South Sudan eyes electricity import from Uganda

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-06 01:23:12|Editor: huaxia
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by Denis Elamu

JUBA, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan said Thursday electricity supply from Uganda will create necessary socio-economic development along its border towns.

The Minister of Electricity and Dams Dhieu Mathok said the two neighboring countries reached an agreement in Kampala that will see import of at least 15 KV of electricity to three border towns of war-torn South Sudan

"This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is aiming at electrification of the border towns of Kaya, Nimule and KajoKeji. We are going to form committee on both sides to draft the agreement to implement the project," he said in Juba.

The project under the regional body the East African Community (EAC) pool for electricity connectivity will see both countries mobilize funds for implementation.

"This project is very important and is going to create necessary social-economic development for our people and also stop rural-urban migration," Mathok said.

Mathok also said the electricity supply from Uganda will help fill the void caused by delays in implementation of the country's eight hydro power projects.

"We are immediately going to form a committee and this will embark immediately on drafting the agreement on terms of management, finance," he added. Enditem