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United Nations World Food Program secure additional U.S. $4.5
million dollars to provide humanitarian support for South Sudan

JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said Thursday it has received an additional 4.5 million U.S. dollars contribution to provide humanitarian support to more than seven million South Sudanese who are food insecure.

Simon Cammelbeeck, WFP’s acting country director in South Sudan, said the new funding from Germany will also enable the UN Humanitarian Air Service to keep providing flights for the humanitarian community.

"It will allow us to preposition food ahead of the rainy season and deliver timely assistance to the people in need while giving the entire humanitarian community a reliable airlink across the country," Cammelbeeck said in a joint statement issued in Juba.

He said the new funding will be used to provide food and nutrition assistance to vulnerable people, including the displaced and children under the age of two across the country.

The UN agency said it assisted 5.1 million people in 2018, providing food assistance for people building or restoring community assets such as roads, emergency school meals to keep children in school and the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition among children and pregnant and nursing women.

WFP also provided air transport services which it manages to 300 humanitarian organizations across the country.

The UN agency said it is preparing to respond to needs resulting from a poor agricultural season last year worsened by continued conflict.

Jan Hendrik van Thiel, ambassador of Germany to South Sudan, said his country is committed to working together with WFP and other humanitarian agencies to help some of the most vulnerable people in South Sudan.

"Alongside humanitarian assistance to South Sudan, Germany will continue to support recovery and resilience building activities that will help the country become a food secure nation in the long term," said the envoy.


Kenya eyes deals with South Sudan and Ethiopia to boost accountants migration

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s accountancy body said Monday that it is seeking to sign mutual recognition agreements with South Sudan and Ethiopia in order to boost labor migration.

Julius Mwatu, chairman of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), told journalists in Nairobi that East Africa’s rapidly expanding economies are creating increasing demand for qualified accountants.

"We hope to conclude mutual recognition agreements with the accountancy regulators of Ethiopia and South Sudan in the next one year, so that Kenyan accountants can work in those countries," Mwatu said during the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and ICPAK. ICAI is an associate member of the Chartered Accountants Worldwide.

The agreement aims to establish areas of cooperation and collaboration for the mutual benefit of both ICPAK and ICAI members and to enhance the reputation and influence of both parties within their respective home countries and globally, according to Mwatu.

ICPAK, with 500,000 U.S. dollars funding from the World Bank, is currently setting up accountancy institutions in Burundi after ICPAK’s success of similar operation in Rwanda.

Mwatu said that East African Community member states Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi have already signed mutual recognition agreements among them for the accountancy profession.

He added that due to globalization, there has been movement of Kenyan professionals to the rest of the world.

"We therefore want to play our role to ensure that Kenyan accountants can secure employment in whichever country they find opportunities," Mwatu said.


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