A United Nations’ technical advisor to the Ministry of Transport, Silvester Kasuku, has challenged South Sudanese to be ready to tap into the opportunities that comes with the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) project.
Kasuku, who recently completed his mandate as the Director-General of the LAPSSET corridor development authority, said South Sudan will become a ‘hub’ for African integration due to its strategic location, and agricultural potential to feed the continent.
In an interview with reporters during the South Sudan Business Community and African Business Private Summit in Juba on Saturday, Kasuku said, “I just see prospects. I see opportunities and I see the potential.”
“I would like to tell the South Sudanese that the moment of growth of Africa is here and South Sudan is key to that growth.”
“South Sudan neighbours six countries and all the key transportation corridors of Africa; from north to South, east to west to the horn of Africa, and to Central Africa are all crossing South Sudan,” Kasuku added.
The LAPSSET Corridor has been envisaged as one of the regional infrastructure projects beneficial to Africa’s youngest nation South Sudan.
The project connects 160 million people in the three countries. It is also part of a wider land bridge that would connect Lamu Port on the East African coast of Kenya, to Douala Port on the West African coast through South Sudan.
“I see opportunities rather than challenges because currently, without a corridor, we have challenges of reaching out to each other. Delivery of corridor is just a commitment by all the countries and we have already seen countries are committed.”
“Ethiopia and Kenya have more or less delivered on their corridor parts and the delivery toward South Sudan is also now on the way. South Sudan, therefore, is a key and at the centre of the development of Africa and the development of the transport corridor in South Sudan will open up Africa for us to achieve agenda 2063 of the Africa Union of integrating Africa.”
“For South Sudanese to understand that they have a great potential in agriculture, and agro-processing, infrastructure development, energy, among many things, so South Sudan people better be ready and start taking advantage of opportunities that are being provided through integrated Africa,” said Kasuku.