Sudan, South Sudan pledge peace, seek investment

Sudan and South Sudan have pledged to work together to rebuild their shattered economies and not to return to war in a joint plea for foreign investment after signing a critical trade and border agreement last month.

On October 10, in their first high-profile appearance together since signing the deals, ministers from the two countries told an investment conference in Vienna they would work to make peace.  Read more here.

In other news, on October 7 Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir ordered land and river border crossings with South Sudan reopened, official radio said, a sign that perhaps tensions are easing between the neighbors.  Read more here.


Sudan & South Sudan sign partial agreement

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, left, and South Sudan President Salva Kiir, right, shake hands on the completion of a signing ceremony after the two countries reached a deal on economic and security agreements in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sept. 27, 2012.Sudan and South Sudan have reached a deal on border security and oil production that will allow oil exports from South Sudan through Sudan to resume, say spokesmen for both sides.

The leaders of the two neighbouring countries made the partial breakthrough on September 27 after four days of talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

But a number of key issues remain unresolved, including disputed regions.  World leaders are welcoming the cooperation agreements signed by Sudan and South Sudan, and urging the sides to keep working to resolve other disputes.  Read more here.



South Sudan names first UN ambassador

South Sudan, the world's newest nation, has appointed its first ambassador to the United Nations.  Francis Mading Deng, a respected scholar and former special adviser to the U.N. Secretary General on the prevention of genocide, has been appointed South Sudan's permanent representative to the United Nations. South Sudan pledged massive leadership support to Deng. Read more here

South Sudan to restart oil wells in September

South Sudan hopes to resume oil production in September after reaching an interim agreement with Sudan on oil export fees, but it may take a year to return to full capacity.

The two countries have agreed on how much South Sudan should pay to export its oil through northern pipelines, ending a dispute that led to the shutdown in January of South Sudan’s output of 350,000 barrels per day.  Oil is the lifeline of the economies of both Sudan and South Sudan.   Read more here.


WFSS Annual Meeting Celebrates 2012 and Looks to Future

On June 27th, Water for South Sudan, Inc. held its annual meeting.  Board members and other supporters heard Salva and Ater describe another successul drilling season.  Jack McKelvey, Nominating Committe Chair, announced this year's Board member nominees who were then voted in unanimously. Don Fairman was elected Chief Operating Officer, succeeding outgoing Bob Smith. The Board authorized Chris Moore to develop a letter of thanks and Certificate of Appreciation for Bob Smith to recognize Bob's contributions to the organization.  A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to intern and volunteer Tom McCarthy for his exceptional work. 

Treasurer Terry Clas reported on the organization's financial status for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2012.  Contributions continue to flow in from 48 US states to date as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Singapore.

Board Chair Chris Moore thanked WFSS supporters for their generosity in enabling the organization to continue to fulfill its mission.

Moore also described strategic planning and other work underway to strengthen the organization's capacity to serve the people of South Sudan's rural areas. He noted that a Board retreat day, led by an outside facilitator, would be another step in that planning process. (Note: that retreat took place June 30th.)

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