Juba, South Sudan – 7th February 2020

The National Dialogue Workshop on Presidential and Federal Systems of Governance

Press Release

South Sudanese must dialogue among themselves in order to find the best fit for a system of governance, taking into account the country’s unique context, was the message at the closing of the Presidential and Federal systems of Governance Workshop held from the 3rd – 6th February in Juba.  Organized under the theme “Implementing the Peoples Demand,” the workshop was convened as a response to a call from the people of South Sudan through the grassroots consultations, regional and stakeholders conferences. The outcomes of the workshop are to be incorporated, as recommendations, in the National Conference, which is to be held from 16th – 28th March 2020.

Sensitive to the demands of the people of South Sudan and cognizant of the key role governance stands to play in building sustainable peace in the country, the Leadership of the National Dialogue Steering Committee organized the workshop to give more clarity on presidential and federal systems of governance. Conducted with support from UNDP, the four-day workshop held at the Palm Africa Hotel in Juba was facilitated by Professor Nico Steytler and Professor Kwasi Prempeh. To kickoff discussions, Prof. Steytler presented a paper on “Federal Systems of Governance in Africa”and Prof. Prempeh delivered a paper entitled, “Considerations and Options for a Presidential System of Government for South Sudan”.

The Co-Chair of the National Dialogue Steering Committee, Hon. Angelo Beda, opened the workshop with a keynote speech. In his opening remarks, Hon. Beda stressed the importance of governance as part of the peace-building process in South Sudan, as well as underscoring the fact that the workshop was organized as a response to concertize issues raised during the grassroots consultations, regional and stakeholders’ conferences.

The workshop brought together senior government officials from national and state levels, diplomats, representatives of political parties, faith-based organizations, civil society organizations, private sector, think tanks and academic institutions, and members of the National Dialogue Steering Committee. Throughout the four days of the workshop, the participants were enlightened on presidential and federal systems of governance, an understanding that is necessary in setting the tone for further deliberations expected during the upcoming National Conference to ensure emergence of some consensus on a system of governance that will suit South Sudan.

In his closing remarks during the closing ceremony of the workshop, the UNDP Resident Representative – Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen congratulated the National Dialogue Steering Committee for its adherence to transparency, integrity and inclusivity in guiding the process thus far. He reiterated the fact that the South Sudan National Dialogue process to date has adhered to principles that match the best practices of any dialogue ever conducted world over.

Vincent Wanga contact@ssnationaldialogue.org