South Sudan, IMF in Talks on Funding Program to Support Economy

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South Sudan is in talks with the International Monetary Fund on financing the nation need to boost its economic recovery, according to the central bank chief.

That would be the second IMF deal with South Sudan since Africa’s youngest nation joined the lender in 2012. The fund provided $52.3 million in November, Governor Dier Tong Ngor said, which would partly be used to help the nation stabilize its currency after a rapid depreciation.

“We are still negotiating,” Ngor said in an interview. “I am confident that we will get more than what we got before.”

South Sudan’s oil industry is steadily recovering, with production now between 170,000 barrels and 180,000 barrels a day, according to the nation’s central bank. Output had dropped by more than half after war broke out in 2013 between President Salva Kiir’s government and forces loyal to Riek Machar, a former rebel leader and now first vice president.

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