Report of the outcomes of the South Sudan-Sudan summit

JUBA, 8 January 2013 - Please click here to download the report of the outcomes of the summit between President Salva Kiir Mayardit of the Republic of South Sudan and President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


H.E Kiir in Addis Ababa for a summit with H.E Bashir

ADDIS ABABA, 4 January 2013 - The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit arrived in Addis Ababa on 4th January 2013 to participate in a summit between him and President El-Bashir. This was announced by the South Sudan Chief Negotiator and SPLM Secretary General Mr. Pagan Amum Okec in a press conference today at Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa.

 


H.E Kiir arrives in Addis Ababa.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Mr Amum briefed the press on the developments about the summit and thanked the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia H.E Hailemariam Desalegn for inviting the two heads of state for the summit.


Mr. Amum said President Kiir came to the summit with open hands, heart and with the hope to resolve all the outstanding issues between the two neighboring states. Specifically, he said President Kiir is in Addis Ababa to discuss the final status of Abyei area as recommended by the African Union Peace and Security Council. Mr. Amum added that H.E Kiir is in Addis Ababa to engage President Bashir to accept the African Union proposal on Abyei and to discuss the process of a peaceful resolution of border disputes and all the disputed areas between the two sides as well as the way forward.

 


H.E Kiir in a separate meeting with PM Desalegn and AUHIP Chair H.E Mbeki.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


H.E Kiir position is that African Union panel of experts be given the mandate to present to the two countries a non-binning opinion on disputed and claimed areas as a basis to resolve the disputes on the border and claimed areas. If there is no agreement on the border based on the opinions presented by the panel of experts, then the two countries are to agree to take the disputes and claims to an international arbitration mechanism which H.E Kiir believes is the most peaceful and best practice to resolve disputes and claims.


President Kiir will also encourage President El-Bashir to remove the new preconditions and obstacles that are hindering the full implementation of the cooperation agreements signed on 27th September 2012 because South Sudan is waiting for an immediate, concurrent and coordinated implementation of all the agreements signed between the two countries without any preconditions.

 


H.E Kiir was received by PM Desalegn at the airport.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


“May it be known to all that on the evening of 4th January2013, the Ethiopian PM H.E Desalegn together with AU/HIP Chairperson H.E Mbeki held separate meetings with President Kiir and President Bashir at the Ethiopian State House in Addis Ababa and after a working dinner on 4thJanuary 2013, the Summit will be in progress as from 5th January 2013”, Mr Amum said.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa-Ethiopia


“Khartoum's preconditions endless”, Mr Pagan Amum

JUBA, 21 December 2012 - South Sudan should develop an alternative outlet to the sea to export its oil and develop its trade with the rest of its neighbors as Khartoum’s preconditions and obstruction are not about to end, says Mr Pagan Amum, South Sudan’s chief negotiator to the post independence talks with Sudan.


Mr Amum who was speaking on December 19th at Juba International Airport soon after arrival from Addis Ababa where they have been engaging in the next round of talks with Khartoum government after the September 27 agreements inked by the two heads states, said Sudan was not interested in implementing the peace pack.


Sudan and South Sudan have been experiencing an impasse in implementing security arrangements. Khartoum insists South Sudan should disarm rebel a group fighting its government in the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan. The government calls Khartoum’s demand as “unrealistic” as it would be meddling with the internal affairs of a foreign country.


“It is time South Sudan shifts focus from pursuing a mirage with Sudan to other concrete alternatives for economic viability as Sudan’s preconditions and obstructions are not about to end”, he said.

 


Mr Amum addressing the media.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He said despite the readiness by South Sudan government to ensure the immediate implementation of all the agreements reached including the final status of Abyei, Khartoum still imposes preconditions to the implementation. “The position of Sudan is that they don’t want the oil to flow; they don’t want to open the border corridors to allow free movement of people and services”, Mr Amum said.


Mr Amum who is also the Secretary General of South Sudan’s ruling party said as long as Sudan continues its preconditions, the two countries will find themselves in a state of no war, no peace, no flow of oil, and no trade.


He observed that there are discussions for a summit to take place soon between President Salva Kiir and his counterpart Omar El Bashir but maintained reservations for such talks to yield any results. “I am not convinced that such a summit can produce anything special; they met last time in Addis Ababa to resolve these issues of Abyei and borders”, he said.


Mr Amum said it is up to Sudan to decide on whether to implement the September agreements. He urged South Sudanese to unite and manage the crisis that is caused by “being born in a very difficult neighborhood” like Sudan that does not want to see a strong South Sudan.


Reported by Matata Safi


Ministry of General Education gets a printing press

JUBA, 21 December 2012 - A printing machine worth half a million US dollars has arrived at the Ministry of General Education and Instruction.


The German-made machine has been acquired with funds from the Multi Donor Trust Fund (MTDF), according to the ministry’s deputy minister Madam Rebecca Joshua Okwaci.


“The arrival of this printing machine is very important because we need it at this very juncture. We have exams to be printed, books and a lot of print materials needed by the ministry”, Madam Rebecca told reporters at the ministry headquarters.

 


Madam Rebecca addressing journalists in Juba.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


South Sudan’s education ministry has been printing exams and other education material in Khartoum or East Africa. Madam Rebecca who appreciated MTDF for the donation said the machine will add value to the work of the ministry and the country at large.


The machine is expected to begin operations by January because its installation has begun. The deputy minister said the ministry will train people to run the printing machine. This will be the second printing press owned by the government in South Sudan. The official Government Printing Press (GPP) managed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is already installed and expected to begin operations next year.


Reported by Matata Safi


“Wau situation under control”, government

JUBA, 20 December 2012 (NASS) - Authorities in the government of South Sudan have announced that the situation in Wau is now under control after series of killings triggered by the transfer of county headquarters from Wau to Bagari.


Based on the reports, Wau up to yesterday was under violence from the demonstrators who are not happy with the relocation of the headquarter.


In a press conference today, the minister for Information and Broadcasting and the official government spokesperson, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the situation has been contained and that a number of police officers together with a delegation from National Legislative Assembly are already in Wau investigating the violence.

 


Dr Benjamin (left) addressing the media conference. He is accompanied by Mr George Garang, the Undersecretary in the ministry.


According to Dr. Benjamin, out of the 28 farmers reported to be killed six bodies were found and shops burned. "We regret this unfortunate loss of lives and destruction of property. We send our condolences to the relatives and friends of the deceased”, he stated.


At the same conference, the minister urged all citizens especially those living in Juba to cooperate with police to avoid crimes during the Christmas celebration.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


FBI agents in Juba to help unravel Isaiah Abraham’s murder

JUBA, 20 December 2012 - The government of South Sudan has received experts from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to help it carry investigations into the murder of a journalist/blogger Isaiah Abraham using the pen name Diing Chan Awuol.


The FBI officials arrived at the Juba International Airport yesterday. Mr Awuol was killed in his house in Gudele residential area west of the capital Juba on December 5.


In a meeting with the US Ambassador to South Sudan, Susan Page on December 13, President Salva Kiir welcomed an offer by the ambassador to invite FBI agents to help the South Sudan security organs trace the murderers of Isaiah Abraham.


“We are pleased to have a legal attaché from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation to help South Sudan government in its investigations into the murder of Isaiah Abraham. They will meet with government officials to determine how best they can support the government”, said Michael McClellan the Charge’d’ Affaires of the US Embassy in South Sudan.

 


Mr McClellan and members of the FBI addressing the press at the Juba Internation Airport.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


H.E President Kiir who denounced the murder, has already ordered security organs to fully investigate the circumstances leading to the death of Abraham and bring the culprits to justice.


Mr. McClellan said the FBI is a legal bureau that builds relationships with law enforcement personnel around the globe and facilitates the prompt and continuous exchange of information to aid combating international crimes.


Meanwhile South Sudan’s Information minister Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin said government investigations are ongoing adding that with the support of the FBI agents, the government will apprehend the culprits and bring them to face justice.


“The government has made it clear that the murderers of Abraham Isaiah whether they are within the government or elements outside moving and killing our citizens, they must be indentified and brought to face justice”, he emphasized.


Reported by Matata Safi


Ministry of Commerce opens trade office at Juba International Airport

JUBA, 20 December 2012 - The ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment has established an office at Juba International Airport to monitor the follow trade between South Sudan and the region.


Opening the office within the Juba village cargo yesterday, the Commerce Undersecretary Mr. Simon Nyany Anei underscored the importance of the office saying it will help to check the standards of goods entering the country as well as to ensure people importing the goods have all the necessary documents to do business in the country.

 


Undersecretary Anei cuts the ribbon while the DG of Standards Mary Gordon looks on.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Meanwhile the Director General of Taxation Stephen Matatia said the Juba International Airport office adds to the already existing office at the key border entry points such as Kaya, Nimule with the border to Uganda and Nadapal to Ethiopia.


Mr Matatia said the office will comprise of staff from the directorate of trade and standards. He called for cooperation among other organs of government working at the airport. “We are here as trade, there will be other partners like customs, economic security but all working to attain the same national goals”, he said.


The trade office was officially opened by the Mr. Undersecretary Anei on behalf of the minister of commerce Hon. Garang Diing Akuong.


Reported by Matata Safi


South Sudan Bible Society officially launched

JUBA, 19 December 2012 (NASS) - In an attempt to the understanding of Bible and the Holy Scriptures easy to the diverse ethnicities in the country, South Sudan officially launched its bible society yesterday. The society will help the country in the dissemination and translation of Holy Bible and scriptures into South Sudanese local languages.


The inauguration of the society was witnessed by members of United Bible Societies from Ghana, Kenya and Uganda.


At the inauguration ceremony, the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the society will have full government support to facilitate the translation and dissemination of Holy Bible across the country. He also underscored that the government guarantees freedom of religion especially to the minorities.


On his part, Bishop Arkangelo Wani Lemi advised that a strategy to stop corruption is not through imprisonment but through God’s word, the Bible. He appealed to the authorities to make the Bible more available to reduce crimes.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


Outdated legislation hindering health programs in Africa

JUBA, 19 December 2012 - Africa is faced with huge challenges in the execution of health programs because of old and outdated laws and regulations that the continent inherited from its colonial masters, a World Bank health officer has said.


The International Finance Cooperation’s (IFC) Head of Health in Africa Initiative, Professor Khama Rogo, said most of the African countries still rely on the old English or Portuguese laws and regulations that are unable to regulate and guide the execution of modern activities in the health sector effectively.


“It’s on record that 50 percent of medicines used in Africa are counterfeit medicine. It may look like an anti-biotic but inside it you have chalk, powder or if you are lucky, you get maize flour or whatever is inside there”, decried Prof Rogo.

 


Prof Rogo.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He said the health challenges in the continent are so huge that no government or development partner can surmount them single-handedly. He emphasized the need for collective efforts in dealing with the health challenges in the region. Prof Rogo identified the inability to work to full potential by hospitals and other health institutions, limited drugs, and doctors leaving the continent for greener pastures as some of the major challenges facing the health sector in Africa.


“Today every African country goes through the process of budget allocation in construction and renovation of hospitals but the big issue is, these institutions we put our money in work at not more than 30 percent of their potential”, he stated. He emphasized the need for African governments to put in place the necessary laws and regulations to monitor the proper execution of health programs in Africa.


Prof Rogo made these remarks on December 14 at the launch of South Sudan Drugs and Food Control Authority (DFCA) in Juba under the theme “Securing access to quality, safe and efficacious pharmaceutical and food products”. The DFCA is supported by the International Finance Cooperation and the World Bank Group.


Hon. Dr. Yatta Logur, the deputy minister for Health said despite South Sudan making some progress in the area of pharmaceuticals, he expressed concern over the way drugs are being handled.

 


Dr Logur.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


“A lot of drugs still enter our country unverified. In the market you find a lot of fake drugs; you also find drugs being sold like groundnuts in kiosks all over South Sudan”, he said.


He said the government through the Ministry of Health has established the Drugs and Food Control Authority to enhance drugs and food control in South Sudan.


Meanwhile Dr. Abdi Mohamed of World Health Organization (WHO) lauded the government for the initiative of forming the authority which he said will help in ensuring the quality of foods and drugs entering the country.


He expressed hope that the DFCA will address the problem of counterfeit and substandard foods in the country. He assured of the support of WHO in making the DFCA achieve its desired objectives.


Reported by Matata Safi


South Sudan inks agreement to meet 2015 digital world initiative

JUBA, 13 December 2012 (NASS) - As the whole world struggles to migrate from analog into digital communication systems, South Sudan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting yesterday inked an agreement with ZTE, a Chinese Telecommunication Company, to assist the Republic of South Sudan meet the 2015 digital world initiative expectations.


According to the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, this 51 million dollar project only targets the first phase which revolves around equipment and infrastructure. He announced that the project will be funded by Chinese government through Exim-Bank.

 


Dr Benjamin signing the agreement with ZTE representatives.


Dr Benjamin emphasised that the government is keen to transform communication systems in the country from analog to digital in spite of the economic challenges it currently faces. He said this will be achieved through the support of friendly nations and development partners.


ZTE leaders emphasised that South Sudan has no option but move towards digital communication or risk exclusion. They said ZTE is committed to support South Sudan to take the necessary steps to realise the analog-digital migration in the shortest time possible.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


Steel factory to open in Juba

JUBA, 10 December 2012 - Construction industry in African’s youngest nation South Sudan may soon receive a boost as steeling manufacturing factory is set to launch operations in Juba early next year.


Edward International Company Ltd started operations in January 2012 and now it has established a factory across “Koru Ramula” about 10 km along Juba Kajo keji road. The factory besides production of steel products such as iron sheets and bars will also be producing electric cables, paints, water pipes, and plastic water tanks.


“We will be producing all types of different building materials locally here. Since we will be producing locally, we will have competitive price”, said Kirolos Edward Assad, the General Manager.

 


DG of National Bureau of Standards Mary Gordon and Undersecretary Mr Nyang consult during a visit to the factory premises.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


South Sudan after decades of civil war is witnessing a rapid development drive with almost all the construction materials imported. Starting with paint production in February 2013, the factory will be employing over three thousand South Sudanese in the plant.


Meanwhile the Undersecretary of Commerce, Industry and Investment Mr Simon Nyany Anei has urged more investors to come and invest in the Republic of South Sudan. “We need more industries for the development of South Sudan”, he appealed.

Reported by Matata Safi


South Sudan ratifies seven international labour conventions

JUBA, 7 December 2012 - The Government of the Republic of South Sudan has ratified seven fundamental International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions.


Labour Undersecretary Madam Hellen Achiro Lotara disclosed that the seven conventions were those which had initially been ratified by the Republic of Sudan from which South Sudan seceded on July 9, 2011.


Madam Hellen said the ratified conventions were: the Forced Labour Convention of 1930; the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Agreement, 1949; the Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951, and; the Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957.


The others were: the Discrimination in Employment and Occupation Convention of 1958; the Minimum Age Convention, 1973, and; the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999.


The Undersecretary further said the government was in the process of ratifying Convention Number 87 which guarantees the freedom of association for workers.


Madam Hellen was speaking when she officially closed a five-day tripartite orientation workshop on reporting on international labour standards at a Juba hotel. The workshop drew participants from government line ministries and agencies, trade unions and the South Sudan Employers Association.


The Undersecretary later handed over a letter of acceptance ratifying the seven conventions signed by the acting Minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mr Kwong Danhier Gatluak, to Ms Alia Jamal Ahmed of the ILO’s Cairo Office who headed of the ILO delegation to the workshop.


The letter dated November 30, 2012 and addressed to the ILO Director General, Mr Guy Ryder, further expressed the wish of the Government that the ratification be backdated to April 29, 2012 when South Sudan was admitted as a member of the ILO.


Reported by Justin Jada, Alnour Ango and Simon Owaka


South Sudan and Sudan urged to resolve pending post-independence issues

JUBA, 5 December 2012 (NASS) – The Japanese government has urged Sudan and South Sudan to have trust and resolve the remaining post independence issues to avoid instability in the two states.


Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs in the government of Japan, Kayuza Shimba said the two states have the potential to solve the problems in Africa but without peace it is difficult. He made these remarks yesterday in a meeting with the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.


He also confirmed that Japan is ready to do whatever is possible to see South Sudan developing faster noting that all the projects signed with the government of South Sudan will commence in due course.


Meanwhile Dr Benjamin dismissed the entire allegation made against the government saying South Sudan is not for regime change in Khartoum nor is it supporting the rebels in Sudan. He affirmed that the government is committed to peace with Khartoum and ready to finish the remaining outstanding issues. He further urged the Japanese government to persuade Khartoum to implement the popular consultation of Southern Blue Nile and Kordufan to circumvent future accusations.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan


WES ready for Christian Centenary celebrations

JUBA, 5 December 2012 (NASS) – The authorities in Western Equatoria State have announced that the government and the people of the state are ready to receive people for the upcoming Christian centenary (100 years of Christian life) in the state.


This was revealed by Hon. Sapana, the Deputy Governor of the state, yesterday shortly after meeting the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin. He also revealed that the state is currently secure from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Hon. Sapana further disclosed that the state has produced enough food but decried the poor state of roads which limits their access to markets.


In another event, the Governor of Upper Nile State, Simon Kun Pouch confirmed that the state is safe and under government jurisdiction after the recent chaos at the Bank of South Sudan branch in Malakal. He stated that the culprits who caused the mayhem were been caught and are currently in legal custody. He also announced that the state has started a road project to Ethiopia which he said will facilitate oil export. On his part Dr Benjamin appreciated the effort exerted by the state government to bring the culprits to justice.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


President's speeches

JUBA, 30 November 2012 - Please click the links below to read the corresponding speeches delivered by H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit at the respective occasions.

 

 

  1. Opening ceremony of the Agricultural Trade Fair and Conference held at Nyakuron Cultural Centre, Juba on 27 November 2012.
     
  2. Governors' Forum held at the Freedom Hall in Juba.

Water harvesting project to reduce conflict in Jonglei launched

JUBA, 30 November 2012 - Government of the Republic of South Sudan and its partners have launched a three-year project to harvest water in Jonglei, one South Sudan’s most conflict-prone states, in which scarcity of water is blamed for inter-communal conflicts.


The project is to ensure that youth who currently spend about a half-year moving to other areas with cattle in search of water, leaving fights in their path, stay in their localities.
“Water points and wells have been poisoned in the past, and this kind of investment may not have been feasible during the war,” Dr. Sue Lautze, Head of Office, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, South Sudan Program said in a press statement in Juba.


“This is expected to contribute to community stability and peace in Jonglei, particularly in Uror and Nyirol Counties where natural resources-based conflicts are prevalent,” says Isaac Liabwel, Undersecretary, Ministry of Water Resources & Irrigation, Republic of South Sudan.


The feasibility study for the Canadian Aid-funded project unveiled at a major stakeholder’s workshop bringing together central government officials, state ministers, civil society and donor partners, has taken more than a year to put together.


Jonglei has witnessed some instability, especially along the cattle routes to and from the areas inhabited by the Lou Nuer (Uror, Nyirol and Akobo-West) and along Pibor-Bor corridors between Pibor and Akobo areas.


“The problem is enormous,” Ali Said, Chief Technical Advisor, Sustainable Food Security Through Community-based Livelihood Development and Water Harvesting, noted. “People are killing each other due to completion over water resources.”


Youth have been engaged in almost all conflicts, some of which were characterised by violent armed conflicts resulting in the death of innocent rural people, extensive destruction of homes and livelihood assets and displacement of large number of people.


When water harvesting for cattle begins, there would be substantial underemployed youth presence in their home village areas whose engagement in agriculture, vocational and skills training will reduce their involvement in future conflicts, reads the statement in part. It further stresses that water harvest would reduce the workload of the elderly and the women and open an opportunity for girls to go to schools.


“Under normal weather conditions and relative peace and stability, Jonglei has a potential to be a surplus producing area both in crop and livestock production and fishing,” says Dr. Sue Lautze, “but it cannot do so if localised conflicts are not halted or reduced to manageable levels,” she adds.


Reported by Matata Safi


“Stop depending on relatives and work’, President Kiir urges citizens

JUBA, 28 November 2012 - President of the Republic H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit has urged South Sudanese to engage in productive work other than depending on few working relatives.


President Kiir was speaking at the launch of the second annual agricultural trade fair and conference at Nyakuron cultural centre in Juba on yesterday. The four day fair is organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources and held under the theme “Food security is the other side of human security”.

 


President Kiir cutting the ribbon at the second agricultural agricultural trade fair. On his right is Vice President Dr Riek Machar.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


President Kiir said there was what he termed as a “dangerous scenario” of people moving to urban areas disregarding the potential income generating activities like farming. “If you go to one minister’s house today, you will be surprised by the number of relatives living in his/her house. We must fight this dependency syndrome and tell our people to work and become self reliant”, he said.


The head of state noted that independence of the country should be translated into the ability of the population to feed itself and meet other demands than relying on imported food. He expressed hope that South Sudan would be Africa’s food basket owing to the fertile agricultural land, favorable climate and abundant water bodies including the River Nile which is suitable for promoting food production, animal rearing and fishing.

 


A farmers' representative from Eastern Equatoria donning a 'head gear and vest' designed from seeds shows the President awater melon.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Impressed by the quality and varieties of the agricultural produced at the trade fair stands, President Kiir said there was no reason why communities should remain hungry. “There is no reason why we should have malnourished children when we have more than eleven million herds of cattle in the country”, he said.


He however decried the habit of cattle raiding that lead to insecurity in some part of the country. He cautioned pastoralist communities to desist from the act if they are to live without fear of being attacked, killed or their animals being stolen.

 


Hon Martin Elias Loromo, the minister for Animal Resource and Fisheries shows to the President a nile perch about 25 kg caught from River Nile.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


President Kiir told them to discard the traditional belief of keeping animals for pride and marriage instead of embracing beef and dairy production to earn income for self sustainability and development. The President reiterated commitment by his government to transform the country’s economy through agriculture adding that oil was not a lasting resource.


According to him, about 48 percent of the population in South Sudan is food insecure despite the fact that 83 percent of the citizens live in rural areas but with less agricultural activities. He expressed optimism that the country would be food secure by 2014 and urged investors to focus on increased food production and value addition.


Reported by Matata Safi


Second Agricultural Trade Fair to take place on Tuesday

JUBA, 26 November 2012 - The second agricultural trade fair and conference is expected to take place on November 27 at Nyakuron Cultural centre in Juba.


This year’s trade fair with the theme “Food security is the other side of human security” comes as the second agricultural trade fairs organized by the ministries of Agriculture and Animal Resource as an annual event according to Timothy Thwol Onak, the chairperson of the second Agricultural Trade Fair and conference.


The trade fair is intended to bring together the country’s famers from ten states to share experiences and gain lessons from the participants both at regional and international levels who will be taking part.


Mr. Onak who is also the Director General of Forestry in the ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said the fair is expected to provide a platform for farmers in the country to gain the most modern technologies used in today’s agricultural production, forestry, animal production and fisheries.

 


South Sudan deputy minister of Agriculture Beda Machar during a harvesting visit of Nyeli demonstration farm in CES.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


The trade fair further seeks to give an opportunity for the local farmers to display and sell their products as a socio-economic activity. Mr Onak explained that besides selling, the fair would as well bring service providers in agricultural production to interact with farmers.


He said with the trade fair, they seek to provide an ‘eagle’s eye’ into the investment opportunities the new country provides in agricultural production, animal resource and fisheries for foreign investors.


“The main objective of the agricultural trade fair is to promote and encourage foreign investors to invest in agriculture”, said Onak. He further said the government is focusing on improving agricultural production through better and modern farming methods in order to combat food insecurity.


Officials from line ministries such as water and irrigation, environment, wildlife, and commerce both at national and state levels are expected to attend the fair which will be opened by President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Top government officials are expected to participate in the trade fair and conference including all the state governors who are present in Juba for the governors’ forum.


Reported by Matata Safi


SPLM leaders on a study tour in China

SHANGHAI/JUBA (Nov 24, 2012) –Senior officials from the SPLM are on a 10-day study tour in the People’s Republic of China to learn about China’s experiences in the area of governance.

 

The 14-strong delegation headed by member of the SPLM Political Bureau Cde Mark Nyipouch, on Saturday, concluded lectures at the prestigious China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP) located in Shanghai province. According to a press statement obtained by goss.org, the lectures focused on “Governance Capability Construction of the Ruling Party.”

 

The trip of the SPLM delegation, which included Political Bureau member Akol Paul and a number of members of the party’s National Liberation Council (NLC), came amid a strengthening of ties between the SPLM and the Communist Party of China.

 

In remarks at the opening of the training on Saturday, Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC’s Central Committee Li Jinjun, explained that his party would continue to help the SPLM strengthen its capabilities. This, he said, was in line with a Memorandum of Understanding the two parties signed in October 2011.

 


The SPLM team visits Huawei's facilities in Shanghai.

 

Similarly, CELAP’s Professor Feng Jun described the SPLM as “a good friend,” adding that the doors of his institution would remain open to SPLM leaders.

 

The SPLM team arrived in Shanghai late on November 21 and commenced lectures the following day. During their stay in the city, the delegation paid a visit to the facilities of Huawei, one of China’s leading firms specializing in the area of telecommunications wireless solutions, where they were received by the company’s senior Vice President Qu Wenchu.

 

Shanghai municipality’s Li Xi also hosted a dinner in honor of the visiting SPLM delegation. In Shanghai, Cde Nyipouch and his team visited the Daining Community to study a CPC grassroots through which the CPC tries to address the material as well as emotional and other needs of community members with meager resources from the party and government. The team will travel to Jinggangshan on Sunday for further studies before proceeding to Beijing.

 

Reported by Simon Peter Apiku and Matata Safi


Campaign against gender based violence launched

JUBA, 25 November 2012 (NASS) - The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare on Friday launched the 16 Days of Activism Campaign Against Gender Based Violence [CAGBV]. The campaign was launched by the Deputy Minister Dr. Priscilla Joseph Kuch.


This year marks the 7th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence in South Sudan but is the second year that the South Sudan is celebrating as an independent nation. The Ministry is working to devise new ways to utilize the campaign to bring about transformative change in women’s lives.

Yet despite this increased awareness, women continue to experience violations in alarming numbers and new forms of violence are emerging. There is need to look more closely at the structures in place that permit gender based violence to exit and persist.

This year the global theme is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s change militarism and end violence against women”. The national theme of the Republic of South Sudan on the 16th Days of Activism 2012 is: “Promote Peace at Home Stop Gender Based Violence and Ending Child Marriage”.

In South Sudan the first celebration was 2006 and 2008 celebration marked the launching of the First Special Protection Unit (SPU) at Malakia Police Station. The Ministry organized a procession led by a police band and women, school children, government Staff, UN Agencies, NGO’s and other Activists marched from Buluk near the Technical School to Malakia Police Station where the first SPU was officially opened by the former Minister Hon. Mary Kiden Kimbo. Since then two other Units have been opened in Juba and Munuki Police Station others have been launched in Yambio, Western Equatoria State, Wau, Western Bahr el-Ghazal, Malakal, Upper Nile State and in Kwajok, Warrap, State.


The South Sudan Child Act 2008 has put the age for marriage at 18 years and should be with the consent of both parties, due to consequence of force marriage three girls in Lakes State, Rumbek and two in Jonglei State, Bor met their death because they refused to accept the arranged, marriage. Cases related to individuals taking the law into their hands are many and many women stay in police custody for long periods before trials are made, domestic violence is another area when women’s rights are violated most. In 2009 a man killed his wife and the young girl child almost cutting their heads off.

The celebration of the campaign will be on Monday 26th November, 2012 from 8:30 am-01:00 pm at the New Sudan Hotel Palace hosted a half day program. The campaign will be waged through panel discussions on television and several media houses at the State level, the Ministries of Social Development will commemorate the 16 Days of Activism in their respective States.

Reported by Simon Matiop Akol, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


"Khartoum not serious on the security arrangements", Dr Benjamin

JUBA, 23 November 2012 (NASS) - The minister for Information and Broadcasting who is also the Official Government Spokesman, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin has said today that Khartoum is not serious about the security arrangements despite full commitment of the government to the agreement reached in Addis Ababa.


Dr Benjamin stated that South Sudan’s team is supposed to be in Khartoum by now over the demilitarization which was agreed to be finalized in Khartoum to assure on security but no action has been shown by Khartoum which has now resorted to bombardment.


Briefing the special representative of the Japanese government on the security arrangements which is the current impediment of oil production, Dr Benjamin said Khartoum is reluctant to comply with the cooperation agreement.


He urged the Japanese government to intervene in this oil problem saying Khartoum is not reasonable in spite of being the monopoly of the business.


The representative of the Japanese government, Mr Takeshi Akumatsu asserted that Japan is keen and committed to see Sudan and South Sudan peaceful and flourishing. Mr Akumatsu also revealed that the construction of Juba Bridge will kick off early next year 2013.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


President Kiir visits PFPF and lays foundation stone of Thiangrial Refinery

JUBA, 22 November 2012 - In a historical step showing a goodwill of the Republic of South Sudan to resume the oil production according to the cooperation agreement signed in Addis Ababa, the President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit and a number of National Ministers of economic and security sectors on Tuesday 20th November 2012, visited Paloch Field Processing Facility in Malut County at Upper Nile state.

 


H.E Kiir arrives at Paloch Tir Airport.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Upon his arrival at Paloch Tir Airport President Kiir was received by the Governor of Upper Nile states Hon. Simon Kun Puoch and immediately paid familiarization visit to Paloch Field Processing Facility (PFPF), power plant and pump station one. H.E Kiir was briefed by the processing field facility technicians that the facility is hundred percent ready and only waiting for orders from the government to start operations.

 


H.E Kiir arrives in Malut County.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


President Kiir and the accompanying delegations after that laid a foundation stone for the construction of Thiangrial Refinery at Thiangrial Payam of Malut County. In his key remark during the ceremony H.E Kiir assured the citizens of Thiangrial Payam that the government of the Republic together with the oil companies will avail all the basic services to the people of the area in terms of roads, health, education and clean drinking water.

 


H.E Kiir inspects Paloch Field Processing Facility.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


H.E Kiir called on the citizens of Thiangrial Payam to allow and be in peace with neighboring citizens of Sudan who come to their areas looking for grazing fields.


President Kiir who is known as the father and founder of the new nation of South Sudan addressed a very huge public rally yesterday evening at SPLM Square in Malut and appreciated the citizens of Malut County for being loyal to SPLM, and reassured that South Sudan has no hostility with Republic of Sudan.

 


Paloch Field Processing Facility.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


H.E Kiir said the Government will make sure that basic services for the local communities at oil producing areas are availed.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Military seeks to improve relations with civilians

JUBA, 22 November 2012 - A one-day workshop aimed at improving relations between the military and the civilian population concluded in Juba kicked off on Tuesday.


Attended by members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLA), police, prisons, wildlife, representatives from the Human Rights Commission and the national Ministry of Gender, the workshop outlined some of the bottlenecks hindering good civilian-military relations and possibilities of fixing the gaps.


Col. Philip Aguer Panyang the SPLA spokesman, described the current civilian-military relations as being ‘good’ though he said the army and the other forces are working together to make the relations better.


Representatives from the Military Intelligence, National Security among other security organs expressed concerns over how the general public perceives their role. “The relation between the military and the civilian population has to be perfect because it is the civilian population that the military comes from and later retires to”, Col. Aguer observed.

 


Col. Phillip Aguer.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Singling out the army, Col. Aguer said there have been some few irregularities particularly in cases of civil military operations.


“We had pockets of incidents in the area of disarmament in Jonglei; we investigated them and others were tried”, he said. He explained SPLA has been quick to address these irregularities in a manner to ensure that maximum discipline is ascertained and trust of the people is maintained.


Col. Aguer said the position of the SPLA command has always been of ensuring a positive image of the army among the civilians. He also urged his security counterparts to work together with the media as partners in promoting relations between the military and the civil population. He however cautioned the media to be straight forward and fair in its reporting.


“We want the media to be straight forward and publish confirmed information by the highest authorities of the military command”, he said.


He explained that some media houses publish stories that are “twisted” thereby giving out incomplete messages which may be wrongly received.

 

Reported by Matata Safi


Oil Wealth to be utilised in developing human resources

JUBA, 21 November 2012 - The Government of South Sudan is investing a significant percentage of the country’s vast oil and mineral wealth in developing human resources and putting in place a modern civil service.


The acting Minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Hon Kwong Danhier Gatluak, said that effective service delivery will only be possible through an adequate pool of a highly skilled, professional, motivated, productive and well managed civil service.


Hon Kwong said five decades of war had ruined civil service structures and precipitated a brain drain of South Sudan’s highly qualified, experienced and competent professionals in all sectors who either joined the liberation movement or fled the country altogether for their own safety and livelihood.


“In so doing, they left a very big vacuum that could only be filled by largely less experienced, competent and qualified personnel. This resulted in poor delivery of basic services to the citizenry meant to ensure their wellbeing,” he said.


The acting minister was speaking when he officially opened the 9th Meeting of the Regional Capacity Building (RCB) Project at a Juba hotel. The RCB is a 5-year capacity building initiative funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Public Administration and Leadership Academy (PALAMA) of South Africa as the implementing agency.


Noting that the project was coming to an end in 2013, Hon Kwong said the Ministry would continue with capacity building efforts at national, state and local levels of government.

 


Acting minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mr Kwong Danhier Gatluak (seated 2nd right), in a group photo with other participants at the 9th Meeting of the Regional Capacity Building project outside a Juba hotel. Also in the picture are the acting DG Human Resource Development Madam Sunday Jaden (seated, extreme right) and Dr Mary Ledwaba of PALAMA (seated, centre).


The minister urged civil servants and other stakeholders involved in the management of the project to own it by implementing aspects which would address South Sudan’s specific needs.


“We should shift from supply-driven to demand-driven capacity development initiatives,” he said.


He further urged the implementers to focus on results that would have a lasting impact on eradicating poverty, reducing inequality, promoting sustainable development and enhancing local capacities in line with the priorities and policies in the South Sudan Development Plan.


Speaking at the function, the acting Director General for Human Resource Development in the Ministry, Madam Sunday Aggrey Jaden, said the aim of the RCB Project was to improve public service capacity management and leadership capability for better service delivery through training interventions in Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan.


Madam Sunday said the ultimate goal of the project was to achieve institutional capacity development, adding that planned outputs of the project were curriculum development and training capacity in the participating countries.


Also present at the function was Dr Mary L. Ledwaba, Chief Director (Executive Development) at PALAMA.


Reported by Alnour Onyongo, Justin Jada and Simon Owaka