All systems go as governors’ forum kicks off in Juba

All systems go as governors’ forum kicks off in Juba
A map of South Sudan states. [Photo: Courtesy]

The fifth governors’ forum is expected to kick off in Juba today.

All the governors from the 10 states and the chief administrators of the three administrative areas are in the city to attend the forum.

The forum is set to start today, November 22, and will end on November 26, 2021, at Freedom Hall.

Michael Majok Agar, who is in charge of the preparations for the fifth Governors’ Forum and also serves as the Director-General of the Decentralisation and Intergovernmental Relations in the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, said the governors were already in the city for the forum.

“We are now in preparation for the forum tomorrow, as you can hear the noise in the background. All the governors are all here for the forum, which will start tomorrow, ” he said.

However, he did not disclose the major topics to be discussed, but the progress on the implementation of the peace agreement as well as the prevailing peace in the country could dominate the agenda list.

But according to a statement on the arrival of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State Governor Tong Akeen Ngor, the forum will discuss “how the 10 states and three administrative areas are contributing to the implementation of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).”

It will also discuss development activities in the states and administrative areas, and the challenges they face, among other undisclosed topics of discussion.

“The forum will discuss how the 10 states and three administrative areas are contributing to the implementation of Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan,” read the statement seen by the City Review.

Preceding forum

The fourth governors’ forum was last held in October 2014, which was opened by President Salva Kiir.

The theme of the forum was “National Reconciliation to Restore Peace, Unity and Reconstruction.” as the country was at war on all fronts.

The forum discussed challenges facing citizens in the states and promoting peace.

In his opening speech, President Kiir said, “it is our collective responsibility to ensure that the country is stable and that the lives of all its citizens are secured. This entails self-sacrifice and joint efforts between the national government in Juba and the state authorities. “

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