South Sudan 'requires new road infrastructure'

17 August 2010

Road improvements are being made in south Sudan, although more new links are required for the development to continue.

This is according to Antony Makana, minister for roads and transport, who was quoted by Reuters commenting on the region's existing infrastructure.

"To connect all major towns in southern Sudan we need 13,000 km of roads ... we need five to six billion dollars to tarmac about 80 per cent of that," he said.

Finance is currently being spent on renovating the existing dirt roads and the matter has been prioritised by the region's government, the international news agency reported.

Mr Makana explained a number of international firms have approached him offering to start work on new infrastructure developments, although this has currently been delayed until the region has more funds to provide for this.

According to the CIA World Factbook, Sudan has 121 airports, 5,978 km of railways and 11,900 km of roadways. 

Category: Transport

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