With new leadership committed to reforms, Somalis must make 2018 ‘year of implementation’ – UN envoy

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With new leadership committed to reforms, Somalis must make 2018 ‘year of implementation’ – UN envoy

Khamiis January 25, 2018| Arlaadi Online

“mr. president Somalia is making definite progress though the risks remain real it is fortunate to have a government that is committed to reform to resolving conflicts and to meeting formidable social economic and security needs of the population, continued progress is dependent not only on the strong political will and skill of the federal government, but also cooperation and partnership with federal member states, parliament, clan elders, business and international partners”. Michael Keating

Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

 24 January 2018 – Grappling with turbulent politics, persisting terrorism and the risk of famine, Somalia must make 2018 a year of carrying out reforms, a senior United Nations official said Wednesday, urging more international financial and technical support for the Horn of Africa country that underwent a peaceful transition of power to a new President a year ago.

“Like many new governments, his has been through a steep learning curve,” Michael Keating, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, told a Security Council briefing, referring to Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmajo.’

Mr. Keating said the Somali leader has crafted a commendable national agenda embracing financial reform, job creation, inclusive politics, conflict resolution and reform of the security sector.

In implementing this multi-pronged agenda, the Federal Government faces several major challenges, including the mobilization of adequate technical and financial capacity, ensuring coherent and coordinated approaches by both national and international actors, and managing the powerful constituencies that need to be on side, such as federal member states, parliamentarians, clan power brokers, the private sector and international partners.

“I strongly encourage Somali stakeholders to unite to tackle these priorities and to make 2018 a year of implementation,” Mr. Keating said.

On the political front, he said that, in December, tensions were sharply raised in Mogadishu by the violent arrest of a prominent opposition politician by the national intelligence and security agency and the raid on the house of a leading parliamentarian. The recent replacement of the Mayor has also created waves.

VIDEO: UN envoy for Somalia, Michael Keating, outlines multi-faceted approach to helping the country get back on its feet.

Read more. http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=58470#.WmqDGK6nHIU

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