South Sudan became Africa’s newest country when it split away from the north on July 9 under a peace deal that ended decades of civil war. Some 2 million people died in the conflict, fought over religion, ethnicity, ideology and oil.
Officials are now eager to bring foreign investment into the new country to develop its economy, which is now almost entirely dependent on oil.
“This joint venture will help the Republic of South Sudan develop its national oil company through skills transfer and training, and be responsible for marketing the crude oil from July 9 onwards,” Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin told reporters.
The south produced about-three quarters of the united country’s roughly 500,000 barrels per day of oil.