South Sudan Joins the Digital World

With just a month into its independence, South Sudan has been assigned international telecommunication codes.
The coding systems will now allow the infant nation to carry out international transactions independently.

South Sudan Joins the Digital World
South Sudan Telecommunications Minister Madut Biar addresses the press at his office premises [© Gurtong]

By Waakhe Simon Wudu

JUBA, 10 August 2011 [Gurtong] - The South Sudanese caretaker Minister of Telecommunication Madut Biar told the press in Juba yesterday that the new developments will facilitate development and enhance service delivery.

The minister expressed gratitude with the International Organization on Standardization (ISO), the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and the Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for assigning the codes to the new Republic which faces fledging challenges.

“We in South Sudan should also fill proud that we are joined now to the entire world”, he said.

He explained that South Sudan has been assigned the following codes: SSD for Passport, SSP for National Currency and SS as Bank Swift Code, Interpol/Police, Civil Aviation and Meteorology, International Trade as well as an internet domain.”

Biar added that the country has been assigned the Alpha-2 Code “SS” which will mainly be used for domain allocation.

“The release of the codes is a significant step as South Sudan seeks total autonomy from its neighbour, Sudan. When South Sudan attained her independence, online transfers were suspended and this has posed a serious challenge. I am glad that with the new development, the Central Bank will now be able to conduct online financial transactions”, said the minister.

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