Today, the European Union, the Government of South Sudan and the International Trade Centre launched in Juba the South Sudan Jobs Creation and Trade Development Project that aims to create jobs and develop trade in the fruit and vegetable subsector in South Sudan, with a special focus on youth and women.
The €4.8 million (USD 5.7m) project is funded by the European Union and will increase the competitiveness of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the sector. It will improve, over the next 4 years, productive capacities and compliance to standards for MSMEs, increase market linkages for MSMEs and enhance entrepreneurship capacity while addressing value addition, job creation and trade development challenges in the country.
The event also marked the validation of the Food Quality as well as the Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary (SPS) Infrastructure assessment and the review of the National Quality Policy for South Sudan conducted under the project in collaboration with the South Sudan National Bureau of Standards.
Speaking on the occasion, the First Undersecretary for Trade and Industry, Agak Achuil Lual, said “This project is one among many other important projects that benefited from EU funding in the country and the Ministry will do all that is possible within its jurisdiction to ensure a successful implementation of project.”
The Ambassador of the European Delegation to South Sudan, Christian Bader, said “The EU is glad to launch this very timely initiative. Investment in modern agriculture could contribute significantly to poverty alleviation and food security, and boost income and jobs generation in a moment where once again the people of South Sudan are facing a possible famine crisis.”
The ITC Director of Country Programmes, Ashish Shah, said: “ITC is honoured to provide technical support to the government and private sector where the need for economic and trade development is felt the most. ITC will deliver the needed support to enable MSMEs develop their operational capacities and business performance, to provide employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for youth and women as well as improve capacities of business development services.”
The Executive Director of the South Sudan National Bureau of Standards, Mary Gordon Muortat said: “The project provides an opportunity to improve the quality and food safety compliance capacities both at the level of institutions and operators along the fruits and vegetables value chains. It will train advisers on Quality and food Safety and assist MSMEs in the fruits and vegetables value chains for compliance with market relevant standards.”
The four year project is funded by the European Union under the EU Trust Fund for Africa It is implemented by the International Trade Centre, a joint technical agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Sudan is the primary coordinating focal point institution for the project, mobilizing relevant stakeholders across the country.
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