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IGAD to Hold South Sudan Crisis Meeting

purchase ‘sans-serif’; color: black;”>Governments must enhance their National Broadband planning process to enable ICTs and broadband to catalyse socio-economic development, price according to an Open Letter from the Broadband Commission for Digital Development to delegates attending the ITU’s 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference.

dosage ‘sans-serif’; color: black;”>Personally delivered by H.E. President Kagame, co-Chair of the Broadband Commission, on October 28th, the Commission notes the strong links between broadband and development and urges “Member States to continue to push for inclusion of ICTs and broadband as key enabling transformative technologies in the post-2015 development agenda.”

Although there is evidence that Broadband Plans can help to adapt systems and ensure that both industrialized and developing economies can fully benefit from the digital revolution, there are currently 43 countries without any form of National Broadband plan in place.

ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré said, “The importance of a National Broadband plan cannot be understated and I encourage all nations to put in place a Broadband Plan that ensures they are ready to meet the digital revolution head-on. Broadband for all, no matter where they live, is a real possibility and represents a real opportunity to achieve meaningful digital inclusion across the globe.”

The letter comes as part of the Broadband Commission’s ongoing campaign for policy leadership in broadband as established in the Commission’s first advocacy target, tracked in the Commission’s annual State of Broadband report, which aims to make broadband policy universal – by 2015, all countries should have a national broadband plan or strategy or include broadband in UAS (Universal Access Service) Definitions.

The Broadband Commission for Digital Development was launched in May 2010 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call to step up efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Commission unites top industry executives with government leaders, thought leaders, policy pioneers, international agencies and organizations concerned with development. The Broadband Commission embraces a range of different perspectives in a multi-stakeholder approach to promoting the roll-out of broadband, and represents a fresh approach to UN and business engagement. To date, the Commission has published a number of high-level policy reports, best practices and case studies.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s Heads of State summit is expected to sit this weekend to brainstorm on easing the crisis in South Sudan.

Regional leaders will also push for the immediate resumption of the peace talks between Dr Riek Machar’s rebels and government of President Salva Kiir.

The Summit was supposed to sit on Monday this week was adjourned to allow the presence of President Museveni who had traveled to Rome on a four-day working visit.

President Museveni is expected to travel to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa where he will join his counterparts at the National Palace to find a final solution to the bloody 10-month internal war that has killed thousands and displaced millions.

The talks were suspended on October 5 to allow for more consultations.

The negotiations did not resume on December 16 as planned before being pushed to December 20 and later Dec. 27.

According to IGAD`s communication officer, more about Ms Tigist Hailu, who exclusively spoke to Chimpreports on Friday, both parties have already returned to Addis Ababa and talks have resumed in principle.

“There is no clear communication on peace talks resumption yet. Will advise you as it come. Otherwise the parties are here and in principle it has resumed,” said Ms Tigist.


Leaders are expected t o pile more pressure on Machar and Kiir to cease hostilities, which this week left over two hundred combatants from both antagonistic sides, dead.

“The mediator IGAD has now written to all Heads of State of member countries as a last resort to reign in on Kiir and Machar as the talks hit what officials described as an “irreversible deadlock,” a source told this website early this month.

The first breakthrough in the peace talks happened on May 9 when the two key principals, Kiir and Machar met for the first time and agreed to end the fighting and find a political solution to the conflict which broke out in December 2013.

Hon Oryem Okello, Uganda’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of International Affairs, recently said African Union may consider putting sanctions on South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar if he does not cooperate in the peace process mediated by IGAD.

The Minister said the Heads of State have suggested a “broad based government as measure to bring peace in South Sudan.”

He said, in the deal, “Riek Machar has been asked to nominate a Prime Minister. While President Salva Kiir agrees with the deal, Riek Machar is demanding for the position of Executive Prime Minister.”

Okello further revealed that “Heads of State had resolved to take tough measures against Riek Machar but with intervention of John Kerry a follow-up summit was suggested and is to take place early November to have the two sides agree on the deal.”

Okello said he was optimistic that the deal would be signed basing on the information from his counterpart in South Sudan that informal talks are going on well.

Observers say regional leaders are likely to take punitive measures against Machar in the wake of this week’s offensive against government positions.

SPLA spokesperson, Col Phillip Aguer, said over 7,000 rebels intended to capture Bentiu but that they were defeated.

The rebel spokesperson, Brig Lul Koang denied the attacks, saying they were defending their positions against government’s “aggressive behaviour.”

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