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At the April 2005 Oslo Donors Conference, India announced a grant of US$10 million for infrastructure, capacity building and social sector projects such as hospitals and educational institutions in Sudan. Half of the US$10 million grant to Sudan was allocated for construction of a hospital in South Sudan. The proposal to construct a medium sized hospital in Juba is under active consideration and MoU to start the work on the project is likely to be finalized shortly between GoSS and GOI. In January 2008, India also donated US$100,000 worth of tents and medicines for flood affected areas to be shared between Sudan and South Sudan.

Other development assistance initiatives include the following:-

(i) ICCR Scholarships: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has allocated seven (7) scholarships for South Sudanese nationals for higher studies in India for the academic year 2016-17 and all scholarships have been utilized.

(ii) Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Training Slots: During 2014-15, Ministry had allocated 80 slots for South Sudan under the ITEC Programme. Ministry of External Affairs of India has allocated 60 slots for South Sudan under the ITEC Programme for the year 2015-16.

(iii) Vocational Training Centre (VTC): The VTC is India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) commitment. The Government of South Sudan has proposed setting up of VTC in Wau County in Western Bahr el Ghazal State and matter is under discussion with the Government of South Sudan.

(iv) Solar Electrification: A solar electrification project, implemented by Central Electronics Limited of India near Juba has drawn widespread appreciation; and

(vi) Construction of Hospital: Proposal to provide financial assistance to South Sudan for construction of hospital in Juba is under active consideration and MoU will be signed soon to start the construction of hospital in Juba.

(v) Pan African e-Network Project: The Agreement for the implementation of the project in South Sudan was signed in February 2012. The project is at an advanced stage of implementation.

Indian Contingent in United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

India has two battalions of about 2,000 personnel in the UNMISS, deployed in two of the largest states in South Sudan - Jonglei and Upper Nile. Additionally, there is a police component of around 37 Indian Police officers who have been assisting the South Sudan National Police Service in building up the police structures, and a number of civilian officials are in various other departments of UNMISS. The Indian army contingents have been undertaking several social welfare initiatives viz. holding medical camps, donating books to educational institutions, building roads etc, which have been highly appreciated by the local population. On 09 April 2013, 36 Indian soldiers who were escorting a UN convoy from Pibor to Bor in Jonglei state came under heavy attack from the rebels. One senior Indian Army officer and four soldiers got killed and four Indian soldiers were injured. Two Indian soldiers were also killed in an attack on the UN Base at Akobo (Jonglei State) on 19 December 2013. Two Indian soldiers also suffered injuries during an attack on the UN Base at Bor, in Jonglei State in April 2014.

Indian community in South Sudan

Presently, there are about 700 Indian nationals in South Sudan. Some of them have set up businesses in Juba and others are working for various companies. A small number of Indian nationals also work in Christian missionary organizations in South Sudan. In addition, there are 2,000 Indian Army peacekeepers, 37 Police officers and some civilian officials attached to UNMISS. Indians have been among the first to open hotels, borehole companies, printing press and departmental store in Juba in early 2006. Indian nationals in Juba have formed an Indian Association, whose membership is presently around 300. The Embassy maintains regular contacts with the Indian community in South Sudan and facilitates their various social projects. A two day free medical camp was also organized in Juba by Indian doctors in June 2015 in collaboration with a local hospital for the local South Sudanese community. First Inernational Day of Yoga was also organized by the Mission in collaboration with Association of Indians in Juba, South Sudan on June 21, 2015. an open house was organized recently to address the issues faced by the members of Indian community. The Mission organized PBD on January 9, 2016 for the first time in Juba and felicitated 9 prominent Diaspora members for promoting Diaspora interests in South Sudan.

February 23, 2016

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