Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau Singed Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation in Turkey.

Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau Singed Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation in Turkey

Dear all,

Greetings from Ankara, Turkey – April 26, 2017

The South Sudan Minister of Finance and Planning, Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau who is currently in Turkey on an official visit and the Turkish Minister of Economy, H.E. Nihat Zeybekci singed a Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement between the Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Turkey in Ankara, on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

In his remarks during the agreement signing, the South Sudan Minister of Finance and Planning, Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau paid tribute to the leadership of the two friendly countries represented by the two Presidents; H. E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan and H. E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey who have been working very hard to develop bilateral relations between South Sudan and Turkey at the highest level for the benefit of the two friendly people and countries (Turkey and South Sudan).

Hon. Stephen Dhieu thanked the Turkish Minister for his kind invitation and reception extended to him and his delegation to visit Turkey. “On behalf of the People and Government of the Republic of South Sudan and on my own behalf, I humbly extend our congratulations to the People and the Government of Turkey for the successful conduct of the 16th April, 2017 referendum that changed the system of the Governance from Parliamentary to Presidential system.

Indeed it was

a fair and credible referendum as witnessed by independent media and many people around the world”. He further stressed that the Government of South Sudan is committed to the promotion of excellent bilateral and historical relations that exists, between our two friendly Countries (Turkey and South Sudan). The Minist

er further said that he was very pleased to join the Turkish Minister of Economy in signing the historic Trade and Economic partnership agreement between the two friendly nations, which will enhance the bilateral and economic cooperation in numerous fields for the next decades to come. Among the areas of cooperation include investment in Minerals and Mining, Agriculture, Livestock and fisheries, Energy and Tourism, Energy and Science and Technology”. Hon. Stephen Dhieu further extended an invitation to the Turkish Minister of Economy to visit Juba, South Sudan at his convenience.

On his part, H.E. Nihat Zeybekci, said he was pleased to welcome the South Sudanese Minister of Finance and Planning to Ankara, Turkey to sign the economic cooperation agreement. This agreement is an important step in improving economic and trade cooperation between our two sisterly countries and will immediately open the doors Turkish investors to explore South Sudan’s potential in Mining and minerals, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, among others, he said. The Minister further expressed his willingness to travel to Juba, South Sudan with potential investors as soon as possible to broaden this important cooperation.

Present at the signing ceremony for the Government of the Republic of South Sudan were; H. E. Ambassador Majok Guandong, The South Sudan Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey (Head of Mission), Ambassador Francis Okeny Olaka, Deputy Head of Mission, Ambassador Nickson Deng Kuccath, Director of European Affairs at the South Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Zafer Topaloglu, South Sudan Honorary Counsel General in Turkey based in Ankara, Hon. Agak Achuil Lual, the First Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Mr. Charles Chol Mojwok, Technical Advisor – Macro Economic Planning Desk – MoFP, Mr. Abraham Diing Akoi, Technical Advisor for Policy, Aid Coordination and External Affairs – MoFP, Mr. Pitia Samuel, Legal Advisor – MoFP, Mr. Gieth Abraham Dauson, Executive Director to the Minister, Mr. Nuer Stephen Ret, First Secretary (Diplomat), Ms. Achai Bulabek Chol, First Secretary (Diplomat), Ms. Melike Asli As, Administrative to the Ambassador and Mr. Dominic Tete Yusto.

Indeed, H. E. Ambassador Majok Guandong and the entire Diplomatic staff at the South Sudan Embassy to the Republic of Turkey are doing great job by promoting the already existing cordial relationship and are pursuing various projects and programs within the framework of Turkey-African partnership.

Right after the Independence of the Republic of South Sudan, and its recognition by the United Nation in July 2011 as the 193rd UN Member State, South Sudan opened its door to the world.

On the 24th September 2012 at the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Turkey signed two MOUs on the mutual abolition of Visa for Diplomatic Passport holders and on cooperation between the Foreign Academy of the Republic of Turkey and Diplomatic Institute of the Republic of South Sudan which were signed by the then Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial and H. E. Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs Republic of Turkey.

Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau Concludes The IMF And The World Bank 2017 Spring Meetings Successfully

Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau Concludes The IMF And The World Bank 2017 Spring Meetings Successfully

Dear all,

Greetings from Washington D.C. USA, April 24, 2017

The delegation of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan led by Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau, Minister of Finance and Planning, comprising of senior officials from the Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Bank of South Sudan has concluded various multilateral and bilateral meetings at the sidelines of 2017 Spring Meetings of International Monetary Fund (IMF) World Bank Group (WBG), in Washington D.C. USA.

According to Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau, Minister of Finance and Planning and the team leader, the delegation had successful engagements with relevant officials representing various departments in the IMF and the WBG, including at senior levels, such as the meeting with the Deputy Managing Director for IMF and Vice President for Africa of WBG.

The delegation also had bilateral meetings with senior officials from the US – State Department and USAID, as well as representatives of other countries to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. The delegation briefed the IMF, the WBG and State Department representatives on the current status of South Sudanese economy, including the reform and revitalization agenda, which is now a top priority for the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU), the humanitarian situation in the country and the urgent need to reactivate and where possible, initiate developmental projects in the country.

While acknowledging the challenges facing Republic of South Sudan, the IMF and the WGB appreciated the economic measures and reform programs currently pursued by the Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Bank of South Sudan. The two institutions further committed to continue to provide Technical Assistance (TA) to enable the Ministry and Bank of South Sudan deliver in their reform agenda. To that effect, the IMF Country program team will continue with the ongoing Technical Assistance (TAs), including in budget making process, targeting 2017/2018 Financial Year. In addition to the recently provided $40M (Only Forty Million US Dollars) for Emergency Health response program in the former Upper Nile and Jonglei States, the World Bank has just provided $50M (Only Fifty Million US Dollars) for emergency food services in the context of the ongoing famine in some part of the country. The World Bank further indicated its willingness to reactivate their portion of funding for the Juba – Torit – Kapoeta – Nadapal Road.

Also one of the important meetings held by Hon. Stephen Dhieu and the delegation was with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) delegation led by Mr. Hiroshi Kato, Senior Vice President who promised to continue supporting the Government of South Sudan in various programs.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been supporting developmental projects in South Sudan since before the Independence of South Sudan in 2011. JICA has worked in partnerships with the Government of South Sudan for the peace and development of the country to promote inclusive and dynamic development for peace and unity, JICA is implementing its programs in four focus areas in South Sudan which includes “Improvement of basic economy and social infrastructure, Development of alternative industries, Improvement of basic living and livelihood Strengthening governance and security”.

Hon. Stephen Dhieu and the delegation also met with the Sudan delegation headed by the Minister of Finance and National Economy H. E. Bader Eldin Mahmoud. The meeting focused on operationalization economic issues stipulated in the cooperation agreement, 2012.

The Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund each year bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial system. This year’s Spring Meetings events took place in Washington, DC, from April 17-23, 2017.

South Sudan has lost one of the great religious leader.

Breaking News
Feb 13, 2017
South Sudan has lost one of the great religious leader.
“Gen. Tahir Bior Lueth Ajak was appointed by the Presidential Decree last year after the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity. Gen. Bior was the Secretary General of the Muslim in South Sudan. Tahir Bior died of heart attack last evening at 8.PM”,
( Maal Maker, Feb 13, 2017).

The Embassy of South Sudan in Washington D.C and entire diplomatic community mission take this opportunity to send condolence to Family of Gen.Tahir Bior and the Islamic society of South Sudan for the lost. These Photos from Maal Maker provide a virtual account of state burial of Gen. Tahir Bior Leuth.

The state Buriel was attended by H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit President of the Republic of South Sudan, First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, Vice President James Wani Igga, Presidential Advisors and Ministers. May God Rest Gen. Tahir Bior Leuth Soul in Peace.

Congratulation message to President Elect of United States of America

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First Vice president of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Gen. Taban Deng Gai will be meeting South Sudan Community.

First Vice president of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Gen. Taban Deng Gai will be meeting South Sudan Community.

Press releases: Embassy of the Republic of South Sudantaban-deng-gai in Washington D.C
September 27 ,2016.
Attention fellow countrymen within the driving distance of Washington D.C and beyond. The Republic of South Sudan First Vice President H.E. Gen. Taban Deng Gai together with 5 other government Ministers include Defense Minister Gen. Kuol Manyang, the RSS Minister of Foreign Affairs and international Cooperation Hon. Deng Alor Kuol will have a meeting on
Saturday Oct.1, 2016 at
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City
Address: 300 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA 22202.
Phone:(703) 416-4100
You are all invite to attend this important gathering. The meeting will start at 10:00Am. The event will be a live broadcast across the globe both on Facebook, YouTube and South Sudan Embassy website for those in across the globe who will follow. South Sudan Television SSBC and Akumdit Studio will cover the event.

 

The new South Sudanese First Vice President Taban Deng Gai will be holding series of meetings with top officials in the United State

 

September 24, 2016 (JUBA)- The new South Sudanese First Vice President Taban Deng Gai will be holding series of meetings with top officials in the United State

Taban Deng Gai

September 24, 2016 (JUBA)- The new South Sudanese First Vice President Taban Deng Gai will be holding series of meetings with top officials in the United States to explain circumstances under which he replaced Machar and his vision in implementing the peace agreement.

Gai will hold a meeting with the U.S. Administration and Congress between September 28 and October 4.

According to a statement from the embassy of South Sudan in the United States, the US Congress has already accepted to hear from the FVP about how to implement the peace in South Sudan. The high ranking members of the Congress will meet him next week.

On the other hand, senators on Foreign Relations Committee have also expressed willingness to meet the FVP to hear from him the circumstances under which the leadership changes of the SPLM-IO took place and whether it was in accordance with the provision of the peace agreement.

The visiting South Sudanese deputy president will meet officials in the White House and US state Department to discuss humanitarian assistance and the deployment of the protection force that is supposed to be deployed to South Sudan.

“It should be noted that the views expressed by some senators during the hearing of September 20 are not shared by the White House and the State Department. The position of the White House and the State Department is very clear, that is, Riek Machar should not return to Juba. This position was expressed by Donald Booth on September 7 hearing in the Congress,” said Gordon Buaya senior diplomat at South Sudan embassy in Washington.

The diplomat stressed that the White House and the state Department want Gen. Taban and President Kiir to continue implementation of the peace. He expressed fears that the return of Riek Machar to Juba can lead to more war and instability.

“The FVP will also make presentations at various Think tanks in Washington DC. He will make presentations at Wilson Center, US Institute for Peace and Atlantic Council. His presentations will be attended by policy makers and academics in Washington, DC,” he added.

Gai led the South Sudan’s delegation for the meetings of the UN General Assembly in New York.

(ST)

Breaking News: Our Immigration Officers are receiving applications for Passports in Amarillo, Texas, from 1st – 4th April 2016.

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Breaking News: Our Immigration Officers are receiving applications for Passports in Amarillo, Texas, from 1st – 4th April 2016.

Technical Attaché’s from the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in Washington D.C., Mr. Muorwel Majok Ater & Mr. Paul Ngong Akot (Employees of the Ministry of Interior, Directorate of Nationality, Passport & Immigration) will be conducting interviews and enrollments for issuance of South Sudan Nationality Certificate & Passport, in Amarillo City – Texas, from 1st – 4th April 2016. While in Texas, they will be operating from an office located at the City Baptist Church, 205 S Polk St, Amarillo, Texas (TX 79101).

South Sudanese residing in the adjacent States of New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana, who are interested in obtaining Nationality documents of the Republic of South Sudan are encouraged to travel to Amarillo during the given dates to apply. Community leaders in other US States & Canada are encouraged to contact the Embassy to agree dates when the immigration officers can visit their respective States to conduct interviews and enrollments.

Once your application is approved, you will receive your new Nationality Certificate & Passport within six weeks. Those who recently applied through the Embassy in Washington D. C. have now received their nationality certificates & South Sudan Passports. Congratulations to the recent recipients, and thank you for choosing to be legally a South Sudanese. For more information, please contact the Consular Office directly on Tel: +1 202 293 7940 (Ext: 31) or E-mail: consularofficedc@gmail.com.

Good luck to new applicants. The Embassy of South Sudan in Washington D.C. avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the South Sudanese in USA & Canada the assurances of its highest consideration.

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Give South Sudan a Break: Support the implementation of compromise peace agreement of August 2015

Give Sout2000px-Seal_of_South_Sudan.svgh Sudan a Break: Support the implementation of compromise peace agreement of August 2015

On 10 December 2015 at 10:00am, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee conducted a hearing at Capitol Hill in Washington D. C. under the titled; “Independent South Sudan: A Failure of Leadership”.

However, on 9 December 2015 the Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in Washington D. C. has communicated its response to the planned hearing by issuing a Press Statement appealing to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and concerned members of the international community to focus on supporting the implementation of the fragile peace agreement in South Sudan, instead of ‘discussing leadership of South Sudan and dueling on apportioning blame’. The Embassy pointed out that the title of the hearing was misleading to the public, not to mention disrespecting a Head of State of a Sovereign and Friendly Nation. The Embassy stressed that if there was anything to be said about the characteristics of leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, based on testimonies of people who have known him for decades, than it is that he is; a visionary leader, patriotic and courageous, honest and peace loving, forgiving, wise and advise seeking, patient, and dislike injustice. Plus, he was democratically elected by the people of South Sudan, and should only be judged or removed by the people of South Sudan. It was not only unfair and unjust to call him a failed leader but disingenuous.

The Embassy explained that South Sudan needs a break, and deserves a break, because it has just emerged only a few years ago from the longest and bloodiest civil war in Africa that has lasted for almost five decades (50 years), and the government has inherited a country that was totally neglected by previous governments in Khartoum. Plus; the comprehensive peace agreement signed with Khartoum in 2005 only resolved a few critical issues but was not fully implemented. The Embassy warned that the IGAD-Plus compromise peace agreement of August 2015 might end-up being only half implemented like the peace agreement with Khartoum if not supported by the international community. This is because the August 2015 peace agreement is worse than the one signed 2005, for reasons we will mention herein, and continue to face serious challenges related to catering for humanitarian needs, and lack of funds to implement the agreement, not lack of political will to implement the agreement by the government.

The Embassy explained that South Sudan is not yet a failed state, because some progress has been made since 2006 and following independence in 2011, although some observers might argue that the government could have done better in a number of areas. South Sudan’s other major resources such as minerals, are still untapped. As of 2015, only four exploration licenses were issued. South Sudan also has sizeable fertile land that could be utilized to feed its own people.

The government of South Sudan has acknowledged that the vast majority of its citizens do not have access to health care, higher education, or decent housing, and serious attempts are being made to improve the living conditions of the people of South Sudan. The government also recognized that the economy remains stagnant due to the current armed conflict, and the fact that the country is too dependent on oil revenue. Reduced oil production has impacted badly on economy, and significant fall of oil prices is biting. Nevertheless, South Sudan is well positioned to become prosperous with improved economic policies, inward-investment, and technical support from the international community.

The government acknowledged that corruption was a major concern impeding socio-economic development, and that was why the government took a number of measures that included the creation of anti-corruption commission with powers to investigate and recommend prosecution of offenders. Again, by 2011 President Salva Kiir asked six countries, including the United States to assist in the recovery of stolen funds by government officials. The response and cooperation from these governments was positive, but the lack of institutional capacity in South Sudan, plus stiff resistance by some former government officials made the task difficult. The relive of some State Governors, some National Ministers, culminating in the restructuring of the South Sudan national government / cabinet in 2013 by President Salva Kiir, in an attempt to weed out corrupt politicians and officials, but unfortunately, contributed in creating political disquiet and the armed rebellion against the government.

The Embassy briefed on the status of implementation of the compromise peace agreement, reiterating the government’s commitment to restoration of peace with justice, but equally admitted that there was delays in some areas as the main advance team of the rebels is yet to arrive in Juba. The rebels proposed an advance team of 609 people to travel to Juba, when in fact only 30 will suffice for speeding-up the task at hand. The Embassy pointed out that the ceasefire was largely holding, although there are occasional violations in Unity & Upper Nile states due to rebel actions. Plus; rebel agitation and recruitment of civilians, followed by attacks on government positions in some areas of greater Equatoria region and Western Bahr ElGhazal State. The Embassy confirmed that the government has redeployed its army twenty-five kilometers outside Juba, and the Ugandan army has completed its withdrawal of forces as called for in the agreement.

Again on the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, going back to 1960s to 2015, books can be written and will be written about him. However, for the sake of fairness and clarity, President Salva Kiir Mayardit has been a uniting factor in South Sudan politics going back to 1983. For the majority of the people of South Sudan, he is a genuine freedom fighter and a national hero. He effectively participated in two liberation armed struggles of the people of South Sudan (Anya Nya 1 – 1960’s & SPLM/SPLA – 1980’s), and has never betrayed the struggle of the people or work against their cardinal interests. He is a true peace maker that has devoted considerable time and efforts to uniting and reconciling his people across the country, i.e. he brought-in armed rebels and militia groups such as Lt. Gen. Paulino Matip Nhial, leaders of other political parties, pressure groups, etc. He was a co-founder of the SPLM/SPLA, and the only hero among the founding members of SPLM/SPLA alive today – He is the Father of the Nation. He was also the No. 1 advocate for South Sudan independence and the one who actually negotiated and signed the Protocol on South Sudan Referendum with Khartoum during the peace talks in Kenya, and went on to personally prepare and guide his people to the promise land during the South Sudan Referendum 2011. He is not a power hungry person, otherwise, he would not have delegated his Constitutional Executive Powers to his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny to misrule South Sudan as he wish for 8 years, while he devoted much of his time to managing national issues in Khartoum as First Vice President of the Sudan.

But, most importantly, President Salva Kiir Mayardit was duly elected by the people of South Sudan in a popular elections in 2010 to rule the country for five years. Therefore, there were no justifiable reasons to challenge his leadership through unconstitutional means in 2013, two years before his term in office ends in 2015. Nevertheless, to demonstrate his commitment to peace with justice and accountability, he took several actions to restore peace to the country following the events of December 2013, including, calling on all Dinkas (numbering over 4 million) to stay away from the conflict, assuring them that the conflict was not between Nuer & Dinka, and appealing to all Dinkas across the country not harm any Nuer. He went on to form his peace negotiating team within two weeks after the start of the conflict. He did so many things to restore peace to South Sudan since 2013 (Embassy provided list of actions taken by government since January 2014 to support peace initiatives). Plus; President Salva Kiir signed the compromise peace agreement that was by all accounts imperfect, foreign imposed, and actually undermining sovereignty of South Sudan. This demonstrate, if anything, that President Salva Kiir cares deeply about peace, and about the plight of the vulnerable people of South Sudan.

The Embassy acknowledged the positive role played by friends like USA in the recent past, in socio-economic development of South Sudan, including infrastructure development – i.e. USA partly funded a road construction linking South Sudan and Uganda. The Embassy appealed to USA and other friendly nations to redouble efforts to support the people of South Sudan through exerting more positive pressure and soft power to ensure that the peace agreement is implemented through formation of the government of national unity, leading to the conduct of general elections in 2018.

The Embassy takes this opportunity to once again, advise against implementation of foreign ideas of imposition of new leaders in South Sudan against the will of its people. South Sudanese will never accept a leader imposed by outsiders to rule them, regardless of carrots or justifications.

Again, the Embassy advise against prioritizing regime change over supporting the recently signed peace agreement, and there is no need to hurriedly focus on apportioning blame, threatening imposition of sanctions and embargos, working for exclusion of leaders and prematurely prescribing jailing them as a magic-wand for solving South Sudan problems, etc. Increased undermining of South Sudan Sovereignty will not go un-noticed by millions of nationalist inside and outside South Sudan. All these negative actions, if acted upon, will undoubtedly lead to the collapse of the signed fragile peace agreement of August 2015, paving the way for a bloody civil war that will affect the whole East Africa region, resulting in loss of innocent lives and increased suffering for millions of South Sudanese, not to mention opening the flood-gate wide to other negative forces in the region to enter and operate at will, in a ripe and confused environment, i.e. the LRAs, the Al-shabab, the Al-Gaida, and God knows who else. Please give South Sudan a break – support implementation of signed peace agreement, not adventurous and untested schemes like plans, B, C, or D.

Historic Summit of IGAD Heads of States & Government in Juba: On Thursday, 19th November 2015.