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17th January 2012, 05:39 PM
Concerns have been raised by some African businessmen about the invasion of the new state of South Sudan by countries from Asia, Europe and the Americas to exploit its huge economic potentials.

Indeed, the capital Juba is swarming with many so-called investors with many eyeing the vast oil deposits, clinker and other precious minerals.

The fertile land is also attracting hordes of agriculture investors. Other areas of interest are energy, transport and construction.

Commenting on the turn of events in his hotel room in Juba at the weekend, Dumega Raymond Okudjeto, the African partner of Inter Nilo, a Spanish construction firm scheduled to put up 10,000 housing units in the new state, stressed the need for African businessmen to come quickly and partner investors outside the continent so as to help their brothers and sisters in South Sudan to develop rapidly.

'The time has come for African unity to be demonstrated through physical development.'

He said that the profits made by these African companies would remain on the continent to boost socio-economic development.

Dumega Raymond pointed out that with her immense resources, Africa would be playing a crucial role in the recovery of the wobbling world economy in the next twenty years.

He was of the opinion that to safeguard the oil resources of the new state, African oil companies should partner outside investors to construct a new pipeline to the Kenyan Coast.

'Let us not leave our brothers and sisters to be totally swallowed by the big whales,' he appealed.

South Sudan became an independent state on 9 July 2011. It is a United Nations member state and member state of the African Union http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_member_state (AU). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Union

By Amos Amaglo, Juba