The EAC Secretariat, with the support of the EAC-GIZ programme, organised a two-day sensitisation and training workshop for private sector and civil society organisations on Opportunities and Benefits of Regional Integration from 4th to 5th June 2019 in Juba.
The Workshop was part of a series of activities that it is supporting the EAC in sensitising, building capacity and elevating the profile of the private sector and the civil society in RSS. These two sectors play a lead role in securing opportunities of the integration, said Dr Kirsten Focken, Cluster Coordinator of the EAC-GIZ programme, who was represented by Ms Joyce Kimaro.
The GIZ representative further noted that the EAC regional integration benefits include trade, economic development, gender development and inclusion of youth and health among citizens of the EAC. She said that integration can only be realized when these stakeholders are meaningfully engaged.
Ms. Robina Gune representing the Ministry of Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs, Republic of South Sudan, underscored the commitment and motivation of the stakeholders in RSS and their readiness to push forward the integration agenda and take advantage of the available opportunities. She added that although RSS is still behind in many areas of integration, the Ministry, PSOs and the CSOs in RSS were committed towards developing the necessary implementation structures and consolidating the required synergies and capacities to implement the EAC Consultative Dialogue Framework.
Representing the EAC Secretary General, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko, Ms. Generose Minani, the Principle Gender and Community Development Officer of the EAC, thanked the Government of South Sudan for the steps it is taking to restore peace as the cornerstone of growth and stability and the continuing implementation of its commitments in the Accession Treaty.
Finally, the RSS stakeholders were able to familiarize themselves with the achievements and challenges of the CSOs and PSOs in the wider region to build informed strategies to maximize their effectiveness in their engagement with the region. These strategies include the Consultative Dialogue Framework (CDF), the SG Forum, which gives private sector and civil society a forum to take their issues to the Secretary General and the Development Strategy 2017/22. All these have been adopted by the EAC Council of Ministers.