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VP Taban resuscitates proposal to relocate capital city

Juba, South Sudan,

June 19, 2021 – Vice President for the Infrastructure Cluster Taban Deng Gai has resuscitated the proposal to relocate South Sudan capital City to Ramciel saying the plan was not dead.

VP Taban resuscitates proposal to relocate capital city
Taban Deng Gai, Vice President for Infrastructure Development Cluster (photo credit: Nyamilepedia/Supplied)

This comes after the government went mute on the idea for years, raising speculations that the proposal was trashed.

“Many people are asking whether proposed Ramciel city is still alive or it is not there anymore, but I want to say yes it is still alive,” Taban said. “We have finished with the master plans and very soon people will see the master plans.”

The Vice President said the roadmap to transfer the capital city was being drawn by South Korean experts and will be sent to Juba for display upon completion so that people see how the new City will look.

He revealed that the infrastructure cluster was prioritizing road constructions connecting the country to the city saying the work started last year.

The Vice President said in their quest to move the capital, a number of challenges abound, including limited resources and lack of funding which are making it hard for the projects to move on very fast.

“Regardless of challenges, we have proposed approaches and plans on how to attract finances and funding to major projects including that of Ramciel as many people are asking whether it is still alive or it is not,” VP Taban stated.

In February 2011, the government adopted a resolution to find a new capital for the country and Ramciel was one of the proposed sites.

Six years later, President Salva Kiir issued an executive order forming a high-level committee led by the VP Taban to make necessary preparations for the relocation of the nation’s capital city from Juba to the newly proposed city in Ramciel.

That was followed by the signing of several agreements between Morocco and South Sudan on the construction of the new proposed capital.

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