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New National Development Strategy inspired by peace accord in South Sudan

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The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in South Sudan has launched a three-year National Development Strategy (NDS), it says, was inspired by the optimism caused by the September peace accord aimed at ending a five-year conflict.

The 70-page document, will guide national investment and development actions until 2021 in order to consolidate peace and stabilize the economy.

It was tabled during a panel on the development strategy organized by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning on Wednesday, 28 November 2018.

The NDS outlines three key targets that the scheme needs to realize by the end of the three years.

These include the free movement of people, stable prices of basic commodities such as food, and access to basic services, such as health and transport.

It says to achieve these, it first requires the guns to fall silent, an enabling environment that facilitates the voluntary return and integration of displaced South Sudanese, and developing appropriate laws and enforcing the rule of law.

The plan also aims to deal with issues affecting the governance, economic, and social service institutions in South Sudan.

Under governance, they include the prevalence of high levels of corruption and lack of transparency, proliferation of illegal arms and delay in the implementation of security sector reforms and DDR program, as well as insufficient legislative framework and lack of implementation of existing laws, among others.

According to the NDS, the governance cluster which comprises Accountability, Public Administration, Rule of Law and Security Sectors, will ensure a secure, democratic, effective, efficient and accountable society which adheres to the rule of law.

The economic cluster on the other hand will tackle issues pertaining to the inadequate macroeconomic data, weak institutional and human capacity, inadequacy of policy, strategy and plan for implementation, and meagerness of economic development infrastructure.

The strategic objectives of the cluster is to finalize legal institutional frameworks, meet the East Africa Community (EAC) requirements, enhance revenue mobilization and strengthen public financial management, develop basic economic infrastructure and to review, update and implement policies and strategies of the Economic Cluster.

Each cluster has been sub-divided into sectors with each having defined goal and strategic objectives to accomplish them within the time frame.

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