South Sudan $524m fund 'supports infrastructure projects'
24 September 2010
Work must continue to enhance Sudan's infrastructure, but efforts have already proved successful.
This is the conclusion of the World Bank, which explains the country has the potential to enter "a new era of peace and prosperity", providing the correct systems are put in place.
Finance worth $524 million (£334.4 million) has been given to the government of Southern Sudan in order to support the region's reconstruction, the bank notes.
Improvements that have already occurred include rehabilitating a rail line linking the north and south of the country, following 25 years when the route was disrupted.
And safe drinking water has been provided for almost 500,000 people, after 332 water points were reconstructed in war-affected states, the organisation adds.
In June, the bank released its Country Economic Memorandum on Sudan, which suggested the nation needs to implement a growth vision whereby reliance on oil is reduced and sustainability is improved.