South Sudan

South Sudan and the AfDB

The African Development Bank and South Sudan have a history of cooperation which started after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005. The then territory of Southern Sudan benefitted under the one country two systems approach and later after independence under the Cooperation Agreement signed with the Bank. The country was officially accepted as member of the African Development Bank in May 2012 and in September 2013 it ratified its membership.

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South Sudan Economic Outlook

Real GDP contracted by an estimated 3.8% in 2018, following a contraction of 6.3% in 2017, supported by a slight recovery in global oil prices. On the supply side, the oil sector continued to be the main contributor to growth, accounting for about 70% of GDP in 2017, followed by agriculture (10%), manufacturing (7%), and services (6.1%). On the demand side, public consumption was the main contributor, following the 2017 56% increase in public salaries. The current account turned to an estimated deficit of 12.7% of GDP in 2018, from a surplus of 1.7% in 2017, due to a decline in exports, and continued to stymie growth.

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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)

Mr. Gabriel Negatu, Director General

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

South Sudan country office

Mr. Benedict S KANU, Country manager, South Sudan country office

African Development Bank Group
Ministries Road, UNDP Compound, 
P.O. Box 622
Juba, South Sudan

Phone: (211) 956 450 033/(211) 955 007 777

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