China provides training to 5,000 South Sudanese in various fields

The Chinese government has trained 5,000 South Sudanese over the past years in management and technical fields.
Chinese Ambassador Ma Qiang (Fourth-Left) and Mary Nawai Martin ((Fifth-Right) attend a group photo on Thursday at the Chinese embassy in Juba.

By Benjamin Takpiny

The Chinese government has trained 5,000 South Sudanese over the past years in management and technical fields.

“Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, China has provided training for over 5,000 management and technical personnel in various fields for South Sudan, at the same time, exchanges and cooperation between China and South Sudan in the areas such as education, culture, and local people’s livelihood are constantly deepened, consolidating people-to-people ties,” Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan Ma Qiang said on Thursday in Juba.

He was speaking during the Chinese New Year reception ceremony and reunion of South Sudanese participants attending the 2023 Chinese government training programs held at the Chinese embassy.

He said that more than 300 South Sudanese government officials and professional and technical personnel in 2023 participated in short-term training programs in China, covering fields such as economy, trade, agriculture, education, medical care, and technology.

“Many of the guests present today are representatives who went to China for training programs. You are not only builders of South Sudan, but also promoters of China-South Sudan friendship. I hope you will make good use of what you have learned in China, integrate Chinese modernization experience and advanced technology with South Sudan’s national development strategy, and better serve your motherland and people,” Ma said.

He said that the Chinese government will continue to deepen cooperation in human resources development with South Sudan, adding that in 2024 the Chinese government will hold six training courses in China for South Sudan, covering agriculture, education, commerce, transportation, and petroleum among other fields.

“We hope that the government of South Sudan will continue to render its support and open up more channels for bilateral cooperation, creating a much more favorable environment to further promote people-to-people exchanges and mutual learning between our two countries,” Ma said.

“In the traditional Chinese culture, the dragon is a symbol of good luck, wisdom and strength. I hope that the Year of the Dragon will bring good luck to South Sudan, and that South Sudanese can pursue peace and development with the wisdom and power of the Chinese dragon. In the face of common challenges, we hope that all of us, with a shared aspiration for a better future and with the vigor of a flying dragon, will forge ahead toward common development, lasting peace and sustainable prosperity,” he added.

Mary Nawai Martin,  the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and also beneficiary of the capacity building training courses in China, said that  they are eager to continue to work with China to ensure bilateral interaction between the government of the Republic of South Sudan and the People’s Republic of China.

“The Chinese Embassy here in Juba is interactive and we request you continue to provide training opportunities for our young people, numerous students have studied in China and acquired knowledge and skills,” she said.

Nawai disclosed that exchanges and cooperation between China and South Sudan in areas such as education, culture, and local people’s livelihood are also constantly deepening and people-to-people ties are being consolidated.

She urged those who have been attending training in china to bring the knowledge they have acquired from there and implement it in the country.

“Let us try our best to make sure that the knowledge or the skills that we have gained from China are implemented in this beautiful country,” Nawai said.

She also appealed to the Chinese Ambassador to convince more Chinese investors to invest in agriculture across the 10 states in the country.

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