Oil is the lifeline to the economies of Sudan and South Sudan. But a dispute over transit fees and the border between the two neighbours led to a virtual stoppage in oil production and drove both the economies into recession. Now there is a glimmer of hope as production has been restarted and China – the largest oil importer - could play a crucial role in maintaining peace.

<i>South Sudan is struggling more than ever to thrive, almost two years since it gained independence from the north in July 2011. Its decision to disrupt oil production in early 2012 has cost been costly. Divisions and conflicts with neighbouring Sudan over border settlements and oil revenues persist, threate...

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Professor Jaime Nogueira Pinto
South Sudan was producing 350,000 barrels of oil a day before it halted production. Oil exports produced 98 per cent of the country’s national budget. The shutdown has therefore virtually deprived it of almost all its single source of income
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