S.Sudan MPs pass $1.6 bln budget with eye on new roads

  • Thursday 22, August 2019 11:34 AM
  • S.Sudan MPs pass $1.6 bln budget with eye on new roads
Sharjah24 – AFP: The South Sudan parliament on Wednesday approved a budget of $1.6 billion (1.4 billion euros), around half of which is set to finance a Chinese-built road network in the war-torn country.
The MPs passed the budget of 208 billion pounds with a deficit of 77 billion Sudanese pounds, which government hopes will be plugged by rising oil revenues as the sector has been revived by a peace deal in the war-torn nation.

Former foreign affairs minister Nhial Deng Nhial criticised the allocation of 30,000 barrels of oil per day -- worth some 96 billion pounds -- which is to be paid to China to build some 400 kilometres of paved roads.

Currently South Sudan has few paved roads outside the capital Juba.