At the Oslo Donors Conference in April 2005, 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 hospital in Juba is under active consideration and MoU to start the project is likely to be finalized shortly between GoSS and GOI. In January 2008, India 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:
(i) ICCR Scholarships: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has allocated 15 scholarships for South Sudan nationals for higher studies in India from the academic year 2019-20 and all the slots were availed.
(ii) Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Training Slots: Ministry of External Affairs has allocated 200 slots for South Sudan under the ITEC Programme for the year 2018-19 and all the slots were availed. From 2019-20, the slots are increased to 240 in view of heavy demand and popularity of capacity building courses.
List of proposed GOI Projects in South Sudan:-
1. Indo-South Sudan Friendship Psychiatry Hospital, Juba
2. Agricultural Seed Production cum Demonstration Centre (ASPDC) in Juba
3. Rural Technology Park (RTP) in Juba.
4. Vocational Training Centre Project(VTC) in Wau.
5. Pan Africa enetwork :e-VB and e-AB Projects
Indian Contingent in United Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)
India has provided a battalion of around 2400 defense personnel for the peacekeeping operations in South Sudan. The battalions are deployed in Juba, Jonglei and Upper Nile Regions. Additionally there is a police component (UNPOL) of around 26 Indian Police Officers attached with UNMISS in the country. Apart from the peacekeeping operations, the Indian contingent have been extending community welfare assistance viz. veterinary clinic to assist the local community with huge cattle population in Bor and Malakal. The Indian peacekeepers have also been helping local youth in capacity building training like repair of computers, diesel gen-sets and other technical skills. To empower women of South Sudan, the peace keepers have been teaching methods of growing vegetable and pulses and also taught how to produce clean milk from the cattle resources. The battalion in Bor State have started installing community solar lights in village for the benefit of the students to study at night and for security reasons. In 2013, the Indian peacekeeping battalion had lost seven of its soldiers who got killed in two different attacks in Jonglei State. The bravery and social welfare activities of the Indian peacekeepers are highly commended by the local population and Government of South Sudan. Of late, Lt. Gen S S Tinaikar assumed charge as the Force Commander of UNMISS. For the first time, an Indian officer is the overall in charge of international forces deployed in South Sudan for peacekeeping operations.
Indian Community in South Sudan
Presently, about 1000 Indian nationals are residing in South Sudan. Some of them have set up businesses in Juba and others are working in various small sized companies. A considerable number of Indian nationalswork in Christian missionary organizations/ NGOs in South Sudan. Indians were among the first to open hotels, borehole drilling companies, printing press and departmental stores in Juba in early 2006. The Indian Association of South Sudan (IASS), has a membership of around 400. The Embassy maintains a cordial relationship with the Indian community in South Sudan and participate in the social gatherings and events organised by them. Periodic free medical camps and blood donation camps especially on the occasion of Indian Independence Day and Republic Day are held in collaboration with IASS. Indians are in number two position in the country in blood donation campaign. International Day of Yoga is organized every year by the Mission in collaboration with IASS and Indian Peacekeepers in UNMISS since 2015. A regular open house is held in the Embassy to address the grievances of the Indian community. Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) is also celebrated on January 9, every year for promoting Diaspora interests in South Sudan.
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(As on 24September 2019)