Youth recommendations to the South Sudan National Budget 2018-2019

We would like to appreciate the committee for giving us this opportunity to present our concerns and recommendations to the committee of finance and economic planning.
We make the recommendations herein to ensure the fulfillment of the Constitutional mandate of the government under Article 40 (TCRSS), which specifically requires government to prioritize youth empowerment programs or projects that engage the youth constructively and towards nation building.
The higher unemployment index in the country and lack of government consideration in addressing the fundamental problem of youth unemployment. Notably, every financial year over 5000 South Sudanese graduate from Universities, colleges and unfortunately majority can’t access any job opportunities in the country. Lack of substantial policies and efforts to create more jobs to the youth has resulted into the recent violent fights for jobs in the Non-Government Organization, Humanitarian Organizations and the United Nation Mission in South Sudan. These violent fights are foreseen to happen across the country if unaddressed and thus realization of peace and security in South Sudan remains farfetched as the youth unemployment situation evolves and develops.
We would like to re-emphasize that it’s the sole responsibility of the government to create more jobs for the youth in each and every financial year by initiating legislations that empower and protect the youth, creating conducive environment that enables the youth to do businesses.
We strongly recommend to the committee to consider increasing the budget ceiling for the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and therefore submit the following;-
1. The government should consider as a matter of fulfilling its constitutional obligations towards youth, creation and establishment of a Seed Fund called ‘’South Sudan Youth Enterprise Development Fund’’. A properly supported legislation should consequently be initiated following establishment of the fund, to regulate its operation. We propose an amount of Seven Hindered and Eighteen Million, Five Hundred and Ninety Nine Thousand, Three Hundred, Sixty-Eight and Two piasters South Sudanese Pound (SSP 718,599,368.02) for the Youth Fund in this financial year 2018-2019. This is in accordance with the proposed South Sudan Youth Development Policy, 2013 chapter 10 subsections (b) and the ARCISS under chapter three (03) Article 7.1.4.
2. The above proposed budget figure is derived from the government resolution of the policy that stipulates that $1 per barrel of oil sold to cover the youth fund. This proposed budget figure is therefore attained from the Net oil revenues (SSP 71,859,936,802). Implementing this government resolution will not only go a long way to ensure government’s fulfillment of its promises to the youth, but also immensely contribute to the achievement of key milestones of the ARCSS and therefore peace in South Sudan.
3. Establishment of this fund will translate into reduction in unemployment rates since the youth will have access to these funds.
4. Comprehensive strategy and plan will be designed by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in a consultative manner, and approved by the August house to ensure that the fund is inclusive, representative, transparent and accountable.
5. The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will be the custodian of this fund and will work hand in hand with the South Sudan National Youth Union, Youth-led Civil Society organizations as and relevant government institutions including mechanisms of the ARCISS such as JMEC, CTSAMM and other Development partners.
Mr. Chairman, We would like to appreciate and agree with you on the need to establish national government polytechnic institutions in the country. However, we would like to remind the parliament on the following concerns;-
1. As we wait for the government to establish polytechnic institutions in the country with the current austerity measures, we recommend that the government revamp the 3 Youth Training Centers in the three (3) regions of Equatoria, Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile established in 1973, in the by then Republic of Sudan.
2. We recommend that government through the esteemed committee under your leadership to allocate sufficient funds to these national institutions under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, to train the youth and street children on skills that will enable them to sustain their welfare through handwork and nurture self reliance among citizens; an important bedrock for growing our economy going forward. The end result will be youth socio-economic empowerment.
Lastly, we recommend that specific budget line for the National Youth Union activities should be inserted in the general budget under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. We are proposing Twenty Million South Sudanese Pound (SSP 20,000,000).
General Observations
1. The appropriation bill should be able to clearly spell out the role of the specialized committees in monitoring each and every ministry in spending the resources allocated to them. This will ease the issues of overspending and proper monitoring of ministry spending.
2. We also encourage the committee to continue with the public hearings on the budget but we strongly recommend that these public hearings should start from the Ministry level to enable public participations. We also recommend Public conference on the budget.
3. The parliament and the civil society have the responsibility and obligation of disseminated the budget to the public for purposes of transparency and accountability.Youth recommendations to the South Sudan National Budget 2018-2019

We would like to appreciate the committee for giving us this opportunity to present our concerns and recommendations to the committee of finance and economic planning.
We make the recommendations herein to ensure the fulfillment of the Constitutional mandate of the government under Article 40 (TCRSS), which specifically requires government to prioritize youth empowerment programs or projects that engage the youth constructively and towards nation building.
The higher unemployment index in the country and lack of government consideration in addressing the fundamental problem of youth unemployment. Notably, every financial year over 5000 South Sudanese graduate from Universities, colleges and unfortunately majority can’t access any job opportunities in the country. Lack of substantial policies and efforts to create more jobs to the youth has resulted into the recent violent fights for jobs in the Non-Government Organization, Humanitarian Organizations and the United Nation Mission in South Sudan. These violent fights are foreseen to happen across the country if unaddressed and thus realization of peace and security in South Sudan remains farfetched as the youth unemployment situation evolves and develops.
We would like to re-emphasize that it’s the sole responsibility of the government to create more jobs for the youth in each and every financial year by initiating legislations that empower and protect the youth, creating conducive environment that enables the youth to do businesses.
We strongly recommend to the committee to consider increasing the budget ceiling for the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and therefore submit the following;-
1. The government should consider as a matter of fulfilling its constitutional obligations towards youth, creation and establishment of a Seed Fund called ‘’South Sudan Youth Enterprise Development Fund’’. A properly supported legislation should consequently be initiated following establishment of the fund, to regulate its operation. We propose an amount of Seven Hindered and Eighteen Million, Five Hundred and Ninety Nine Thousand, Three Hundred, Sixty-Eight and Two piasters South Sudanese Pound (SSP 718,599,368.02) for the Youth Fund in this financial year 2018-2019. This is in accordance with the proposed South Sudan Youth Development Policy, 2013 chapter 10 subsections (b) and the ARCISS under chapter three (03) Article 7.1.4.
2. The above proposed budget figure is derived from the government resolution of the policy that stipulates that $1 per barrel of oil sold to cover the youth fund. This proposed budget figure is therefore attained from the Net oil revenues (SSP 71,859,936,802). Implementing this government resolution will not only go a long way to ensure government’s fulfillment of its promises to the youth, but also immensely contribute to the achievement of key milestones of the ARCSS and therefore peace in South Sudan.
3. Establishment of this fund will translate into reduction in unemployment rates since the youth will have access to these funds.
4. Comprehensive strategy and plan will be designed by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in a consultative manner, and approved by the August house to ensure that the fund is inclusive, representative, transparent and accountable.
5. The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will be the custodian of this fund and will work hand in hand with the South Sudan National Youth Union, Youth-led Civil Society organizations as and relevant government institutions including mechanisms of the ARCISS such as JMEC, CTSAMM and other Development partners.
Mr. Chairman, We would like to appreciate and agree with you on the need to establish national government polytechnic institutions in the country. However, we would like to remind the parliament on the following concerns;-
1. As we wait for the government to establish polytechnic institutions in the country with the current austerity measures, we recommend that the government revamp the 3 Youth Training Centers in the three (3) regions of Equatoria, Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile established in 1973, in the by then Republic of Sudan.
2. We recommend that government through the esteemed committee under your leadership to allocate sufficient funds to these national institutions under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, to train the youth and street children on skills that will enable them to sustain their welfare through handwork and nurture self reliance among citizens; an important bedrock for growing our economy going forward. The end result will be youth socio-economic empowerment.
Lastly, we recommend that specific budget line for the National Youth Union activities should be inserted in the general budget under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. We are proposing Twenty Million South Sudanese Pound (SSP 20,000,000).
General Observations
1. The appropriation bill should be able to clearly spell out the role of the specialized committees in monitoring each and every ministry in spending the resources allocated to them. This will ease the issues of overspending and proper monitoring of ministry spending.
2. We also encourage the committee to continue with the public hearings on the budget but we strongly recommend that these public hearings should start from the Ministry level to enable public participations. We also recommend Public conference on the budget.
3. The parliament and the civil society have the responsibility and obligation of disseminated the budget to the public for purposes of transparency and accountability.

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