Private sector told to spearhead South Sudan’s integration into the EAC

Sunday June 16 2019

By Zephania Ubwani @TheCitizenTz news@tz.nationmedia.com

Arusha. The private sector in South Sudan has been requested to spearhead the country's integration into the East African Community (EAC).

"Private sector has to be anchored on predictable policy consistency at the socio-economic policy levels", said the EAC secretary general Liberat Mfumukeko.

He made the remarks last week during a sensitization workshop for private sector and civil society organizations (CSOs) in Juba.

The event was organized by South Sudan's ministry of Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs and the Arusha-based secretariat of the Community.

Amb. Mfumukeko called for the speeding up of the country's integration into the EAC to pave way for the implementation of projects and programmes.

South Sudan, the world's newest nation joined the EAC in August 2016 but is yet to be fully integrated into the bloc.

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Besides having elected its members to the East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) and appointed one judge to the regional Court, the country's nationals are yet to be recruited into EAC and its institutions.

South Sudan's roadmap to the Community, supported the German aid agency, GIZ, would focus building capacities for the private sector and CSOs.

The EAC boss implored on the development partners and other stakeholders to render the necessary support to South Sudan in capacity building and skills development.

An official of the Juba government Ms Robina Gune affirmed that her country would take advantage of the "available opportunities” to integrate into EAC.

She admitted that her country was still behind in many areas of integration but would soon develop the necessary implementation structures.

The Cluster Coordinator of the EAC-GIZ programme Dr. Focken Kirsten said German support to South Sudan's integration was targeting the private sector and the civil society.

"We are targeting to elevate the profile of the private sector and the civil society in order for the two sectors to play a leading role", she said.