Capacity Enhancement in South Sudan Induction Workshop October 8, 2015 - Remarks delivered by Mr. Auke Lootsma,UNDP RR a.i.

Oct 8, 2015

Hon. Ngor Kolong Ngor, Minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development – RSS, Juba;

Your Excellency Major Gen. Robert Musoke, Ambassador of the Republic of Uganda,

Your Excellency FreTesfa Michael, Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia,

Your Excellency Cleland Leshore, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya,

Your Excellency, Tone Tinnes, The Ambassador of Royal Norwegian Embassy,

Hon. John Itorong, Advisor to the Minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development and Coordinator for RSS/IGAD Regional Initiative.

Hon.  Angeth Acol De Dut, Under-Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development

 

Civil Service Support Officers,

Distinguished Government Officials,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to join you today on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme, South Sudan.  Today is a momentous day for South Sudan and for all the Civil Service Support Officers. Today, we cherish and celebrate memorable moment as the country welcomes the29 CSSOs from Kenya to South Sudan under the second phase of the RSS IGAD Regional Initiative.  

As you are well aware, RSS/IGAD Regional Initiative for capacity enhancement in South Sudan is a partnership between the Republic of South Sudan, the IGAD countries, Norway, and UNDP since 20111.  The approach of the project is unique, innovative and conceptualized to foster and bring out the best spirits and traditions of south-south solidarity and triangular development cooperation.

You will notice that the Phase II is notable for a strategic shift in the deployment plan. Under Phase II, the CSSOs will be deployed in 139 CSSO to 16 institutions at the national, state and county levels. Taking an early recovery approach, Phase II will focus on increased deployment to the sub-national level, over 60% and targeted deployment to addressing policy and technical needs including peace building, agriculture, health, education and vocational training among others.

The project in its implementation strategy adopted a mentoring and coaching approach and in ways more than one, has demonstrated its ability to make a difference and positively touch the lives of thousands of people in the country. Many achievements and successes have already been recorded across all the 22 institutions where the earlier CSSOs were deployed in Phase I. Indeed, this Project has attracted much research and discussion in the international arena because it promises to hold the seeds of a paradigm shift in offering support amongst neighbouring countries in the best traditions of South-South Cooperation.

The programme in its second phase has learnt and grown from implementation experience and seeks to avoid the teething problems experienced by your predecessors in the first phase who adjusted to the situation and continued to serve this young nation with unflinching professional commitment despite all odds.

I am sure you realize that the ‘twins’-your national counterparts and co-travelers in this exciting journey- have a pivotal role in the success and sustainability of this initiative. The twins are the main channel of transmission and institutionalisation of the learnings. As we enter RSS/IGAD Phase II in 2015, we remain optimistic that committed twins or groups of twins will enormously benefit through your rich experience and learnings, for enhanced development results.  

We are very grateful to the Government and people Norway for their generosity in steadfastly supporting this initiative. I do applaud the commitment of Norway to the cause of development and to the people of South Sudan. UNDP is very appreciative of the support of the government of Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda for seconding to South Sudan experienced civil servants to participate in building this new nation.

UNDP thanks each one of you for your willingness to come to South Sudan and support the youngest nation in the world. We wish you the very best in your future endeavours as and wish you all the very best as you embark on a new journey in the service of South Sudan and am confident that you will leave a rich legacy behind.

UNDP remains committed to supporting capacity building and the development journey of South Sudan.

Thank you!