Department of Foreign Affairs to Co-host Training Programme
for Sudanese People's Liberation Movement Cadres, Pretoria, South Africa Tuesday,
29 March - Sunday, 10 April 2005
Pretoria - The Department of Foreign Affairs,
together with the University of South Africa (UNISA) will co-host a training programme
for the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) cadres in Pretoria from Tuesday,
29 March to Sunday, 10 April 2005.
This is the second phase of the Department
of Foreign Affairs - Sudanese People's Liberation Movement - University of South
Africa (DFA-SPLM-UNISA) Institution and Capacity Building Project and follows
the launch of the project in New Site, Kapoeta County from Saturday, 5 to Friday,
11 February 2005. The South African delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Affairs
Minister, Aziz Pahad.
The Sudanese delegation will, in addition to representatives
of the SPLM, also include delegates from the Presidency, military, democratic
governance institutions and local government, the National Liberation Council,
and all structures of government including safety and security, agriculture and
forestry, public administration and public service management, legal affairs,
justice and constitutional development, transport and telecommunications, education,
environment, tourism, finance, energy and petroleum, aviation services, social
development and health services, and immigration and customs.
participants in the programme will include representatives from the Departments
of Agriculture, Communications, Correctional Services, Defence, Education, Environmental
Affairs and Tourism, Finance, Health, Home Affairs, Housing, Justice and Constitutional
Development, Land Affairs, Minerals and Energy, Public Service and Administration,
Provincial and Local Government, Social Development, Science and Technology, Trade
and Industry, Transport, Water and Forestry, the South African Management Development
Institute (SAMDI), the South African Police Services, South African Secret Service,
the Presidency and Parliament.
President Thabo Mbeki, on 31 December 2004,
during the signing ceremony of the Permanent Cease-fire Agreement and the Protocol
on the Implementation Modalities in Naivasha, Kenya, said the people of Sudan
expect the SPLM/A and the GoS (Government of Sudan) to build schools, clinics,
roads, and work for real dialogue among Sudanese.
In this regard, Sudanese
delegates, will during the training programme, be addressed by representatives
of government and UNISA and have an opportunity to interact with partner departments
in order to begin the work of developing skills to allow the afore-listed commitments
to be achieved by the Government of Sudan and the SPLM/A.
Thus, the DFA-SPLM-UNISA
project aims to equip the SPLM leadership 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 Comprehensive Peace Agreement
(CPA) for South Sudan, as well as the reconstruction of the region.
Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has just returned to South Africa having
led a African Union (AU) Ministerial Committee on Post-Conflict Reconstruction
in Sudan, which includes Foreign Ministers of Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon,
Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan to Sudan from Tuesday - Saturday, 22 - 26 March
Before departing for Sudan Minister Dlamini Zuma said, "Post-conflict
reconstruction is not just physical reconstruction - there are elements of psychological,
political and social reconstruction. It is therefore important to understand what
we are talking about."
"In addition, Norway will be hosting a
Donor Conference in Oslo on 11-12 April 2005. It will therefore be important for
this committee to brief its international partners on what is practically required
in Sudan," said Minister Dlamini Zuma.
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.
by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.
? Department of Foreign Affairs
27 March 2005