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
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
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
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.