Search

 

Cablegate: Ffamc Chairman Upbeat On Cpa Implementation at Aec Session

VZCZCXRO6867
RR RUEHROV
DE RUEHKH #0571 1050752
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 140752Z APR 08 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0551
INFO RUCNIAD/IGAD COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS KHARTOUM 000571

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL KSCA OTRA EAID CDC SU
SUBJECT: FFAMC CHAIRMAN UPBEAT ON CPA IMPLEMENTATION AT AEC SESSION
SKIPPED BY SPLM

REF: 07 KHARTOUM 1696

1. (SBU) SUMMARY: Dr. Mohammed Osman Ibrahim, Chairman of the
GOS's Fiscal and Financial Allocation and Monitoring Commission
(FFAMC), spoke to a special plenary session of the Assessment and
Evaluation Commission (AEC) April 10, updating a report he presented
last October (REFTEL). Most oil revenue owed to the South is being
transferred, while the Northern states are being shortchanged. The
Chairman noted a lack of cooperation from the various States of
Southern Sudan, which have not been providing requested information
on transfers of oil revenue that they receive via the GOSS. One
point of contention between the GoSS and the GNU appears to have
been cleared up: The Chairman said the two sides have agreed on a
means of collecting national revenues (customs and taxes) in the
South. Despite pledging to have a representative at every AEC and
working group session to help prepare the Mid-Term Evaluation (MTE)
of the CPA process, no one from the SPLM attended special session of
the FFAMC. END SUMMARY

BIG SUMS BEING TRANSFERRED; NORTHERN STATES LOSE OUT
--------------------------------------------- -------

2. (U) The April 10 plenary was organized by the US in its capacity
as Coordinator of the Wealth Sharing Working Group. The FFAMC is
one of the primary monitoring bodies created under terms of the CPA,
and is tasked with providing transparency in the Wealth Sharing
provisions of that agreement. Dr. Ibrahim provided up-to-date
information on transfers of oil revenues under the CPA. The
allocation of revenue by the GNU to the GoSS for calendar 2007 was
2.798 billion Sudanese pounds (about $1.4 billion USD); the
"deficit" (arrears) in payments was three percent, or 81.5 million
pounds ($40.75 million USD). The Northern States were the big loser
with the biggest deficit, receiving only 76% of the 3.09 billion
pounds ($1.5 billion USD) they were entitled to under the formulas
of the CPA.

FFAMC SAYS IT IS RECEIVING GENERALLY GOOD COOPERATION
--------------------------------------------- --------

3. (U) Chairman Ibrahim said that the cooperation his agency is
receiving from the GoSS and the GNU is fairly good. Asked to
identify any agencies which have not been providing adequate
cooperation in providing information, he singled out only the
separate state governments of Southern Sudan. The States have not
been filling out the questionnaires with the information on the
transfers they receive via the GoSS. Ibrahim noted that it was to
the states' benefit to provide this information.

4. (SBU) COMMENT: The FFAMC Chairman painted a generally positive
picture of CPA implementation, which has improved since his last
visit five months ago. The trend is towards greater cooperation
from the GNU (particularly the Ministry of Finance). During his
last presentation, he singled out that Ministry as not being
receptive to FFAMC requests for information. According to the
FFAMC's data, the GNU is providing the lion's share of oil wealth
owed to the GoSS. This time, the shortcomings appear more on the
side of the South. The lack of cooperation by the Southern States
may be the result more of a lack of organizational capacity of the
states rather than a refusal to fulfill terms of the CPA. However,
it could also reflect a decision imposed by the GOSS; whether the
FFAMC has the right to monitor the transfers of funds once they have
been delivered to the GoSS is a point of contention between the GOSS
and the GNU.

FERNANDEZ

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC