Responding to the IGAD initiative of engaging the two peace centres in joint collaborative work that contributes to peace building and stability, and affirming the centrality of peace building;
Mindful to post CPA challenges facing Sudan and South Sudan, and recognizing the capacity of PRI and CPDS to actively engage in peace building,
Cognizant of the conducive environment created by the recent cooperation framework agreements between the two countries and the commitment of the leadership to ensure the implementation of the cooperation matrices,
Affirming their commitment to contribute to peace building and stability in Sudan and South Sudan, and
Expressing full support for the realization of two prosperous states living side by side in peace and tranquillity, shall:
Engage in joint research and advocacy program around:
1. The creation of soft borders between Sudan and South Sudan; to facilitate movements of pastoralists, cross border trade, and the movement of citizens as stipulated by the four freedoms agreement between the two countries;
2. Security issues around disarmament, demobilization and re-integration (DDR) and the proliferation of small arms;
3. Civic education with a focus on propagating and spreading peace culture, engaging women, CSOs working for peace building, the youth, private sector and media.
4. Macroeconomic issues including microfinance bank for border communities, and free trade zone for such communities; and
5. Border demarcation and the Abyei issue.
6. Mobilization of institutions of higher learning to support this consensus as a benchmark for peace building and stability
Call upon the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to support this consensus
PRI and CPDS Call upon IGAD to:
Support PRI and CPDS to operationalize this consensus through mobilizing resources and facilitating the process;
Provide technical support, capacity building and advice on matters pertaining to liaison between the two centres and their respective governments and any other bodies as may be deemed important by the two institutions;
Support any structure for the smooth and successful implementation of this consensus.
PRI and CPDS thank the representatives of the two governments and IGAD, and appreciate the role they played in the deliberations leading to this consensus.
Abda Al Mahdi reviews the implications of the economy of Sudan, after the secession of the South
The Peace Research Institute hosted in the second round of the Dialogue Policy Forum Abda Yahia AlMahdi, an economic expert and former State Minster of the Ministry of Finance, on Tuesday, September 11, 2012. The dialogue was about there percussions of the economic crisis after these cession ofSouthern Sudan. Present at thedialogue and debate was a number of business men from theprivate sector, academicians economists, and representativesof thecentral and commercial banks