(by the German Embassy to South Sudan in Juba)
German Ambassador Johannes Lehne and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ambassador Abdon Terkoc Matuet, singed two bilateral agreements for financial and technical Cooperation on Friday, November 27.
The agreement encompasses the support of three main sectors: Urban Water and Sanitation; Decentralization and Accountability in South Sudan, improving local governance; and Food Security, development of agricultural markets and agricultural techniques.
Germany will invest 29,5 million Euro (USD 35 million) in these sectors.
“The implementation process does need peace by all means,” the German Ambassador Johannes Lehne said addressing the media at the signing ceremony. “I urge all parties to respect the ceasefire and allow full access to development and humanitarian personnel to all people in need of assistance,” he added.
The German Ambassador also expressed his satisfaction with the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) meeting, as an important step toward the implementation of the peace process.
Lehne called on all parties to the peace agreement to assist the JMEC and cooperate. The development of the country should be the first priority for all – the government and the opposition, Lehne said.