Somalia’s economy is dominated by the informal sector and is predominantly based on agriculture and livestock, which accounts for about 65 percent of the GDP and employment of the workforce.

The stock-taking exercise mission to Somalia commenced on 29th May 2016. Preparatory meeting was held on 30 May with the national Focal Point on South-South Cooperation and followed by a consultative meeting with representatives from the Ministry of Planning & International cooperation and Ministry of Foreign affairs. Consultations addressed the important issues on establishing strong civil institutions and internal coordination in achieving the objectives of South-South cooperation.

Two major consultative meetings were held on 31 May and 1 June respectively, involving the 8 line ministries and being chaired by the Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC). The 7 PSs and 40 senior officials from key line ministries closely relevant to SSC raised their issues, concerns and expectations from the SSC.

A presentation “Trends and Opportunities in Advancing South-South and Triangular Cooperation in The Federal Republic of Somalia” was introduced by the regional advisor for UNOSSC.

Joint meeting held on 1 June brought together representatives of the civil society institutions and the private sector. Such critical issues, as the way of addressing the balance between the government, civil society and the private sector, as well building trust between them, were addressed during the meeting, In this regard the mechanism of the Public Private Partnership was presented as an effective tool for policy dialogue.