The South Sudan-China Friendship Association (SSCHIFA) met with South Sudanese traders in a bid to air the issues hampering trade between South Sudan and China on Saturday afternoon, 9th of December. Up to 30 traders and representatives of varying companies attended the meeting with SSCHIFA President Hon. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Board Member Prof. Nyiel Gordon Kuol and Executive Secretary Mr. Reuben Kuany at the Shandong High Speed building as they searched for aid in addressing issues and possible solutions relating to the importing/exporting of commodities to and from China.
Some traders urged SSCHIFA to consider advocating to remove some trade barriers. These barriers including high and discouraging duties collected by various government departments. They wished that the association would advocate on their behalf in order to ease the issue of taxes as the current economic times can be somewhat challenging. Furthermore, the traders expressed enthusiasm and excitement at the prospect of trading with China via SSCHIFA.
SSCHIFA President Hon. Barnaba Marial encouraged the traders to continue running their businesses and not to give up. He assured them that SSCHIFA would do it's best in accordance with the association mandate to facilitate the traders in doing business between South Sudan and China. SSCHIFA is recognised by both South Sudan and China and as such it has the ability to assist business people between both nations. As trade and culture are currently integral avenues for enabling the people-to-people relations between South Sudan and China, SSCHIFA continually seeks to further trade and cultural exchanges and collaboration. SSCHIFA is acting upon the issues discussed during Saturday afternoon's meeting and encourages companies or entrepreneurs looking to do business between South Sudan and China to become members of SSCHIFA.
The South Sudan-China Friendship Association (SSCHIFA) was excited to be represented by the Chairperson Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin and SSCHIFA Board Member, Professor Nyiel Gordon Kuol at the Africa-China Friendship Organization Leaders Meeting on the 14th November in Beijing. The meeting was called by the Chinese Peoples Association with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and the Chinese - African People's Friendship Association (CAPFA) under the theme of “New Opportunities for Belt and Road and China-Africa Cooperation”.
It was quite an opportunity to bolster Africa-China relations with delegations from approximately 20 African nations and leaders from 24 different associations. Furthermore, diplomats, including South Sudan's Ambassador to China Amb. Michael Hussein Milik, Chinese ministry representatives and Chinese friendship Associations also attended the meeting. With such a variety of attendees it can be seen that Africa-China relationships are continuing to broaden beyond the scope of governments. The general consensus from this meeting was that these delegations are willing to work alongside China's Belt and Road Initiative. Thus broadening the spectrum of non-governmental work between African nations and China. Going forward, SSCHIFA will also look to synergise its projects with the Belt and Road Initiative to bring further opportunities to South Sudan.
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