The Sudan government is fixing the river-based means of transport with intentions to resume full trade with South Sudan after a pro-republic decree to open trade with the border countries.
Some of the vessels belonging to Nile River Transport Company (NRTC) at Kosti
On the 12th of February, 2018, Trade Minister Hatim El Sir Ali announced the recommencement of border trade and the exchange of goods and services between the White Nile state and South Sudan.
This reflects on the previous visit by South Sudan President Salva Kiir to Khartoum in November 2017, where the two countries agreed to activate the joint safety arrangements, and to re-open four of the ten border crossings between the two neighboring countries.
It is learnt that the opening of the crossings will bring a number of benefits with intentions to reduce the smuggling & waste of goods, in addition to development of economic resources between the two counterparts.
According to Yasin Humeida, the chairman of the Nile River Transport Company and Secretary-General of the Chamber of Commerce, he stated that “Nile River Transport Company is in the process of signing a contract with the United Nations to transport all the relief material to South Sudan through such border crossings as through Kosti River.”
By Joseph Semuju
Community Manager - AMO
African Mobilities Observatory - AMO, MICHELIN.