Vice President, Dr. James Wani Igga reading the President’s speech yesterday (photo by Woja Emmanuel):
By Woja Emmanuel Wani
The government yesterday launched a three-year National Development Strategy, aimed at consolidating peace in the country.
The National Development Strategy was prepared by the Minister of Finance and Planning, Salvatore Garang Mabiordit.
In a speech delivered by the Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga, South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit acknowledged that the National Development Strategy (NDS) will merge economic and political stability in the country.
President Kiir said that the NDS will steer the country’s investment in national precedence reliable with the peace agreement.
Chapter 188.8.131.52. of the Revitalized Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) provided that, within nine months of the signing of the Agreement, the Strategic Economic Development Roadmap (National Development Plan) should be reviewed and implemented to accelerate progress in achieving a sustainable and resilient national economy in collaboration and coordination with inter-ministerial departments and, where appropriate, with development partners.
“The National Development Strategy will be an instrument through which we will implement the provisions of the Revitalized Peace Agreement, probably it will guide our investment in national priorities consistent with the peace agreement,” Kiir said.
President Kiir said it is now the commitment of the people to use the NDS to guide the National Budget process and make it transparent and accountable for the benefit of the nation.
Kiir however instructed the government institutions responsible for various provisions of the R-ARCSS to ensure alignment with the NDS.
Meanwhile the National Minister of Finance and Planning Salvatore Garang said that the Ministry did not have a national strategic document since 2013.
He added that the NDS will guide all the stakeholders and development partners in the country.
“The National Development Strategy is a very important instrument to operationalize and implement the peace agreement. That is to make sure that you cannot just sign peace and stop there, you have to introduce development strategy,” Garang said.
The launching event was attended by several dignitaries including Diplomats, members of the business community, the private sector, Members of Parliament, members of the civil society and other development partners.