Private Sector and Civil Society in the Republic of South Sudan ready to grab the Opportunities and Benefits of the EAC Integration Agenda

Making Integration Real for Private Sector and Civil Society in South Sudan! The EAC Secretariat with the support of GIZ organized a two day Sensitisation/Training Workshop for private and civil society sectors on the Opportunities and Benefits of Regional Integration held on 4th to 5th June, 2019 in Juba.

IIDEA Senior Adviser Joyce Kevin Abalo Kimaro accompanied the workshop and invited the citizens of South Sudan to use IIDEA as their platform to foster integration and profit from being part of the East African Community. In 2018 IIDEA could happily announce the first project from South Sudan: SSWEA (The South Sudan Women Entrepreneur Assocation) that empowers female producers of Shea Butter to promote and export their products across east African borders.

Their Chairlady Jane represented the SSWEA IIDEA project of value-addition in shea butter production at the Pan-African Youth Summit.

This time the EAC came to Juba and organized a Workshop, which was part of a series of activities that it is supporting the EAC in sensitising, building capacity and elevating the profile of the private sector and the civil society in RSS. These two sectors to play a lead role in securing opportunities of the integration said Dr. Focken Kirsten, Cluster Coordinator, EAC-GIZ programme, represented by Joyce Kimaro.

Dr. Focken further noted that the EAC regional integration benefits transcend trade, economic development, gender development and inclusion of youth, peace building, infrastructure development, and health among citizens of EAC. Integration can only be realized when these stakeholders are meaningfully engaged.

Ms. Robina Gune representing the Ministry of Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs, Republic of South Sudan, underscored the commitment and motivation of the stakeholders in RSS and their readiness to push forward the integration agenda and take advantage of the available opportunities. She added that although RSS is still behind in many areas of integration, the Ministry, PSOs and the CSOs in RSS were committed towards developing the necessary implementation structures and consolidating the required synergies and capacities to implement the EAC Consultative Dialogue Framework.

The EAC Secretary General, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko represented by Ms. Generose Minani, the Principle Gender and Community Development Officer, EAC, thanked the Government of South Sudan for the steps it is taking to restore peace as the cornerstone of growth and stability and the continuing implementation of its commitments in the accession Treaty.

Workshop with PSOs and CSOs in Juba

Finally the RSS stakeholders were able to familiarize themselves with the achievements and challenges of the CSOs and PSOs in the wider region to build informed strategies to maximize their effectiveness in their engagement with the region. These strategies include the Consultative Dialogue Framework (CDF) under which IIDEA is operated, the SG Forum, which gives private sector and civil society a forum to address their issues to the Secretary General and the Development Strategy 2017/22 have been adopted by Council.

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