Ministry of Planning Meets with Ministry of International Cooperation of Egypt

The Deputy Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of the Federal Government of Somalia meets in Cairo Egypt his counterpart Deputy Minister of International Cooperation of Egypt.

Egypt–Somalia relations are bilateral relations between Egypt and Somalia. Both nations are Arab League members and engage in close development cooperation. Somalia also has an embassy in Cairo, and Egypt is slated to reopen its embassy in Mogadishu.

The governments of Egypt and Somalia engage in close development cooperation. Much of this work is channeled through the Arab League and the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa. In conjunction with the Somali Government Institutions, the Egyptian authorities also organized diplomatic training for Somali government officials.

The two parts agreed to make sure to promote a deeper collaboration and set up   high-level committee between both countries that meets periodically.

MOPIC holds NGO Consultative Forum in Mogadishu

Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation of the Federal Government of Somalia along with Somalia NGO Consortium held one day NGO consultative forum in Mogadishu to discuss the Development of the National Plan.

“There was a perception that the government was antagonistic towards NGOs but the government wants the people to benefit from the activities of the NGOs. The NDP will have priorities and the government wants the NDP to be a reference book for NGOs. The government has decided that this plan would be from the people and to the people and it’s a very participatory plan” said H.E Abdi Dirshe the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation in his opening remarks.

Abdurahman Sharif Director of Somali NGO consortium addressed in his remarks “The discussion is how to coordinate the activities to Somalia between the NGO’s and the Government and all NGO’s are ready to work with MoPIC regarding the NDP.

The NGO consortiums had regular engagements with the Somali government since June 2015. More and more NGOs are basing in Mogadishu so it is a good sign that things are changing”

 A very important milestone reached as a result of this meeting and it is a good base to move forward and here are the way forward that came out of the meeting

  • A project board should be put together that brings NGOs, government, and other interest groups together
  • The final reports has to say that the government has a lead on the process and must be acknowledged
  • Government is here to assist, support and play a more active role in facilitating NGO activities

EU launches 9 new projects in support of Civil Society and Human Rights in Somalia

Today, the European Union (EU) jointly with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation ofthe Federal Government of Somalia launched 9 new Civil Society projects.

These projects will be implemented by 7 international agencies and 11 local non-governmental organizations. The projects are worth EUR 8 million and aim to support effective civil society engagement for the achievement of Peacebuilding and State-building Goals of the Somali New Deal Compact.

Through this new funding from the EU, the role of civil society to contribute to a stable foundation for peace and state-building processes will be enhanced. They will do this through community-based reconciliation processes that restore trust between communities and address root causes of conflict and long-standing grievances, while increasing accountability.

“The EU has a long-standing relationship and cooperation with civil society organizations and other non-state actors in Somalia using a variety of financing instruments and programmes at its disposal. In the framework of the thematic programme for Civil Society organizations and Local Authorities (CSO-
LA) and the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) in the period of 2012 –2015, the EU invested over EUR 20 million in the civil society in Somalia. As a result, the EU was ableto play a key role in supporting the establishment and consolidation of the civil society actors and in capacitating them to make informed contributions to policy decisions in the areas of governance and human rights protection.,” said the EU Ambassador and Special Envoy to Somalia, Michele Cervone d’Urso.

He further noted the role of the civil society for the development of a responsive, inclusive, transparent and accountable governance of the State and the importance of building a partnership between the State institutions and the civil society for a stable, inclusive and prosperous Somalia.

In his introductory remarks, Honourable Abdirahman Yusuf Ali Aynte, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, noted that “the Federal Government welcomes EU support to strengthen civil

MoPIC Hosts Monthly DGs meeting

The Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation (MOPIC) gathered all Federal Government of Somalia ministries for Government Coordination meeting, setting a course to improve internal government accountability and efficiency.

Deputy Minister of Planning and International Cooperation H.E Abdullahi Sheikh the backbone to deliver government services and cooperation among all government entities is critical. Because no single institution can tackle the challenges facing Somalia alone, delivery of an affective service requires the cooperation at all levels of government,” said MOPIC Deputy Minister Abdullahi Sheikh Ali.

The meeting was exclusively for DG/PS level and Planning Directorates of FGS ministries and over 78 civil servants were in attendance.

“The large attendance is encouraging and loudly states that institutions recognize the need to work together, provide clear and joined response to complex policy challenges and provide seamless services to the people,” said MOPIC Permanent Secretary Abdi Dirshe.

Presentations were made by some of the DGs from different ministries and demonstrated some of their achievements and way forward as well as their commitment and support to the National Development Plan.