South Sudan to follow up IMF, World Bank pledges

South Sudan to follow up IMF, World Bank pledges
Rebecca Nyandeng, Vice President for Gender and Youth Cluster (photo credit: Ikilass Henry/The City Review)

The Vice President for Gender and youth cluster Rebecca Nyandeng has revealed that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have pledged to support the government of South Sudan to address the flood menace ravaging parts of the country.

Nyandeng revealed this as part of a recap from her recent trip to the United States after participating in the 76th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

She broke the good news to the government officials on Friday in the regular meeting of the Council Ministers in which they discuss national issues.

She briefed the cabinet about the sideline meetings she had with heads of delegations from Africa and the western countries, including heads of financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International monetary fund while in the US.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Information Minister Michael Makuei said the government commended the report of the vice president and would follow up on the pledges made by the two financial institutions.

“While she was there she conducted a series of meetings on the sidelines…she held some meetings with the heads of delegations as well as the AU and financial institution like the World Bank and IMF. The World Bank made pledges to the government of South Sudan,” Makuei confirmed to media on Friday.

“Of course these pledges need to be followed up, we don’t need to talk about it now but they have made pledges in support of women and youths and floods. So the report was appreciated and commended and passed,” he further explained.

Nayandeng also met with the US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Amb. Jeffery Feldman and discussed the progress of the implementation of the revitalised peace agreement. The two leaders also talked about the participation of youth and women in national development.