Juba, South Sudan,
June 25, 2021 – The government of Egypt is seeking to conduct a trade fare event in the South Sudanese capital Juba to showcase local products and strengthen trade.
This comes after a delegation from Egypt met President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Friday to discuss a range of other diplomatic issues.
According to a statement posted on the official Facebook page of the Presidential Press Unit, the trade fare shall commence in the second week of July and run for three days.
“Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hon. Mohamed Abdel Aaty added that Egypt will hold a trade fair in Juba between the date of 13th – 16th July 2021, aimed to boost the exchange of goods and trade between the two countries,” read the statement.
The statement also says Kiir met with Aaty and discussed various topics related to cooperation between South Sudan and Egypt in the field of water resources and Irrigation.
In attendance were Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs, Tut Gatluak Manime and the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin.
Kiir expressed his thanks and appreciation for Egypt’s efforts to boost cooperation and implementation of developmental projects for South Sudan, the statement says.
“Speaking to the media after the meeting, the Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hon. Manawa Peter Gatkuoth said H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit welcomed the work progress made by the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of both South Sudan and Egypt,” it reads.
Egypt is currently at loggerheads with Ethiopia on Nile River tension. and the north African country is seeking to win as many allies from sub-Saharan Africa as it can to build a support base.
With South Sudan, however, diplomacy has not gone smoothly quite often. On two occasions, Egyptians hoisted the South Sudan national flag upside down to send a message of a racist inferiority complex.