July 26, 2010 (JUBA) — The semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) is pursuing an ambitious plan to establish fiber-optic communication network for faster and efficient system in the region.
This was announced by the Vice President, Riek Machar, during the official launch of a symposium on Information Technology (IT) under the theme, ‘Mitigating digital transformation challenges.’
In his opening statement which he read on behalf of the President, Salva Kiir, Vice President Machar said it was important for the government to link all the state capitals with fiber optic communication system and transform the government into an electronic government (E-government), which he also said was pivotal for public service reform.
He reminded the audience that the referendum for the South is only five months away, saying the 2005 peace deal has created an opportunity of peace and stability that should not be lost.
“There should be no challenges to plunge us back to war. Challenges are surmountable,” he said.
Ministers from both the national government in Khartoum and Government of Southern Sudan, in addition to 40 state ministers took part in the symposium on Monday in Juba.
The respective ministers of Communication for the national government and GoSS, Yahiya Abdallah and Madut Biar Yel, both stressed the importance of embarking on the E-government and extend the communication services to the rural areas.
The two-day gathering is expected to thoroughly discuss the status of communication services in the two regions of Sudan.