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South Sudan

South Sudan and the AfDB

The African Development Bank Group and the Republic of South Sudan have a history of cooperation, which started after the signing on 9th January 2005 of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). South Sudan became a member of the African Development Bank in May 2012, and in September 2013 ratified its membership. Following the country’s independence in July 2011, the Bank opened its country office in the capital, Juba, in September 2012.

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South Sudan Economic Outlook

Real GDP growth was an estimated 5.8% in 2019, a large increase from 0.5% in 2018. The 2019 rebound was driven mainly by reopening some oil fields, including those in Upper Nile state, and resuming production, and by the peace agreement signed in September 2018. The oil sector remains the key driver of the economy, followed by services and agriculture.

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Key Facts

Capital: Juba
Area: 644,329 sq km
Total Population 2017: 11.3 Million ...
Urban Population 2017: 18.41%
Female Population 2017: 49.97%
GDP: US$ 11.8 Billion
GNI Per Capita 2015: US$ 790
Inflation Rate: 8.60%
Crude Birth Rate (per 1000): 36.13%
Human Development Index (rank / 188): 0
Human Development Index (scale 0 to 1): -
Membership Date: Under processing
Cumulative Approvals (1967-2016): UA 34.9 Million

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East Africa Regional Hub (RDGE)

African Development Bank Group
Khushee Tower
Longonot  Road, Upper Hill
Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: (254) 20 2712925/ (254) 20 2712926/ (254) 20 2712928
Fax: (254) 20 2712938

Mr. Gabriel Negatu, Director General

South Sudan Country Office

Mr. Benedict Kanu, Country Manager

South Sudan Country Office (COSS),
UNDP Compound, Ministries Road,
P. O. Box 622, Juba, South Sudan
Tel: +211 925 575 757, +211 925 474 747