Plenary to Deliberate on Next Steps
South Sudan National Dialogue Steering Committee is set to reconvene its proceedings next Tuesday to debate on the process’s future, its leadership has announced.
The plenary sessions would consider “Where do we go from here? What are the problems and what are the recommendations?,” said National Dialogue Rapporteur Hon. Bona Malwal Madut.
The National Dialogue is currently preparing to conduct regional conferences in the former ten states of the country. Originally slated for March, the summits would nominate delegates to a National Dialogue Conference in May and discuss emerging issues from grassroots consultations.
Starting next Tuesday, chairpersons of some sub-committees whose consultations are finalized are expected to present their findings for scrutiny by Steering Committee membership.
The plenary sessions will also examine, debate and approve publication of a substantial document that charts a way ahead. So far, the ND sub-committees have been dispatched to many areas of the country. The following is a summary of the consultations’s progress:
- The sub-committee for Refugees & International Outreach has held meetings in Uganda and Kenya and is soon heading to Sudan and Ethiopia to hear from refugees in the displaced camps there and eventually in North America, Europe and Australia.
- The sub-committee for Upper Nile has heard from the state populace in Malakal.
- The sub-committee for the headquarter is deliberating with the parliament, business community, civil society groups and other stakeholders to take stock of their views
- The sub-committee for Northern Bhar-el gazel has finalized its consultations
- The sub-committee for Central Equatoria travelled to Yei, Juba and Terekeka to talk to the citizens about their challenges.
- The sub-committees for Jonglei and Unity states are currently wrapping up consultations in their areas
- The sub-committees for Warrap and Western Bhar-elgazal have concluded consultations in the states and are compiling and analyzing their data
- The consultations for sub-committees on Abyei, Boma, Eastern Equatoria, Western Equatoria and Lakes State are incomplete and are to be redone.