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Oil and the Future of Sudan

Conference Report

1-2 November 2006 Juba, Southern Sudan

On 1st and 2nd November 2006, the Conference “Oil and the Future of Sudan” took place in Juba, Southern Sudan, at the initiative of New Sudanese Indigenous NGOs (NESI) Network and the European Coalition on Oil in Sudan (ECOS). The conference was attended by government authorities, parliamentarians, oil companies, academics, and representatives from local communities, embassies, international organisations, and NGOs. The interventions focussed on the question how oil and its revenues can underpin the objectives of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and contribute to peace and equitable development in Sudan. Key issues that emerged were the regulation of the social and environmental impact of the petroleum sector, compensation and reparation, transparency and accountability, security, participatory planning, and local development.

H.E. Dr. Riek Machar, Vice President of the Government of Southern Sudan gave the keynote speech, followed by General (Ret.) Lazaro Sumbeiywo, Former Special Envoy for Sudan for the Government of Kenya, and H.E. Ms. Angelina Teny, State Minister in the Ministry of Energy and Mining of the Government of National Unity. NESI Coordinator, Ms. Suzanne Jambo in her welcoming speech, stated that the conference’s aims were:

• Joining hands through constructive dialogue for the realization of a just and lasting peace through the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) framework.

• Honest and constructive deliberations between key stakeholders/players in Sudan’s oil industry towards the formulation of guiding principles for the Sudan oil industry.

• Contributing towards transparent and accountable revenue management.

• Seeking ways to timely realise peace dividends generated from oil revenue.

• To spell out mechanisms for channels of dialogue, peace building, and efficient, transparent and accountable systems of governance.

This report contains a summary of the presentations and discussions that took place during the conference. Subject upon availability, full-length versions of the presentations can be found on the ECOS website www.ecosonline.org

While this document is believed to contain a correct representation of the views and opinions expressed by the conference participants, the organisers cannot assume any liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or subsequent use of any of the information herein.

- New Sudanese Indigenous NGOs (NESI)
- Network European Coalition on Oil in Sudan (ECOS) .

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