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South Sudan signs economic agreement with Israel on "water, technology".

July 26, 2012 (KHARTOUM) -- South Sudan and Israel signed, in the latter's capital Tel Aviv Tel Aviv (tĕl əvēv`), city (1994 pop. 355,200), W central Israel, on the Mediterranean Sea. Oficially named Tel Aviv–Jaffa, it is Israel's commercial, financial, communications, and cultural center and the core of its largest  this week, their first economic cooperation agreement which focuses on development of technology and water infrastructure.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir with Israeli President Shimon Peres

According to the Israeli daily Jerusalem Post, the deal was signed during a ceremony held at the Knesset on 23 July, between South Sudan's visiting minister of water and irrigation irrigation, in agriculture, artificial watering of the land. Although used chiefly in regions with annual rainfall of less than 20 in. (51 cm), it is also used in wetter areas to grow certain crops, e.g., rice. , Paul Mayom Akec, and on behalf the Jewish state by Zvika Fox, the vice president of strategy and marketing of Israel's Israel Military Industries Ltd (IMI IMI International Masonry Institute (Washington, DC)
IMI Israel Military Industries
IMI Institute of the Motor Industry
IMI International Market Insight
IMI Imposto Municipal Sobre Imóveis (Portugal) 
). Israel's Energy and Water Ministry said the deal outlined plans for cooperation between the two countries on desalination desalination
 or desalting

Removal of dissolved salts from seawater and from the salty waters of inland seas, highly mineralized groundwaters, and municipal wastewaters.
, irrigation, water transport and purification. It is not clear, however, why the agreement was not signed with the relevant ministry but with the IMI which is a weapon manufacturer specializing, according to its website, in the production of modern land, air and naval combat systems. Speaking at the signing ceremony, the South Sudanese minister pointed out that his country is facing tough economic times due to its dispute with neighbouring Sudan on oil exports. In January this year, land-locked South Sudan shut down its daily oil production of 350,000 barrels, the lifeblood of the economy, following a bitter dispute with Sudan on a fair charge to transfer the commodity through the latter's pipelines. Mayom complained that Sudan is asking for $36 US for every barrel of oil going through its territories, a demand he described as "absolutely unprecedented". The minister however suggested that the new agreement with Israel could potentially allow South Sudan to transfer its oil to Israeli refineries, which his country also lacks. "This way we will help you solve various problems in your area," he said. "We will be pleased to examine this." Israel and South Sudan established diplomatic relations in the wake of the latter's secession from Sudan in July last year. (ST)

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Publication:Sudan Tribune (Sudan)
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Date:Jul 27, 2012
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