The BIE welcomes South Sudan as its 168th Member State

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The Republic of South Sudan has accessed the BIE as its 168th Member State. The newly independent country will now have a voice in the BIE's decisions. South Sudan has gained independence on July 9th 2011 after a referendum issued in January 2011 under the terms of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and was admitted by the General Assembly of the UN on July 14th 2011.