The Honorable Dr. Riek Machar, First Vice President of South Sudan, officially opened the first day of the South Sudan Oil & Power 2022 conference and exhibition (https://bit.ly/3A1hgvV), along with keynote addresses delivered by the Hon. Puot Kang Chol, Minister of Petroleum, Republic of South Sudan; Honorable Martin Gama Abucha, Minister of Mining of South Sudan; HE Yonis Ali Guedi, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Djibouti; NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber (https://EnergyChamber.org/) and H.E. Attorney Sandile Nogxina, Special Advisor to the South African Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (https://bit.ly/3ePYcKg).
HE Terje Aasland, Minister of Petroleum and Energy of Norway and HE Ihsan Abdul Jabber, Minister of Petroleum of Iraq; and Bro. Dhieu Mothok Diing Wol, Investment Minister of South Sudan, also delivered the opening remarks.
“We have a vision to become the economic center of this part of the world, particularly East and Central Africa.
This is a land of plenty.
We have what it takes to make this country an economic hub.
We invite you to come and invest.
We are more geared towards increasing production so that from the revenue we can build our infrastructure base and provide necessary delivery services such as health, education and clean water,” said Dr. Machar.
As the only major oil-producing nation in East Africa, South Sudan is of strategic importance to the entire region and is well positioned to trigger new investment and long-term development across the energy value chain.
“We are looking for investors to come to South Sudan and connect with our national and local companies.
The Ministry of Petroleum, in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment, launched a public tender for the initiation of environmental audits throughout the industry.
This will help the country review, improve and strengthen environmental laws.
In terms of transparency and accountability, the Ministry continues to report on the daily production and marketing of oil derivatives.
Currently we are also being audited, since we are also under the law and must be audited by those who have the mandate to do so,” said Hon. chol.
As regional markets seek to fuel exploration drives for energy security, the energy transition calls for the adoption of new technologies and increases demand across the region, South Sudan represents the gateway to doing business in Africa Oriental.
“This is definitely the time when we need investment.
Energy is what we want today.
The transition from fossil fuels to green and clean energy is a demand of today's world.
Without this transition, we will not be able to improve our livelihoods.
But most importantly, a just transition is what we need today.
South Sudan has the potential to export not only to Africa but to the world.
Particularly the mining sector, we have many minerals.
We will be the engine of the transition”, affirmed the Hon. boo.
In 2022, South Sudan has prioritized and will continue to prioritize energy partnerships with the aim of improving exploration and production.
Countries such as South Africa and China, present in South Sudan for several years, are seeking to improve their presence in this high-potential market.
“We have identified South Sudan as one of our strategic partners and we are taking advantage of our production sharing agreement.
Soon we will begin aeromagnetic studies.
This is not an isolated exploration project but integrated with the opportunities to create a pipeline to export the resources and create refineries to process those resources.
Do we believe that these efforts will contribute significantly to the energy sufficiency of both countries?”, declared the Hon. Lawyer Nogxina.
“Djibouti is not the largest country in terms of oil or gas production.
Therefore, the gateway to East Africa will be here in Juba. They will be able to produce and export oil and gas for us and the world”, affirmed SE Guedi.
As South Sudan Oil & Power 2022 kicks off, and a series of market-focused panel discussions explore key issues and trends in the East African energy industry, a new era of investment and regional development is on the horizon.
“South Sudan and industry are at a crossroads with global forces and industry forces and with citizens calling for enhanced local content.
Oil and gas resources can be used to benefit the nation.
We are at a crossroads five years later when we are looking at licensing rounds, because it is still the least developed and least explored region; and at a crossroads when we ask how do we increase production, improve local content,” Ayuk said, adding that “we have to be better.
We have to change how it is.
It is important that we begin to take advantage of untapped reserves, not only of oil but also of young people.” Giving a video speech, HE Aasland stated that “The distance between the SS and Norway may be long, however, we have a lot in common, such as rich energy resources.
Europe and Africa have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and the war in Ukraine.
The IEA perspective clearly shows us that a large part of Africa has been left out of the energy transition while 600 million people lack access to electricity.
As policymakers, our most important task is to ensure energy security and how we can make the sector more robust for an ever-changing world.” In addition to this, HE Jabber stated that, “To get out of the current complications and ensure one of the most important objectives of sustainable development, we must prioritize energy security.
Today, when prices start to skyrocket, it seems like the time to move fast and right in the direction of stable and sustainable energy.
Demand is projected to grow 50% by 2040, meaning it is imperative that energy remains affordable even in a complex and dynamic environment.” “Investors who come to South Sudan want to know whether there is an investment-friendly environment or not.
As Minister of Investments, I can confirm that it is.
We have signed the peace agreement and implemented and negotiated it, and now we are at peace.
South Sudan is not the only country blessed with resources.
That is why we try to be competitive, making establishment plans based on legal frameworks to ensure competitive laws and regulations that protect investors,” said Bro. Wol.
A joint human rights report published by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has documented serious violations and abuses of international human rights law.
human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law in the Unity State of South Sudan.
These violations were committed during clashes between joint government forces and affiliated militias/armed groups, on the one hand, and elements of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM/A-IO (RM)), loyal to the first Vice President Riek Machar.
- in the other one.
The report, which covers the period from February 11 to May 31, 2022, is based on 32 verification missions conducted by UNMISS in three counties (Koch, Leer and Mayendit) and neighboring areas.
The fighting in the southern Unity state affected at least 28 villages and settlements, with approximately 173 civilians killed, 12 injured and 37 women and children abducted.
Many of those abducted were subjected to sexual violence, including girls as young as eight and a nine-year-old girl who was gang-raped to death.
A total of 131 cases of rape and gang rape were documented.
Approximately 44,000 civilians were displaced from at least 26 villages.
UNMISS identified joint government forces and allied militia/groups reportedly operating under the command of officials from Koch and Mayendit counties as the main perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses.
SPLM/A-IO (RM) also carried out attacks in Mirmir Payam, Koch County.
“Human rights violations were committed with impunity.
Under international law, the Government has a duty to protect civilians, investigate allegations of human rights violations and hold suspected perpetrators to account in accordance with fair trial standards,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General ( SRSG) and Head of UNMISS, Nicolás Haysom.
Read the full report: https://bit.ly/3eplFl4
South Sudan’s leaders announced Thursday that the country’s post-war transitional government would remain in power two years beyond an agreed deadline, in a move foreign partners warned lacked legitimacy.
Martin Elia Lomuro, the minister of cabinet affairs, said the decision was taken “to address the challenges that impede the implementation of the peace agreement”, following a 2018 deal to end a five-year civil war that left nearly 400,000 people dead.
“Thus a new roadmap has been agreed,” the minister said, speaking in the presence of President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar, who formed a unity government more than two years ago after half a decade of fighting.
The world’s newest nation was meant to conclude a transition period with elections in February 2023, but the government has so far failed to meet key provisions of the agreement, including drafting a constitution.
The so-called troika of the United States, Britain and Norway boycotted Thursday’s announcement, pointing out that the government had not consulted all the parties involved in the 2018 deal before announcing the extension.
In a letter to Kiir, the troika expressed “profound concern that fully inclusive consultations must take place with civil society, faith-based groups, business, women’s groups, youth representatives, eminent persons and international partners before the (peace deal) is amended”.
“Whether a roadmap and an extension are seen as legitimate by the people of South Sudan and the international community will depend on an inclusive consultation process,” the letter said.
“We cannot guarantee that we will be able to support a roadmap or extension in other circumstances.
” South Sudan’s lumbering peace process has run into multiple delays, with violence breaking out between Kiir and Machar’s forces as recently as this year.
“The roadmap must demonstrate how another extension would differ from previous ones and include steps for clear progress in setting up the institutions and mechanisms necessary to hold elections,” the troika said.
Alleged war crimesThe United States last month pulled out of two peace process monitoring organisations in South Sudan due to the country’s failure to meet reform milestones, citing a “lack of sustained progress”.
After long delays, Kiir and Machar finally inked a deal on the creation of a unified armed forces command in April — a key provision of the peace deal.
The United Nations, which maintains a peacekeeping mission in the country, has repeatedly criticised South Sudan’s leadership for its role in stoking violence, cracking down on political freedoms and plundering public coffers.
The peacekeeping operation, with up to 17,000 soldiers and 2,100 police officers, is one of the UN’s most expensive, with an annual budget topping $1 billion.
The UN has also accused the government of rights violations amounting to war crimes over deadly attacks in the southwest last year.
South Sudan, one of the poorest countries on the planet despite large oil reserves, has suffered from war, natural disasters, hunger, ethnic violence and political infighting since it gained independence in 2011.
The UN’s World Food Programme warned in March that over 70 percent of South Sudan’s 11 million people would face extreme hunger this year because of natural disasters and violence.
At least 72 civilians were killed over a seven-week period in a single county in South Sudan, some beheaded and others burned alive, as inter-ethnic violence rocks the oil-rich region, the United Nations said on Monday.
Bloodshed between February 17 and April 7 in Leer County in Unity State reportedly forced 40,000 people to flee their homes, with UN investigators recording 64 cases of sexual violence. said the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
"UNMISS strongly condemns the widespread sexual violence, killings, including beheadings, burning civilians alive, and attacks on humanitarian workers," it said in a statement.
In total, "72 civilians were killed, at least 11 were injured," the statement added.
Two women told a UN team that they were repeatedly raped by armed youths and gang-raped as they came out of hiding to look for food for their children.
Another woman who had recently given birth met the same fate and was beaten for three days.
"I am deeply shocked by these horrific attacks on civilians in Leer," said Nicholas Haysom, who heads UNMISS.
"We must all do everything we can to ensure that victims and survivors get the justice they deserve and receive the care and support they need."
Earlier this month, terrified villagers told AFP they spent days hiding in the swamps as gunmen set fire to their huts and raided their cattle.
Some described horrific abuse, including the rape of women and girls.
The violence has raised fears of a return to conflict in the fragile young nation, which plunged into civil war in 2013, just two years after gaining independence from Sudan.
Fighting between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and his rival, Vice President Riek Machar, left nearly 400,000 dead before the two men agreed to lay down their arms in 2018.
But the country of 11 million has struggled to maintain a tenuous peace in the intervening years, dealing with lawlessness and explosions of inter-ethnic violence.
Political bickering between Kiir and Machar has not helped, with the two sides exchanging fire in recent months.
Although Kiir and Machar announced an end to the latest hostilities earlier this month and vowed to salvage the faltering peace pact, Unity State was rocked by fresh violence less than a week later.
Nearly nine million people, more than half of whom are children, will need help to survive this year, the UN said this month.
“The Mission urges national and local authorities to take immediate steps to de-escalate tensions and prevent further escalation and retaliatory attacks,” Haysom said, calling the perpetrators to account.
UNMISS was originally deployed for a year when the world's youngest nation gained its independence, but its mandate has been expanded again and again as the country lurches from one crisis to another.
A joint high-level delegation composed of the Special Representative of the President and Head of the AU Mission in South Sudan, HE Amb. Prof. Joram Biswaro, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, Prof. Nicholas Haysom, IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, HE Amb. Dr. Ismail Wais and the Acting Chairman of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Assessment Commission (RJMEC), His Excellency Major General Charles Tai Gituai (rtd), held two days of consultations with the Presidency of the Republic of South Sudan on recent issues of concern in the country.On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, the delegation met with HE President Salva Kiir Mayardit, and HE First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny, and on Thursday, March 31, 2022, met with H.E. Vice Presidents Mama Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior , Dr. Wani Igga and General Taban Deng Gai.The delegation encouraged the reaffirmation by both the President and the First Vice President that they would not return the country to war, urging them to de-escalate the escalating political tensions, engage in dialogue with each other to address any concerns, and return to full implementation of the Convention. In the meeting with the president, the delegation acknowledged his intervention through the press conference on Monday, March 28, 2022, which helped reduce anxiety in Juba and throughout the country.The delegation underscored the importance of the members of the Presidency recommitting to the full implementation of the 2018 Peace Agreement, and urged them to fulfill their commitments to demonstrate to the nation their true desire for peace. He welcomed their readiness and willingness to meet and discuss their differences on the implementation of the Agreement. The delegation encouraged them to maintain dialogue and improve communication among the members of the Presidency.It encouraged the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) to rescind its suspension from participation in the Agreement's institutions and mechanisms, including RJMEC and CTSAMVM. In addition, he underscored the seriousness of the rise in intercommunal violence, which serves to undermine security throughout the country.With only 11 months remaining in the Transition Period, the delegation highlighted the pending tasks of the Agreement, such as the unification of forces, the process of creating a constitution and preparations for the elections, and urged the transitional government to develop a route to establish how to complete what must be implemented before the end of the Transition Period.The meetings came at a time of growing political and security concerns in the country, the suspension of the participation of SPLM/A-IO representatives from the Agreement's institutions and mechanisms, and the slow overall implementation of the R-ARCSS. The delegation expressed its availability to support the Chair if necessary.
Clashes in parts of South Sudan's Unity and Upper Nile states over the past few weeks have resulted in killings, displacement, attacks on aid and other abuses. These clashes, between government forces under President Salva Kiir, and Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) forces under First Vice President Riek Machar, are a symptom of multiple defections and opposition fragmentation that has followed a failure to enforce security arrangements in South Sudan's revitalized peace agreement.
The international community must maintain a strong commitment to prevent further human rights abuses and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation.
In 2018, warring factions in South Sudan signed a peace agreement that reduced violence in most of the country. Under the deal, the two main opposing factions and other groups agreed to form a unity government and share responsibility for the armed forces. On March 23, the SPLM/A-IO suspended its participation in the peace agreement monitoring mechanisms, citing continued attacks on its bases by government forces and aligned militias.
In a March 28 statement, the SPLM/A-IO alleged that government forces had been deployed to Riek Machar's house on March 27, before withdrawing the next morning.
President Kiir described the deployment as a crime prevention measure.
Civil society leaders and diplomats have warned that these cycles of violent clashes and provocations could lead to renewed conflict. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan (UNCHRSS) has warned that almost all risk factors for UN heinous crimes are present in South Sudan. The Commission's need could not be more obvious. Its mandate must be renewed by the UN Human Rights Council, including to investigate, collect and preserve evidence for future accountability processes.
Although Kiir and Machar have called for calm, they should issue public orders to prevent and end attacks on civilians and civilian property. The parties to the peace agreement must take immediate steps to complete the integration of forces and address other outstanding security sector reform issues, as well as ensure accountability for abuses committed by senior officials.
South Sudan's foreign partners, especially its neighbours, should pressure and encourage the country's leaders to take action to better protect South Sudanese civilians, who bear the brunt of the terrible political, economic and social crisis. generated by many years of conflict.
This is not the time to reduce international commitment. Rather, monitoring, reporting and accountability efforts are essential to keeping South Sudan's fragile transition on track.
South Sudan faces unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic, rising international fuel and food prices due to the war in Ukraine, and three consecutive years of major flooding; The Staff Monitored Program (SMP) has underpinned key currency and monetary reforms and seeks to support macroeconomic stability and strengthen fiscal discipline and budget transparency; With oil revenues buoyant and prices of major imported commodities rising, it will be important to use the increased fiscal space to clear wage arrears as a matter of priority and focus budget resources in a timely manner on priority spending, especially in health and education.
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team, led by Mr. Niko Hobdari, visited South Sudan from 14 to 25 March 2022. The mission held discussions with the authorities on the Staff Supervised Program (SMP) and Article IV of 2022. Consultation. At the end of the visit, Mr. Hobdari issued the following statement; “South Sudan's economy has been hit hard by the global pandemic and three consecutive years of major flooding. This year's floods have caused large production losses in the agricultural and oil sectors and have exacerbated the difficult humanitarian situation in the country. As a result, a record proportion of the population is expected to experience acute food insecurity during the upcoming lean season. While the recent rise in world commodity prices due to the war in Ukraine will increase South Sudan's revenue from oil exports, the majority of the population will experience the impact in the form of higher prices for everyday goods. , especially food and fuel.
“Despite these challenges, the authorities are building on last year's successful currency and monetary reform that closed the gap between parallel and official rates and stabilized the value of the South Sudanese Pound (SSP). The removal of restrictions on the foreign exchange market has made it possible for individuals and businesses to buy and sell currencies at predictable and competitive rates. This, together with the Bank of South Sudan's (BoSS) prudent control of the money supply, resulted in an appreciation of the SSP that has mitigated some of the global price gains. To consolidate these gains, the authorities reiterated their commitment to refrain from monetary financing of the deficit and to keep money growth under control, to continue holding regular currency auctions to maintain an exchange rate determined by the market, and to expand the instruments available for managing currency and liquidity. .
“The recent approval of the 2021/22 budget by the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) presents an opportunity to improve budget management for the remainder of the current fiscal year. Oil prices higher than anticipated and the good performance of non-oil revenues, in addition to the fulfillment of the commitments of the Temporary Financial Agreement with Sudan, have increased fiscal space. Given the absence of social safety nets, the mission welcomed the commitment of the authorities to progressively reduce wage arrears and eliminate them by the end of the fiscal year, which will reduce the adverse impact of rising food prices. and fuel due to the war in Ukraine. Going forward, budget releases should be made in a timely manner and in accordance with approved allocations, subject to regular consideration by the newly established cash management committee. The mission encouraged the authorities to increase the transparency of government revenues and expenditures, including the publication of quarterly budget execution reports to assure stakeholders that budget priorities are being met. This should also include full information on oil production and associated government revenue."
“For the 2022/23 budget, discussions focused on establishing a realistic resourcing and ensuring the budget calendar allows for timely submission to the TNLA for approval before the start of the fiscal year. In addition, indicative quarterly cash planning should ensure that no further arrears accumulate and that priority spending, especially on health and education, is protected. At the same time, should oil revenues prove more buoyant than anticipated, the mission recommends that the authorities create additional international reserves to insure against future shocks.
“Performance under the SMP has been in line with expectations. All but one of the quantitative targets have been met, arrears clearance being the only exception, and progress has been made on a number of structural benchmarks. The mission encourages the authorities to complete and publish the audit of expenditure financed by disbursements under the Rapid Credit Service and implement the Auditor General's recommendations, publish external debt data and ensure its integrity in the future, and also ensure that any indebtedness future external is reviewed by the Loan Committee and approved by the TNLA. Discussions with the authorities on the finalization of the SMP review are expected to continue in the context of the upcoming Spring Meetings.”
The team met with His Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayardit, His Excellency First Vice President Riek Machar, TNLA First Vice President Hon. Oyet Nathaniel Perieno, Minister of Finance and Planning Mr. Agak Achuil Lual, Minister of Roads and Bridges Mr. Simon Mijok Mijak, Minister of Petroleum, Mr. Puot Kang Chol, Minister of Education, Ms. Awut Deng Acuil, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Ms. Josephine Lagu Joseph, Governor of the Bank of South Sudan, Mr. Moses Makur Deng, Auditor General Mr. Steven Wondu, other high-level government officials and TNLA members, and representatives from the diplomatic community, the private sector, and civil society. The IMF team thanks the authorities for their hospitality and productive discussions.”
I think it’s important to come here and express the UN’s commitment to South Sudan and its people and support their effortsJUBA, South Sudan, September 10, 2021/APO Group/ --
Shortly after touching down in Juba, the United Nations chief of peace operations was whisked off to a series of meetings with South Sudan’s top politicians.
The visit by the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, is designed to help breathe life into the stagnating peace process and to express the commitment of the United Nations to supporting the people of South Sudan as they transition from war to peace, recovery, and development.
“Over the last 18 months, the situation has been rather tough for the country and the people of South Sudan and also for our colleagues here because of the challenges that already existed before COVID-19 but also additional challenges resulting from COVID-19,” said USG Lacroix. “I think it’s important to come here and express the UN’s commitment to South Sudan and its people and support their efforts but also to express support and gratitude to our UN colleagues.”
After five years of civil war, the warring factions signed a peace deal in September 2018. Since then, political violence has significantly reduced although sporadic fighting continues at the community level in pockets of the country, particularly in the states of Western Equatoria and Warrap.
One of the key players in resolving that conflict and pushing the peace process forward is the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition, now First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar. The USG held lengthy talks with him today to discuss vital issues, such as the conflict around Tambura and the delayed graduation and deployment of unified security forces, the permanent constitution-making process, and preparations for elections.
“We know the importance of the elections is very crucial because it is the democratic process that allows the citizens of South Sudan to elect whom they see as the right person to lead them during the next few years. We have some challenges, mainly the security arrangements. We need to create a conducive environment for the elections,” said the acting Press Secretary for South Sudan’s First Vice President, Puok Both Baluang.
Next stop was the residence of Vice President Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior. In addition to general political, security and humanitarian issues, a key focus of the talks was the importance of women leading and actively participating in the peace process. The peace agreement requires parties to ensure 35 percent representation of women in all governance structures. The country has appointed its first female Speaker, but it is still far from meeting its target.
“Women are more realistic about issues because they are mothers, they are wives, they are sisters, so they know what a country is, what is a nation. It is a nation without people, the women know about this. Some of the men are concerned about their positions but the women are concerned about the life of people,” said Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior.
“Without women participating in the building of our economy, the economy will be paralyzed, it will be like a bird without one wing. If you see West African women, they are there in the market, but in South Sudan, we have not encouraged our women. Women are very important and even men know that our women are very important.”
The USG also met with civil society groups and faith-based leaders who want the political leaders to live up to their promises.
“Our leadership needs to remember that they told the global leadership in Rome that they will never take their country back to war,” said the General Secretary of the South Sudan Council of Churches, Father James Oyet Latansio.
“We understand the challenges, however, they should recommit to dialogue, dialogue to build trust among themselves, dialogue to engage our troops, dialogue to deliver services to the people of South Sudan, not to leave the people in South Sudan in misery. Get on and give peace a chance through dialogue.”
Jean-Pierre Lacroix took that message on board by reinforcing the importance of civil society and communities more broadly engaging in the peace process and holding their leaders to account.
“You cannot build durable peace if you don’t engage the civil society, the communities, the people basically in their diversity, the women and the youth, and these representatives of the civil society,” he said.
“They are our partners, our partners in the UN, and they help us in highlighting concerns that are really very high in the minds of so many people here. So, I think it’s extremely important to have this regular dialogue with these partners and members of civil society.”
Political and security discussions will continue tomorrow with meetings scheduled with the country’s President and Defense Minister as well as all-important women’s groups who are working to build durable peace.
Parties to South Sudan’s 2018 peace deal, on Wednesday, agreed to divide the country’s 10 states, ending months of stalemate in the implementation of the pact.
President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar met in Juba, where they agreed on a new formula for allocation of states, the presidential press office said in a statement.
Under the new arrangement, President Kiir’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party will take six states, Machar’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) will take three.
And the remaining one will be given to the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA).
The two leaders also agreed to convene another meeting to discuss the nomination of state governors, the presidency said.
Signatories to the 2018 pact were expected to establish state governments together with the transitional government of national unity in Feb. 22.
But the process was delayed after the parties disagreed on how to share the ten states.
UN peacekeeping in South Sudan warned, earlier this month, that the absence of political leadership in the state levels threatens the fragile peace deal amid an increase in inter-communal violence across the east African country.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Parties to South Sudan's 2018 peace deal on Wednesday agreed to divide the country's 10 states, ending months of stalemate in the implementation of the pact.
President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar met in Juba where they agreed on a new formula for allocation of states, the presidential press office said in a statement.
Under the new arrangement, President Kiir's Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) party will take six states, Machar's Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) will take three. And the remaining one will be given to the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA).
The two leaders also agreed to convene another meeting to discuss the nomination of state governors, the presidency said.
Signatories to the 2018 pact were expected to establish state governments together with the transitional government of national unity in Feb. 22, but the process was delayed after the parties disagreed on how to share the ten states.
UN peacekeeping in South Sudan warned earlier this month that the absence of political leadership in the state levels threatens the fragile peace deal amid an increase in inter-communal violence across the east African country.