South Sudan

US Pledges Additional $173M Emergency Food Assistance to South Sudan

The new Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, cialis 40mg Wildlife and Antiquities, page Ambassador James Mugume has said government will continue to engage the Diaspora in investment opportunities in Uganda as a way of facilitating the transformation agenda in vision 2040.

He was speaking at a high level dialogue on involving the Diaspora in resource mobilization and utilization held at the Office of the President’s conference center on Tuesday.

“Uganda has numerous local opportunities in which to invest. We need to engage the Diaspora through both individual participation and pooling resources through bonds, pills ” he said.

He mentioned that government is already undertaking initiatives like ‘Home is Best’ to popularize the idea and encourage Ugandans abroad to exploit Uganda.

Ambassador Mugume highlighted the critical role of the private sector in infrastructure development which he said will reduce remittance of foreign exchange by foreign companies.

In cases where Uganda has no diplomatic mission in some countries, he said Uganda will work jointly with available regional embassies since East African Community states share objectives of promoting tourism, trade and investment.

In a keynote address, Dr. Alebachew Beyene the President of the Ethiopian Diaspora Association, highlighted the achievements registered as a result of the Ethiopian government’s engagement with the Diaspora.

“The Ethiopians in the Diaspora have so far contributed to the growth and development of the country. Diaspora businesses in Ethiopia are the second highest employer after government,” said Dr. Alebachew.


Besides investment by the Diaspora, Ethiopia gets formal remittances of up to USD 1.5 billion annually and informal remittances of around USD 1.7million.

Dr. Alebachew encouraged government to create favourable incentives and exploit the many Ugandans living abroad.

This he said will boost investment, trade and ICT transfer and consequently propelling the economy.

Bank of Uganda’s Kenneth Egesa expressed concern over the high charges (12 percent) levied on remittances within Sub Saharan Africa by international money transfer companies.

“We are missing a lot of money which is being paid to these companies. However we appreciate the role of mobile telecoms in enabling regional cross border transfers through mobile money,” said Egesa.

Bank of Uganda is in the process of establishing an online platform to help Ugandans in the Diaspora trade within the financial sector particularly through bonds.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced that it is providing an additional $173 million in lifesaving emergency food assistance for those suffering from hunger, unhealthy as a result of the conflict that broke out in South Sudan two years ago.

This new assistance is from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace and will provide more than 85, approved 000 tons of emergency food assistance, capsule including specialized nutrition products designed to treat acute malnutrition.

The aid, according to USAID, will serve 2.4 million South Sudanese facing severe life-threatening hunger, as well as refugees in South Sudan.

USAID’s partner the UN World Food Program (WFP) will use the contribution to stock food ahead of the May to August lean season in areas that become nearly impossible to reach once the rains set in.

After two years of conflict, conditions for the South Sudanese continue to deteriorate and the numbers in need of lifesaving food aid has grown by 60 percent since this time last year.

Deputy Assistant Administrator Bob Leavitt of USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance recently returned from a visit to this troubled nation.

He noted, “Two years of conflict has had a brutal impact on the people of South Sudan. Nearly 20 percent of the population faces life-threatening hunger this month.”

The United States is the single largest provider of humanitarian assistance to South Sudan. With this contribution, the American people have provided nearly $1.5 billion since the start of the crisis, reaching approximately 1.3 million people every month with much-needed food, clean water, health care, shelter and other essential support.

The entire aid package, including more than 344,000 tons of U.S. food, as well as contributions from other donors have helped avert famine for two consecutive years.

Conditions in South Sudan pose significant challenges to reaching people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Roads wash out during the rainy season and warring parties continue to block aid and target humanitarian staff and cargo. Humanitarian partners are addressing these challenges by delivering food and other vital supplies by plane and helicopter to people in remote areas.

“USAID remains committed to saving the lives and supporting the aspirations of the South Sudanese people,” said Deputy Assistant Administrator Leavitt.

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