SUNY/CID Organizes 6th Annual Speakers' Forum in Juba, South Sudan
From July 15-17, 2013, SUNY/CID in collaboration with its prime contractor Deloitte LLC, organized the 6th Speakers’ Forum in Juba. Over a three-day period, the Forum brought together approximately 120 participants including Governors; Speakers from the National Legislature (the Council of States (CoS), the National Assembly (NLA)), and State Legislative Assemblies; State Ministers of Parliamentary Affairs; Party Chief Whips; Chairs of the Legal and Legislative Affairs committee at the legislatures; and the State Secretaries General.
The Speakers’ Forum served as a platform for the national and state level governments to identify shared challenges facing the country with a view to find collective solutions. It was opened by the President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit. Vice President Riek Machar was also present and chaired several sessions of the Forum, presided over the finalization and adoption of the Forum’s resolutions, and officially closed the Forum.
The Forum addressed legal, administrative and constitutional issues that affect the ability of the national and state level governments to effectively deliver services.
The Speakers as well as Members of both the National Legislature and state assemblies committed to establish more effective inter-governmental cooperation while remaining conscious of the need for separation of powers. The Speakers will consider adopting a mechanism that will allow them to meet at least twice a year to review progress and take remedial steps to ensure compliance, promote inter-legislative coordination, and review the passage of laws and the implementation of their resolutions.
Members of the Executive branch committed to establishing a mechanism that will enable it to receive reports from the states and respond to the issues raised; to enhance intergovernmental coordination and to ensure adequate allocation of the budget to the respective levels of government. They also agreed to take necessary action on the implementation of the resolutions of the Cabinet, National Legislature, Council of States and the National Assembly.
All parties agreed to maintain their input into the ongoing discussion on the Permanent Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan.
Several regional speakers also addressed the Forum to share experiences and lessons learned from other countries that could inform South Sudan’s unique development context. The former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, delivered the keynote address in the presence of President Mayardit. Two speakers from Kenya, the former Minister of Public Service, Dalmas Otieno, and the former Speaker of the National Assembly, Francis Ole Kaparo, also shared their country’s governance experiences in building more effective relations between the executive and the legislature.
Posted July 23, 2013