M-Gurush launched the first mobile money service in South Sudan

M-Gurush allows customers to pay for goods and services across South Sudan using their mobile phones, similar to platforms already being used in Kenya and other East African nations. 

According to Mr Makuei, Minister of Information, people living in rural areas will need time to trust mobile payments, he says the long-term benefits will transform the lives of people in South Sudan and help rebuild the economy after years of civil war.

Meanwhile, telecoms specialists also admit network coverage and other infrastructural challenges remain. South Sudan will need investment to develop its telecoms sector but the country should become a more attractive prospect for investors as long as the current peace agreement holds.