Vacancy Announcement – Senior Planning Advisor

Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MOPIED) has completed developing a new National Development Plan (NDP), the first in a period of 30 years. The NDP has been formulated through an inclusive and transparent process while engaging sectoral ministries of the Federal Government and Federal Member States, civil society, parliament and academia as well as the international development partners. The plan sets out priorities for Somalia for the period 2017 – 2019 and embeds sustainable development goals, adapting them to the national context. Please click this link to apply

 

Vacancy Announcement – Economic Research Advisor

Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MOPIED) has completed developing a new National Development Plan (NDP), the first in a period of 30 years. The NDP has been formulated through an inclusive and transparent process while engaging sectoral ministries of the Federal Government and Federal Member States, civil society, parliament and academia as well as the international development partners. The plan sets out priorities for Somalia for the period 2017 – 2019 and embeds sustainable development goals, adapting them to the national context. Please click this link to apply

 

Aid Architecture Workshop

Aid Architecture Workshop organized by the Aid Coordination Unit (ACU) held in Mogadishu.

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The workshop was chaired by the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Planning, Investment & Economic Development.

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International donors, foreign missions in Mogadishu, federal member states and federal level ministries were attended the workshop. international donors in Nairobi were live-streaming in the workshop too.

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Heated discussions about the role of the National Development Council (NDC) in the Aid structure took place.

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Director General of the Planning directorate of the MOPIED Abdulkadir illustrated that the NDC empowers the Somali-led, Somali-own process.

Finally, permanent secretary of the MOPIED Abdi Dirshe made the closing remarks of the workshop.pic4

 

Somalia celebrates Europe Day with EU, signs first Financial Agreement as National Authorizing Officer

All around the world, on 9th of May, the EU family celebrates Europe Day in commemoration of the Schuman Declaration.

The European Union Delegation to Somalia and EU Missions and Member States were joined by the Somalia Federal Government and friends of the EU in celebrations to mark Europe Day at a colorful event in Mogadishu.

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EU Ambassador to Somalia Veronica welcomed H.E. Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Jawari as the Chief Guest at the Europe Day reception. The reception was attended by senior Somali government officials, European Union Members States, the EU’s civilian and military missions, Somali and international partners and friends of the EU in Somalia.

H.E Jawari addressed in his speech “The cooperation between the European Union and Somalia covers a wide range of activities, including political, economic and peace and security elements. Our relationship covers political engagement, development cooperation and policy dialogue, as well as military cooperation and support in the form of  Humanitarian Aid. We recognise the EU as one of the lead actors supporting Somalia’s stabilization and recovery. Our development cooperation currently covers several priority areas including, state and peace building, the revitalisation and expansion of the Somali economy as well as the provision of essential public services to the population”.

After the celebration of Europe day, Minister of Planning H.E Gamal Hassan signs with the EU the first Financial Agreement with EU as National Authorizing Officer NAO.

the Minister said in his remarks “Financing agreement for the new Education project.  This is one of a series of four new projects, with a total value of some 100 million EURO, that we shall formalise in the coming weeks. Significantly this is also the first time that a I shall sign a Financing agreement as National Authorising Officer, representing the Federal Government of Somalia, and on Somali soil. The government has noted with a degree of satisfaction the results of the Mid Term Review of the cooperation with the EU and the increase in the allocation that has resulted from it. We are looking forward to working with the EU Delegation, in conjunction with our line Ministries and Regional Authorities, in determining its use”.

EU engagement has intensified over the years, with the EU remaining the largest donors in terms of political engagement as well as in the provision of humanitarian and development support. Much of the EU assistance  to our nation is  provided indirectly, through third parties, but it is noted. Our  figures indicate that the EU has provided more than 1.2 Billion Euro to the nation over the past few years as grants for development activities.

 

Monthly Federal Line Ministries meeting held – NDP Implementation Discussed

The ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development of the Federal Government of Somalia started to host monthly line ministries meeting which is a platform that federal ministries discuss their policies and Programs on a monthly basis. The meeting was attended by Director Generals, Permanent Secretaries and Directors of Planning of all line ministries.

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The Minister of Planning H.E Gamal Hassan opened the meeting by addressing the importance of the Plan implementation. He said in his opening remarks “We are delighted to inform you that we have now completed the NDP Pillar committees and sub-working committees after more than two months of laborious work. We wish take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to all of you who have played a role in putting together Somalia’s first NDP in 30 years. Together, we are, indeed, on the cusp of transforming Somalia’s development agenda”.

 

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Presentations were made regarding the NDP Pillar committees and their lead agencies.

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RNE Bilateral Stabilization program Steering Committee meeting

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).

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alaspresentation1H.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.

 

Aid Information Management Workshop held in Mogadishu

The workshop was conveyed by the Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development. After a presentation of the objectives,  UNDP presented the conclusions of the aid information management review carried out in 2015 as well as the methodology and results of the aid mapping exercises carried out in the last years in Somalia under the leadership of the Aid Coordination Unit. The international consultant Matthew Geddes presented later the process of procurement by UNDP of a new Somali-led and Somali-owned Aid Information Management System in Somalia, which draws on the recommendations of the aid information management review. The key features and technical specifications of the new AIMS –in terms of ownership, accessibility, data collection, management, disaggregation and visualization, reporting, dissemination of information, etc.

The workshop gathered representatives from the Federal Government of Somalia (Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development MOPIED &  Aid Coordination Unit), as well as Federal Member states of Galmudug, Hirshabelle and South-West State and the Banadir Regional Administration.

Main objective of the workshop was to engage, inform and discuss with key federal and sub-federal Somali institutional stakeholders on the development of a new Aid Information Management System in Somalia.DSC_0016

The Minister of Planning meets with Swedish Ambassador to Somalia

The Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic Development of the Federal Government of Somalia H.E Jamal meets with the Swedish Ambassador to Somalia H.E Mikael Lindvall and discussed the implementation of the NDP, London Conferencing and investment in Somalia.
The Minister addressed that Federal Government of Somalia is ready to start the implementation of the National development Plan. The minister said “The FGS renews its commitment to peacebuilding and statebuilding goals and will engage in long-term development planning that reflects Somali priorities.”
On other note, Somalia has turned the corner from recent turmoil and is ready to resume its historical role as the Gateway and Business Center of Africa and the Indian Ocean & Red Sea corridor.
The Minister added ” The Investment Promotion department at the Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development of the Federal Republic of Somalia, is a one-stop shop that provides comprehensive information, advisory and assistance to all foreign investors. This service, coupled with our countries competitive investment law and abundant natural resources as well as human capital, warrants Somalia’s readiness for Investment”

The Minister of Planning meets with UNDP Regional Director for Arab States

 

UN Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator who is the UNDP Regional Director for Arab States, Mr. Mourad Wahba met the Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic Development H.E Jamal Hassan at his office to discuss the implementation of the NDP.

Mr. Wahba reaffirmed the commitment of the UN to the economic development and state-building in Somalia. Mr. Wahba said, “we are ready to assist Somalia with its economic and state-building strategies”

The Minister addressed that Federal Government of Somalia is ready to start the implementation of the National development Plan. The minister said “The FGS renews its commitment to peacebuilding and statebuilding goals and will engage in long-term development planning that reflects Somali priorities.”

The national NGO policy launched

The Somali ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development launched the national NGO policy in a two days workshop held at the Jazeera hotel.ngo4

The workshop was attended by representatives from the federal states, international consultants and the ministry of planning, investment and economic development which was responsible for drafting the policy.ngo1

and finally, the federal states and the federal government have agreed that the NGO policies in all parties have to be harmonized

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