The Minister of Telecommunication
and Postal Services
Hon. Rebecca Joshua Okwachi
Foreword from Minister
The long, costly and very devastating struggle of the South Sudanese people spear-headed by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has now been redirected as a matter of process to lead the people of South Sudan to unequivocally determine their future through the exercise of an internationally supervised and monitored referendum, in a peaceful and transparent way. This on-going universally recognized peace process of ending the war and transforming the bullets into ballots, entails the Leadership of Government of South Sudan (GOSS) to provide basic services to the people, such as clean water, good housing, health care, education, good roads, efficient transport, security and equally important too, the provision of modern telecommunications and postal services.
It is within this ambit of telecommunication and more importantly the inter-linkage of telecommunication to other information and communication services now known as Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) that this policy is written. Indeed not a single project pertaining to telecommunication and postal services exists throughout South Sudan except for an inadequate and unreliable network provided to serve the war efforts. All the fundamentals of telecommunication and postal services, which were inherited from the British colonial administration, have all been dilapidated and liquidated by the war and policies of ‘intended neglect’, which were imposed on South Sudan. The Government of South Sudan, is therefore, committed to facilitating the growth and development of the telecommunications and postal sectors thereby ensuring the provision of universal and affordable services to all South Sudanese irrespective of ethnicity, gender, class, age or geographical location.