National Dialogue Conference on-going in Juba, from 3rd-15th NovemberPress Release
The National Dialogue Conference was officially opened on the 3rd of November by H.E Vice President Hussein Abdelbagi, on behalf of the President, H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit who was away on official duty in Khartoum. The opening ceremony was graced by a wide array of dignitaries, eminent persons, members of the diplomatic corps and the international community; among them H.E, Vice President Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior, David Shearer – UN-DSRSG for South Sudan, Kalonzo Musyoka – Kenya’s Special Envoy to South Sudan, Ismail Wais – IGAD Special Envoy,Parfait Onanga-Anyanga – Special Envoy of United Nations Secretary-General for the Horn of Africa, Aya Chebi – AU Special Envoy on Youth, Hon. Jemma Nunu Kumba – SPLM Secretary General, Amb. Mohamed Qadah – Egyptian Ambassador to South Sudan, Prof. Jerome Biswaro – African Union Representative among others.
A few guests of honor were unable to physically attend the ceremony but did so virtually. Among these were Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen – UNDP South Sudan Resident Representative, Naledi Pandor – H.E President Cyril Ramaphorsa’s Representative and Amb. Naohiro Tsutsumi – Japanese ambassador to South Sudan.
The Dialogue has brought together more than 500 participants including 294 delegates from 80 counties from across the three greater regions of the country. Besides the delegates, additional participation in the conference will come from members of the National Dialogue Steering committee, Political Parties, Civil Society Organizations, women/youth networks, Faith-based organizations, South Sudanese business community representative, SSPDF, SSNP and some media organs.
The National Conference will run for 12 days and the main issues that will be deliberated upon are:
- Transformation of Governance in South Sudan
- Security Sector Reforms in South Sudan
- Building Strong foundations for the Economy of South Sudan
- Recommendations for Social Cohesion in South Sudan
The event will be closed on the 15th of November.