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Press Statement by Hon  Dier During the First Quarter Ordinary Meetings of Board of Directors

Press Statement by Hon Dier During the First Quarter Ordinary Meetings of Board of Directors


Conclusion of the First Quarter Ordinary Meetings of Board of Directors of Bank of South Sudan, held between 2 to 4 of April 2019

The Board of Directors of the Bank of South Sudan (BSS) concluded today, April 2019, its ordinary Quarterly meetings, which have been taking place between (April 2′ d — 4th, 2019). During  the three days  deliberations, the Board discussed and made resolutions on several matters, covering the prevailing macroeconomic environment in the country  as  well  as deliberations  on  various  reports  on the performance  of the  Bank  in the year ending  2018  and  also  reviewed  the  performance  in the  l’t  quarter  of  2019. Specifically, the Board deliberated on the following important agenda:

Hon. Dier Tong Ngor
  1. The Board reviewed the macroeconomic report for the year ending 2018  (4″ Quarter Report) and also took note on the prevailing global macroeconomic conditions, including the expectations and trends of international oil prices and oil production. The discussions  also  covered the developments in the emerging economies and the East  African Region in
  2. In the context of the South Sudan’s macroeconomic indicators, the Board noted that South Sudan domestic outlook is starting to feature positive developments, following the signing of the peace agreement and the relative increase in oil production. Also the Board noted the steady improvement of international oil prices, which will impact positively on the country’s foreign exchange reserves position. All these factors are helping in the restoration of confidence in  the  economy  and  have reflected   positively   on   the   country’s   key   macroeconomic  indicators. Inflation has thus dropped from triple digits, at the beginning of 2018 to about 40% by the end of the 4th quarter. This trend has been supported by the liquidity tightening stance taken by the Central  Bank. The Exchange rate has also relatively remained stable during the period, except in December when the pound lost some value due  to  high  demand  for foreign currency during the Christmas festive season. However, the Bank has taken measures to meet the demand by allocating foreign exchange resources for the importation of fuel and food, and other essential commodities.
  1. The Board deliberated on the Bank’s Corporate-Level Performance Evaluation for 2018. Following the launch of its strategic plan, using the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) approach, the  Bank  developed  a  framework for its performance evaluation.  During  this  meeting,  the  Board deliberated on the first-ever performance  evaluation  report  to  be  produced by the Bank for the year 2018. Such reports are very critical as they are meant to help the  bank  to learn lessons.  The Board  deliberated  on the report and took note  on the achievements  and  challenges  during  the reporting
  2. The Board  also  discussed  the  I SO  quarter  financial  performance  of  the Bank of South Sudan and the budget  execution  status  in the quarter.  In this regard, the Board noted with satisfaction  the strong  financial  results  in the l’t quarter, which has exceeded projections by about 3% while expenditures are below projections by about 2%. The board directed the management to further streamline the  procurement  procedures  in  the Bank to create more efficiency.
  1. The Board also deliberated on the progress made by the Bank,  regarding the implementation of the International Financial Reporting Standard 9 (IFRS9). This new standard was issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) to replace IAS 39. IFRS9 introduces changes  in the way financial instruments are classified and measured, a new impairment model, and a new approach to hedge accounting that better aligns with risk management practices.  The  Board  deliberated  on  this new accounting standard and granted approval for the adoption of the standard by the
  2. Finally, the Board reviewed the status of implementation of its previous resolutions and directives and was satisfied with the level of implementation. The Board appreciated the commitment of the staff towards the implementation of the Strategic Plan and directed the Management to invest further in capacity development in the

Dier Tong Ngor

Governor  and Board Chairman,              

Bank of South Sudan