After the long period of civil war, South Sudan must literally be built from the ground up: the road and rail network, residential and office buildings, schools, hospitals and other institutions as well as the entire banking and insurance sector require the greatest attention. The focus is on the donor community, the government- and above all, commercial investors.

South Sudan is an emerging market. Much has happened since the signing of the “Comprehensive Peace Agreement” (CPA) in 2005. The capital of Juba, for example, has developed a remarkable commercial center (something hardly imaginable a few years ago) but potential investors still need to be very patient because the government and other stakeholders yet need to create the necessary infrastructure.

The Government of the Republic of South Sudan (Government of South Sudan/GOSS) is very interested in providing a favorable investment climate in the country. This means a fast, streamlined and secure local and regional locus that is not opposed to investment, one that includes foreign companies in the country facilitating the relevant ministries and commissions. In addition, trade shows in which more and more potential investors participate can be organized.

The government has now taken steps to encourage investment in the country, including:
• Construction of the ‘Southern Sudan Investment · Authority “(SSIA)
• Adoption of investment laws with clear guidelines for investments
• Equal treatment of local, regional and foreign investors
• Adoption of specific legislation to support investment, for example: attractive tax regulations, protection of
industrial and intellectual property; credible guarantee of legal protection for investments; free disposal of profits and dividends; customs exemptions or minimal bureaucracy

Specific measures to promote investment readiness:
1. Policy of non-discrimination: foreign investors may invest in any sector or firm in South Sudan
2. Protection from expropriation: the government guarantees theprohibition of the nationalization of companies. In addition, no investor is forced to cede a portion of invested capital – legally or otherwise
3. Protection of intellectual property: the government completely protects binding intellectual property and related rights of all persons involved as well as investors. Trademarks, copyrights, patents, etc.,
are protected
4. Guaranteed access to public information: investors have unrestricted, direct access to all the laws and decisions of courts and other judicial bodies, and in dealing with public information centers
5. Repatriation of capital, profits and dividends: investors have the right to freely repatriate their money in convertible currency and to use the most favorable to tax options
6. Judicial resolution of disputes: investors have favored free access to South Sudanese courts, and as an alternative may also choose to use internationally recognized dispute resolution procedures