Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Republic of South Sudan

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

After 150 days in office, Hon. Deng encourages staff to stay the course despite challenges

09 Aug 2023, Juba, SOUTH SUDAN – The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Deng Dau Deng on Tuesday urged the staff at the Ministry to remain committed, even in the face of numerous challenges.

Hon. Deng made the appeal in a message marking his 150th day in office.

“Today, August 8, 2023, marks 150 days since I was directed by H.E. the President of the Republic of South Sudan. March 8th, the day I was tasked to carry out my duties as the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, coincided to be the internationally celebrated Women’s Day worldwide” he said.

The Acting Minister expressed gratitude to Undersecretary Ambassador Mayen Dut Wol, all Director Generals, Heads of South Sudan’s missions abroad, diplomats and the entire staff of the Ministry for their cooperation and tireless efforts in ensuring that the Ministry achieves its goals and objectives.

“Let me first thank the Undersecretary, whom I had been relying on given his knowledge and experience, and his entire team of the Executive Office, Technical Team, Media Department, Legal Advisor, and all the departments under his directive for their commitment to their work”. Hon. Deng added.

The Acting Minister pointed out that the Ministry had achieved a lot over the past 150 days, including the launch of its website and the Diplomatic Journal. He also mentioned his participation at some 10 international and regional conferences and summits.

However, Hon. Deng admitted that not all was going according to plan, adding that despite this, it was important to stay the course, as efforts were underway to address some of the most pressing problems affecting the Ministry.

Said Hon. Deng: “I am aware of criticism being levelled at the leadership in the headquarters. We welcome all views that will enhance our performance at our missions and the headquarters. The most important thing is to keep our faith and work together for the betterment of the institution.”

The Acting Minister also acknowledged the support of President Salva Kiir, particularly his unrelenting effort to ensure that the Ministry of Finance and Planning finds a sustainable mechanism to pay salaries on time and regularly.