S. Sudan to launch its first satellite into Space in 2040

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File

September 14, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s government has an ambitious plan to launch its first ever microsatellite into space by 2040, according to one of its long-term development strategies obtained by The South Sudan Herald.

Last week, the Governance Cluster headed by South Sudan’s First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar met and reviewed the South Sudan Vision 2040, and “recommended its full review with participation of representatives from the other Clusters before tabling it to the Council of Ministers meeting for final approval.”

The country’s national development planning strategies are centered on three pillars: development, political and social changes, among other reform agenda.

“The meeting conducted in the Council of Ministers meeting hall recommended incorporation into the South Sudan Vision 2040 aspects of crosscutting reform agenda provided for in the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS),” the Office of the FVP said in a statement.

South Sudan continues to face an economic recession despite ongoing efforts to improve the economy through oil and non-oil revenues.

Other factors affecting the economy include corruption, poor financial management systems and now the COVID-19 pandemic.

In recent months, aid agencies have warned that the majority of the country’s population will be on the brink of starvation due to the ongoing humanitarian situation in the country.