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national ministries (2013/08 - )

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2014/06/14 The Agriculture ministry aims to eliminate food shortages by 2018 using mechanized farming methods. Snippet: The Agriculture ministry aims to eliminate food shortages by 2018 usin....
2014/07/02 Bilateral arrangements with Sudan, including an agreement on customs and immigration, are strengthened in a visit to Khartoum by the Interior Minister, Aleu Ayieny. Snippet: Bilateral arrangements with Sudan, including an agreement on customs a....
2014/06/16 Only two out of Juba‘s eight public electricity generators are working. Funds have just been released by the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs to buy repairs and maintenance from the sole supplier, but it will take at least 6-8 weeks. Snippet: Only two out of Juba‘s eight public electricity generators are worki....
2014/06/03 The Ministry of Education says it does not know how many teachers there are, and is therefore planning a head-count. The exercise is to interview every individual teacher. Snippet: The Ministry of Education says it does not know how many teachers ther....
2014/06/03 An emergency call centre - dial 777 - is to start operation on 9th July, announce the police and interior ministry. Snippet: An emergency call centre - dial 777 - is to start operation on 9th Jul....
2014/06/02 to 2014/06/03 National- and state- level education ministers meet for consultation. Among problems discussed are weak arrangements for examinations, lack of textbooks, and the need for a system which embraces people with disabilities. Snippet: National- and state- level education ministers meet for consultation. ....
2014/06/02 The finance ministry has not released money for the Constituency Development Fund in the last two years, complains the NLA speaker. Snippet: The finance ministry has not released money for the Constituency Devel....
2014/05/30 The cabinet directs the Finance Minister to borrow more money to fund development projects. Snippet: The cabinet directs the Finance Minister to borrow more money to fund ....
2014/05/13 Ghost workers on payrolls are still causing huge losses to corruption, says Interior Minister Aleu Ayieny. He claims to have recovered nearly SSP 2 billion by payroll reform through his ministry, but says the 2013/4 rebellion has left many more ghost workers again. A Salary Payment Committee failed to control the phenomenon, and has been dissolved. Snippet: Ghost workers on payrolls are still causing huge losses to corruption,....
2014/05 A new physical certificate of secondary education - more difficult to forge - is approved by the Ministry of Education. Snippet: A new physical certificate of secondary education - more difficult to ....
2014/04/16 RSS signs key legal agreements with the World Bank's Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), which should help attract investors to the country. Snippet
2014/04/12 Interior minister Aleu Ayieny speaks for changing the current system of imprisonment in Africa, saying it is based on inappropriate colonial models. These remarks are made in the context of a Ministerial Consultative Forum under the African Correctional Services Association in South Africa. Snippet
2013/11/15 President Kiir makes a new round of government appointments: Tulio Odongi replaces Atem Garang de Kuek as SPLM chief whip in the NLA. Paulino Wanawilla Onango is promoted from deputy to full Minister of Justice, instead of Telar Deng whose appointment was not ratified by the NLA. Peter Bashir Gbandi becomes deputy Foreign Minister, and Selwa Gibril Beriberi becomes deputy Minister for Cabinet Affairs. Snippet
2014/03 A process of re-planning Juba kicks of with brainstorming exercises. The process is being managed by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Physical Infrastructure with support from UN-Habitat. Snippet 1643
2014/03/16 President Kiir issues a Republican Order dividing some national ministries (including re-division of some that were amalgamated in July-August 2013). Snippet
2014/03 President Kiir appoints a team to negotiate South Sudan's entry to the East African Community. Snippet
2014/03 Girl school students are to receive a monthly payment of SSP 35 through the Ministry of Education, using money from UKAID. All schools will also receive a grant specially for girls' education. Snippet
2014/03 A customs and migration office is being set up at Majong, near the Sudan border in Aweil East (NBGS). The Interior Ministry says it will help businesses, create employment, and simplify border crossing procedures for migrant herders. Snippet
2014/03 The Directorate of Wildlife warns that poachers will be prosecuted, and armed poachers will be shot if they do not lay down their guns. Two suspected poachers are brought to court in Juba, but one claims he had bought the bushmeat from soldiers. Snippet
2014/03/04 The Interior Ministry and SSPS say they will investigate claims of wrongful taxation of relief goods on the Juba-Bor and Juba-Bentiu roads. Snippet
2012/02 Key infrastructure projects have been put on hold due largely to insecurity associated with the 2013/14 rebellion, according to the Ministry of Transport, Roads and Bridges. Projects affected are the Juba-Bor-Malakal-Renk road, the Juba-Yei-Kaya road and the much-needed second Juba bridge. MOUs have been signed with Chinese companies. Another factor is lack of clarity in investment policy and bank guarantees. Snippet
2014/02 President Kiir countermands the creation of a state ministry of petroleum and mining by Upper Nile governor Simon Kun Puoch, on grounds that it was unconstitutional. Snippet
2013/10 A draft national vocational training policy has been created by the labour ministry with support from ILO. The Multi-Service Training Centre in Juba has been refurbished with aid from the Japanese government. Snippet
2013/10/17 A water plant project is launched, funded by JICA (Japan government) to about USD 50 million, expected to supply clean water to about 60% of Juba's inhabitants. Snippet
2013/09 The ministry of education, UNESCO and Save the Children do not seem to be monitoring progress in illiteracy eradication. Their joint press release for World Literacy Day (8th September) quotes a literacy rate of 27% as 'current'. This is a figure given in the South Sudan Yearbook 2010 (p.48) on the basis of a survey in 2009. Snippet
2013/08 The new national minister of the interior says that recent screening of police payrolls has identified 11,000 ghost names, accounting for USD 9 million a month in the salary bill. Snippet
2013/09/02 The ministry of finance is conducting the first workshop for consulting with stakeholders at state level as preparation for making a New Deal aid compact with donors, in which more aid would be channeled through government structures. Snippet
2013/09 South Sudanese in Uganda are fearful of attacks after the South Sudan interior minister bans Ugandans from working as boda boda (motorcycle taxi) drivers. Snippet
2013/08/24 The WBGS finance minister explains to the state parliament that the July salaries of state employees have not yet been paid because the national Ministry of Finance sent the salaries without the 4% 'state portion revenue collections'. The state governor was currently in Juba trying to get a solution. This situation was said to be common to all the states. The national Ministry of Finance had already imposed a cut in the state budget of almost half. Snippet
2013/08/19 Parliament - with Speaker James Wani Igga playing a leading part - summons the ministers for defence, interior and security services, and there are public demonstrations, in response to perceived poor security in Juba, and particularly the recent killing of two brothers. The demonstration and Igga's speech are not broadcast on state TV, amid accusations of interference by security personnel. Snippet
2013/08/17 Interior ministry issues an order banning unauthorized possession of arms, and cancelling licenses not signed by the minister (who is now Aleu Ayieny Aleu) Snippet 1151
2013/08/15 The mining ministry holds a workshop on mining taxation. Officials admit that illegal gold mining will require great resources to detect. Lack of road and other infrastructure is still a major obstacle for industrial mining. Snippet
2013/08/02 President Kiir meets state governors and asks them to follow his example by reducing the size of state administrations. Snippet 1057
2013/08 There is some confusion and difficulty in public administration over the practical implications of reducing the number of national government ministries. Snippet
2013/07/23 While dismissing his cabinet and Vice-President, President Salva Kiir also reduces the number of national ministries from 29 to 18, and relieves their ministers and deputy ministers. The moves are welcomed by the Governor of EES, Louis Lobong Lojore on the grounds that they should promote greater government efficiency. Snippet 1022
Reference Mini-review
Nhial Tiitmamer, 2014/04/22. South Sudan’s Mining Policy and Resource Curse [Report] The Sudd Institute. Accessed online.

This paper is designed to prompt and inform amendments to the Policy Framework for the Minerals and Mining Sector, 2013 (a document whose contents are only briefly described, and apparently not currently available on the internet). Based partly on the good practice of Botswana, the paper contends that the policy should include more two-way linkages with strategies in other sectors, especially road and energy infrastructure, education, and health. It should also include the creation of mineral resource funds, and insist on remediation and reclamation for defunct mining sites.

 

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National ministries and ministers (August 2013 - March 2014)

 

A new configuration of national government ministries and ministers was created in late July and early August 2013. This followed the wholesale dismissal of ministers by President Salva Kiir on 23rd July. The number of ministries was reduced from 29 to 19 on 27th July, recoiling to 21 on 4th August.

The table below shows the ministries and ministerial appointments as at the end of 4th August, with notes on how they differed from 27th July.

As of the end of 4th August, the proportions of women ministers were 5/20 full ministers, and 5/12 deputy ministers.

On 16th March 2014 President Kiir issued another Republican Order, which re-divided some of these ministries, bringing the number up to 27 (ref).

 

Notes

  1. The Republican Order of 27 July combined the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining with the Ministry of Environment to make a Ministry of Petroleum, Mining and Environment. At the same time the order combined much of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, to make a Ministry of Finance, Commerce and Economic Planning. But this left no explicit place for 'Industry' and 'Investment'. In the amendment order of 4 August, 'Investment' was added to the Ministry of Finance (etc) to make the new Ministry of Finance, Commerce, Investment and Economic Planning. At the same time, Petroleum and Mining became combined with Industry instead of Environment, which was given its own ministry as before.
  2. The Republican Order of 27 July combined the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting with the Ministry of Telecommunication and Postal Services, but this was reversed in the amendment order of 4 August.
  3. The filling of several ministerial and deputy-ministerial positions was changed between the Republican Orders of 27 July and those of 4 August. The change notably increased the number of women ministers and deputy ministers. The table below summarizes these changes.
  4. The NLA refused to ratify the appointment of Telar Deng as Justice Minister, and in mid-November 2013, Paulino Wanawilla was upgraded from deputy to full minister. At the same time, the post of deputy Foreign Minister and Deputy Minister for Cabinet Affairs were filled, respectively by Peter Bashir Gbandi and Selwa Gibril Beriberi. (ref)
  5. In late November of 2013, Abdalla Deng Nhial was dismissed and replaced by Deng Deng Hoc Yai (ref). At the same time, Awan Guol Riak is appointed Minister in the Office of the President (ref) to fill the post which had been left vacant initially.
Appointee Post conferred 27 July Post conferred 4 August
Kuong Danhier Gatluak Minister, Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development Minister, Transport, Roads and Bridges
Abdalla Deng Nhial Minister, Electricity, Dams, Irrigation and Water Resources Minister, Environment
Ngor Kolong Ngor Minister, Culture, Youth and Sport Minister, Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development
Simon Majok Mijak Minister, Transport, Roads and Bridges Deputy Minister, Transport, Roads and Bridges
Jemma Nunu Kumba Minister, Land, Housing and Physical Planning Minister, Electricity, Dams, Irrigation and Water Resources
Michael Makuei Lueth Minister, Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunication and Postal Services Minister, Information and Broadcasting
Rebecca Joshua Okwaci Deputy Minister, Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunication and Postal Services Minister, Telecommunication and Postal Services
Nadia Arop Dudi Deputy Minister, Agriculture, Forestry, Tourism, Animal Resources, Fisheries, Cooperatives and Rural Development Minister, Culture, Youth and Sport
Catherine Juan Bennia - Minister, Land, Housing and Physical Planning
Martin Tako Deputy Minister, Transport, Roads and Bridges Deputy Minister, Environment
Josephine Napwon Cosmos - Deputy Minister, Culture, Youth and Sport
Rachael Nyadak Paul - Deputy Minister, Information and Broadcasting
Lily Albino Akol Akol - Deputy Minister, Agriculture, Forestry, Tourism, Animal Resources, Fisheries, Cooperatives and Rural Development

 

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