August 24, 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL
(JUBA) – South Sudan and Chinese governments have signed two technical cooperation deals that will see Chinese companies construct some 47 drilling boreholes and support water supply projects in the country, as well as sending technical experts to offer guidance on project equipment in the recently constructed Kiir Mayardit Women’s hospital in the central Rumbek area.
Under the phase 2 technical cooperation project for Kiir Mayardit Women’s Hospital in Rumbek, China will dispatch experts to South Sudan to render technical guidance on the project equipment in the hospital, train local technical staff, provide on-site guidance and assistance to local technical staff on the daily maintenance of the buildings and equipment in the hospital as well as supply some equipment, materials and spare parts.
The total period of the technical cooperation project shall be three years starting from the date of arrival of the Chinese technical personnel in South Sudan.
Speaking to the media following the signing of the cooperation deal, the Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan, Hua Ning said the signed cooperation agreements between the two countries will support millions of the population and enable them to have access to clean water.
“I am very honoured to sign two cooperative projects between China and South Sudan, one is bore holes drilling and water supply project. Chinese government is going to help build 47 drilling boreholes of which 32 are normal wells and the rest are hand pumps,” Ning said, adding that the Chinese government always practices people-oriented policy which considers the well-being of the people as top priority.
Lack of sanitation and insufficient access to clean drinking water are some of the factors that have killed millions of people across the country.
He said these boreholes will be distributed to four states including Terekeka, Yei River, Eastern Lakes and Jubek states of South Sudan.
“We understand that nowadays millions of South Sudanese people still lack access to clean water that’s also the major concern of the Chinese government and the Chinese Embassy here,” he said.
For his part, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mayen Dut Wol, commended the Chinese government for standing in solidarity with the people in the course of the country’s five-year civil war that has forced millions of people to flee their homes.
“What China has done is still up to this moment on the ground and you have been there with us during our crisis since 2013 up to this moment and we want this spirit to continue so that people of South Sudan and China continue to work together,” he said. China has been standing with the people of South Sudan since the African nation’s independence in different fields and particularly in the oil sector, Wol said.