JUBA, (Xinhua) --
South Sudan is looking for foreign investment into real estate
and urban development in a bid to improve the standard of
housing in urban areas in the war-torn country, a senior
official said Tuesday.
Minister of Land,
Housing and Urban Development, Alfred Lado Gore, told Xinhua in
an interview that the majority of houses in cities and towns
across the country are still constructed with traditional
materials and styles that do not represent characteristics of
“While people in the
21st century are now living in state-of-the-art
houses, we are still in medieval era where people live in Tukuls
(grass huts) with no electricity and running water,” Gore said.
“Juba (South Sudan’s
capital) is organized in a rural setting which you can’t see in
other countries,” he added
Gore said the
government was in talks with four foreign companies which have
expressed interest in property development and urban planning to
assist in building low-cost housing facilities in Juba and other
concerns about the ongoing violence in the country, Gore said he
was optimistic that they will achieve it despite the
difficulties the country is facing.
He further said the
government would first start with developing investor-friendly
land and housing policies to attract both local and foreign
“All technocrats” at
the ministry will be sent to the Rwandan capital Kigali to learn
from Rwanda’s success of developing affordable modern housing
units and a beautiful capital city within short time, Gore said.
The 2010 South Sudan
National Household Survey indicated that 90 percent of houses in
the country were made from mud or sticks (known as Tukul), 5
percent from straw mats, 3 percent from wood and only about 2
percent from brick or concrete.
Statistics from the
country’s National Bureau of Statistics show that 31 percent of
the population live in houses with only one room.