CES launches state development plan

CES launches state development plan
CES officials in a group photo after the launch of devolution plan (photo credit: Alex Bullen/City Review)

The Central Equatoria State (CES) government has launched development plans in a bid to accelerate the devolution exercise.

The development plan is expected to run from 2021-2024 and is aimed at articulating the State Strategic planning.

Speaking during the official launch yesterday in Juba, CES Governor Emmanuel Adil Anthony said the exercise would bring healthy efforts towards the formulation of the State Development Plans.

“Coming up with such plans is something that will [bring] robust efforts towards the formulation of the State Development Plan. I applaud the national and state ministry of finance and its technocrats for coming up with such plans,” Adil stated.

However, he encouraged the leaders of various financial institutions to work hard in realizing the objectives of the plans.

Mr. Adil reiterated his government’s commitment to supporting the implementation of the new plan.

“I am assuring you of my government’s commitment towards the implementation of the plan,” he stressed.

He added that his leadership was exerting more robust measures in the four-pillar agenda that the state is undertaking among them security, economic revival, service delivery, and building good neighborhoods.

The national minister of finance and planning Athian Ding Athian said the plan aims at providing a strong development framework that would operationalize the implementation of the National Development Strategy (NDS).

“These plans will provide a strong development framework that will operationalize the implementation of the (NDS) as well as enhancing and accelerating the devolution of development to the South Sudanese,” he stressed.

Tom Sebit Wani, state minister of finance, planning, and investment, acknowledged the level of coordination among the national ministry, its donors, and the consulting firm.

He called for continued cooperation for the timely realization of the dividends of this plan by the civil population.

“For us to succeed there is need to continue with the cooperation for the timely realization of the dividends of this plan to the civil population.”

The official launch brought onboard state advisors, ministers, and technocrats from both national and state governments as well as the stakeholders from both humanitarian and development sectors.

The launch was funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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