Politics, Africa

Morocco agrees to help South Sudan build new capital

Agreement to build Ramciel is part of 9 deals signed between the 2 countries during King Mohammed VI's visit

Morocco agrees to help South Sudan build new capital file photo

By Parach Mach

JUBA, South Sudan

Morocco and South Sudan have signed nine agreements, including one on the construction of the youngest nation’s new proposed capital, Ramchiel.

Abdaun Agau Nhial, a government official, told journalists late Wednesday night Morocco and South Sudan signed the memorandums of understanding at the State House after the arrival of King Mohammed VI, who is on a two-day visit to the country.

Ramchiel will serve as the future site of the national capital, Agau Nhial said.

The signing ceremony was presided by president Salva Kiir and Moroccan King Mohamed VI at the presidential palace. The king arrived in capital, Juba Wednesday evening and was received by President Salva Kiir and several cabinet ministers

Moroccan Interior Minister Mohammed Hassad said his country remained committed to sharing its experience with South Sudan in construction and urban development.

Morocco also agreed to fund the technical and financial needs of constructing Ramciel, starting with feasibility studies that will cost $5.1 million, Hassad said.

A few months after gaining its independence in 2011 the government of South Sudan proposed that around $10 billion would be needed to build Ramchiel in five years as a modern capital city.

South Sudan’s civil war began in December 2013 following a power struggle between President Salva Kir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar. The violence has so far left tens of thousands of people dead and 2.4 million others displaced.

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