West­ern donors needed to fund bud­get ‘un­likely’

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL -

WAR-RAV­AGED South Su­dan needs donors to fund more than a third of its next bud­get, the fi­nance min­is­ter said, but coun­tries are re­luc­tant due to cor­rup­tion and con­flict. Fi­nance Min­is­ter Stephen Dhieu Dau pre­sented a 46.5 bil­lion South Su­dan Pound (SSP) (R4 bil­lion) bud­get for 2017-2018 to am­bas­sadors on Thurs­day, ahead of a pre­sen­ta­tion to par­lia­ment this month. “The bud­get is ex­pected to ex­ceed avail­able re­sources by SSP 16.8 bil­lion… to be pro­vided by donor coun­tries,” Dhieu said. The fi­nan­cial year ends on July 31. South Su­dan is riven by civil war and more than a quar­ter of its 12 mil­lion pop­u­la­tion have fled their homes. Public ser­vants and sol­diers go un­paid for months and hy­per­in­fla­tion ren­ders the money al­most worth­less. South Su­dan’s lead­ers and their fam­i­lies have amassed great wealth dur­ing the con­flict, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by US ad­vo­cacy group The Sen­try, which was co-founded by ac­tor Ge­orge Clooney. The gov­ern­ment de­nied the find­ings. The United Na­tions has said eth­nic cleans­ing in the con­flict could lead to geno­cide. Those con­cerns mean West­ern donors are un­likely to step for­ward.

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