Signing of Record of Discussions on Technical Cooperation Project with Somalia: First new technical cooperation project in 26 years to improve the environment supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship

On September 26, 2017, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, for the Youth Employment Project for Somalia, a technical cooperation project.

MNThe project will support the formulation of development plans for industries that create employment opportunities and a human resource development plan toward advancing youth employment in Somalia. The project will also provide human resource training for trainers of educational and vocational training agencies and for start-up and existing companies in the private sector.

With long-running conflict in Somalia since 1991, the state has not adequately protected the socially vulnerable. Among the challenges is that adequate employment opportunities are not being provided to the young under 30, who compose approximately 70 percent of the population. As a result of inadequate work, some young people have turned to piracy and armed rebel organizations to obtain food for daily living. It is therefore urgent that the government take the lead by formulating a policy to improve the environment that supports youth employment and entrepreneurship.

Building on the outcome of the Youth Employment Baseline Study for Somalia, which was carried out by JICA from 2013 to 2015, the project is the first technical cooperation in Somalia in 26 years, since the Barre administration collapsed in 1991. It is expected that the project will improve the environment supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship and create more job opportunities for the youth in Somalia in the future.

In addition to this project, JICA is carrying out training in third countries and Japan, advancing initiatives to stimulate domestic industry, and supporting the consolidation of peace and socioeconomic stability in Somalia.

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

 

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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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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