S. Sudan Must Pay $40M In Power Contract Row, Tribunal Says

By Caroline Simson (July 5, 2016, 7:24 PM EDT) -- South Sudan owes over $40 million for consistently falling short on a nearly $200 million contract with Active Partners to construct electric power infrastructure, an ad hoc arbitral tribunal has ruled, saying the country did not show drought and civil war frustrated its contract compliance ability.

The South Sudanese government had claimed it was unable to obtain the bank guarantee needed to secure project financing — part of its deal with Active Partners Group Ltd. — due to reasons beyond the country's control, including certain internal conflicts and a drought at the end of 2007, which resulted in a famine affecting...

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