Professor Jenik Radon from Colombia University, USA making a presentation at a workshop in Juba. [Gurtong | Misuk Moses Mule]
By Misuk Moses Mule
JUBA, 04 September 2012 [Gurtong] – The workshop under the theme ‘Harnessing Natural And Public Resources For A Peaceful And Prosperous South Sudan: What Can We Learn From Others?’ is aimed at sharing experiences and getting recommendations on how best South Sudan can utilize its natural resources.
Akinyi Walender, the representative from Cordaid and Justice Africa, the sponsor organisations said that the workshop is the beginning of consultations and the first opportunity to share experiences and come up with recommendations for South Sudan to be able to use its resources valuably.
Most of the speakers believe that resources are a blessing but have turned out to be a curse in most cases.
Participants argued that most of the violence occurring in different countries in Africa and the world are resource related and South Sudan could avoid going to that path.
They believe South Sudan fought and achieved independence but what is left is the fight against poverty by proper usage of the natural and public resources.
The keynote speaker, Professor Jenik Radon from Colombia University USA said that resource governance is critical for South Sudan.
He advised South Sudan to be careful while adopting policies since some of them may not apply to the country.
“Never just adopt anything because your situation is not identical,” he advised.
The Professor noted that managing expectations of the citizens is a challenge but he said availing of information to the people can help bring trust.
Nevertheless, he said development of natural resource is a long term plan that needs patience.