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South Sudan Waives Registration Fees for Nonprofits

FILE - Elizabeth Nyakoda holds her severely malnourished 10-month-old daughter at the feeding center for children in Jiech, Ayod County, South Sudan, Dec. 10, 2017.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir this week ordered the government’s Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RCC) to waive registration fees for local and international nongovernmental organizations (NGO) operating in South Sudan.

Deng Tong Kenjok, of the commission, issued a notice Thursday to nonprofit organizations in South Sudan.

VOA’s South Sudan In Focus obtained a copy of Kenjok’s letter addressed to NGOs, which said, “due to (the) humanitarian situation and huge burden of funding many humanitarian projects in the country (South Sudan), President Kiir issued directives waiving registration fees for all NGOs in South Sudan.”

FILE - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at UN headquarters in New York, Jan. 2, 2018.
FILE - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at UN headquarters in New York, Jan. 2, 2018.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued a statement Friday asking the Kiir administration to create a suitable environment for aid workers operating in South Sudan.

“This week, the government of South Sudan waived registration fees for nongovernmental to organizations. This action will save NGOs approximately $2,500 compared to last year,” she said.

NGOs and U.N. agencies are providing life-saving assistance to 3 million people each month in South Sudan, since violence erupted in the country in 2013.

“However, work permit fees — often ranging between $2,000 to $4,000 per international staff member — remain a much greater financial burden,” Haley’s statement said.

Haley said her office acknowledged efforts by the South Sudan government to waive registration fees, but insisted that fees, paperwork and bureaucracy should never get in the way of providing life-saving assistance.

Kenjok’s directive noted that “all NGOs shall be required to pay service and administration fees payable to RCC.”

“We encourage even greater rollbacks to administrative impediments so that the long-suffering South Sudanese people can get the help they need without delay,” Haley said.

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    John Tanza

    John Tanza works out of VOA’s Washington headquarters and is the managing editor and host of the  South Sudan In Focus radio program.
    Before joining VOA, John worked in Nairobi, Kenya where he established the first independent radio station (Sudan Radio Service) for the people of Sudan. He has covered several civil wars both in Sudan and South Sudan and has been engaged in the production of civic education materials for creating awareness about post conflict issues facing Sudanese and South Sudanese. John has interviewed South Sudan President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar, Vice President Wani Igga, leader of Sudan’s Umma Party Sadiq Al Mahdi in addition to other senior United Nations and U.S government officials in South Sudan and Washington. His travels have taken him across to Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Egypt, Ethiopia, Syria, DRC Congo and parts East Africa where he reported on the South Sudanese diaspora and the challenges facing them.
    A South Sudanese national, John enjoys listening to music from all over the world, reads academic books, watches documentaries and listens to various radio stations on the internet.  You can follow John on Twitter at @Abusukon