Kiir Opens 2012 Governors Forum

The second South Sudan Governor’s forum has been launched by the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and brings together governors, members of the Legislature, key ministers and development partners.

Kiir Opens Governors Forum
This year’s theme is ‘Agriculture for Sustainable Food Security and Economic Growth” and will cover topics including economic development. [Waakhe Simon Wudu]

By Waakhe Simon Wudu

JUBA, 26 November 2012 [Gurtong] - Only Four governors are present at the scene as the rest have been represented by their deputies and ministers.

Dr. Riek Machar, the Vice President was critical on the inactiveness participation of the governor’s saying their presence is paramount in the course of discussions of the matters during the forum.

Organized by the Office of the President, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Forum provides a platform for discussion and action on policies related to political, fiscal and administrative governance issues.

In addition, it offers a space for broader discussion on important issues such as, corruption, post-independence issues and state-level concerns.  It has become a platform for making key decisions and launching major initiatives such as Roundtable on Decentralization which was conceived at the Governors’ Forum in 2011.

Hon. Emmanuel Lowila, the Presidential Minister explained that, the forum is targeted at discussing three key objectives.

He identified them as to; understand the current security and economic situation and discuss the government’s priorities towards the realization of the government’s vision 2040.

To understand the challenges faced by the State governments in the implementation of decentralization and review the progress in implementing the resolutions of the first governor’s forum held last year.

And to explore the concept of agriculture as a means for sustainable food security and economic growth and identify strategies and actions to achieve it – food security.

The forum is being organized co-currently with the South Sudan agricultural trade expo that has brought all representatives of the ten states to participate in the function.

Agricultural Minister Betty Achan said the co-current organization is aimed at ensuring full participation of the States’ governors in the expo so as to boost the implementation of agricultural policies in the States.

Mr. Kiir called the participants at the forum to establish good strategies aimed at making South Sudan food security by 2014.

This year’s theme is ‘Agriculture for Sustainable Food Security and Economic Growth” and will cover topics including economic development, mechanisms to support agricultural development and production, the South Sudan Development plan as well as individual state issues.

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