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The Secretary General of South Sudan Secretariat for the East African Community, Hon. Mou Mou Athian Kuol (centre) launching the design competition for a new EAC emblem and logo at the Main Hall of the University of Juba

Hon. Mou Mou Athian Kuol, Secretary General of South Sudan Secretariat for the East African Community, on Tuesday launched the design competition for a corporate identity for the EAC at the Main Hall of the University of Juba, Republic of South Sudan (RSS).

Hon. Mou Mou called upon the students and youth in South Sudan to take advantage of the opportunity being offered by the Community with regard to developing a new EAC corporate identity, as directed by the EAC Council of Ministers.

He told the university community that South Sudan’s admission to the Community was a reaffirmation of the country’s commitment to seek economic, social and cultural political integration with the citizens of the Community, adding that RSS’s entry into the Community marked a major shift in the country’s foreign and economic policy.

“It is only since the proclamation of independence in 2011 that South Sudan was free to make its own regional and foreign policy and as part of this policy, we have made it clear that we want to be a part of EAC,” said the Secretary General.

The Secretary General also noted that as part of integrating the RSS into the Community, the Heads of State appointed Justice Dr. Charles Oyo Nyawello, from RSS as Judge to the First Instance Division of the East African Court of Justice during their 18th Ordinary Meeting held on 20th May, 2017 in Dar es salaam, Tanzania.

“Every citizen of the regional bloc including South Sudanese can now log cases in this regional Court. South Sudan will soon become a part of the visa-free area of the EAC and as a result, South Sudanese citizens will no longer need visas to travel to the region and vice versa for EAC citizens travelling to South Sudan,” said Mou Mou.

He further revealed that RSS has already nominated nine Members of Parliament to the 4th East African Legislative Assembly, which will be inaugurated in July 2017 in Arusha, adding that the country had already appointed a Defence Liaison Officer from the Ministry of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs who will be shortly reporting for duty at the Headquarters in Arusha.

The Secretary General urged the youth from South Sudan specializing in graphic arts and design to work hard and participate actively in the competition saying winners would be given awards.

The 24th meeting of the Sectoral Council of Ministers responsible for the Community’s Affairs and Planning held on 30th June, 2016 in Nairobi, adopted the proposed Brand Architecture Strategy and directed the Secretariat to engage the Youth in the region to develop the new corporate identity.