South Sudan Ministry of Petroleum Launches Open Tender for Petroleum Audit

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Jun 162017
 
  • The Government of National Unity of South Sudan commits to transparency and enhanced efficiency in its petroleum sector.
  • Open tender announced for companies to complete a petroleum sector audit and produce a 2017 audit report.
  • Tender opens immediately and closes on July 14, with winners to be announced on July 17, 2017.

South Sudan’s government will commission an audit of national oil production and petroleum industry activities, the Ministry of Petroleum announced today. The Ministry invites companies to bid on a public tender to perform the audit and produce a 2017 audit report on the industry.

Objectives of the audit include completing an accurate assessment of oil, condensate and gas reserves and production; reporting on revenue and investment flows; and making recommendations on the technical, fiscal and regulatory issues faced by petroleum industry actors.

The move to enhance efficiency and promote transparency in the hydrocarbons sector is viewed by the Ministry of Petroleum as the foundation for South Sudan’s future prosperity. The successful completion of the petroleum audit will be an important step towards EITI candidacy and membership.

Companies are invited to bid on the open tender up to July 14, 2017, and can receive the relevant bidding guidelines and documents by writing to:

1. Eng. Mohamed Lino Benjamin, Undersecretary, Ministry of Petroleum
Email: mbenjamin@mopam.goss.org
Phone: +211 956 666 935 / +211 912 366 661

2. Mr. Steven Puoch Riek Deng, Executive Director, Office of the Minister, Ministry of Petroleum
Email: guancajen@gmail.com
Phone: +211 950 800 039 / +211 922 555 344

Distributed by APO on behalf of South Sudan Ministry of Petroleum.

Media contact:
Mr. Steven Puoch Riek Deng, Executive Director
Office of the Minister, Ministry of Petroleum
Email: guancajen@gmail.com
Phone: +211 950 800 039 / +211 922 555 344

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The UNESCO project kicks off in Eastern Sudan with Italian funds

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Jun 162017
 

Thanks to the signing of a technical agreement between UNESCO and Sudan’s Ministry of Information, the project “Promoting human development among Sudan’s rural communities: supporting radio broadcasters in Eastern Sudan States” has officially taken off. The project, financed by the Italian Development Cooperation Agency – AICS with 300,000 euros, will be implemented by the UNESCO in close cooperation with the overseas office of AICS in Khartoum.

The project aims to enhance the reach of community radio networks in the rural areas of Eastern Sudan through training activities and the production of new contents and programmes for radio broadcasts, focusing on education, promoting human development and community spirit among rural populations and to consolidate the network of rural radio broadcasters.

By recognising the value of the project aimed at promoting human development and the principles underlying the initiative, the official support of the Ministry of Information thus assumes a deep-reaching political value in the African Country, also in view of the location of the project. The Eastern States of Sudan (Red Sea, Kassala and Gedaref) are among the most disadvantaged regions needing assistance, all the more today because of the illegal migration routes from the Horn of Africa on which Italian Development Cooperation has been focusing most of its attention.

“Today we witnessed a very important signal. Sudan continues on the road towards a freer information and communication system in the sign of solidarity and social inclusion and integration: the tactics of controlling information is slowly giving way to the strategy of managing knowledge!” said the Italian Ambassador in Sudan, Fabrizio Lobasso.

Sudan’s Information Minister, Ahmed Bilal Osman, thanked Italy’s Government and Development Cooperation Agency for the generous contribution and UNESCO for the great professionalism shown in implementing it, adding that Sudan is gradually acquiring stability and peace also thanks to the contribution of initiatives of this type, in which Italy’s contribution has proved to be absolutely essential.

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UN expert urges ‘bold action’ to address raft of human rights abuses in Eritrea

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Jun 162017
 

Actions against severe human rights abuses meted out to Eritrean citizens must not be delayed, a United Nations rights expert has warned in a new report to the Human Rights Council.

“I regret to report that, as of now, the Government has made no effort to end ongoing human rights violations, which the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea described as amounting to crimes against humanity,” said Sheila B. Keetharuth, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea.

She stressed that citizens continue to suffer arbitrary arrest, incommunicado detention, enforced disappearances, and a national service system that amounts to enslavement.

“The time for Eritrea to take bold action for human rights protection is long overdue, and the Government has not delivered on any of its promises,” underscored the expert while urging the authorities “to rise above the rhetoric it has used over the last five years when addressing the [Council].”

Ms. Keetharuth emphasized that the Government of Eritrea must “put its obligations under human rights treaties into effect,” said.

The Special Rapporteur continued that while Eritrea has increased its interaction with some human rights bodies, nothing has substantially changed on the ground. In her report, she has suggested a list of areas with the intention to assist the Human Rights Council in developing specific and time-bound benchmarks to assess substantive change.

“Such specific, time-bound targets would help Member States assess Eritrea’s progress. I hope that, as of next year, we will be able to celebrate the first steps of tangible improvements that will make a change in people’s life in Eritrea,” she said.

The Special Rapporteur noted that Eritrea has no constitution and lacks fundamental institutions that underpin a society based on the rule of law. It does not have an independent judiciary, democratically elected parliament or legislative assembly, opposition parties, an independent media or civil society organizations, other than government-affiliated organizations.

Government shows ‘no willingness’ to tackle impunity

“The Eritrean authorities have refused to engage with me for yet another year, but various groups and notably Eritreans have seized the opportunity offered by the mandate. They have used the space to voice their opinions, express their ideas, and highlight their concerns on human rights – a space that the Government continues to deny them at home,” Ms. Keetharuth said.

“It is incumbent on the Eritrean authorities to dialogue with the Eritrean people while respecting and protecting their rights,” she added.

The Special Rapporteur also pointed out that the Government had shown no willingness to tackle impunity, despite calls by the Commission of Inquiry to ensure accountability for past human rights violations and crimes against humanity.

She urged other States to take action against Eritreans implicated in the commission of crimes against humanity, if the alleged offenders were on their territory.

Ms. Keetharuth said human rights in Eritrea would continue to be watched closely despite a lack of access.

“The Government refuses to open its doors for international experts to undertake a comprehensive review of the human rights situation,” she said.

“Remote monitoring is the only way to shed light on a country that continues to shield itself from scrutiny. Increased engagement with the international community is a welcome development, but it cannot be a substitute for human rights progress and scrutiny,” concluded the UN envoy.

Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.

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Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s telephone conversation with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya Martin Kobler

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Jun 162017
 

On June 14 Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov had a telephone conversation with UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya Martin Kobler at the latter’s initiative.

During the conversation the officials discussed the situation in Libya and related developments, such as the recent contacts between the leadership of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and representatives of the rival camps in Tripoli and Tobruk.

In connection with the completion of his mission as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya in late June, Martin Kobler expressed his gratitude to Russia for supporting the UNSMIL’s efforts to settle the political crisis by implementing the Skhirat Political Agreement on the parameters for national reconciliation in Libya, reaffirmed by UN Security Council Resolution 2259.

The Russian side confirmed its readiness to continue rendering comprehensive support to advance a political settlement in Libya, working with all interested Libyan parties to do so.

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Source:: Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s telephone conversation with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya Martin Kobler