November 28, 2013
Malakal – Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) kicked off the construction of a 2.3 million US-Dollar project to reconstruct a barge jetty and build a new passenger jetty at the Malakal River Port, more than 500 km north of Juba, South Sudan's capital.
"After the completion of this project in May 2014, three barges will be able to be anchored to the new jetty and cargo will be safely and efficiently loaded and unloaded. In addition, a new passenger jetty will contribute to the safety of passengers," said Mr. Tomoki Kobayashi, JICA Deputy Chief Representative at the November 28 port groundbreaking ceremony. "We are sure that the newly constructed jetty will last longer and efficiently facilitate movement of people and goods," he said.
JICA is funding and implementing the project to improve the rundown state of the 10-year old barge jetty at the port. Currently, there is no passenger jetty and most boats and barges are moored haphazardly endangering port users.
Hon. Elijah Liej Bany, Minister for Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Rural Development, Upper Nile State expressed his gratitude to JICA for the efforts of developing Malakal town. He pointed out that Malakal will be a very important town when the borders between Sudan and South Sudan are opened. He told the audience that people will soon celebrate the opening of Thangriel Oil Refinery which will produce fuel which could be transported through Malakal River Port to different parts of South Sudan.
River transport is a vital means for transporting goods between Juba and Malakal because of limited air and railway network. The Malakal River Port is one of seven ports with the greatest potential as an international trade hub between South Sudan and its northern neighbor, Sudan.
JICA has continued to invest in South Sudan's infrastructure and agriculture sectors because of the critical need for diversification of the economic structure, economic growth, and development in the two-year old nation.
Hon. John Ivo, Acting Governor, Upper Nile State, described the day as a great day and also thanked JICA and promised to visit the port every day during its construction.
Since 2012, JICA has been working on the "Project for Comprehensive Planning and Support for Urgent Development on Social Economic Infrastructure in Malakal Town." JICA has also worked on strengthening the administrative capacity for the management of the river Port.
Mr. Kobayashi is giving his speech
Ground Breaking Ceremony
Heavy equipment drives in a pillar to support the jetty