Somalia: AMISOM Concludes Intensive Training of Executive Leaders and Managers in the Civil Service

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Press Statement

Somalilandsun – The AU Mission in Somalia concluded a ten-day Intensive Training of 80 Executive Leaders and Managers in Somalia Civil Service at General Kahiye Police Academy in the country’s capital Mogadishu.

The training which was opened on May 17, 2014 by Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia His Excellency Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed and the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, covered courses on Public Finance Management, Patriotism, Project Planning and Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Strategic Planning, Policy Development and Human Resource Management. It benefited 80 Executive Leaders and Managers, ranging from Directors, Director Generals, Heads of Departments, as well as Heads of Sections in the various government institutions in the country, and the training covered.

The closing ceremony brought together all the participants from the training, and was attended by the Director General of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Mr. Aweis Haddad, as well as the AMISOM Senior Political Affairs Officer, Mr. Ssebirumbi Kisinziggo, and representatives from the Uganda Management Institute (UMI) led by the Director of Programmes and Students’ Affairs Dr S. Kasozi Mulindwa. Officiating at the closing ceremony and on behalf of UMI which conducted the training, Dr. Kasozi thanked AMISOM and Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs for giving UMI the opportunity of imparting skills to Somali civil servants.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Aweis appreciated the long-standing relationship between Ministry and AMISOM, and urged the participants to go out and use their newly acquired knowledge to improve and rebuild Somalia.

“We are very grateful to AMISOM for the continued support to our country. There is a lot to still do, and they have showed their commitment to the recovery of our country by further supporting us with so much more than just this training of our civil servants. They have renovated and erected buildings for our departments, fought with their lives to create security for our people to work, among so many other things,” he said.

In a speech read on his behalf, the AU Special Representative for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said the training was meant to support of the Federal Government’s policy of rebuilding state institutions. “Somalia is currently undergoing positive economic and political transformation which needs not only financial and material support but also capacity building of its human resources. This training is in line with AMISOM Mandate and commitment to support capacity building in public institutions and especially for civil servants.” Added Ambassador Annadif. Further, the training is part of AMISOM’s stabilization efforts aligned to the Somali New Deal Compact, aimed at supporting Somalia to achieve long-term peace and stability, and realizing AMISOM Strategic End-State in Somalia.

AMISOM role in capacity building of Somali civil servants began four years ago, and so far has benefited hundreds of government employees, including senior Directors and Director Generals, some of whom have been promoted to higher positions following their notably improved performance.

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