New Deal Compact To Improve On Service Delivery By Agencies

The Unity State government has held a stakeholders’ consultative forum to help build capacity and define how partners deliver aid and services to the citizens.

New Deal Compact To Improve On Service Delivery By Agencies
Paloch Oil Field communities in Upper Nile State use chemical containers to draw water and have been complaining that they are not benefiting from resources in the oil industries. [Gurtong | File]

By Luk Riek Nyak

BENTIU, 18 September 2013 (Gurtong) – Speaking during the consultative meeting in Unity State, Moses Mabior, and the Director of Aid Coordinator in the National Ministry of Finance, Commerce, Investment and Economic Planning said the government of the Republic of South Sudan and the International Community pledged to enter into a long-term agreement to celebrate peace and state building.

“This agreement, in the form of a New Deal Compact for South Sudan will include mutually agreed policy benchmarks for the government marched with commitments from partners to build capacity and improve the way they deliver aid,” said Mabior.

Mabior added that “the success of the compact will depend on the degree to which it is a true reflection of the needs of South Sudan….we are undertaking a series of Stakeholders consultation meeting with government, development partners and the civil societies in each of the ten States of South Sudan to identify what priorities people feel should be reflected in the policy commitment.”

The Acting and Deputy Governor of the Government of Unity State Col. Mabek Lang Mading stressed that “the government of the Republic of South Sudan should do more to make sure that services delivery is among the top priorities and that the local communities are put in picture and consulted when need arises.”

He added that the Government of Unity State is committed to implement and developmental project that aimed to improve the current situation in the Country in term of services delivery and how the local community gets their right share of resources.

The State Minister of Gender and Social Development Honorable Mary Paul Ngundeng said that the government should also concentrate on other source of revenues such as livestock and agriculture among other resources.

The communities at large have been complaining that they are not benefiting from their resources in the oil industries, there is no cleaning drinking, schools, hospital, roads and there is not employment to the immediate community affected by oil exploration.

The conference has discussed and identified few priorities and challenges in the natural resources management in the Republic of South Sudan.

The priority actions included; to improve the management of the oil and mining sector and their respective institutional framework, pass the Petroleum Management Bill and subsequently set up the future generations fund, the government should sign up to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and to increase investment in resource extraction, transport and processing and refining capacity.

The challenges identified in the management of natural resources included; the regulatory framework for natural resources remains incomplete, the petroleum revenue management Bill has been designed but remain to be enact, the Country (South Sudan) is not yet a member of EITI and the local employment in the natural resource exploitation and management remain limited.

The government and the civil societies organizations has been conducting several conferences with the help from the international communities, Public What You Pay (PWYP) and Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), pushing the government to be a member of two entities so that transparency and accountability are put into action.

Since 2008, the Norwegian People Aids have been supporting three oil taskforces of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglea States that are currently involve in advocating for the right of local community, services delivery, and environmental impact to the community, employment and will also be carrying out an awareness and dissemination of petroleum management Bill and Revenue management Bill so that that local community know their right and share of their resources and to mobilize the oil industries employees to form a strong union that will negotiate their grievances with their employers.

Three oil taskforces representatives from Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei with support from NPA are invited by PWYP to travel to Norway for the second time to access what role played by PWYP in Norway.

Due to the legacy of conflict and neglect, socio-economic development in South Sudan starts from very low base, despite a nominally high income derived from oil, in the absence of the basic infrastructure and limited services delivery capacity where many people remain cutoff from access to social services.

The areas discussed in the conference are legitimate politics, security, Justices, Economic foundations and revenues services.

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