Barnaba Marial Benjamin
Doctor Barnaba Marial Benjamin Bil is a South Sudanese politician. He is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the Cabinet of South Sudan. He was appointed to that position on 27 July 2013.
He has held various positions in the Cabinet of South Sudan since independence in 2005. He was information minister from 2010 to 2013.
Prior to joining theMinistry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin served in the same capacity in the ministries of Information and Broadcasting as well as Commerce and Industry (MCI) in the then Government of South Sudan (GOSS) up to June 2010. Previously, he was minister for Regional Cooperation (MRC) Government of South Sudan (GOSS) 2006-May 2009 Juba. He also served as the State Minister of International Cooperation, Government of National Unity, Khartoum, Sudan. 2005- 2006. He was an SPLM member in SPLM\Sudan Government Peace Talks- Nairobi 1989 and is an SPLM member of National Liberation council up to date. He is also a Member of Parliament (MP) in the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly representing the Uror South Constituency in Jonglei State.
The Minister held various positions in the liberation struggle, including serving as SPLM\ SPLA Treasurer General for SPLM- London Committee 1983-1987 and SPLM representative to Southern African Countries (SADC), Harare, Zimbabwe 1988-2005. He was also the Special envoy for the SPLM\SPLA Chairman to Southern African countries from between 1991 and 2004. He held the position of Secretary of International Relations Representing SPLM in the Executive of National Democratic Alliance (NDA), 2002-2005 and has been a member of national Liberation Council (NLC), SPLM to date.
Dr. Benjamin has professional training in medicine and diplomacy. He studied Premedical Sciences at the University of Khartoum in 1965 and graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Cairo in 1970. He studied Hygiene and Tropical medicine in the school of Tropical Medicine, London in 1983. At the Centre for African Reconnaissance (CARS), University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria South Africa in 2005, he studied Diplomacy and International Relations. He also attended the SPLM\SPLA Institute of Ideology and Strategic studies, Zink, Gambela, Ethiopia - 1984-1985. Before the Liberation struggle days he worked in various Provincial and District hospitals in Wau and Yirol. He was also a Senior Registrar in General Surgery in both Khartoum and Omdurman University Teaching Hospitals.
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