South Sudan launches dev't strategy to consolidate peace-Xinhua

South Sudan launches dev't strategy to consolidate peace

Source: Xinhua| 2022-06-21 23:49:15|Editor: huaxia

JUBA, June 21 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan on Tuesday launched a revised National Development Strategy (NDS) Plan for 2021-2024 aimed at consolidating peace gains and helping revive the war-battered economy.

Riek Machar, the First Vice President who presided over the launch, said the plan is a guide for collective investments meant to consolidate peace and stabilize the economy.

"We are launching this NDS as a guide to collective investment as a nation and people as we begin during this transitional period, the process of this document is for consolidating peace and stabilizing the economy," Machar said in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

The plan will also guide the actions of development stakeholders in South Sudan.

Machar said that the revised NDS resulted from wider consultation, adding it will mobilize and organize all the stakeholders at all levels to work towards achieving shared objectives.

He revealed that the annual budget will be prepared on time under the guidance of the NDS strategy.

Kiir added that NDS will involve business leaders, the United Nations, civil society, bilateral and multilateral development partners to work with them to implement it.

Jemma Nunu Kumba, the speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA), said the NDS will help guide lawmakers on timely budget preparation.

She disclosed that the NDS is a critical vehicle in the quest to achieve the country's much-cherished vision of 2040 which aims at bringing freedom, equality, justice, peace, and prosperity to all.

Kumba called for increased investment in security and human capital development.

"The revised NDS was prepared based on the premise that development can be pursued in a complex emergency setting if its risk-informed and focused on building the resilience of people, communities, and institutions," Agak Achuil Lual, the Minister of Finance and Planning said.

Achuil added that the NDS will play a critical role in the implementation of the 2018 revitalized peace agreement signed to end years of conflicts.