The South Sudanese Business Community Conference facilitated by the National Dialogue Leadership on 21st & 22nd November 2019Press Release
The private sector of South Sudan, just like in many other country contexts is very diverse, composed of varying types of businesses and organizations. Ranging from large domestic companies to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs); State-owned enterprises (SOE) to business intermediaries and interlocutors such as the Chamber of Commerce, business associations, innovative alliances, business roundtables, and new generation of cooperatives; social enterprises and other innovative constellations formed to address a specific development issue or a cause; all of which have or provide outreach to a very huge chunk of the population in South Sudan, therefore having a very big stake in the ongoing peacebuilding process of the National Dialogue, and as such was included as a stakeholder group through the South Sudanese Business Community Conference.
Determined to restore peace and stability in the country through the unity of the people; Inspired and guided by the objectives and principles of the National Dialogue, and recognizing the complementarity between the National Dialogue and the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS); The representatives of the business community in South Sudan met at Freedom Hall in Juba from the 21st to the 22nd of November 2019, under the auspices of the National Dialogue Steering Committee, chaired by Hon. Angelo Beda to deliberate on an array of issues among them the draft outline of the National Conference Agenda, and to get the inputs of the Business Community on the Agenda. They also discussed the outline of the implementation framework of the recommendations of the National dialogue and also got the Business Community inputs on the same.
The Business Community leaders applauded the people of South Sudan for having spoken frankly and bravely about issues affecting the country through the grassroots consultations and the regional conferences. They also expressed their gratitude to the President of the Republic, H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit for initiating the National Dialogue process and providing the resources needed for this important national endeavor; and also congratulated the Co-chairs, H.E. Abel Alier and Hon. Angelo Beda, the entire Leadership and membership of the Steering Committee, and the Secretariat for what is truly a remarkable achievement in conducting a successful consultation from the grassroots to the regional conferences, this is unlike any other in the history of our country. Among the resolutions of the conference was that they declared their unwavering support to the National Dialogue process as a people-driven process that holds the key to national healing and reconciliation in South Sudan.
The Business Community called upon the government of the Republic South Sudan to immediately restore peace and security in the country sighting that “there is no business without peace and therefore peace is a necessary condition for the revival of the economy”. They also called for the enforcement of laws and regulations in the economy, to foster fair competition, elaborating that without the rule of law, there can be no business. The leaders also urged the government to develop and adopt a private sector development strategy and to support and protect national entrepreneurs.