Sudanese goods make way to Bentiu as border reopens

Sudanese goods make way to Bentiu as border reopens

Unity State authorities have noted an influx of convoy of trucks from Sudan bringing goods to the state’s capital Bentiu.

This comes after South Sudan and Sudan made the final preparation for the border reopening yesterday after more than seven years of closure.

Sudan closed its borders with South Sudan in 2012 following the decision of Juba to shut down its oil due to what it called the “broad daylight stealing of its oil by Khartoum”.

Speaking to The City Review yesterday from Bentiu, Minister of Information and Communication of Unity State, Gabriel Hon Makuei, said they have received information about the arrival of trucks.

“We heard about [it] and we are aware of the goods coming but as the government of Unity State we have not been informed officially on the issue of reopening of the border points,” he said.

“Police immigration officers are on the border points on our side and people have been crossing the border between South Sudan to Sudan,” he added.

Director-General in the Ministry of Information and Communication of Unity State, Deng Muon, said they have not yet received official information about the reopening of the borders.

However, he confirmed that they were aware of the convoy of trucks coming from Sudan with goods.

On Thursday the Presidential Security Advisors, Tut Gatluak who is currently in Khartoum was quoted by Sudanese media that goods were being loaded and ready for transit to Unity and the Upper Nile States.

“The official reopening of the border scheduled for Friday [yesterday] and the security agents from both sides of the two countries were already at the border points,” Mr. Gatluak was quoted saying.

In August, President Salva Kiir and Sudan’s Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdok met in Juba and agreed to reopen borders on October 1.

Sudan and South Sudan have been on a path of bridging the differences and fixing the diplomatic ties since the transitional government steered by Dr. Hamdok came into existence.

These renewed diplomatic relations have worked in turn resuscitated economic ties between Khartoum and Juba, as both governments support initiatives that help in fixing the bilateral trade.

Meanwhile, in June 2021, First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar during the launch of the exhibition Sudanese Expo in Juba called for the removal of barriers that prevent trade among the Sudanese and the South Sudanese.

“We want the implementation of the four rights so that our people will be able to trade together, to settle and work anywhere in the two countries,” Dr. Machar said.