South Sudan news – GoSS and JICA sign technical cooperation agreement for new bridge in Juba

The Japan International Cooperation Agency, in short JICA, has earlier in the week signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of South Sudan, Ministry of Roads and Bridges, for the construction of a 560 metre long bridge crossing the Nile.
The agency had for the past several months conducted a feasibility study for the project and when found viable the technical cooperation agreement was drafted and signed, before sometime in early 2012 the two governments will put pen to paper for the 90 Million US Dollar construction.
The new bridge is expected to ease access in and out of the city of Juba which presently faces limitations due increasing traffic over the single bridge across the river.
The construction of roads and bridges across the newly independent country has been given priority to facilitate the movement of people and secure the flow of goods, with in particular the route to neighbouring Uganda being of the highest priority, as much of South Sudans imports come from or via Uganda.