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Africa’s newest nation is born

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After 55 years of struggle, South Sudan this Saturday becomes an independent state.The South is now free from what they see as the “oppressive” North.Africa on the other hand is preparing to receive the 56th state. But how will life be like in an independent South Sudan? There has been apprehension that the North is not likely to let go the South easily, given the current skirmishes in Abyei and Southern Kordofan.Despite separation, the North will still remain the South’s most important neighbour.The bitter rivalry that has characterized the relations between the two will have to be put aside for the sake of cordial bilateral relations.Yet, there is anxiety about the unresolved post-referendum issues which include, Abyei, citizenship, oil wealth and infrastructure, the North/South border, currency and external debt. Africa through the continental body, African Union (AU) has been trying to ensure that the secession is smooth and that there will be no call to arms.However, the emerging economy in the region provides a wide range of opportunities for investment and trade. In particular, Kenya, that played a key role on the Sudanese peace process, is looking up to the South as a new market for its manufactured goods and a source of employment for her citizens... www.eastafricaradiousa.com

 

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