Japanese government donates $1million for South Sudan peace implementation

From left to right, IGAD special envoy, Ismail Wais, Head of South Sudan’s NPTC Tutkew Gatluak and Japanese Ambassador to Juba, Seiji Okada, posting for a photo following the signing of the MOC in Juba on Thursday, Feb 7th 2019 (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

February 7th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The Japanese government announced on Thursday that it has given $1 million for South Sudan peace implementation.

A statement issued by the embassy in Thursday, the agreement was signed by the Japanese ambassador to Juba, on behalf of the Japanese government,  Presidential Security Advisor and Head of NPTC Tutkew Gatluak on behalf of South Sudan and Ambassador Ismail Wais on behalf of the IGAD.

“On 7 February 2019, H.E. Seiji Okada, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan, Hon. Tut Gatluak Manime, Chairperson of the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC) and H.E. Amb. Dr. Ismail Wais, IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan signed the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) regarding the resourcing for the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS),” the statement said.

The statement added that the money will come from funds it initially donated to the regional body, the IGAD.

“The Embassy of Japan, NPTC and IGAD agreed that IGAD will transfer the total amount of 1 million USD of the funds provided by the Government of Japan in 2018 to the donor account of NPTC designated by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to implement the activities of R-ARCSS during the pre-transitional period,” the statement added.

South Sudan government has been calling on the international community to fund the implementation of the revitalized peace deal it signed with a number of rebel groups in September last year.