By Buay Kapduel
As the world continues to step up the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus on all fronts, TradeMark East Africa has donated to South Sudan – Personal Protective Equipment valued at over $100,000.
The equipment provided includes hand sanitizers, hand washing stations, liquid hand washing soap, infrared thermometers, re-usable safety boots, full protective PPE, filtering full face respirators, reusable masks, plastic face shields, disposable gloves, hand sanitiser dispensers and disinfectant spray bottles.
“The PPE we have received from TradeMark East Africa could not have come at a more opportune time. Whereas as a government we have made concerted efforts to minimize infections across the country, the re-emergence of the disease in parts of the continent as well as new strains of the virus continue to pose a big threat to the health of our populations. We must double efforts in order to protect the health and livelihoods of our people” said Mou Mou Athian, EAC Under Secretary.
On his part, the Commissioner General of South Sudan National Revenue Authority, Dr. Patrick Mugoya noted that the non-oil revenues collected at their Nimule border point have greatly improved the country’s economy.
“This border is very key due to the amount of trade volumes it controls. We are keen to enhance and protect both government workers and traders in order to foster both our economy as well as revenue collection” said the Commissioner General.
“The equipment presented today will enhance the safety and working conditions of front-line workers at the Nimule Border, the crossing point between South Sudan and Uganda and which controls an estimated 90% of international trade in South Sudan,” the statement further added.
On his part, TradeMark East Africa Country Representative John Bosco Kalisa underscored the importance of a multi-sectoral approach towards improving the faltering economy.
“As we witnessed last year, the challenges posed by Covid19 are first health-related, then immediately economic in terms of their negative impact on the social-economic standards of our people. In order to protect trade and livelihoods, TradeMark will continue working with the Government of South Sudan to address challenges posed by Covid19 on trade as well as other other trade barriers.” Noted the Country Representative.
According to TMEA, the donation of these medical facilities is part of the Safe Trade Emergency Facility, a US$ 23 million emergency program rolled out following the outbreak of the pandemic in 2019.