Norway donates $1.8 million to RJMEC

Norway donates $1.8 million to RJMEC
Norwegian Embassy Chargé d’affaires Lars Henie and the Chairperson of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC), Amb. Maj. Gen. (rtd) Charles Tai Gituai. [Photo: courtesy]

The Norwegian government signed a million-dollar agreement with the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) on Friday to fund its activities.

The $1.8 million in funding is to support the implementation of the country’s roadmap as part of the Norwegian support for the mechanism during the extended transition period.

Speaking during the signing ceremony on Friday, Norwegian Embassy Chargé d’affaires Lars Henie said Norway has been an unwavering partner of the government of South Sudan.

He added that they would continue to support the entire execution of the peace agreement.

“We are very happy today to sign this new agreement with RJEMC for continued cooperation during the roadmap implementation,” he noted.

“RJMEC is an important partner for Norway, and it is critical to the South Sudan peace process.”

Norway will contribute NOK 20 million (approximately $1.85 million) to the mechanism monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the agreement on the resolution of conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) throughout the next few years, until March 2025.

The Chairperson of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC), Amb. Maj. Gen. (rtd) Charles Tai Gituai, emphasised Norway’s role as one of RJMEC’s most valued supporters.

“I want to thank Norway for extending this support in the 24-month extension of the Agreement, and we are looking forwards to ensuring that we live within our mandate and be able to produce results in accordance with what our mandate wants us to do,” Gen. Gituai said.

He acknowledged Norway for always paying attention to RJMEC’s concerns and for continuing to support not only RJMEC but also the government of South Sudan.

RJMEC monitors all aspects of the implementation of the Revitalised Agreement on Conflict Resolution in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and oversees the mandate and tasks of the Transitional Government of National Unity, including the parties’ adherence to the agreed timelines and implementation schedule.

In December 2022, RJMEC appealed for financial support to sustain its operations after the US withdrew its funding in mid-2022.

Gituai told The City Review in an exclusive interview at the time that since Washington withdrew its financial support, the peace monitor had faced challenges, though it had adjusted its budget to live within its means.

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