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Machar, finance minister discuss economic reforms

South Sudan finance minister Salvatore Garang (left) meeting the country's First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny on implementation of security reform (Photo credit: SSBC)
South Sudan finance minister Salvatore Garang (left) meeting the country’s First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny on implementation of security reform (Photo credit: SSBC)

August 20, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar Teny and the country’s finance minister Salvatore Garang Mabiordit have met this afternoon and discussed the implementation of the financial reforms provided for in the revitalized peace agreement.

Machar’s office said in a statement that the discussion between the two men focused on how to fast-track implementation of the economic reforms which were solid demands of the SPLM-IO during the peace talks in Khartoum two years ago.

“The First Vice President, His Excellency, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, and the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Honourable Salvatore Garang Mabiordit, today discussed the need to speed up implementation of reforms to do with financial management, etc., in the country,” the statement from Machar’s office partly read.

“This came in accordance with the recommendations from the Governance Cluster meeting conducted yesterday, Wednesday, 19 August 2020, chaired by the First Vice President. The Governance Cluster meeting reviewed the matrix containing timelines for the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS),” the statement added.

“Many issues or items in the timeline elapsed without being implemented, partially due to Covid-19 pandemic which has had affected or stalled supposed meetings of the Council of Ministers. Therefore the Governance Cluster reviewed the matrix and recommended extension of periods of the provisions which had not been implemented.

“Some of the clauses which were supposed to be implemented within three months from the beginning of the transitional period, but have not been implemented, have been extended for a period of another three months within which to implement them.

“Those that elapsed for the last six months have been extended for another six months, while those that needed twelve months to implement have been extended for another six months.

“The Governance Cluster also recommended that the Council of Ministers meetings should resume—-after five months of suspension—-so that provisions of the peace agreement that need resolutions from the Council of Ministers for implementation should be addressed.

“It is to be noted that implementation of many important provisions in the peace agreement which deal with the reform agenda, such as on security and economic sectors, as well as on accountability and humanitarian activities, have been delayed.”

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