Juba — The government of Norway will continue to back South Sudan towards peace and state building, outgoing Norwegian ambassador Ingrid Ofstad has said. She explained that Norway is currently working on capacity building more particularly on petroleum revenue management, electricity and economic statistics.
The outgoing ambassador made these remarks yesterday in her farewell meeting with the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin three years of service in the country. She said so much is needed for the people of South Sudan who had been deprived for so long of their fundamental human rights to enjoy the same in their own country.
Ms Ofstad further reaffirmed that Norway will do what it can so that the people of South Sudan can get access to good health and education services.
Meanwhile Dr Benjamin thanked the Norwegian government for their continuous support especially the printing press they donated to South Sudan highlighting that South Sudan will never forget such support. Dr Benjamin said the printing press donated by the Norwegian government is the first modern printing press ever to be installed in South Sudan which he said will contribute much to the national economy following petroleum which contributes 98% of the economy.
Further, the minister explained that this is not the first offer to be given but Norway was standing besides South Sudan during the time of the struggle even when South Sudan was having no friends.
This will be the second printing press in the country following old-fashioned printer of the private Citizen daily newspaper. South Sudan has a lot of newspapers but most of them are printed from the neighboring countries of Kenya, Uganda and Egypt due to lack of an efficient printer.