Ambassador Christian Bader, Vice President Rebecca Nyandeng and EU Delegation's Deputy Head of Mission after a meeting on 13 Oct.
European Union’s new ambassador to South Sudan Christian Bader on 12 October, for the first time, met with the First Vice President (FVP) Riek Machar in the latter’s office. The two leaders’ discussion focused on the delays in the implementation of the Revitalised Peace Agreement.
The FVP confirmed his intention to resolve soon with President Kiir the outstanding issues on the nomination of local governance bodies and on the command structure of the Necessary Unified Forces. The EU Ambassador enquired also about the Cabinet’s policies to address the economic crisis and the reforms in public finance management, and repeated the advice to South Sudan to join the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) group.
Ambassador Bader on 13 October also paid a courtesy call to the coordinator of the Gender and Youth Cluster of Ministers, Ms Rebecca Garang, Vice President and widow of the historic leader of SPLM, late John Garang.
Ms Rebecca exposed the enormous needs of the vulnerable populations in South Sudan in parallel with examples to address some of them. Mentioning the recent challenges brought by flood-affected IDPs, she pointed to the important work of humanitarian and other partners. While recognising COVID’s impact and women’s vulnerable position in the South Sudanese society, she explained how a project for sewing facemasks by job-seeking women was trying to address both problems.
The Ambassador reiterated EU’s strong commitment for women’s participation in the economy and in decision-making, and asked for the VP’s assistance in promoting transparency and efficiency in Government’s practices, so to allow increased investments in the country.
H.E. Bader presented his credentials to President Salva Kiir at the State House, commonly known as J1, on 01 October.