South Sudan: SPLM Leaders On a Study Tour in China

Shanghai/Juba — Senior officials from the SPLM are on a 10-day study tour in the People's Republic of China to learn about China's experiences in the area of governance.

The 14-strong delegation headed by member of the SPLM Political Bureau Cde Mark Nyipouch, on Saturday, concluded lectures at the prestigious China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP) located in Shanghai province. According to a press statement obtained by goss.org, the lectures focused on "Governance Capability Construction of the Ruling Party."

The trip of the SPLM delegation, which included Political Bureau member Akol Paul and a number of members of the party's National Liberation Council (NLC), came amid a strengthening of ties between the SPLM and the Communist Party of China.

In remarks at the opening of the training on Saturday, Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC's Central Committee Li Jinjun, explained that his party would continue to help the SPLM strengthen its capabilities. This, he said, was in line with a Memorandum of Understanding the two parties signed in October 2011.

Similarly, CELAP's Professor Feng Jun described the SPLM as "a good friend," adding that the doors of his institution would remain open to SPLM leaders.

The SPLM team arrived in Shanghai late on November 21 and commenced lectures the following day. During their stay in the city, the delegation paid a visit to the facilities of Huawei, one of China's leading firms specializing in the area of telecommunications wireless solutions, where they were received by the company's senior Vice President Qu Wenchu.

Shanghai municipality's Li Xi also hosted a dinner in honor of the visiting SPLM delegation. In Shanghai, Cde Nyipouch and his team visited the Daining Community to study a CPC grassroots through which the CPC tries to address the material as well as emotional and other needs of community members with meager resources from the party and government. The team will travel to Jinggangshan on Sunday for further studies before proceeding to Beijing.

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