Federal government of Somalia visit in Japan

A Somali delegation led by H.E. Abdullahi Sheikh Ali, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, has paid a week-long (10 to 18 of July) official visit to Japan. The delegation was welcomed most cordially by their counterparts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japanese International Cooperation Agency and other senior officials.

The Federal Government of Somalia and the Government of Japan welcome the cordial relations between their respective countries, and have reaffirmed their shared commitment to strengthen the diplomatic, commercial and developmental ties between the two countries.

Minister Abudullahi praised the government of Japan as particular and valued friend of Somalia that has been at the forefront of international efforts to assist Somalia in their endeavor to recover from the devastation it has suffered in recent years.

Deputy Minister, Abdullahi, welcomed and indeed praised Japan’s proactive contribution to world peace, development and prosperity. He pointed out that Somalia is a direct beneficiary of that policy, and in that regard expressed his appreciation for the support given by the Japanese government to the Somali Police Force.

The Somali delegation made a presentation of the key areas in which assistance from Japan could make a meaningful contribution to the developmental efforts and programs, which the Somali government has embarked upon. These include infrastructure projects; capacity building; youth employment training, and ABE Initiative scholarships. In response the Japanese officials promised to give serious considerations to the requirements presented by the Somali delegation and would devise ways and means of contributing to the developmental programs here highlighted.

The officials of both countries emphasized the importance of promoting bilateral trade and commerce between the two countries. On her part Somalia would welcome, and is indeed ready to provide excellent investment opportunities for Japanese businesses in areas as diverse as telecommunication, fisheries, energy, and mining. Additionally, small and medium sized enterprises in Somalia that deal with products indirectly imported from Japan could establish trading and commercial links directly with Japanese businesses.

In conclusion the meeting has ended successfully with mutual understanding of the importance of the relationship between the two countries. Once more Minister Abdullahi thanked the government of Japan for its ongoing assistance to Somalia, while the Japanese side expressed full appreciation of their partnership with Somalia; a partnership that will grow and prosper appreciably in the future.

E-SURVEY on National DEVELOPMENT PLAN

The Federal Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation (MOPIC) of the Federal Government of Somalia is finalizing the Somalia National Development Plan, which will cover the period 2017-2019. The Government is fully committed to listening to the Somali people and their development priorities and expectations.

Multiple consultations and workshops have been held to develop the content of the plan. However, not everybody has been able to participate. The use of innovative communication tools have the potential of allowing people’s voices to be listened to. MOPIC, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is now launching this e-consultation to provide another opportunity to the citizens to provide their inputs into the National Development Plan.

An e-consultation is the process of enabling a ‘consultative’ interaction between a given entity (in this case the Federal Government of Somalia, through the Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation) and a selected group of stakeholders (in this case Somali citizens) using electronic media like internet or mobile phones. The chosen media allows an on-line interactive mechanism to provide opinion about a specific theme and allow to capture opinions of a wide number of people, who can response to questions in a quick and easy manner.

The consultation intends to raise awareness of the National Development Plan amongst the Somali people and increase understanding of preferences of citizens in relation to different aspects of the plan or its implementation.

The survey is fully anonymous and should not take more than 15 minutes to respond. The survey will be opened until 31 July and results are expected to be published in www.mopic.gov.so in August.

The survey can be accessed on the following links:

–       In Somali:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N69C6MY

–       In English:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NYC3VQW

NDP Social sector consultations held in Mogadishu

A social sector consultation workshop was successfully organized between 10 – 12 July at AMISOM VIP Meeting Hall. The workshop was attended by senior government officials at federal and state levels respresenting the key social sectors as well as civil society, non-governmental organizations, united nations agencies and donors.

The overall objective of the consultation workshop was to finalize and validate the draft Social Chapter of the NDP with social sectors’ stakeholders at national and sub-national levels.

The specific objectives of the consultation workshop were:

  1. To review and agree draft social sector plan and results framework of key social sectors (health, nutrition, water, hygiene and sanitation, education, youth and sports);
  2. To estimate the budget (resource envelope) requiered to fund the social sectoral plans; and
  • To identify available funding and ongoing interventions with development and implementing partners and ensure their alignment with the corresponding social sectoral plans of the NDP;

During the three days, the forum has thoroughly reviewed and updated the draft plans and result-framework of the social sectors’ of the NDP (health, nutrition, education, labour and employment, water, hygiene and sanitation, youth and sports); discussed and agreed the resources required to fund the social sector plans of the NDP; and discussed the possibilities to share information on available funding and ongoing interventions by development and implementing partners.

The consultation workshop was organized and spearheaded by MOPIC with UNDP Somalia support and UNICEF.