Par praises ‘handsome’ SSP50 billion proposed for peacebuilding

Par praises ‘handsome’ SSP50 billion proposed for peacebuilding
National Peacebuilding Minister Stephen Par Kuol says he will prioritise the chapter two of the (R-ARCSS) in his proposed SSP50 billion budget. [Sheila Ponnie, The City Review]

The national Minister of Peacebuilding, Stephen Kuol, hailed the SSP 50 billion allocated to his ministry in the proposed 2023–2024 financial year budget.

He said the budget allocated was an amendment priority on Chapter Two of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

“Peace will bring our people back to the country, allowing them to resume social and economic activities, including production for the resources that we have,” Par said.

While presenting the proposed FY 2023–2024 budget to the national parliament on Tuesday, Minister of Finance and Planning Dier Tong Ngor proposed SSP 50 billion to the Ministry of Peace Building to conduct its activities.

Kuol said consolidating peace is the most comprehensive solution to economic recovery.

He added that the implementation of peace is essential, and it has to concentrate intensely on security stabilisation.

“As the minister in charge of peacebuilding, I believe it is good news that the peace implementation mechanism has been budgeted for that amount,” he said.

“At the end of the day, what matters is the physical discipline to carry out the budget, which must be carried out in accordance with the peace agreement,” Par said.

According to him, the proposed budget would be spent on prioritising the implementation of the transitional security arrangement and the country’s intercommunal violence.

“We can resolve those conflicts through dialogue, and that is the main expenditure when it comes to peacebuilding,” he stated.

“There is no peace to build until the security is stabilised, until the forces are unified until they are deployed, and until we have one unified national security force.”

He pointed out the necessity of establishing peace-building infrastructure from the ground up in the country’s Bomas, Payams, and counties in order for South Sudanese to rebuild the war-ravaged fabric of their nation and society.

“We must use the funds wisely to facilitate dialogue in communities and among political parties; we are going to propagate peace and prepare the ground for peaceful and fearless elections in the future in 2024,” Par stressed.

The budget that is considered for this year is titled “Consolidating Peace and Stabilising the Economy,” with the goal of utilising the country’s limited resources to implement peace and prioritise salary increases for civil servants and the organised forces.

South Sudan graduated the first batch of the necessary unified forces late last year, and over 50,000 personnel are due for deployment.