Agenda for the Equatoria Regional Conference

Venue: Freedom Hall, Juba, Republic of South Sudan

Date: August 26th, 2019

Time: Start from 9:30 am


Mandate of the Steering Committee

The Steering Committee has the mandate of developing the agenda for the national dialogue conferences and facilitating the process.

Mandate of the Regional Conference

To identify major issues, discuss such issues and pass resolutions that shall be forwarded to the National Conference as necessary.

Introduction to the Agenda

In line with the Concept Note, which contains the Terms of Reference for the Steering Committee, regional conferences are the second stage in the process of the National Dialogue after grassroots consultations. Following successful conduct of grassroots consultations across the country and in a number of South Sudan’s neighboring states of Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda, the National Dialogue Steering Committee is now poised to hold three regional conferences. The Bahr el Ghazal Regional Conference was the first of these, followed by Upper Nile and now Equatoria conference.

What follows is the agenda for the regional conferences. The Agenda is expected to last 5 days. This proposed agenda focuses on those issues around which consensus need to be built. Those issues that might not be on the agenda are the ones deemed technical or institutional, and therefore, would be approached technically and institutionally.

First Day


Working Session

  1. Opening remarks by the Co-Chair of the National Dialogue
  2. Overview of the National Dialogue process and introduction of the agenda by the Rapporteur
  • Assessment of what went wrong in the country by the Rapporteur
  1. Rules and Procedures


Working session

  1. Opening remarks by the Co-chair
  2. Overview of the progress of the National Dialogue process and introduction of the agenda by the Rapporteur
  • Assessment of what went wrong in the country and the emerging issues (Documents 1, 2, 3), state the fact that these issues are grouped into four clusters and shall form the basis of discussion and resolutions.





1.    Governance Cluster


  1. System and form of government (doc 4 and 5)


  1. State Structure
    1. Federal system—what type of federal arrangement? (power of the center versus the states)
    2. How many states and determined on what basis? Should we keep current 32 states, 21 States or more, 79 counties, use former 3 regions, or go back to 10 states?


  1. System of Government
    1. Presidential system (powers, term limit, and when does it start)
    2. Parliamentary system (consider issues of proportional representation of parties)
    3. Hybrid (Define)
    4. Transfer of power – elections
    5. Separation Powers between three branches of government


These issues to be discussed in small groups and presented to the plenary for resolution


30 minutes Tea/coffee break


  1. Building National Unity


  1. State—society relations (social contract, power of state vis-à-vis citizens—civil-military relations, sovereignty)
  2. Citizenship, belonging and political participation (do you belong to where you were born or where you live?)
  • Ethnic diversity management (dealing with fears of domination, marginalization and a feeling of exclusion)
  1. Power Sharing (center—state—local, regional, gender, ethnic, and other minorities)
  2. Position of traditional leadership and customary system




  1. Provision of Services Responsibilities
  2. What services should be provided by the central government?
  3. What services should be provided by the states?
  • What services should be provided by the local government?


30 minutes Tea/coffee break


These issues to be discussed in small groups and presented to the plenary for resolution

30 minutes Tea/coffee break


  1. Communal Relations and Peaceful Coexistence


  1. Intra—Inter-communal violence (fighting, revenge killing)
  2. Pastoralists and farmers conflict
  • Cattle Raiding
  1. Child Abduction

30 minutes Tea/coffee break


  1. Land tenure and administration
  2. Land ownership (who owns land? Community, Government, Individuals, Corporate)
  3. Land management and administration (who administers and manages which land?)


30 minutes Tea/coffee break

Second Day

2.    Economic Cluster


  1. Sharing and allocation of resources
  2. How should national financial and other resources be shared?
  3. How should resources be shared at the state and local level
  • What factors should be considered when sharing and allocating resources?


  • minutes Tea/coffee break


  1. Economic Conditions
  2. What should be done by skyrocketing prices?
  3. What should be done with multiple taxes at several check points in the country?
  • What should be done with the involvement of the constitution post holders into businesses?
  1. What should be done with the exchange rate in the country?


  • Minutes Tea/coffee break



  1. Diversification of Economy
  2. What is the best way to achieve rapid, equitable, and inclusive economic development?
  3. What is the best way to achieve rapid and inclusive infrastructure development such as roads, river transport, and power generation and communication technology?
  • What is the best way to diversify the economy?


  • minutes Tea/coffee break


  1. Corruption
  2. There is high perception of corruption in government, how can this be addressed?
  3. People raised concerns about nepotism and tribalism in hiring, how do we stop this?
  • What should be done to punish those involved in corruption?
  1. How to ensure accountability and management of resources?
  2. How to ensure procurement system?
  3. How do we audit government books?
  • Can we have functioning anti-corruptions institutions?
  • How can stop nepotism and tribalism in allocation of contracts?


  • Minutes Tea/coffee break


  1. Foreign Trade
  2. How do we ensure that the economy is not entirely taken over by foreigners?
  3. How could South Sudanese be encouraged to get into business?
  • What incentives should be created for local and national business communities?
  1. What should be done to ensure national interest?


30 minutes Tea/coffee break




  1. Market Stability
  2. How we stabilize prices in the market and make them affordable
  3. How should South Sudanese Pounds be strengthened and stabilize


30 minutes Tea/coffee break

Third Day

3.    Security Cluster


  1. Cessation of all forms of hostilities
  2. How do we stop militia and ethnic based violence that is continuing?
  3. How could those forces opposed to the Agreement be persuaded to ceasefire?
  • How could parties to the Agreement ensure they remain committed to the permanent ceasefire?


30 minutes Tea/coffee break


  1. Creation of a unified national army
  2. How do we achieve the creation of a professional, strong, disciplined and popular national army that reflects true character of South Sudan?
  3. What should be done to improve the welfare of soldiers?
  • How do we completely separate the military from politics?
  1. How should the issues of pension be addressed in the army?


30 minutes Tea/coffee break


  1. Proliferation of arms and disarmament of civilian population
  2. How do we stop flow of arms into South Sudan from neighboring countries?
  3. How do we stop flow of arms from the military to civilians?
  • How do we achieve effective and viable general civil disarmament in South Sudan?


  1. Persistent Insecurity in urban areas, rural areas and on public highways?
  2. How could rampant insecurity around the country be arrested?
  3. What is the best way to control insecurity in cities?
  • How do we end insecurity in the rural areas?


30 minutes Tea/coffee break


  1. Putting an End to Rebellion
  2. What is the best way to end rebellions in South Sudan?
  3. How can we end incentives to rebellion?


30 minutes Tea/coffee break



Fourth Day

4.    Social Cohesion Cluster


  1. Ethnicization of politics and war
  2. How do we ensure that politicians do not incite ethnic communities in their political conduct?
  3. How do we keep ethnic communities out of political violence?
  • How can communities be encouraged to reject politicians and individuals who exploit them for their own gains?
  1. Mass mobilization of youth in the Republic of South Sudan for violence, how can community elders stop this?


  1. How can we encourage all communities to have sense of belonging in the country?


  1. How can we combat hatred among communities?


  1. What can we safeguard our culture and heritage and historical sites?


  • How can we encourage social harmony between our communities-tribes? Neglect of orphans, widows, and street children (i.e. children without parental care)


  1. How can we fight nepotism, ethnocentrism?


  1. Building strong foundation of South Sudan’s nation
  2. When shall every South Sudanese have sense of remorse and urgently embark on the process of Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Healing and Peace?


  1. Can the country reintroduce boarding schools in order to cultivate nationalism?


  • Nationalism and Patriotism, can they be introduced in South Sudan and incorporated into school curriculum to fight tribalism, corruption, and nepotism?


  1. Repatriation, Resettlement, Reintegration, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation



  1. What should the government do with regard to the five Rs above?




Fifth Day

5.    Passing ND Documents and Recommendations


  1. Passing of Equatoria Regional Conference Recommendations
  2. Presentation of draft resolutions
  3. Debating the resolutions
  • Passing the Resolutions
  1. Endorsement of the Steering Committee documents 1-5


  • Minutes Tea/coffee break


  1. Selection of Delegates
  2. Criteria for selection of delegates
  3. Selection of delegates
  • Finalizing the list of delegates


  • Minutes Tea/coffee break


  1. Closing Ceremony
  2. Statement
  3. Statement
  • Statement
  1. Entertainment



  1. Itto Jackson D.O

    Though I did not get chance to participate/attend the Greater Equatorial meeting on National Dialogue, I hope all went well as I followed it from local FM station and thank you all for that grey discussion and resolutions reached.

    I think reparation and restitution be added to point 4-social cohesion cluster.

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