First NDP State Consultations held in Garawe – Puntland

A delegation led by H.E Minister of Planning and International Cooperation with State Ministers from Jubbaland,ISWA and Galmudug traveled on the 19th of January to Garawe Puntland for four day mission to the administrative center of Puntland State of Somalia, Garowe.

The National Development Plan which is set to replace the new deal at the end of the Somali compact in 2016, will be a document that shall be written after widespread consultations across Somalia is slated to be the overarching document that shall set Somalia’s national sectorial priorities and macro-economic framework over the next three years.

In this context the National ministry of Planning and International Cooperation t hosted by its Puntland counterpart in holding a four day workshop attended by government officials, civil servants, technical advisors seconded to state ministries, youth, women groups as well as wider civil society entities.

The main theme of the discussions was the “prioritization of the priorities” included in the Puntland Regional development based on a strategy of sectorial development and focusing on development pivots and comparative advantage in the regional economy.

This marks the first leg of state consultations with the next destination being the administrative capital of Jubbaland state, Kismayo.

MOPIC Hosts Practical training on development planning approaches

The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation held practical training programon development planning approach regarding the National Development Plan (2017 – 2019) for the line ministries of the Federal Government of Somalia.

The Training was facilitated by MOPIC, supported by UNDP Somalia on behalf of the International Partners. The training was scheduled for three days and was conducted by DR. Hashim Al Ali, a development expert hired for the development of the NDP. The main objective of the training was to enhance the capacity of the planning departments of the Federal Government staff in the line ministries as well as regional focal points.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, H.E Abdi Dirshe addressed the participants in his opening remarks, underscoring the importance of this workshop “ This training is very crucial for planning departments of the Regional and Federal Ministries, It’s part of the efforts to equipment the government staff the knowledge to develop their own plan.” He further highlighted the commitment of the Somali government, “ the President has asked the cabinet to undertake the development of the National Development Plan and the Council of Ministers have unanimously endorsed it.”

The UNDP Somalia Country Director, Mr. George Conway has attended the opening session and emphasized the importance of developing a Somali-led National development Plan “ This workshop is vital for planning departments in order for them to initiate and design the Somali priorities under this National Development Plan, it enhances Somali leadership and ownership.”

After this training, the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation is set to initiate a national consultation process as the National Development is participatory and the government will facilitate the self development of the society.

MOPIC News Bulletin – November

National Development Plan progresses

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Progress on the National Development Plan has been moving at a steady pace, with awareness and engagement of stakeholders having been the priority over the past month.
The National Development planning process has been presented to key sectorial players in particular Peace and State-building Goals 4 & 5, the NDP was also discussed in the monthly Director Generals meeting of Ministries, departments and Agencies.
MoPIC Donor working group meetings on the development of the NDP management process and guidelines have happened twice in both Mogadishu and Nairobi, support among development partners has been broad with engagement by Sweden and USAID through its Strengthening Somalia Governance program noteworthy towards the development of the final document.
The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation has appointed an eleven person cross departmental technical working group as focal points for sectorial planning in the NDP, this team will also function in developing Somalia SDG agenda by guiding the necessary sector wide consultations that is a prerequisite towards the development of sectorial indicators.
The National Advisory council made up of regional planning ministries and chaired by the Federal Minister of Planning is slated to happen in the third week of December 2015, underlying the primary role of this organ as a consultative and inclusive forum for the development of the first post civil strife national development plan.

Our Statistics Team completed Entebbe Workshop on Data Analysis and Analytical Report Writing

Directorate of National Statistics supported by UNFPA technical team concluded workshop in Entebe-Uganda for Statistics staff of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation. The team learnt practical experience of census/survey analysis, interpretation of data and analytical report writing. The staff wrote eight analytical chapters report of the 2014 population estimation survey data.
It is hoped that these reports will benefit the country through providing the analysis with regard to their age, sex, education, occupation, economic activity and other critical characteristics that are important to aid the formulation of policy and decision-making, both public and private, such as government officials, researchers, academics, members of the business community and civil society. Furthermore, the experience gained, together with the efforts to strengthen capacity, will equip the country to analyze the results of the coming censuses.

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Minister of Planning and International Cooperation signs two Resilience Program with ISWA Administration in Baidoa

The Minister of Planning and International Cooperation H.E Abdirahman Yusuf Ali Aynte and his delegation from the Ministry, European Union envoy to Somalia Ambassador Michele Carvone D’urso, SomRep and BRiCS consortiums and United Nations agencies arrived in Baidoa on Thursday 19th November 2015. The official trip was a joint mission to launch of two Resilience Programmes that was signed by H.E Abdirahman Yusuf Ali, Ambassador Michele Carvone and ISWA President Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adam in presence of the Prime Minister H.E Omar Abdirashid Ali.

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation H.E Abdirahman Yusuf Ali had expressed his gratitude to the European Union and particularly the implementing partners as an open mind and responsiveness to the views and challenges articulated at various levels as well as the support they always given to Somalia especially this highly population region ISWA administration which needs support in terms of agriculture, fishing and livestock.

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NAO team from MoPIC attends EU Tender Dossier Opening Committee as Voting Member

The National Authorizing Officer (NAO) is the mandate of the Directorate of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation. The NAO Coordinator Mr Zakaria Hassan has attended EU tender opening committee as voting member of the European Union projects to Somalia with NAO Finance and Contacts Officer Mr Mohamed Farah as an observer.
The Minister of Planning and International Cooperation H.E Abdirahman Yusuf Ali and his Deputy H.E Abdullahi Sheikh Ali as well as EU delegation to Somalia are committed that the signatory authority of NAO to be transferred to Somalia mid 2016. In the meantime, Head of EU Delegation to Somalia signs all projects on behalf of Somalia.

Somalia National Statistics Act Consultative Meeting

Three days of National statistical act Meeting was concluded in Mogadishu which was organized by the directorate of statistics of the Ministry of Planning and International Collaboration. The Institutions’ mandates are stipulated in respective Acts and instruments of establishment. In order to have a functional NSS, specific actions were proposed to achieve the intermediate outcomes of ensuring that official statistics production and service delivery are effectively coordinated under a well structured national statistics office. Equally important is the review of statistical Act by incorporating appropriate international best practice so as to guarantee independence of the system and respect for statistical confidentiality across the NSS.
The statistical laws of the country will play significant role in producing quality data on timely basis. The law will also helps to facilitate coordination in the National Statistical System. Official statistics provide an indispensable element in the information system of a democratic society, serving the government, the economy and the public with data about the economic, demographic, social and environmental situation. To this end, official statistics that meets the test of practical utility are to be compiled and made available on an impartial basis by official statistical agencies to honor citizens entitlement to public information.

Directorate of Statistics meets with Statistics Sweden

Directorate of National Statistics of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC) met with Statistics Sweden in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 12-13, 2015 and discussed collaboration project between Statistics Sweden and Directorate of National Statistics.
The collaboration meeting on statistical capacity building endorse greater information exchange, calling for Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Statistics Sweden and the Directorate of National Statistics and to prepare a report by the end of the six months inception phase of the project in a light reporting mechanism to be put in place that would record support to statistical capacity building activities in Somalia by Sweden Statistics promoting effective collaboration among Directorate of National Statistics and Statistics Sweden so as to increase the support to statistical activities in the Country

MOPIC Establishes National Monitoring and Evaluation Unit

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is at the center of sound governance arrangements while the Monitoring and Evolution Unit is necessary for the achievement of evidence-based policymaking, budgeting, decision-making, management, and accountability. The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation recognized the need to create this unit as its a crucial element of managing and implementing projects, programs and policies in both public and private sector organizations. Therefore Monitoring and Evaluation unit is keen to work with all departments at the Ministry, while taking the opportunity to bring a new synergy and teamwork approach. This M&E team have will meet on a regular basis to check in with progress made on planned M&E activities and to use information from our systems to inform decision making within our Ministry.

Somalia launches 2030 Sustainable Development Goals January 6, 2016 in Mogadishu, Somalia

Somali government has officially launched 2030 development agenda-SDGs in an event participated by more than 200 people representing national stakeholders and development partners. The meeting was jointly organized by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP – Somalia). Representative from Federal Government Officials, Regional States, Banadir Region Administration, youth, civil society, private sector, academia, development partners and general public have welcomed the launch and the early engagement process led by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation. Main objectives of the launch were:

  • To raise awareness and understanding about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and its content, principles and commitments amongst national and international actors;
  • To discuss what the global goals and targets mean in Somali contexts and the actions we need to take to achieve them;
  • To mobilize support amongst national and international actors the way forward to implement and monitor the 2030 Development Goals;

 

Government officials gave reassuring and forward looking remarks. The Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H. E. Mohamed Omar Arteh has indicated the relevance of SDGs to institutional development and to the National Development Plan. “We need to strengthen government institutions to tackle poverty, protect the environment and improve security” said H.E. Mohamed Omar Arteh. “While the world have agreed to the 17 important goals for sustainable development, we have to be selective and prioritise these goals such as goal one of poverty elimination and goal seven of clean energy” said the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, H.E. Abdirahman Yusuf Ali Aynte

Development partners have also stressed support and reiterate the need for Federal Government leadership and early engagement of national stakeholders and development partners. “Congratulations to the Federal Government of Somalia and to the Somali people for the early launch of SDGs while many developed countries are still behind” said the Honourable Ambassador of Sweden, Mr. Mikael Lindvall.

The event was widely welcomed by all participants and everyone supported the localization of SDGs for better implementation and monitoring.