The South Sudan Business Forum (SSBF) is a joint initiative of the Government of South Sudan in the capital Juba and representatives of the private sector in order to facilitate the dialogue between the two areas so as to develop and implement joint strategies for the promotion of business and trade in their mutual interest.
This platform was established on January 29, 2009 as part of the “Private Sector Development Project”.
The President is Chairman of the Forum and has emphasized the importance of this body for the
The SSBF facilitates dialogue between the sectors through working groups. Currently, there are only three active working groups: financial services, trade and tax administration as well as small and medium
Not least is the increasingly private sector-oriented development of the political environment. Representatives of the private sector advise those in relevant public institutions and make recommendations for future practice in the working groups. The SSBF coordinates the implementation of agreements and keeps the parties informed until appropriate measures can be taken in accordance with the decisions made.
The “Land & Investment Promotion Act” provides clear guidelines in order to allow investors access to land, while ensuring the protection of the public.
The Land Act provides for three types of land distribution:
1. Private Land-South Sudanese people without citizenship: lease up to 99 years.
2. Public Land
• Investors can obtain land through the national or state Government by public law under the
- Investors receive an investment certificate under public law from the “Ministry of Investment” regarding
financial conditions and environmental safeguards.
- The activity should contribute to the economic and social development of the community, the
community needs to be consulted, and all parties involved must be compensated.
• Leasing is possible up to 30 years for agricultural investments, renewable by mutual agreement.
• Leasing is possible up to 60 years for investment in forestry, renewable by mutual agreement.
• Leasing in mining and quarrying is possible to the end of the mining or quarry operation.
3. Communal Land-
Traditionally communal land can be assigned for residential, agricultural, forestry and grazing purposes,
but land use must be registered and the municipality informed, along with a land grant at the appropriate state office for tracts of more than 250 Feddans (approximately 250 hectares).
Home Ownership Land Development
There has been a great demand for investment in construction, and especially in the acquisition of property, since the independence of the country and the onset of economic growth and urbanization:
• Building (in all price ranges – from low-cost units to high-priced structures)
• Government buildings and facilities management
• Commercial property for office use, retail and industrial: the number of business start-ups has risen from
136 in 2005 to 2,136 in 2010.