21 Jul 2019

 

New Governor And Traders To Discuss Skyrocketing Prices of Goods in Aweil

“From Juba to Aweil is far away distance, therefore, we’re being over taxed because these days from Juba to Aweil they pay at every road block and again when they (goods) reach Aweil here, they again charge us with the same taxes to the government (custom duty)."

New Governor And Traders To Discuss Skyrocketing Prices of Goods in Aweil

By Thiik Abraham
AWEIL, June 22, 2019, [GURTONG]-The new governor of Aweil State, Hon. Tong Akeen Ngor has summoned all the traders operating in Aweil State on Thursday this week. The meeting brought together over 400 traders from Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Tanzania, Sudan and local traders within South Sudan.

In a joint press statement, the governor urged the traders to sympathize with the suffering pollution of the state due to the skyrocketing prices.

“I called for this meeting with different trading communities operating in Aweil state to come together and brainstorm on the solutions on the skyrocketing prices. The traders responded with high turnout numbers with the help from the Chamber of Commerce and Supplies and Traders’ Union, we managed to address some of the burning issues, especially tripling prices.” Tong told the joint press conference in Aweil on last Thursday.

“We debated a lot on this (prices) and our brothers (traders) raised some major challenges, which forced them to have high prices in the market. With our support to them, we are looking at it critically on the taxation aspect and finding solution to these.”

Tong told the traders the system will soon be improved where the instructions will be given to the taxation department to at least lower or exempt the food items in order to help the civil population regain momentum in the basic living condition.

While addressing the press on behalf of East African Business Community in Aweil, Mr. Monday Loyle expressed major challenges they experience.

“From Juba to Aweil is far away distance, therefore, we’re being over taxed because these days from Juba to Aweil they pay at every road block and again when they (goods) reach Aweil here, they again charge us with the same taxes to the government (custom duty). If they’re to charge us, then it should be small but not like the charges along the border” Monday expressed.

Jido Ahmed, a Sudanese businessman representing the Sudanese business
community in Aweil, emphasized on theft cases, snatching of some valuable items by street kids and free market business in Aweil.

He urges the state government under the new governor to listen to their complaints and handle them appropriately. He added that despite the night patrolling from the police, there has been an increment of shops breakage by night gangs, which led to loss of trust between business owners and police authorities.
 

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