July 11 (Bloomberg) -- The Republic of South Sudan will need about 20 years to build a properly functioning government, the World Bank’s acting country director for Sudan, Ian Bannon, told reporters today in the southern capital, Juba.
“We’ve found that countries that went through this post-conflict transition took about 20 years to have ministries that function OK,” Bannon said.
South Sudan became independent on July 9, six years after the end of a two-decade civil war with the north that killed as many as 2 million people.
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