Investment Information

Given that South Sudan is a new country, vast investment opportunities abound in sectors like road and structural construction, housing, telecommunication, manufacturing pharmaceuticals, agriculture, power generation, mining, education, tourism and fisheries.

 

The government has taken specific steps to nurture an environment conducive to investment. These include the establishment of institutions like the Ministry of Investment and South Sudan Investment Services as well as development of investment laws. The investment laws provide attractive fiscal regimes, protection of industrial and intellectual property, credible guarantee of legal security, repatriation of profits and dividends, customs duties exemptions as well as reduced bureaucracy.

 

In February 2011, the government also launched a Private Sector Development programme encompassing investment climate reforms, small and medium enterprise development and access to finance. It has also established the South Sudan Business Forum (SSBF) to facilitate public-private sector dialogue.

 

These steps are bearing fruit fast. The “Doing Business in Juba 2011” report compiled by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation indicates that the country’s business environment has improved tremendously. For instance, the report shows that it now takes 15 days for a start-up business to begin operation. This is fast compared to the average 13.8 days in developed countries. The Ministries of Investment as well as Commerce and Industry are working on further legislation, creating more institutions and streamlining business registration.

 

This article was updated on Jul 12, 2011

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This article was updated on Aug 19, 2011