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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. Out of the US$10 million grant extended to Sudan, US$ 5 million was allocated for construction of a hospital in South Sudan. The proposal to construct a Psychiatric hospital in Juba is under active consideration of Government of India. The combined medical and technical team visited Juba in January 2019 is expected to submit its report to government. Once it is approved, government is going to float a tender to start the civil construction works. The hospital will also be equipped with required medical supplies and the South Sudan doctors and nurses will also be trained to manage the proposed hospital.

Other development assistance initiatives:

(i) ICCR Scholarships: Scholarships: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has allocated fifteen (15) scholarships for South Sudanese nationals for higher studies in India for the academic year 2019-20. In the past the scholarships offered were fully utilized by South Sudan students.

(ii) Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Training Slots: slots: During 2018-19, Ministry had allocated 200 slots for South Sudan under the ITEC Programme. During this academic session, about 170 seats were availed by South Sudan nationals.

(iii) Vocational Training Centre (VTC): (VTC): The VTC is India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) commitment. The Government of South Sudan has proposed setting up of VTC in Wau state in Western Bahr-el-Ghazal region and the 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 drawn a widespread appreciation.

(vi) Construction of Hospital: Proposal to build a psychiatric hospital in Juba is under active consideration and the basic feasibility studies had been conducted and the report submitted by the medical and technical teams is under consideration of Government of India.

(v) Pan African e-Network Project: The Agreement for the implementation of the project in South Sudan was signed in February 2012. The project was operational for some time and then stopped due to civil strife. The project is to be revived shortly.

(vi) Jaipur artificial limb fitment project: Government of India has agreed to provide artificial limbs to 500 amputees in South Sudan. The medical team is to visit Juba shortly to carry out the humanitarian assistance project.

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

India has two of its Army battalions of about 2,500 personnel in the UNMISS, deployed in two of the largest states in South Sudan - Jonglei and Upper Nile. Additionally, there is a police contingent of 22 Indian Police officers have been deployed under UNPOL attached with UNMISS. 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.

The Indian battalions are also undertaking community welfare projects in Bor and Malakkal by running clinics for general public and veterinary clinics for cattle population. The students of John Garang Memorial University at Bor have been given capacity building trainings by the Indian Peace Keeping Force officers. The local population were also donated portable solar lamps by the Indian battalion. The Indian battalion has been rendering empowerment programme for women

Indian community in South Sudan

Presently, there are about 1200 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 2,500 Indian Army peacekeepers, 23 Police officers and some civilian officials attached to UNMISS.

Indians were one of the first to open hotels, borehole companies, printing press and departmental stores in Juba in early 2006. Indian nationals in Juba have formed an Indian Association, whose membership is presently around 500. 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. The International Day of Yoga is celebrated every year in the Embassy in collaboration with Indian Association of South Sudan (IASS) in Juba on June 21. The Indian community is in number two position in blood donation campaign in South Sudan and the members donate blood in all Indian national day events.

The Ambassador conduct open house on every Wednesday for general public in the Embassy to address their grievances, if any. The Mission organizes Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in January every year in the Embassy along with Indian diaspora.

February 2019

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