Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aziz Pahad to lead South African Delegation to Sudan, New Site, Kapoeta County, Sudan

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aziz Pahad will lead a senior South African government and academic delegation to New Site, Kapoeta County in Sudan on the first phase of the Department of Foreign Affairs - Sudanese People's Liberation Movement - University of South Africa (DFA-SPLM-UNISA) Institution and Capacity Building Project scheduled for Saturday, 5 to Friday, 11 February 2005.

South Africa currently chairs the African Union (AU) Committee on Post-Conflict Reconstruction of Sudan. In this regard, the DFA-SPLM-UNISA project will impact positively on the mandate of this Committee. In addition, President Thabo Mbeki, during his official visit to Sudan in December 2004, stressed that South Africa, as Chair of this Committee, would work with other African countries and the international community towards the re-building and sustainable socio-economic development of the Sudan.

The delegation will include: Deputy Finance Minister Jabulani Moleketi and other senior officials from the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Public Service and Administration, Defence, Safety and Security and Intelligence, the South African Management Development Institute (SAMDI) and UNISA.

The implementation of this project follows the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Government of Sudan (GoS) and the SPLM on 9 January 2005 which brought to an end to the civil war in South Sudan that started in 1983.

The signing of the CPA marks the start of the six-month Pre-Interim Period (January - July 2005) during which the SPLM has to assemble and constitute a government for South Sudan and nominate members to form part of central government in Khartoum. This will be followed by an Interim Period (July 2005 - July 2011) during which the SPLM has to govern in South Sudan, and participate in central government in Khartoum in a comprehensive and effective manner.

The DFA-SPLM-UNISA project aims to equip the SPLM leadership and other Southern Sudan cadres with skills and experience that will enable them to participate equitably at all levels of governance during the Pre-Interim and Interim Periods, and to discharge their civic duties and deliver basic social services and infrastructure to the people of South Sudan. The project will therefore play an integral role in the implementation of the CPA for South Sudan, as well as the reconstruction of the region.

The Department of Foreign Affairs will provide political and diplomatic support for the Project; the SPLM will identify, design and deliver workshops, short courses and academic programmes on identified issues and themes; while UNISA will co-ordinate the academic aspect of the project.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.

Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152

3 February 2005

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