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European Union Contributes €3 Million to IMF Trust Fund for Capacity Building in Macroeconomic Policies and Statistics for South Sudan

South Sudan

Témoignages.re / 20 September 2012

The European Union today committed €3 million (about US$3.9 million) to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) trust fund to help South Sudan develop essential macroeconomic institutions, policies and skills through the IMF’s expert capacity development activities.

IMF Deputy Managing Director Nemat Shafik and Francesca Mosca, Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and Horizontal African, Caribbean and Pacific Matters at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Development and Cooperation, signed an agreement in Brussels today for a contribution of €3 million to the Trust Fund to Support Capacity Building for Macroeconomic Policies and Statistics for South Sudan. The United Kingdom and Norway have pledged additional resources to the trust fund and discussions are ongoing with other donors.

“I am thrilled to welcome the European Union’s support for this vital work. Sustained and inclusive growth requires sound macroeconomic policies, good governance, and development-oriented budgets and policies. Strengthening South Sudan’s capacity will need not only intensive investment, but importantly effective cooperation between donors and technical assistance providers,” Ms. Shafik said during the ceremony. “The trust fund, with a participatory Steering Committee that includes donors and the authorities of South Sudan, provides a crucial mechanism to coordinate, prioritize and evaluate our work.”

“The European Union has made it a priority to help the South Sudanese Government to respond to the country’s multiple economic and development challenges,” Ms. Mosca noted. “By becoming the principal donor to the Trust Fund, the EU wants to forge a privileged relationship with the IMF, and concert efforts towards strengthening economic governance in South Sudan. Only through strong institutional structures and by applying coherent and state-of-the-art policy frameworks will the Government be able to manage and use its abundant domestic resources effectively for the benefit of the South Sudanese people,” she said.

The Fund is coordinating with donors and technical assistance providers to support South Sudan through a dedicated trust fund for capacity-building of about US$10.3 million over the next three years.

JUBA, South Sudan, September 20, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/

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