South Sudan Changes Fiscal Year Cycle

The Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin has announced that South Sudan has changed its annual budget cycle which will now run from July to June as opposed to the January-December cycle hitherto applied by the Government of Southern Sudan.

South Sudan Changes Fiscal Year Cycle
Dr. Barnaba Marial (right) accompanied by Hon Atem Yak Atem (left) addressing the media [©M. Safi]

JUBA, 14 September 2011 – The Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin has announced that South Sudan has changed its annual budget cycle which will now run from July to June as opposed to the January-December cycle hitherto applied by the Government of Southern Sudan.

Dr Marial also reported that the budget for the current financial year is likely to be deliberated by the Council of Ministers this Friday. He said the government has been releasing funds only for urgent purposes and salaries for the civil servants. He expressed confidence that the new budget will be aligned to South Sudan’s new status as an independent sovereign State with new responsibilities and institutions.

The minister also introduced the new deputy minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Atem Yak Atem whom he described as a member of the Fourth Estate whose contributions will be valuable for both the government and the media fraternity.

He said Hon Atem is a veteran journalist who contributed greatly to the liberation struggle through the SPLA Radio and the weekly SPLM/A Update which he used to edit.

Hon Atem allayed fears that he may find it difficult to fit in his new position and asserted that media professionals are dynamic and are able to shift roles in the service of the people. He also emphasized that the media is a partner of the government in the interest of national development and public good.

Hon Atem also called on the media to carry messages of peace, hope and reconciliation which would unite the people and harness their support for new challenges of nationhood.

Dr Marial announced the resumption of the weekly media forums to be held every Tuesday at the ministry’s headquarters. He also announced that the next forum will be addressed by the new minister for Interior Hon Alison Manani Magaya.

In attendance was Hon Bona Makuach Mawien the minister for Information in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, who appealed for long-term solutions to flooding menace in Aweil. He explained that flooding is normally caused by poor drainage systems. He said that the state government is addressing the situation with the support of the national government and development partners.

The forum was also attended by the Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Mr Mustafa Biong Majak, the Director General for South Sudan Radio and TV Mr Arop Bagat, senior officers of the ministry and journalists from various local and international media houses.

Source: goss.org

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