By Peter Lokale Nakimangole
TORIT, 13 May 2012 [Gurtong] – The South Sudanese Vice President Dr Riek Machar Teny has urged young South Sudanese graduates to capitalise on the presence of a number of private entities in the country for employment.
Dr Machar said these when he met investors Thursday at Hotel Torit in his first official visit to the state after the independence of South Sudan last July.
He urged young South Sudanese men and women who have acquired knowledge and skills from the Diaspora to utilise their knowledge in setting up firms to explore the country’s untapped resources.
“The Government is not the only source of employment for all South Sudanese as it cannot practically accommodate everyone. A developed private sector can accommodate a huge number of graduates”, he said.
The VP advised the state authorities to embark on exploitation of locally available resources through competent and interested investors saying by doing so development of the region would be realised.
He cited cement deposits in Kapoeta and utilisation of rivers in the state to generate electricity.
“I also encourage local investors not to fear investors or investment experts from overseas but instead welcome them and harness investment opportunities”, he said.