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Minister intensifies call for reform in petroleum sector

Juba, South Sudan,

July 22, 2021 – South Sudan Minister of Petroleum, Puot Kang Chol has ordered the implementation of the Unified Human Resources Policies Manual and local content regulations.

Puot Kang Chol
Puot Kang Chol, South Sudan Minister of Petroleum (photo credit: Facebook courtesy)

This comes less than a month after Minister Puot Kang presented the issue to the Council of Ministers and deliberated on the matter where they came up with the Resolution to enforce the order.

“In furtherance to our previous communications and lengthy discussions pertaining to the above-cited matters and based on the Council of Ministers Resolutions No. 08/2021, held on Friday 18th June 2021, Ministry of Petroleum has hereby issued these Ministerial Orders Nos. 28 and 29 attached “, read statement.

In a statement seen by Nyamilepedia, Kang directed all Joint Operating Companies (JOCs), including DPOC, GPOC, and SPOC to implement and adhere to these orders in letters and spirits with immediate effect without any hindrance.

“In exercise of powers conferred upon me under Article 114 (1) and 175 (2) (d) of the Transitional Constitution, 2011 (as amended) read together with sections 12 (1), (3) (a) of the Petroleum Act, 2012 and pursuant to the Resolution of the Council of Ministers No. 08/2021 Paragraph 2 (iv), I, Hon. Puot Kang Chol, Minister of Petroleum, hereby issue this Ministerial Order for the;

“Implementation of the provision of the Unified Human Resources Policy Manual, reduction of expenditure on cost of air-tickets, accommodation, visa and group life insurance for expatriates and secondees into twice annually only ;

“The harmonization of salary structure applicable to international and national staffs and unification of the salary structure among the joint Operating Companies (JOCs) shall be reviewed and communicated to the (JOCs) and,

“All the JOCS Human Resources Managers are instructed to adhere to the provisions stipulated in the Unified Human Resource Policy Manual without failure,” read the order.

Kang has been at the forefront of the push for reform within the petroleum sector. In June, the Minister threatened to revoke the operating licenses of oil companies that would not adhere to the national laws. 

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