07 February, 2019, Juba: The Government of South Sudan, the Government of Japan and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development signed a memorandum of cooperation to promote the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement of South Sudan (R-ARCSS).
Japan has contributed 1 million USD to the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC) fund in support of the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.
“The release of these funds is very timely and will facilitate the NPTC to undertake its roles, responsibilities and activities as specified in the agreement,” said the Special Envoy of IGAD for South Sudan Amb. Ismail Wais.
The Special Envoy expressed his gratitude and commended Japan for being the first country to offer financial support to the implementation of the South Sudanese peace agreement. Amb. Wais also noted that this is not the first time the government of Japan is extending support to the South Sudanese peace process since Japan had also previously supported the HLRF process.
The Special Envoy emphasized the need for collective effort to find a solution to the challenges facing the implementation process and urged the international community to lend the necessary support.
Speaking on the occasion of the signing ceremony the Ambassador of Japan to South Sudan, H.E. Seiji Okada stated that Japan is committed to support the implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan.
Amb. Seiji noted that South Sudan is undergoing a critical moment and the achievement of peace is central to the stability and security of the country. He stressed that the NPTC has a huge responsibility to expedite the implementation of the agreement. “Japan will engage in the nation building of South Sudan and is currently involved in supporting capacity building, humanitarian aid and infrastructural development,” said Amb. Seiji.
“Japan appreciates IGAD’s efforts in leading peace process in South Sudan and will continue to work closely with IGAD,” said Amb. Seiji Okada.