SA partners to rebuild Sudan

Monday, February 1, 2010

Pretoria - South Africa and the Governments of Germany and Southern Sudan have entered into a tri-lateral partnership to train correctional services officers, judges and legal affairs personnel in Southern Sudan.

The South African Public Administration Leadership and Management Academy (PALAMA) is also in the process of assisting Sudan to establish a Management Development Institute for the training of its civil servants.

Higher education students from Southern Sudan are also to receive assistance from the Department of Higher Education in enrolling in South African higher education institutions.

This emerged at the African Union (AU) Ministerial Committee meeting on Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development in the South Sudan.

The meeting, which was chaired by South Africa's International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, was held on the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation said the partnership will greatly assist in rebuilding and creating a more secure and safe environment in Sudan especially Southern Sudan and Darfur.

The ministerial committee meeting reviewed developments in the Sudan, as they relate to the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

The meeting stressed the need for the Sudanese parties to spare no efforts to overcome the challenges facing the implementation of the CPA, including the successful conduct of the elections and the democratic transformation of the country, border demarcation.

As part of its efforts to revitalise its work, the ministerial committee agreed to undertake a visit to the Sudan in the coming weeks, with a view to assess development needs and challenges.