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February 3, 2013 (JUBA) – An electronic payroll management system seeking to improve efficiency within South Sudan’s civil service has officially been launched by the country’s labour and public service ministry.

Implementation of the pilot phase of the system, focusing on how to improve payroll management at both the national and state levels, commences this month and continues until April, officials say.

Angeth Acol de Dut, the under-secretary in the public service ministry is optimistic the Electronic Payroll Systems (EPS) will help the young nation reduce the existence of ghost workers on government payrolls.

Without giving details on how much the government loses annually because of non-existing workers, Acol said the new system will further enhance the efficiency of South Sudan’s civil service sector, in the absence of the civil service wage bill.

“Under this new system, all government institutions will be required to submit their reports to the public service ministry. Those who do not comply will have their payrolls withheld as required by the new electronic payroll system,” she said at Friday’s launch.

Meanwhile, the ministry says it will soon embark on a series of training programs to equip its staff with the various skills and techniques involved in the electronic payroll system.

In August 2011, South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state established a state-of-the-art integrated tax management system, as part of its government’s effort to foster the effective implementation of tax reforms.

The system, launched a month later, was a component of the state revenue authority’s mandate to enhance local revenue mobilisation through development of the necessary statutory laws and regulations.

The state, which borders neighbouring Sudan, has also established a computerised system of tax handling, with a move to enhance state revenue collections and steer development.

In 2012, South Sudan was ranked the 13th most corrupt country of the 173 nations included in the annual Corruption Perceptions Index as published by Transparency International.

(ST)

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  • 4 February 2013 20:41, by Nuer Empire

    Number 13 among 173 ’s most corrupted nation in the world!! Too bad!! All electronic payroll have never been there!? No worry 2015 is near to kick their asss(looters)out and use their money! An individual who corrupts deserves being in ICC.
    <<< The Nuer Empire >>>

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    • 5 February 2013 05:54, by william mawien

      Sudan as the number one corrupted country......

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    • 3 January 13:27, by negruvoda

      The latest technology has a vital role to play in any modern workplace and can make a huge difference to the way your business works and how well your employees carry out their tasks. But before buying it everyone should do a automated test equipment company process to see if the company needs this technology or another one.

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  • 4 February 2013 21:00, by Al-mezan

    Bad news for DGs and Accountants, their days have been numbered, Bravo ! Madame Angeth, we wish you a victory over corruption, BUT eeeh, be careful, corruption fights back.

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  • 5 February 2013 03:01, by salah

    I hope this is not another scheme to embezzle more money from the wonderful people of SS.

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  • 5 February 2013 04:36, by 4Justice

    The will only affect the little guys down the looting chain, leaving the President and his ministers intact.

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  • 5 February 2013 06:27, by master

    the new system could obsorb the money because when you install employees names no one could be sure wether it’s ture or fake

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  • 5 February 2013 08:58, by Turism

    Who will supervise the electronic payroll system in south sudan? the electronic system can not work if the same people can supervise the process, let not waste time to focus on expensive thing that can encourage the corruption. the old system of payroll was working, only people were not serious to follow the system.

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  • 5 February 2013 14:42, by kuac Agol

    The time to do corruption in South Sudan is gone for your information , please make sure that any corrupt act could not be tolerated
    Electronic payroll introduction in South Sudan would serve as a tool to catch corruptees and reduce rapid wealth and unrrecognised developement for some individuals who are role model of corruption in South Sudan
    Alot of thanks to those who made it possible

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  • 7 February 2013 02:45, by San Manyuon

    Well, it sounds fantastic to mention Electronic Payroll System at this early years, but how does EPS help curb corruption or reduction in Embezzlement of fund? In fact, I am thinking it will boost payments of ghost employees. Now, money will be wired into accounts with very limited public view especially by people who have access to the electronic payroll or to accounts of the power holders.

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