Monday, August 8, 2016

3rd Annual Diaspora Conference of Somaliland

3rd Annual Diaspora Conference of Somaliland Successfully Closes at Maansoor Hotel

The 3rd Annual Diaspora Conference of Somaliland under the theme “Experiences of the Diaspora and the Situation at Home” held at Maansoor on 2-3 August, 2016, Wednesday in Hargeisa.

 The Somaliland Diaspora Agency (SLDA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation organized and held this two days conference which over 350 participants of professionals entrepreneurs, community leaders, Diaspora-founded business firms and activists from the Somaliland Diaspora communities worldwide, several local entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs and business associations and cooperatives in different fields, investors, catalysts, business support organizations, various national and international development partners, experienced educationalists and public servants as well as ministries, DGs, departmental directors and technical teams from different ministries, some of Somaliland ambassadors particularly to UK, Sweden and Australia, leaders of the political parties, MPs and members of Somaliland National Recognition Committee.
In addition, a high level delegation from the International Governmental Authorities of IGAD attended the 3rd Annual Diaspora Conference of Somaliland for the first year.
The MOFA Minister, Dr. Saad Ali Shire and Chairman of Somaliland Diaspora Agency, Mr. Abdi Abdillahi both spoke at the closure. The Chairman thanked the participants as well as the organizers and advised Somaliland Diaspora to strengthen their unity, cooperation and further engagement in developing their country of origin, Somaliland while the Minister gave a long speech in the significance and crucial contribution of the Diaspora to the socioeconomic, investment, political and national development of their country of origin. The Minister described the Diaspora as an important resource of both wealth and knowledge.
In the two days, the conference focused on the key thematic areas as Diaspora engagement in homeland investment, utilization of Diaspora, Services to the Diaspora, Diaspora unit y and role of Diaspora in the recognition efforts and so that a number of relevant topics as well as interactive sessions were undertaken. More pressing issues and challenges the Diaspora encounters in making investment and taking part the national development were raised and questions asked to the ministers.
The Somaliland Ministries participated in the 3rd Annual Diaspora of Somaliland at ministerial levels included Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Ministry of Trade & Investment, Ministry of National Planning & Development, Ministry of Mineral Resources & Energy, Ministry of Fishery, Directors General and senior officials from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism, Ministry of Livestock and Ministry Education – Anti Piracy Coordination Office, directors general of autonomous government institutions, agencies and other bodies and commissions including IT Commission.
The Chairman of Somaliland Diaspora Agency, Mr. Abdi Abdillahi Hersi and his team are very thankful to the participation of the distinguished above ministers of Somaliland, the other government officials, the professional Somaliland Diaspora members, the respected IGAD delegate, the educationalists and intellectuals of both Diaspora and locals, the business community organizations, entrepreneurs, investors and all the national and international development partners who participated in this conference.
The Delegation from IGAD being Dr. Ahmed Hassan Ahmed IGAD Health Coordinator and who is Head the Head of the Delegates and Dr. Girum Hailu Maheteme, Senior Advisor of IGAD in the Health and Social Development participated in the conference, had speech on behalf of the Executive Secretary of IGAD, Amb Mahboub Maalim as well as relevant presentations to the event in both days.
Based on the conference theme and objectives, key topics covered included the below but were not limited to:-
Strengthening Diaspora relations
Unity with and among the Diaspora
IGAD Health and social development program and its mandate, Improving services to Diaspora
Utilizing Diaspora in health development
Engagement of Diaspora in developing homeland
Achievements of SL Recognition Committee in Sweden
Diaspora as a catalyst to International development
Utilizing the Diaspora in educational development
Somaliland Investment Environment
Role of Diaspora in foreign policy & strengthening cooperation
Roadmap on Diaspora engagement,
Lessons learnt from other countries and the best practices of other Diaspora communities
National Development Plan of Somaliland 2017-2021
Utilizing Diaspora in education development
Marking a national Diaspora homecoming day for Somaliland Diaspora
Interactions and showcases
Among participants of the non state actors and development partners included Somaliland Women Entrepreneurs Association (SWEA) with all its member business organizations and cooperatives, Somaliland Women in Business Association, Somaliland Fair Fishing Company, Dahabshiil Group, Somcable, Shaqadoon, Digaale Energy, Edna Aden Hospital, Shuraako, Buubaal Dental Hospital, Spark, IOM, DRC, DAI, Somaliland Development Fund (SDF), SONSAF, Haqsoor for Human Rights and Peace, Somaliland Women Resettlement, Training & Development (WORTDO) SOMGUM, Sanaag Frankincense and Agriculture Development Association, Schools, Universities and other organizations of these kinds.
Also, over 50 representatives of the private media institutions (TVs, Websites, and Newspapers etc), the Somaliland News Agency, SLNTV, the other public media institutions and BBC reporter Mr. Ahmed Saeed Egeh who took interview of SLDA’s Chairman in the first of the event.
Full report of the conference outcome will be available before 30th August, 2016

Source :MoFA Somaliland