standards in SS

Improved and more transparent trade processes and systems

DETAILS EXPECTED RESULTS BY 2023

Customs Reforms and Modernization and ICT for Trade Improved trade systems, agencies & procedures

Improved regulatory environment for trade in South Sudan

DETAILS EXPECTED RESULTS BY 2023

Support SS EAC Accession plans Strengthened EAC regional trade integration capacity for SS

OUTCOME 2: ENHANCING PRIVATE SECTOR MARKETS FOR TRADE

Better private sector-led advocacy for trade

DETAILS EXPECTED RESULTS BY 2023

Better Private Sector-Led Advocacy Enhanced environment for business growth; Improved effectiveness and quality of service provision and advocacy

Increased efficiency in private sector logistic service

DETAILS EXPECTED RESULTS BY 2023

Enhanced Private Sector Utilization of Efficient Logistics Improved quality of logistics service providers; Improved competitiveness of smaller logistics firms

Increased export capacity of East African businesses

DETAILS EXPECTED RESULTS BY 2023

Improved Export Capability Increase in firms exporting in the region; Stronger linkages developed between firms and suppliers across the priority sector

Greater inclusion of women and small businesses in trade

DETAILS EXPECTED RESULTS BY 2023

Greater inclusion of women and small business Increased access to market and trading information by women informal cross border traders; Increased formalization of small business; Establishment/ Strengthened institutional capacity of women cross border trade associations

Increased Physical Access to Markets

DETAILS RESULTS TO DATE
Set up Nimule One-Stop Border Post and improve border processes • Reduction in time to clear humanitarian goods from 5 to 2 days

Enhanced Trade Environment

DETAILS RESULTS TO DATE
Modernise South Sudan Bureau of Standards Increased no. of product types tested and issued with certificates from none to 46
Modernise Customs Management • Increase in monthly customs revenues collected from 1.2million SS Pounds in 2011 to 81.5 million SS Pounds in 2016 • A new Customs Law passed by the national parliament and signed into law by the President of South Sudan in May 2014
Support EAC Accession South Sudan acceeded to the EAC in April 2016

Improved Business Competiveness

DETAILS RESULTS TO DATE
Give a voice to private sector and civil society New Project
Support women entrepreneurs and cross border traders 1,400 women entreprenuers and cross-border traders were trained on enterprise development, customs procedures and regulations in Juba and Nimule

Moses Sabiiti

Uganda / South Sudan – Country Director

Moses is currently the Country Director for TradeMark East Africa in Uganda where he has worked for eight years. Moses is a highly experienced professional with 25 years of experience in implementing trade facilitation, regional integration, logistics and investment climate reforms in East Africa.Moses previously worked with URA at the Commissioner General’s office for 17 years in areas of Reform and Modernisation, Corporate Performance Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation and Customs. Moses holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Public Administration and Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Management.

Email:Moses.sabiiti@trademarkea.com

Phone:+256 312 223 400

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