Seoul: South Korea's state-run land developer said it signed a preliminary deal on Thursday to help southern Sudan build a new capital in what will be the world's newest country.
Under the agreement with the government of southern Sudan, LH Corp said it would offer the African country technical support to draw up a master plan.
"Southern Sudan's government, currently based in the southern city of Juba, is considering development of the new capital in line with its new status as an independent state," LH Corp said in a statement.
"We will help the national development of southern Sudan by offering" expertise accumulated over the last 50 years, the company said.
Southern Sudan is set to declare its independence from Sudan on July 9, after voting overwhelmingly for a split in a January referendum.
South Korea is trying to form closer ties with resource-rich African nations through various aid and infrastructure development projects.