Workshop on the establishment of the Joint Actions Forum (JAF) of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly of South Sudan

Foundation contributes to the discussion on the implementation of the TNLA’s Strategic Plan

On 19 and 20 May 2022, the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) conducted a workshop in Juba for the establishment of a Joint Actions Forum as a legal and institutional framework to guide the process of working towards the realisation of the development targets enshrined in the TNLA’s Strategic Plan 2021-23. The workshop was attended by the Honourable Speaker of the TNLA, the Right Honourable Jemma Nunu Kumba, the First Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, the Right Honourable Nathaniel Oyet, the Second Deputy Speaker of the TNLA, the Right Honourable Parmena Awerial Aluong as well as representatives of various Ministries and implementing partners. The event was organised by the African-European Parliamentarians Initiative (AEPI).

Upon request of the TNLA the Max Planck Foundation contributed to the reflections on the JAF’s terms of reference and its functions, the selection of its members as well as the drawing up of a first work plan for the implementation of the TNLA’s Strategic Plan. In particular, the Foundation was invited to share its ample experience and expertise in training members of the legislature in South Sudan over the past 10 years and help prioritise training needs for the TNLA in the immediate future. In the framework of the deliberations, the Second Deputy Speaker, the Right Honourable Parmena Awerial Aluong, repeatedly expressed the TNLA’s gratitude to the Max Planck Foundation for its past support and stated that the parliamentary select committees as well as the Members of the TNLA were hoping for the support to continue in the future. The Foundation will continue working closely with the TNLA to provide technical legal support and capacity building in the framework of the EU-funded project titled Strengthening the Rule of Law in South Sudan.