The Deputy Ambassador of Norway to Somalia opened the meeting thanking Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MOPIED) for their cooperation in the procurement process to select an implementer for embassy’s new three-year Programme in Somalia. He noted that the collaboration set a good tone for a strong partnership between the government of Norway and the government of Somalia.
The Deputy Ambassador gave a brief overview of the main pillars of Norway’s bilateral engagement in Somalia, including ongoing activities aiming at mapping the possibilities of starting up a OfD-program, and underlined the need to ensure that the Norwegian engagement is in line with Somalia’s priorities.
H.E Minister of Planning Gamal Hassan opened his comments by expressing his satisfaction to see the Norwegian programme that would be focusing on how renewable energy technologies can be used in the creation of employment and new resources for the country. He noted that these priorities will help to support the aims of Somalia’s National Development Plan (NDP).
H.E Minister Gamal “Somalia is currently facing many challenges that needs to be tackled urgently and simultaneously, these might include security, peace, reconciliation and state building. But there is also major economic issue for Somalia which is electricity” he said in his remarks. “No investment in Somalia could pay the social, environmental, and economic dividends that improvements in electricity services can pay” he added.
This programme has a strategy to assist local authorities to deliver infrastructural improvements that directly impact on the livelihoods of the people they are governing in order, to create stability. The programme assisted local authorities to engage with targeted communities to establish solar streetlight systems in the districts of Wadajir Benadir and Afgoye. The program has different components including Labour intensive projects and Youth Technical Vocational Education Training Component called TVET.