Hilde Johnson Welcomes South Sudan’s Decision On Transparency

Ms. Hilde Johnson

Ms. Hilde JohnsonThe Special Representative for the United Nations Secretary General Hilde Johnson has welcomed the commitment of the South Sudan government to join the Extractive Industries Transparency International (EITI).

Based on her press release last Friday; the United Nations Missions in South Sudan (UNMISS) welcomes the commitment of the government to join EITI. This step is one of the important measures to improve governance announced by the government during the International Engagement Conference in Washington, D.C.

The government has also announced a presidential decree which will oblige public officials to declare their assets and prohibit their involvement in private business while in office. These initiatives are build on the five anti-corruption commitments made by the president after the formation of the Republic’s first government in September 2011.

Hilde said that, “at the Washington Conference, the government has underlined its strong commitment to fight corruption and rapidly build institutions. These are bold decisive steps that will put the government on the right footing and attract investors,” said Hilde F. Johnson

Ms. Johnson underlined the importance of international support for the world’s newest country.

“South Sudanese have struggled for years to win their freedom. The priority now is to provide the dividends of peace to the population. This involves expanding the economy, education, building roads, and improving health care. Conferences like the one being held in Washington will help to consolidate necessary international support,” she said.

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