http://www.somalilandpress.com News from Somaliland and the Horn of Africa Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:05:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Peter Greste release: Good news, but not enough http://www.somalilandpress.com/peter-greste-release-good-news-not-enough/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/peter-greste-release-good-news-not-enough/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:05:32 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56857 • Al Jazeera demands release of remaining two jailed journalists   Al Jazeera has said that the campaign to free its journalists in Egypt will not end till all three have been released.   Peter Greste is on his way out of the country after 400 days in detention, but Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy remain […]

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• Al Jazeera demands release of remaining two jailed journalists

 

Al Jazeera has said that the campaign to free its journalists in Egypt will not end till all three have been released.

 

Peter Greste is on his way out of the country after 400 days in detention, but Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy remain behind bars. The network says that all three have to be exonerated and the convictions against its other journalists tried in absentia also have to be lifted.

 

Mostefa Souag, acting Director General of Al Jazeera Media Network, said, “We’re pleased for Peter and his family that they are to be reunited. It has been an incredible and unjustifiable ordeal for them, and they have coped with incredible dignity. Peter’s integrity is not just intact, but has been further enhanced by the fortitude and sacrifice he has shown for his profession of informing the public. We will not rest until Baher and Mohamed also regain their freedom. The Egyptian authorities have it in their power to finish this properly today, and that is exactly what they must do.”

Note to editors: 

For interview requests, email pressoffice@aljazeera.net.
Watch and embed an interview with Al Jazeera MD Al Anstey about Peter’s release at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AstwtIl3fI.
Please continue to show solidarity with Baher and Mohamed by using the hashtag #FreeAJStaff on social media.
Regards
Kevin Kriedemann & Joy Sapieka
Publicists: Africa
AL JAZEERA MEDIA NETWORK

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Somaliland:UN Habitat Hands Over 350 Housing Units to IDPs http://www.somalilandpress.com/un-habitat-hands-350-housing-units-idps/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/un-habitat-hands-350-housing-units-idps/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 20:57:18 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56836   By Goth Mohamed Goth H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Silanyo cut the tape to the Ayah 4 estate (Sheik Sancaani) located in Ahmed Dhagah district which consists of newly constructed 350 one story housing units meant to accommodate Returnees and IDPs who are now living squatters in 8 locations in the capital Hargeisa. The […]

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H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Silanyo cut the tape to the Ayah 4 estate (Sheik Sancaani) located in Ahmed Dhagah district which consists of newly constructed 350 one story housing units meant to accommodate Returnees and IDPs who are now living squatters in 8 locations in the capital Hargeisa.

The Ayax 4 estate is part of the UN Habitat reintegration and Improved Livelihoods for Returnees and IDPs in 4 Towns in Somaliland”, implemented by UN-Habitat in collaboration with Somaliland Government Authorities.

The Ayah 4 housing project which will house internal displaced persons is financially supported by the government of Japan.

The Ayah 4 consist of the construction of 350 one story housing units, with 3 rooms and a built up area of 10 x 9 meters (90 square meters) each, inclusive of a covered kitchen area, a pit latrine with septic soak away pit, a water tank and an open court-yard with basic flooring surrounded by a perimeter wall located at the Ayah 4 dedicated resettlement area, South-East of Hargeisa Town.

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Somaliland: VP Inspects ongoing Expansion Work at Egal International Airport http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandvp-inspects-ongoing-expansion-work-egal-international-airport/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandvp-inspects-ongoing-expansion-work-egal-international-airport/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:58:05 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56818 By Goth Mohamed Goth H.E Vice President Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismael “Saylici” today embarked on an inspection tour of the ongoing second and final phase upgrade construction work, which the government says is part of a bigger plan to expand and modernize the facility as a key regional flight hub in the near future. The Minister […]

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H.E Vice President Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismael “Saylici” today embarked on an inspection tour of the ongoing second and final phase upgrade construction work, which the government says is part of a bigger plan to expand and modernize the facility as a key regional flight hub in the near future.

The Minister Civil Aviation and Air Transport briefing the Vice President, ministers and MPs said, “The current work for the construction of additional 1.25 km (1250 M) extension to the recently renovated 2,466M runaway began nearly one year ago.

“I am glad to say this will be the last and final phase which is to lay the asphalt will last for one months and make no mistake the new project to extent the runway by 1.25 KM is completely different then the pervious renovation of Hargeisa Airport 2,466M runway, this be totally a complete new runway and it is not laying piece of asphalt on ground or to existing runway. It involves excavating the site and building from the sub base of the runway”, he said.

Hon Mahmoud Abdi Hashi added , “The new part of the extended runway has being reinforced it with concrete materials hence making the runway strong so it can support large heavy jets or any other aircraft that will operate in the future to Egal International airport. The Somaliland Civil Aviation and Air Transport has followed and adhered to the standards and the recommended practice of International Civil Aviation organization.

“Then after the work on the new runway is completed, we shall proceed to the next stage which is the expansion of the existing length of the apron at the Egal international airport which is 1410M will be extended 100 x 50 meters in order to accommodate several aircrafts. For the safety and security of the passengers the Airport terminals and the Airport property the apron area will be expanded so the aircrafts can park away from the terminal plus adding an additional taxiway so that aircrafts can maneuver easily around the apron without damage to terminal property or the aircrafts and also installation of lighting system for night landings so that the airport can handle aircrafts day and night”, he stated.

Hon Mahmoud Hashi Abdi speaking during the inspect ion tour said , “When the current government came to power the Egal airport was classed as class2 runaway by ICAO but now its class 7 runaway and when its finally completed it will be Class 10 runaway.

‘I would also like to thank H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud, Vice President Abdurrahman Abdullah Ismael ‘Saylic” and the Minister of Finance Hon Abdiaziz Mohamed Samaale for their support in availing the funds for the construction of 13 KM airport security fence, new gardens meant to beautify the airport landscape and the procurement of the vital of lighting system for night landings this together with financial contributions made by locally owned airline firms such as Daaloo airline and Juba airways.

H.E Vice President Abdurrahman Abdullah Ismael ‘Saylic” speaking at the venue said, “Today the people of Somaliland are glad to see now have Egal and Berbera international airports have longer runways and facilities to accommodate the almost every type aircraft which are commonly used for international or intercontinental travel and now Egal International airports will also serve as hub or places where non-direct or transit flights may land and passengers switch planes.

The VP concluded by stating, “The Current government has subsequently fulfilled most of its campaign promises in accordance with all indications at hand e.g. free education, payment increases for all army and civil servants, offering ranks for the national army, infrastructure and the like.

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Somaliland: Ethiopian Envoy Refutes Media Reports http://www.somalilandpress.com/ethiopia-envoy-refutes-media-reports/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/ethiopia-envoy-refutes-media-reports/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:52:35 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56812 By Goth Mohamed Goth Hargeisa-Brigadier General BerheTesfaye, Ethiopian Ambassador to Somaliland has refuted reports carried by a section of media purporting that he was refused access by Somaliland authorities to an impounded ship carrying weapons. The Ethiopian envoy in an interview with a local Somali language paper stated as follows: The issue regarding the impounding […]

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Hargeisa-Brigadier General BerheTesfaye, Ethiopian Ambassador to Somaliland has refuted reports carried by a section of media purporting that he was refused access by Somaliland authorities to an impounded ship carrying weapons.

The Ethiopian envoy in an interview with a local Somali language paper stated as follows:

The issue regarding the impounding of MV Shakir and its cargo is a matter which solely lies with Somaliland authorities hence for them solve.

The Ethiopian envoy was refuting media reports which alleged that he was refused access to the MV Shakir. He stated that he had at no time made such visit but an official from the Ethiopian embassy in hargeisa had made the routine visit.

We have bilateral relations concerning security issues with Somaliland, we and SL authorities usually consult each when the necessity dictates.

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Somaliland:State will Prosecute the Culprits, Adami Vows http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandstate-will-prosecute-culprits-adami-vows/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandstate-will-prosecute-culprits-adami-vows/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:44:51 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56809 SL apprehended a thug, and if Puntland is a culprit, it’s her own issue, he says By M.A. Egge Hon. Ahmed Haji Ali Adami has vowed to have the traffickers of thelethal illegal military catchment nabbed at Berbera last week to be arraigned in a court of law according to both the constitutions of land […]

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Hon. Ahmed Haji Ali Adami has vowed to have the traffickers of thelethal illegal military catchment nabbed at Berbera last week to be arraigned in a court of law according to both the constitutions of land and that binding in the international community’s charters.

The country’s defense minister ascertained the fact that the vessel carrying the military gear was taken over by security personnel and, saying that it will never be released, will also be evidence that would prosecute the crew led by their captain.

Defence Minister Adami who was talking to our reporter on Friday/ Saturday night over telephone lambasted the Puntland official who alleged that the arms were being shipped to Alshabaab in Somaliland.

“A thief does not steal from once self”, said Hon. Adami, and added, “SL apprehended a thug, and if Puntland is a culprit, it’s her own issue”.

Saying that each and every country had sovereign laws, the Minister categorically stated Somaliland would deal with the issue as per constitution.

“We apprehended the illegal shipment and we will deal with it according to the laws”, he said.

He expressed his shock that the Puntlander would give sweeping statements while shamelessly lying through the teeth. “Even if we are rivals, allegations of plain naked lies was going too far with all the officialdom”, said the minister.

He said his appeal to the international community was a mere smokescreen hence quipped, “The IC would vouch for us rather than Puntaland when it comes to the region’s security”.

Saying that for the almost the past quarter of a century, the world community can testify to the fact that SL has been living peacefully with its neighbours.

He said that if the lethal military gear could have fallen into wrong hands it was capable of combusting untold havoc.

“Now that we have them in our hands, no one needs to fear for we have been peaceful”, he said.

Saying that SL’s record was self-explanatory, the minister reiterated the country’s constitutional rights to hold its cue.

The MV Shakir which docked in Berbera had the revelations of what it bore first heard from none other than the minister of Interior himself Hon. Ali Mohammed Waran-adde.

While announcing the impounding of the vessel MV Shkir, Hon. Waran-adde gave some of the details of the catchment on board the cargo ship as armored personnel carriers, hundreds of artilleries and associated hard wares, armored military vehicles (tanks and technicals), VIP, bullet proof vehicles heavy duty vehicles carrying concealed gears, amphibious attack vessels etc.

Meanwhile in a related story, the deputy minister of interior in charge of security Hon. Ali M. Elmi pledged to have a detailed report on the whole issue to be availed soon.

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Somaliland:Bubaa’s worst gaffe on impounded vessel http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandbubaas-worst-gaffe-impounded-vessel/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandbubaas-worst-gaffe-impounded-vessel/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:32:01 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56806 How on earth should SL hide the catchment? When it comes to Somaliland and its security, Somalilanders hold all the aces; and there are no buts about it. It not only came as a shock to the country when the supposedly most honourable chap with the most powerful wand to wave in putting the check […]

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How on earth should SL hide the catchment?

When it comes to Somaliland and its security, Somalilanders hold all the aces; and there are no buts about it.

It not only came as a shock to the country when the supposedly most honourable chap with the most powerful wand to wave in putting the check on the state making the security tenets’ gaffe; but more so, the chap made himself a laughing stock even in the eyes of the international community, and of course, ridiculing our whole image.

Upon the impounding of the ship with the contraband military, Ibrahim M. Bubaa cried foul in a loud wail that the Interior Minister Hon. Waran-adde was quite ignorant of diplomatic etiquettes, especially as concerns security!

He un-intelligently said that the “state should have kept mum” on the MV. Shakir issue!

Perhaps it serves us right to be laughing stock for SL chose to put such a person at the helm of such a committee in our parliament.

He is the chairman of the permanent committee, the most powerful multi-purpose organ of the parliament that can summon anyone any time!

Buubaa showed that he was either completely ignorant of what legalities entails or he was out rightly abusing it for reasons best known to himself.

We believe that he knows that any sea, air or road transporting carrier that ferries contraband effects that carry capital punishments are liable to be confiscated directly by the state.

The fines or jail teams imposed by the culprits are not withstanding for that matter.

Now, when Mr. Bubaa was saying that we hide the issue and sweep it under the carpet, was he meaning that SL was to abet in the illegal arms peddling?

Or was he imbibing that we invoke barbarism and loot the catchments of military gear?

Or was the loud screams meant to be-little Hon. Waran-adde?

What or whom was he discrediting if not his own self? So far, no one has commented on his gaffe. However sad it may suffice to say, though, his gaffe has played into many a small mind!

It should go on record that the minister was justified in all means and being diligent to his national and international duties. His colleague, Hon. Adami of Defence, made this quite clear.

Somalilanders should take care of the likes of Buubaa’s recklessness, short-mindedness, ill-timings, and poor grasp of legal procedures and total ignorance of who knows what next!

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Somaliland:Is There more to Hooliganism Menace than Meets the Eyes? http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandis-hooliganism-menace-meets-eyes/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandis-hooliganism-menace-meets-eyes/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:20:06 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56802 By M.A. Egge The mainstream populations of the city’s residents are generally supportive and more than sympathetic to the government’s cause of eliminating youth hooliganism in Hargeisa’s streets and backyard lanes in its residential estates. However what we can herein reveal is that the state is fantastically nipping by the bud what would have in […]

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By M.A. Egge

The mainstream populations of the city’s residents are generally supportive and more than sympathetic to the government’s cause of eliminating youth hooliganism in Hargeisa’s streets and backyard lanes in its residential estates.

However what we can herein reveal is that the state is fantastically nipping by the bud what would have in the near future become deadly organized crimes syndicates.

While walking with a colleague around the areas the recent skirmishes of youth battling security personnel a day after, we noticed several clusters of three to four people in close tete-a-tetes.

Closing near to eavesdrop or ‘join in the conversation’, a norm usually embraced, we found that they supported the crackdown whole heartedly.

“The hooligans tried to light a fire under my table and set it ablaze”, exclaimed a lady chat dealer, Rahma Abdillahi. My colleague, probed for more and was told, “As they fled arrests they not only pelted the police but everything they trampled along”.

Then a fired of his who is a vehicle spare-parts dealer told us of youth paying his premise visits and harasses him for money.

He hands us a note (pictured) given to him by the youth. It is unsigned, undated and un-addressed.

It is seemingly harmless with its beseeching tone for a token.

On another probe, the spare-parts dealer says, in an angry high pitched tone, “No they don’t ask for, they demand,” and added, “This is not the first one they visited me with”.

He said that it is not only business premises that are targeted but also lavish homes.

What dawns to our minds is that perhaps the situation at hand is not only a mere youthful hooliganism but a dangerous trend to have an organized crime in the making.

Just as scholar Diego Gambett the tagged such harassment for racketeering protection money extortion, or in his own Latino language, the “Pizzo” for the Mafiosi (extorters). He classiffied criminal organization in protection racketeering a mafiosi.

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In the same fashion, the “warrior castes” do the tormenting muscle works, be it arson or anything extremely thuggish.

Whatever the case, just the knowledge that such thing goes on in our own backyard in this millennium, sent chills down our spines.

It is thus, we profoundly think, that the residents are supportive of the crackdown, because they may have felt the pinch. None have told us whether they have been praying the pizzos (baad in our local Somali language).

When the interior minister announced the new heavy penalties in dealing with the menace, he warned that parents (in cahoots) would face the music too.

A spate of high incidences of thuggery and hooliganism has ripped the city in the recent weeks.

Every arrest has been short-circuited by parents (thus community) being a thorn in the security’s flesh and leave no stones unturned to set the youthful culprits free.

The same minister, Hon. Waran-adde, lamented last year that the courts were abetting hence undermining their efforts.

With the pizzo issue in the light now, we wonder whether there is more than meets the eyes and that perhaps its not just rowdy peerage crises that is exacerbated by joblessness.

The hope of all Somalilanders is that the state well dig deeper and nips the vice in the buds before it grows out of hand.

The momentum of the efforts should be maintained for a while until there is no more hell to break loose.

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Somaliland:Government Appeals for more Support in Countering Maritime crime at Sea and Ashore http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandgovernment-appeals-support-countering-maritime-crime-sea-ashore/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandgovernment-appeals-support-countering-maritime-crime-sea-ashore/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:53:49 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56791 By Goth Mohamed Goth The government of Somaliland has appealed to the European Union by enabling the Somaliland Coast Guard and authorities to counter maritime crime at sea and ashore more effectively and to work more efficiently with national, regional and international partners. Somaliland Minister of Interior Hon Mohamed Ali Warancade and Head of the […]

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By Goth Mohamed Goth

The government of Somaliland has appealed to the European Union by enabling the Somaliland Coast Guard and authorities to counter maritime crime at sea and ashore more effectively and to work more efficiently with national, regional and international partners.

Somaliland Minister of Interior Hon Mohamed Ali Warancade and Head of the Somaliland Coast Guard, Admiral Ahmed Aw-Osman Abdi during the meeting withthe European Union External Action Service Civilian Operation Commander ( CivOpsCdr), Kenneth Deane head of visiting EUCAP Nestor mission underlined the need to support in order to succeed against maritime crime in such a tough environment.

The EU CivOpsCdr, accompanied by Mr. de Poncins, the Head of Country Office Somalia Pierre-Aime’ Riccio and members of an EU delegation of experts, landed in Hargeisa, Somaliland. Here meetings were held – among other – with the Somaliland Minister of Interior, Ali Mohamed Waran Ade and the Head of the Somaliland Coast Guard, Admiral Ahmed Aw-Osman Abdi.

In Somaliland the EU delegates visited the Coast Guard facilities of the port city of Berbera, an area where the struggle against piracy and illegal fishing is fought with less than basic means. The Somaliland Authorities expressed gratitude to Deane for the EU engagement in the area, underlying the need to support i From January 26th to 27th, the European Union External Action Service Civilian Operation Commander ( CivOpsCdr) , Kenneth Deane, visited the Regional Maritime Security Building Mission in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean – EUCAP Nestor – field offices in Somaliland and Somalia.

Being responsible for ten civilian crisis management operations – working under the umbrella of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) – Mr. Deane, originally from Belfast, United Kingdom, receives at his Brussels HQ reports from different parts of the World. The Somalia visit adds substance to what is written on paper.

“Discussing with real people and seeing how they operate on the ground makes things far more understandable”, explained Deane on the eve of his visit. In order to succeed against maritime crime in such a tough environment.

 

EUCAP Nestor is a civilian EU mission under the Common Security and Defence Policy which assists host countries in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean region (Somalia, Somaliland, Djibouti, Seychelles, Tanzania) in strengthening their capacity to ensure maritime security and in particular to fight piracy.

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Somaliland:Italian Envoy Arrives in the Country for Discussions http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilanditalian-envoy-arrives-country-discussions/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilanditalian-envoy-arrives-country-discussions/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:39:24 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56788 By Goth Mohamed Goth The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Intentional cooperation Hon Maulid Mohamed Ibrahim today at the Egal International Airport received the Italian Ambassador to Kenya. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs speaking to reporters during a press conference said, “The Italian ambassador is in the country to hold discussions with top […]

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The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Intentional cooperation Hon Maulid Mohamed Ibrahim today at the Egal International Airport received the Italian Ambassador to Kenya.

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs speaking to reporters during a press conference said, “The Italian ambassador is in the country to hold discussions with top officials in country so as to explore ways to enhance future bilateral relation between the Somaliland and Italy.

Ambassador Fabrizzio Marzellla speaking during the press conference said, “This is my first visit to Somaliland and I look forward to meet Somaliland leaders to discuss ways to enhance cooperation and bilateral relations, as you probably know the government of Italy supports and funds projects in the health, training and many other sectors.

The Italian diplomat will also participate in an international training institute of Peace and Conflict Studies-IPCS in collaboration with Italy’s Scuola Superiore Santa Ana University based in Pisa, Italy from 1st to 5th of February, 2015.

The international trading by IPCS and Italy’s Scuola Superiore Santa Ana University is expected to attract participants from Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya and other countries in the region.

The University of Hargeisa (UOH)’S institute of Peace and Conflict Studies-IPCS in collaboration with Italy’s Scuola Superiore Santa Ana based in Pisa conducted a similar training in 2014 based on an international peace building course in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

Last year’s international training entitled ‘Introduction to peace building and peace operations for civilian personnel’ was financially funded by the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry department of global affairs at UOH’s main campus.

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Somaliland:No doubt it Would be Nice if this could be Done in SL Customs http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandno-doubt-nice-done-sl-customs/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandno-doubt-nice-done-sl-customs/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:54:26 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56784 By Yusuf Soraan The Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) is a computerized system designed by the United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to administer a country’s Customs (UNCTAD, 2006). According to UNCTAD, It is an automated Customs data management system that can handle all Customs clearance related processes. This is done by […]

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imagesBy Yusuf Soraan

The Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) is a computerized system designed by the United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to administer a country’s Customs (UNCTAD, 2006). According to UNCTAD, It is an automated Customs data management system that can handle all Customs clearance related processes. This is done by implementing simplified and harmonized procedures, and standardized trade documents. The system allows for the electronic processing of declarations, risk management, transit operations and expedited clearance of goods, in addition to collecting timely and accurate statistical data for fiscal and trade policy objectives. Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) Program was developed by UNCTAD in the early 1980s to automate the operations of Customs Administrations. It is presently installed in 84 countries. The program was developed to support Customs Administrations in their objective of trade facilitation and efficiency of Customs clearance control. UNCTAD has developed three versions of ASYCUDA so far and is currently rolling out ASYCUDA World.

ASYCUDA is a complete and fully integrated Customs computer system. The ASYCUDA interface makes operation easier for the user by presenting the system to the user in the form of task specific modules and modules designed for the needs of an office or of a particular grouping of functions. ASYCUDA system modules are grouped into main three types, according to function: – 1. ‘General office User modules’ are for basic or mainstream Customs processes, such as the input and processing of declaration data, and Customs controls. 2. Specialist User modules’ are generally for Customs support functions. These functions integrate with or add to the main Customs processes of the General office modules. 3. ‘System Maintenance and Reporting’ modules manage the running of the ASYCUDA++ system on a day to day basis.

Abundant experience around the world has made it clear that the single most important ingredient for effective tax administration is clear recognition at the highest levels of politics of the importance of the task and the willingness to support good administrative practices even if political friends are hurt (Bird and Casanegra de Jantscher, 1992). Unfortunately, very few developing countries have so far proved able to leap this initial hurdle. More frequently, urged by international agencies or simply desperate to get more revenues, countries have launched frantic efforts to corral defaulters or to rope in new victims without hurting politically powerful interests and without providing the time, resources and consistent long-term political support needed to do a good job.

Somaliland customs, there is an urgent need for reform of the archaic and bureaucratic system of revenue assessment and collection presently in force. Computerization is the answer, and fortunately there is in existence a system of revenue assessment control and accounting designed specifically for countries with emerging economies. ASYCUDA (Automated System for Customs Data) is in use in over eighty countries and regions world-wide, including twenty-nine countries in Africa. It is a computerized system for manifests, customs declarations, accounting procedures, bonded warehouses; inward and outward processing relief’s and transit control. ASYCUDA also generates trade data for statistical purposes. Although ASYCUDA can be configured to suit individual custom regimes, such as a national tariffs and legislation, it is most effective when used in conjunction with the accurate and effective Harmonized System (HS) of tariffs and the Single Administrative Document (SAD), which should also be introduced in conjunction with ASYCUDA.

If Somaliland ministry of finance decided to computerize revenue collection and administration in all Somaliland Customs by introducing computer software called the automated systems for customs data, Somaliland customs obtains the maximum possible benefit from the implementation of automated system for customs data, for instance the outstanding benefits of the introduction of ASYCUDA are in the areas of manifest control, production of accurate, meaningful statistics, and the elimination of many manual calculations and accounting procedures. The resulting release of operational staff from desk bound repetitive tasks will enable the Somaliland Customs to develop other areas of customs control, such as effective border patrols, search of vessels, development of intelligence, prosecution of offenders and more selective control of passengers, furthermore Automated System for Customs Data offers several additional benefits to the government, including facilitation of compliance management, risk analysis, timely and accurate trade statistics, and revenue collection, and made it easier to trade across border and also a willingness to co-operate with neighboring countries’ customs services, particularly Ethiopia.

No doubt if we use ASYCUDA, Somaliland custom’s automation mainly results in increased transparency in the assessment of duties and taxes, substantial reductions in Customs clearance times, and predictability. All these factors will eventually lead to direct and indirect savings for both government and the trading community. More specifically, benefits usually include: Simpler, more transparent procedures and documents, based on international standards; Faster electronic lodgment of Customs declarations, using Direct Trader Input (DTI) or other on-line connections; Reduced Customs clearance times and less physical examination of shipments owing to the use of risk management applications; Increased collection of duties and taxes and less fraud due to the uniform application of laws and regulations, the automated calculation of duties and taxes as well as built-in security; Reduced Customs auditing of documents and records after release of the goods; and separation of payment of duties and taxes from the physical clearance of goods (under deferred payment schemes, e.g. payment by week or month); Enhanced capacity building of staff and management in both Customs and the private sector (e.g. through training courses on simplified procedures and documents based on international norms, UN recommendations and WCO standards); and Improved and timely foreign trade statistics as trade data are an automatic byproduct of the computerized system.

Also no doubt automated System for Somaliland customs could protect the national interest; for instances computerized risk-management systems determine the routing of transactions for Customs control according to criteria established by Customs officers specialized in enforcement and intelligence gathering. Customs controls aim not only at protecting fiscal revenue and detecting fraud and smuggling but also at ensuring secure trade in the face of the terrorist threat. Since 11 September 2001, security measures need to be reconciled with expedited Customs clearance of goods. This can be achieved only by using modern, computerized procedures that track and target high-risk consignments and reduce the number of physical inspections (UNCTAD, 2006). ASYCUDA’s risk management system capitalizes on over 25 years of experience in the computerization and implementation of Customs operations worldwide. ASYCUDA covers the whole declaration-processing path, including cargo and transit. It uses sophisticated tools, from the classic selection of the examination procedure and the allocation of the declared goods to a control ‘channel’ —green, for the release of goods without examination; yellow, for documentary checks prior to goods release; red, for physical examination of the goods prior to release; or blue, indicating that goods will be released but will be subjected to a post-clearance audit control by Customs— to the use of multimedia, scanned images and wireless devices. State-of-the-art technological tools provide Customs officials with immediate remote access to intelligence and control databases. Customs controls can now be undertaken in situations where this was not possible before —for example; to stop cargo in transit and verify that the paper documents presented correspond to what has been declared at departure, or to perform on-the-spot checks of a container’s content and the status of the goods (cleared, in transit, etc.). The system permits the periodic assessment of risk-management processes in order to measure the effectiveness of selection criteria and to change, extend or eliminate risk management parameters as needed. The transit module of ASYCUDA includes forgery-proof electronic documents, electronic signature, and registration of all transactions. No data re-entry is required by carriers or at border crossings. The system can process transit documents such as the TIR Carnet. It allows for the full integration of transit procedures into the Customs clearance process with transit documents being generated from waybills and export declarations.

Customs’ main functions are to control the cross-border flow of goods, ensure compliance with government rules and regulations, to collect the duties and taxes due according to the national Customs tariff and tax code, and to protect the country against the import of goods and materials intended for illegal purposes, and against terrorist activities. This complex work can be facilitated through the use of computer systems consisting of comprehensive and integrated software packages with a number of functionalities or modules, such as: Cargo control, to monitor all movements of import, transit and export, and ensure that all goods are either duly cleared before release or a mechanism is in place that allows for the release prior to clearance; Declaration processing, to capture and process data for duty and tax collection; Payment and accounting, to register and account for payments by importers and exporters; Intelligence operations, to store and exchange data for risk profiling and enforcement, and risk management to select consignments bearing a higher risk of concealing duties and taxes, or those prone to smuggling and trafficking illegal substances and materials; Statistics and reporting, to extract data for foreign trade statistics and to generate management reports for Customs.

Ysf SoranYusuf Soraan    

MBA of Tax and Custom Administrator

Email: sooran07@hotmail.com Tell: 063- 4247584

 

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Somaliland:Fall in oil prices: An interest oriented crisis http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandfall-oil-prices-interest-oriented-crisis/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandfall-oil-prices-interest-oriented-crisis/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:41:05 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56781     Do you sometimes check yourself that you are literally a fuel-powered machine? Why traditional hydrocarbon products often affect our lives so extensively? What are the conspiracy theories on the global oil plunge? Why do we worry about a potential global depression? No doubt at all, that we are all on board a west-controlled […]

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Do you sometimes check yourself that you are literally a fuel-powered machine? Why traditional hydrocarbon products often affect our lives so extensively? What are the conspiracy theories on the global oil plunge? Why do we worry about a potential global depression?

No doubt at all, that we are all on board a west-controlled economic vehicle moving in a world driven by corporatocracy, bureaucracy, interest, greed, omission, nepotism and deception of every shape. Ordinary people caught between the global media, which is more propagandistic than realistic and conspiracies, which are more opaque than transparency. Oil prices would fall deeper in the coming months, as Brent Crude, the main global oil benchmark has virtually bowed down to the heat, as it was traded below $50 a barrel let alone the other benchmarks, like West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Dubai Crude. Analysts are forecasting more market panics and low tide of investments in the capital markets as the price could possibly go below $40 a barrel in the coming months.

Bad news for the capital markets if the fall in oil prices keeps on the same track in the coming months and the situation could even go from bad to worse if the majority of oil cartel “OPEC” defiantly stays on this rocky trail of pumping millions of barrels into the global commodity markets on daily basis.

We see both the regional and global markets plummet and needs different policies to be adopted by OPEC to let the markets steadily rally and hence the investors’ faith and confidence is revived.

 

Why fall in oil prices?

Being navigating between different analyses by different prominent economists and international market gurus, coupled with market news bulletins shared through the media of all types; to give a concurrent answer on the above question would take a time. But, make no mistake; if you look back at US, the domestic giant oil producers had almost doubled their production during the last half a decade. This has virtually marginalized the imports of huge volumes of crude oil from many OPEC member countries, like the Gulf, Persian allies, and African oil riches as well. According to NY times, in US average household would save nearly $800 of oil consumption expenses this year. Owing to this fact, you can simply know by the help of the basics of economics that the theory on “Demand Vs Supply” would justify and convince you about this untimely oil price dive.

On the other hand, when you look at the collective commitment of the world industrialized countries on lowering the green-gas emissions and promoting greener energy policies to safeguarding the environment. Many prominent European and East-Asian countries have developed a fuel efficient echo-friendly technology which would substantially slow down the greed demand for importing more oil from the OPEC members.

 

Who will feel the heat?

As the matter of fact, every country with oil based economic muscle would get bruised by this fall in oil price. Even USA would suffer a lot, as many loan ridden drilling companies need to pay back their debts to their respective lenders (banks) and answer their investors’ investments (shareholders), whereas many other small scale oil business could possibly wind-up their work. This would firstly depress the human capital in these fields and secondly many other businesses worldwide.

 

Theories on keeping Market share rather than the Price

Saudi Arabia (the biggest OPEC oil producer) and its allies’ continuous support of not cutting the daily output to enable the global commodity markets take a U-turn and stabilize the oil prices is the real force behind the oil decline. This is an absolute interest oriented move. According to them, they are on the course to take care of the market segment rather than the price. For, losing the market segment would benefit their market competitors and would sideline their production.

A question may there for be asked, why market segment rather than the price? The answer is so simple, on one hand, It’s real that Iraq and Libya, are pumping and even selling oil clandestinely in black markets which would saturate the potential oil markets and, on the other hand, as we have mentioned earlier USA are now relies much on their local oil production as they have doubled pumping oil during last five to six years, many other European counterparts have slowed down their oil consumption by the blessings of their technology as well. So, now the major market has become Asia (the world’s most populous continent) and OPEC members seems to be competing to secure their market grip in Asia rather than the price. After the market confirmation Saudi Arabia and their allies in the region say the prices would climb high, but this lies under a huge economic contingency as there is no credible outlook for maintaining their market segments to bolster the price. This reality could translate Saudi’s steadfastness on oil over-supply even if the price goes below $40 a barrel to bluffing only; and at this juncture, we cannot rule out any immediate move to a different direction by OPEC. In contrast, Algeria, Iran and Venezuela “a traditional hydro-carbon based economies trio”, are not happy with such low levels of oil prices and tried to find a different policy to heat up the price, by just cutting the high levels of oil pumping to leverage the market, but their collective efforts seem to have been swallowed by the mightiness of their competitors like Saudi Arabia.

Other floating theories on that the fall of prices is a clear policy against punishing Russia and Iran, could not possibly be a good testimony as both the countries are one of the most resourceful countries in the world. Furthermore, this problem would not ever be contained within them as it would be a shared responsibility by the global oil producers of all continents.

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the gulf and its Persian oil giants could suffer a loss of about $300 billion this year alone if they fail to find an easy way out of this menace.

Finally, fall in oil prices could seem chilling news for an ordinary household as they would argue that they are enjoying with the fuel budget savings, but to worry about a potential regional or global depression seems to be viable as the oil acts the biggest drug that stimulates the global markets. As the financial markets rule the global economy, any loss of faith in investing would touch every level of our society, business institutions of all types would turn around to their cost cutting policies and in turn this would eventually damage the disposable income of every household (that’s you and me).

 

Khadar Hanan

E-mail: khadarhanan@gmail.com

Doha, Qatar.

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EU calls on Federal Institutions to act swiftly and with unity of purpose http://www.somalilandpress.com/eu-calls-federal-institutions-act-swiftly-unity-purpose/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/eu-calls-federal-institutions-act-swiftly-unity-purpose/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:18:12 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56777 30/01/2015   The EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa, Alexander Rondos, and the EU Ambassador to Somalia, Michele Cervone d’Urso, remain concerned on the consequences of continued political crisis and call for a swift conclusion of the Cabinet appointment process prior to the end of the Parliamentary session.   We urge the Somali leadership […]

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The EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa, Alexander Rondos, and the EU Ambassador to Somalia, Michele Cervone d’Urso, remain concerned on the consequences of continued political crisis and call for a swift conclusion of the Cabinet appointment process prior to the end of the Parliamentary session.

 

We urge the Somali leadership – President, Prime Minister and Parliamentary leadership – to act with unity of purpose and to reach out to key stakeholders to ensure that a Cabinet is in place which will lead the country to the September 2016 elections.

 

It is time for delivery with only months remaining to complete essential state building, peace building and constitutional tasks.

 

The EU remains by the side of the Somali people and its Institutions. (END)

 

 

 

Delegation of the European Union to SomaliaP.O. Box 45119 Nairobi | Insurance House, Ragati Road,

Upper Hill – Kenya

Tel.: +254 (0)20 280 20 00

Email: DELEGATION-SOMALIA@eeas.europa.eu

Website: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/somalia/index_en.htm

Twitter: @SomaliaEU | Flickr: EUSomalia | Youtube: EU SOMALIA

 

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Somaliland:Police Shoot Youth Died in Skirmishes http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandpolice-shoot-youth-died-skirmishes/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandpolice-shoot-youth-died-skirmishes/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:48:11 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56773 By Mustafe Abdi Ibrahim Security forces fought running battles with rowdy youth who gathered at the Mahmoud Ahmed Ali School play grounds in Mahmoud Haybe district of Hargeisa  last evening as they  resisted attempts by police to arrest them after being suspected to be involved the rising spate of violent crime in the city. Attempts […]

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By Mustafe Abdi Ibrahim

Security forces fought running battles with rowdy youth who gathered at the Mahmoud Ahmed Ali School play grounds in Mahmoud Haybe district of Hargeisa  last evening as they  resisted attempts by police to arrest them after being suspected to be involved the rising spate of violent crime in the city.

Attempts by police units to roundup youth suspected to be engaged in mugging and violent robbery in the past weeks but their efforts proved futile when a couple of dozens youth turned up in support of their fellow youth thwarted the police efforts.

The rowdy youth barricaded all roads leading to and from the southern fringes of the city as they fought running battles with the police an effort to resist the police attempts to arrest their buddies.

Reliable sources indicated tensions were still running high with at a least one youth shot dead with unknown number injured at the time of our reporting.

Police were deployed in every junction and roads leading to the southern suburb in order to prevent recurrence of riots of last night by angry youths which resulted to the many injuries and destruction of private property as rowdy youth rampaged in the area causing havoc.

The Scope of damage is still not clear reports cite that businesses have suffered.

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Somaliland: Africa Is Not a Poor Continent? http://www.somalilandpress.com/somaliland-africa-not-poor-continent/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/somaliland-africa-not-poor-continent/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:54:56 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56769 Africa is not poor, Africa is a rich continent inhabited by poor people. Once we fix the people problem, everything else will fall into place. Humanitarian organization like UNICEF, UNDP, Doctors without Borders, and alike have done more damage to Africa than the marginal positive impact they supposedly have had. In order to raise money […]

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Africa is not poor, Africa is a rich continent inhabited by poor people. Once we fix the people problem, everything else will fall into place. Humanitarian organization like UNICEF, UNDP, Doctors without Borders, and alike have done more damage to Africa than the marginal positive impact they supposedly have had.

In order to raise money for their operations, they have engaged into a “poverty porn” depicting Africa with the most degrading, and humiliating image. African people dignity is not something they cared about. The huge billboard and magazines photos showing Africa at its worst now fill the mind of billions of people around the world, and unfortunately those people can’t help but think about Africa only through those images. The worst consequence of this “free publicity” is the way it has deeply impacted African self-perception and self-image.

The “Poverty porn” of the NGOs, the humanitarian organizations, and Western Medias is the problem number one because it sabotages Africans self-image, weakens their sell-confidence and resolve, and contributed hugely to the hate and racism Africans face all over the world. If foreign aid would develop any place, Africa will be the most developed continent in the world. International Aid is now doing more harm to Africa than good. It became the main tool used by foreign governments and organizations to corrupt the African Elite, and get them to behave so irrationally toward their own populations and the basic interest of their countries.

Aside corruption and the criminality, International Aid is the root of the Five Stars Colonization disease that cripple the African elite which dislike the responsibility and the self-sacrifice that comes with being In control of a nation destiny. As far as they enjoyed the status offered by their positions, they never liked the responsibilities demanded by the job. Therefore they use international aid programs as substitute to their responsibilities.

If Africa needs any aid, the most urgent one is to get rid of the 50 billion corruption industry (called International Aid) that shackles its youth and elite, cultivates and maintains the beggar mentality.

How would you develop any country when the dream of the majority of its youth and elite is not entrepreneurship, innovation, education and self-sufficiency, but the dream to have a job with a humanitarian organization or to get their project financed by some International aid Agency or proxy?

A Friend of mine recently told me that the “Global Lying System” (referring to the western Medias covering African new) is one of the biggest threats to peace and development in Africa. African Tribes are created in London, Brussels and Paris by Journalists. The colonial heritage of those Journalists (Unless they are instructed to do so) makes them to see Africa only as a collection of tribes and focus their coverage on what they call as tribal issues.

The western medias seems to follow an agenda of further dividing African nations and populations with their constant framing of Africa through fight between tribes, religions, geography, etc. This must stop before African could unite to fight their way out. The influence of western Medias in Africa is very negative and could be considered as part of African problems. The second most negative effect of the western medias in Africa is that they tend to focus their attention on what the Europeans doing in Africa or for Africa, and how they are saving Africa, therefore continuing to create false impression that Africa is a hopeless place with lazy people that could be saved only by the white man.

What you often see is white person helping African or an outsider making change in Africa. That is bad, and perpetuates the feeling that Africans are incapable to solve their problem by themselves, and reinforce in the mind of the young people and generation “the white man as a savior” mentality. V very Bad! Ignorance of the Books of Machiavelli, Hegel and Darwinism…….The western elite that currently rules the world has Three majors intellectuals influence: Machiavelli (how to rule over people with cynicism and deception), Hegel (using the Hegelian dialectic of history they consider the western civilization as the end of history) and Darwin (the Survival belongs to the fittest, therefore the white race should stay at the top and rule over other races)

The problems are that you cannot develop a country or continent where the majority of people who have the potential to become leaders are raised to be “good subalterns” to be successful.

Africa is not poor, Africa has a leadership problems. For any society to prosper it should have an endogenous system of identifying, training and coaching its future leaders. Some countries do it through their military services, some do it through elite schools, and some others do it through informal coaching and assistance organizations or secret societies. The main issue Africa leadership is not the quality of its individuals, but the quality of the group of individuals.

Individually there are lot of brilliant people, but collectively they fail to work together harmoniously on long term vision, and commit with integrity and loyalty to their country or long term vision. The reason behind this failure is that most the so called leaders are trained outside their country and context, by people who have no knowledge of the context in which their leadership skills would apply.

Colonial power tends to drastically reduce the study of science and engineering in the countries they have occupied. They would favor literature and subaltern studies that would make the graduates just good enough to assist them in running the colonies or the occupied countries. Results, Africa has a lot of “talkers”, people with oratory prowess. Now, we do not need more of those lawyers, sociologists, philosophers, but more scientists and engineers.

An African Proverb Says; ‘When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you’,

Peace and Milk

ANIIS ABDILLAHI ESSA

SOMALILAND ADVOCACY GROUP

WASHINGTON DC…USA

Email: aniis@yhoo.com

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Al Jazeera email: Leak it, share it http://www.somalilandpress.com/al-jazeera-email-leak-share/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/al-jazeera-email-leak-share/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:32:17 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56766 Director of News calls leaked emails a blessing in disguise as they underscore network’s aspiration to be without bias. 29 Jan 2015 19:52 GMT From: Salah Negm Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015 4:43 PM To: All Staff Subject: To BE LEAKED Dear all, Another day and another leak from within, showing our vibrant editorial discussions […]

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29 Jan 2015 19:52 GMT

From: Salah Negm
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015 4:43 PM
To: All Staff
Subject: To BE LEAKED

Dear all,

Another day and another leak from within, showing our vibrant editorial discussions inside the Al Jazeera newsroom. This latest leak follows a previous leaked email discussion about Charlie Hebdo and how our diverse newsroom of 50 nationalities were discussing how best to take the story forward.

I would like to state that our style guide and our editorial discussion is no secret, so these so-called “leaks” don’t, in my opinion, prove anything sinister within the newsrooms of Al Jazeera Media Network. We thrive in broadcasting to the world in its diversity.

Our editorial discussions are proof that we aspire to be as objective as possible in our coverage, language and tone.

I, as Director of News, advocate that we never leave a point of view out, while we also reach any editorial decisions which are editorially correct and not necessarily politically correct.

I, of course, believe that to be really objective we will not satisfy all, especially people who are parties in a conflict or hold diehard, ideologically driven views who are also our audiences, but a small part of the 220 million households we reach around the world.

Others may interpret these leaks as an attempt from one of the above mentioned to spread the false notion that we as Al Jazeera are creating fear or self-censorship amongst our journalists and journalism or try by these leaks to intimidate and create the self-censorship or fear among them.

However, I personally find these leaks a blessing as people can see for themselves the logic and explanation behind our decisions of our commitment for objectivity and the aspiration to convey news without bias.

Whoever forwarded these emails to their friends, I personally thank you for offering a huge service to our channel. I have always been in favour of being transparent and open – we have nothing to hide.

Transparency

In the future we will put all our style guide and editorial guidelines online for public consumption, because there is nothing that we hide and nothing that we are afraid of.

I hold dear that our newsrooms are transparent, whether on why we use certain terms on our platforms and why we give certain stories certain treatments, to the extent I even have entertained the idea of putting our editorial meetings live on air for all to see.

On second thought, as it might be informative it also might not be of interest  for everyone of the audience to see.

Attempts made to distort and intimidate media organisations in some countries have been successful and it sadly resulted in the real self-censorship and polarisation of journalism and journalists.

It is, as I call it, a new form of subtle McCarthyism of our age.

Over the past 24 hours I have seen various news outlets that, it seems, have their own agendas to discredit Al Jazeera with their overanalysing of a simple email which laid down the facts.

I advocate our newsroom and editorial staff continue to deal with pure facts, balanced coverage and clear terminology and of course please raise your voice with queries or concerns in our vibrant and open discussions everyday in our editorial meetings.

So please, Mr or Ms Unknown leaker, continue to leak this … and more  :)

Source: Al Jazeera

Director of News calls leaked emails a blessing in disguise as they underscore network’s aspiration to be without bias.
29 Jan 2015 19:52 GMT
From: Salah Negm
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015 4:43 PM
To: All Staff
Subject: To BE LEAKED
Dear all,
Another day and another leak from within, showing our vibrant editorial discussions inside the Al Jazeera newsroom. This latest leak follows a previous leaked email discussion about Charlie Hebdo and how our diverse newsroom of 50 nationalities were discussing how best to take the story forward.
I would like to state that our style guide and our editorial discussion is no secret, so these so-called “leaks” don’t, in my opinion, prove anything sinister within the newsrooms of Al Jazeera Media Network. We thrive in broadcasting to the world in its diversity.
Our editorial discussions are proof that we aspire to be as objective as possible in our coverage, language and tone.
I, as Director of News, advocate that we never leave a point of view out, while we also reach any editorial decisions which are editorially correct and not necessarily politically correct.
I, of course, believe that to be really objective we will not satisfy all, especially people who are parties in a conflict or hold diehard, ideologically driven views who are also our audiences, but a small part of the 220 million households we reach around the world.
Others may interpret these leaks as an attempt from one of the above mentioned to spread the false notion that we as Al Jazeera are creating fear or self-censorship amongst our journalists and journalism or try by these leaks to intimidate and create the self-censorship or fear among them.
However, I personally find these leaks a blessing as people can see for themselves the logic and explanation behind our decisions of our commitment for objectivity and the aspiration to convey news without bias.
Whoever forwarded these emails to their friends, I personally thank you for offering a huge service to our channel. I have always been in favour of being transparent and open – we have nothing to hide.
Transparency
In the future we will put all our style guide and editorial guidelines online for public consumption, because there is nothing that we hide and nothing that we are afraid of.
I hold dear that our newsrooms are transparent, whether on why we use certain terms on our platforms and why we give certain stories certain treatments, to the extent I even have entertained the idea of putting our editorial meetings live on air for all to see.
On second thought, as it might be informative it also might not be of interest for everyone of the audience to see.
Attempts made to distort and intimidate media organisations in some countries have been successful and it sadly resulted in the real self-censorship and polarisation of journalism and journalists.
It is, as I call it, a new form of subtle McCarthyism of our age.
Over the past 24 hours I have seen various news outlets that, it seems, have their own agendas to discredit Al Jazeera with their overanalysing of a simple email which laid down the facts.
I advocate our newsroom and editorial staff continue to deal with pure facts, balanced coverage and clear terminology and of course please raise your voice with queries or concerns in our vibrant and open discussions everyday in our editorial meetings.
So please, Mr or Ms Unknown leaker, continue to leak this … and more :)
Source: Al Jazeera

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Netanyahu Betrays What’s Best For Israel http://www.somalilandpress.com/netanyahu-betrays-whats-best-israel/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/netanyahu-betrays-whats-best-israel/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:20:32 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56758 Prime Minister Netanyahu has been more vocal than any of his predecessors about the ‘looming Iranian danger,’ insisting that any agreement to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons will amount to nothing more than a technical pause. He has been rallying members of Congress to impose additional crippling sanctions on Iran, hoping that the mounting […]

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Prime Minister Netanyahu has been more vocal than any of his predecessors about the ‘looming Iranian danger,’ insisting that any agreement to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons will amount to nothing more than a technical pause. He has been rallying members of Congress to impose additional crippling sanctions on Iran, hoping that the mounting economic pressure will precipitate a regime change, or at a minimum, force the current regime to abandon its ambition to acquire nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu has convinced himself that President Obama’s ‘eagerness’ to strike a deal with Iran would leave Israel vulnerable, even though the President has forcefully and repeatedly made it clear that under no circumstances will he strike a deal that can remotely undermine Israel’s national security.

Netanyahu, with wide Republican support in Congress, contends that notwithstanding Iran’s change of tone, its apparent willingness to cooperate, and insistence that its nuclear program is peaceful, Iran is a wolf in sheep’s clothing determined to achieve its nuclear goal, however long that might take.

Tehran has already secured two principle demands: enriching uranium on its soil and limiting any new agreement to a number of years. From Netanyahu’s perspective, this is a recipe for disaster, as Iran would subsequently be free to pursue its nuclear weapon program.

Netanyahu maintains that even though Khamenei has repeatedly stated that he is against the building of nuclear weapons, Khamenei distinguishes between the possession of nuclear weapons and having the technology and materials to assemble one in short order, which amounts to the same thing.

The problem here is that Netanyahu does not believe that President Obama will demand an airtight longer-term agreement to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Even though the US has kept Israel informed about the substance of the negotiations with Iran, Netanyahu spared no efforts to rally Congress to legislate a new set of sanctions that could only derail the negotiations.

Netanyahu’s acceptance of the invitation by House Speaker Boehner to address a joint session of Congress to rebut President Obama’s Iran strategy is misguided and terribly damaging to US and Israeli strategic interests.

For Netanyahu to ignore protocol and notify the White House only after he accepted the invitation and refused to rescind it, is a slap in the face of the President who has done more than any of his predecessors to safeguard Israel’s security.

Netanyahu has ignored every appeal from the media, leaders of Jewish organizations, Israel’s European friends, and many others to cancel his trip, if for no other reason but for Israel’s sake.

To be sure, Netanyahu has disgraced Israel and undermined its crucial relations with the most important ally that stood by it, rain or shine, and remains its ultimate defender.

Being that the US has and continues to be the ultimate guarantor of Israel’s national security, it defies logic that the US would allow any loopholes in a new long-term agreement that would in any way endanger Israel at a later date.

Netanyahu knows too well that should Iran violate the new agreement, and if it were determined that the use of force is necessary to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities, only the US can undertake such an extreme measure.

Furthermore, even if Netanyahu loses his mind and decides to attack Iran on his own, the US will still be dragged in because Israel does not have the military capability to embark on such an awesome undertaking without US support, given the likely horrifying regional consequences.

By what logic does Netanyahu have the chutzpah to second-guess the US and act in a reckless and appalling manner, which can only damage Israel’s sacred ties with the US to score some political points at home, especially at election time?

Netanyahu knows better than most people that without the US’ political, military, and economic support, Israel could not have existed, let alone become a regional powerhouse in all walks of life.

A responsible Israeli prime minister must work closely with the US to produce an airtight deal and rally his allies in Congress to work toward that end, instead of trying to torpedo an agreement that could, at least potentially, eliminate the Iranian threat.

To begin with, the US must make it clear that it will not hesitate to impose additional crippling sanctions with the full support of Congress if Iran continues to drag its feet. The agreement should include the following provisions:

Iran’s technical ability to construct a nuclear weapon must be curtailed by a significant reduction in the number of centrifuges, and restrictions must be placed on the installation of advanced ones.

Iran’s plutonium-production capability at Arak must permanently be disabled, and strict limits must be imposed on the quality and quantity of the production of enriched uranium.

The US should insist that Iran end its research and development of its ballistic missile program, which could threaten Israel, and agree on the most unfettered, intrusive, and unannounced inspections regime.

The Mullahs must be persuaded that the US is prepared to resort to the military option to stop Iran’s drive to become a nuclear state by remaining militarily vigilant throughout the Gulf. Finally, the agreement should be effective for at least 10 years.

Netanyahu must understand that the eventual normalization of relations between the US and Iran is the best way by which to eliminate the Iranian threat. Therefore, if there is any chance, however small, that such an agreement will stand the test of time, it must be explored.

The alternative is leaving Iran free to redouble its effort to reach the nuclear threshold, forcing the US to choose between the lesser of two evils: to contain Iran (which is costly, dangerous, and prone to instability), or attack its nuclear facilities, which will further destabilize the region and undermine rather than enhance Israel’s national security.

Notwithstanding the accolades Netanyahu may receive from the floor of Congress, he has betrayed what is best for Israel. The Israeli electorate must remember this as they cast their votes come election day.

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Dr. Alon Ben-Meir is a professor of international relations at the Center for
Global Affairs at NYU. He teaches courses on international negotiation and
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Election 2015 Update: Ethiopia’s top oppostion banned by Govt http://www.somalilandpress.com/election-2015-update-ethiopias-top-oppostion-banned-govt/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/election-2015-update-ethiopias-top-oppostion-banned-govt/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:47:44 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56734 The Govt controlled Election board NEBE had today banned Ethiopia’s main opposition party UDJ, in what observers said was the biggest blow to democracy since 2005. The “Andinet” Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) party, formerly known as CUD, won the 2005 election in the capital city Addis Ababa before its leaders got imprisoned by […]

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The Govt controlled Election board NEBE had today banned Ethiopia’s main opposition party UDJ, in what observers said was the biggest blow to democracy since 2005.

The “Andinet” Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) party, formerly known as CUD, won the 2005 election in the capital city Addis Ababa before its leaders got imprisoned by security forces of the EPRDF ruling party.

In support of UDJ joining the 2015 election, over a million Ethiopians recently demonstrated in the streets of Addis Ababa last week. However, the election board suddenly awarded the name and logo of UDJ to a new group led by Tigistu Awelu.

Analysts in Addis Ababa said Mr. Tigistu Awelu was one of the government agents secretly planted by the ruling party to divide the opposition from the inside. The EPRDF ruling party has a reputation of using similar tactics to divide and weaken the opposition. It used the same technique in 2007 to break apart a strong Oromo opposition group led by Dr Merera Gudina.

This latest development comes only a month after the Ethiopian army Chief of staff Major General Samora Yenus gave a chilling warning to the opposition, in an alleged violation of the constitution. He said he does not trust the Ethiopian opposition and views them as enemies of the state.

With both the military and the election board allegedly controlled by the ruling party, many Ethiopians are pessimistic that change will come in 2015. However, registering to vote is mandatory in Ethiopia and tens of millions of Ethiopians will be forced to register for the election in order to keep their jobs and to avoid harassment by the EPRDF.

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Somaliland: Shakespeare’s “HAMLET” in Hargeisa Tonight http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandshakespear-hargeisa-tonight/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandshakespear-hargeisa-tonight/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:41:54 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56730 Press release – immediate release World famous Shakespeare’s Globe theatre company stops over in Somaliland to perform Hamlet Redsea Cultural Foundation is delighted to host Shakespeare’s Globe for the performance of one of the greatest English language plays ever written – Shakespeare’s sublime story of treachery and revenge, The Tragedy of Hamlet, the Prince of […]

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World famous Shakespeare’s Globe theatre company stops over in Somaliland to perform Hamlet

Redsea Cultural Foundation is delighted to host Shakespeare’s Globe for the performance of one of the greatest English language plays ever written – Shakespeare’s sublime story of treachery and revenge, The Tragedy of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark.  Hamlet plays in Hargeysa on January 29th, 2015.

Globe to Globe Hamlet’ opened at Shakespeare’s Globe on 23 April 2014, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. This completely unprecedented theatrical adventure will see Hamlet tour to every single country on Earth. Hamlet has now been performed in over 70 countries across the Americas, Europe and East Africa to more than 60,000 people, with over 1/3 of the whole tour now complete. The company of 12 actors rotate roles across the course of the tour, and together with their 4 stage managers travel with a completely portable set. The production is directed by Globe Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst.

‘Globe to Globe Hamlet’ is an initiative based on the belief “that every country is better off for the presence of Hamlet. Shakespeare can entertain and speak to anyone, no matter where in the world they are.” Redsea Cultural Foundation believes that cultural expression is the best medium to engage with each other and it is a key for critical thinking and for development. We consider this as a great opportunity for Somaliland audiences, and particularly youth, to take part in an exciting cultural event and to further the role of such expression in promoting tolerance and constructive intercultural engagement.

Written around 1599, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a tragedy filled with treachery, revenge, spies, and madness. The play was Shakespeare’s most popular in his day and has continued its popularity on stage ever since. In this work, he created a psychological mystery that affords us a look inside the mind of Hamlet.

Redsea Cultural Foundation (RCF) is a literature and arts organization based in Hargeysa, Somaliland, which aims to foster a new generation of literate, creative, and open-minded youth who will contribute towards the development of their societies. RCF established the Hargeysa Cultural Centre in 2014, and with a theatre, art gallery space and a library, the Cultural Centre is intended as a cultural hub for artists in Somaliland as well as international artists visiting the region.

Shakespeare’s Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education. Together, the Globe Theatre, Globe Exhibition & Tour and Globe Education seek to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance. Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Dominic Dromgoole, the theatre season plays in repertory from April to October annually, and has gained an international reputation for performance excellence. For the last five years Globe Theatre On Tour has taken productions to castles, festivals, parks and town squares.

http://youtu.be/Gga2NDAnvcs

 

Media contact person: Jama Musse Jama Telephone: + 252634099088 / +2526 59888748. Alternatively:  Ayan Mahamoud  +252634807586.

 

Notes to Editors:

Globe to Globe Hamlet is directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, designed by Jonathan Fensom and composed by Bill Barclay. The role of Hamlet is shared by Ladi Emeruwa and Naeem Hayat. All other male and female parts are played in rotation by Keith Bartlett, John Dougall, Miranda Foster, Phoebe Fildes, Beruce Khan, Tom Lawrence, Jennifer Leong, Rawiri Paratene, Matthew Romain and Amanda Wilkin.  Holly Blaxill: Press and Digital Officer (Globe to Globe Hamlet tour) 020 7902 1554

Redsea Cultural Foundation (RCF) is a literature and arts organization based in Hargeysa, Somaliland. For the last 7 years,  RCF organized the Hargeysa International Book Fair, the major yearly literature event in the Horn of Africa. Last year RCF, in partnership with Rift Valley Institute and with the support of the EU, established the Hargeysa Cultural Center.

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Jama Musse Jama
Director
REDSEA Cultural Foundation
Maroodijeex Bridge, Sha’ab area, Hargeysa, Somaliland
also Via Pietro Giordani 4, 56123 Pisa, Italy
tel. +252 (0) 63 4099088
tel: +39 338 9679505 (Italy) | +44 (0)7403584135 (UK)
email: jama@redsea-online.orgjmgurey@gmail.com
website: www.jamamusse.com

Hargeysa International Book Fair 2015. August 1-6
website: www.hargeysabookfair.com | www.kayd.org

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Somaliland:Dahabshil Group Launches E-Dahab Mobile Money Services http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandsomtel-launches-e-dahab-mobile-money-services/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/somalilandsomtel-launches-e-dahab-mobile-money-services/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:23:09 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56727 By Goth Mohamed Goth A well-attended ceremony was held today at the sprawling Gulaid Hotel for the launching of the new innovative E-Dahab mobile money service by Dahabshill group and SOMTEL one of the leading telecommunication companies in the country , the new service will allow customers to use their money for transfers, purchases, payment […]

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A well-attended ceremony was held today at the sprawling Gulaid Hotel for the launching of the new innovative E-Dahab mobile money service by Dahabshill group and SOMTEL one of the leading telecommunication companies in the country , the new service will allow customers to use their money for transfers, purchases, payment of bills, and airtime recharge.

Abdirahman Ali Abdi, the General Manager of Dahabshiil Operations Center briefed the participants on the benefits of the new service to be launched, and its contribution to the development of the business sector and general economy. He, also, took the participants through the different areas that Dahabshiil Group covers in business, and how all of these areas return value to the society as part of its social responsibility program.

Mr. Jama Hashi Mahmoud, the managing director of SOMTEL ,“The Company is always committed to provide the best and advanced communication services its customers, SOMTEL provides affordable rates of both local and international calls which enable its customers to take advantage of modest means for transformative communication.

“E-DAHAB is a service of Somtel International Limited that allows you to upload funds into your mobile and pay for just about anything. From a grocery store to a shopping mall or eating out with friends”, he said.

Mr. Said Mohamed Said, a member of the board at SOMTEL said, “SOMTEL has in the past played a unique role in creating a dynamic online experience by introducing new services, among them the high speed internet 4G and now E-Dahab that benefit somalilanders both local and in the Diaspora and will help spur the growth of both large and small businesses in Somaliland.

Mr. Fuad Ahmed Nuh, the managing director of E-Dahab speaking at the venue said, “The new E-Dahab mobile money services was first introduced to the country in late 2014 and has since its inception attracted more than 100,000 registered customers in all regions of the country , more than anticipated and continues to see an expanding customer base.

The chairman of Somaliland chamber of commerce Mr. Mohamed Shukri speaking at the launching ceremony of the new mobile money services said, “SOMTEL is best known for blending hard-core design skills and project management and marketing know-how in communication advancement and in showcasing the wide range of services it offers to both Somaliland and the horn region as a whole, I urge you to continue the good work.

Mr. Abdi Dirir , the Governor of Somaliland Central Bank also among the dignitaries speaking at the venue said, “I , on behalf of the central bank would like to laud the Dahabshiil group for launching the new online mobile money service which I hope would promote growth in the business sector and is expected enhance provision of value added services ,diversification and product innovations, and capacity expansion to enhance access and quality services.

Vice President H.E Abdurrahman Abdullah Ismael Saylici today was the guest of honor at the opening of the ultra-modern E-DAHAB online money banking services headquarters located in the central business district in Hargeisa.

Vice President H.E Abdurrahman Abdullah Ismael Saylici speaking moments after cutting the tape to new multi-million Dahabshil Bank business complex said, “I happy to attend the grand opening of E-Dahab new headquarters , Dahabshill group has played an important role in the development and progress made in the country since the time of the civil war , today the launching of E-DAHAB online services hails a new era and I believe it contribute to the economic development of this nation ,Somaliland needs investment in order to grow our economy and increase the business opportunities ,I do hereby take this opportunity laud Mr. Mohamed Said Duale for his contributions to the nation and may Allah bless him.

The Somaliland Ministers for Finance and Civil Aviation, Abdiaziz Mohamed Samaale and Mohamoud Hashi Abdi, respectively, also spoke of how appropriate the new service will be to business and economic development.

The newly launched E-Dahab mobile money services will benefit the whole society, private and public companies government and both local non-government organizations and agencies.

fast and time saving, simple, least cost, save and secure, consumer, activities reports/statements

Dealers are the main entity of E-Dahab Heirarchy, they provide to shops ability to gain benefits.

— The dealer package include :

  • - Knowing your account and store balances.
  • - Moving money among the stores.
  • - Managing your stores by enabling or disabling from them to do activities.
  • - Managing your accounts by changing languages, security PIN e.t.c

The main advantages of merchant menu are:

  • - Knowing your account balance.
  • - Canceling customer transaction in the case of wrong amount.
  • - Enabling withdrawing cash from your account.
  • - Managing your cashiers’ balances and activities.
  • - Recharging your E-voucher agents.
  • - Managing your accounts by changing languages, security PIN e.t.c

 

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http://youtu.be/KBIPuIKsigQ

Erigavo:

 

https://www.qarannews.com/shirkada-dahabshiil-oo-maanta-adeega-cusub-ee-e-dahab-ka-daah-furtay-magaalada-ceerigaabo/

 

 

Borama:

 

https://www.qarannews.com/shirkada-dahabshiil-oo-maanta-adeega-cusub-ee-e-dahab-ka-daah-furtay-magaalada-ceerigaabo/

 

 

Berbera:

http://saxilnews.com/shirkada-somtel-berbera-ayaa-daah-furtay-adeega-cusub-ee-e-dahab-khudbadihii-ay-halkaasi-ka-jeediyey-masuuliyiintii-ay-kasoo-qayb-galay/

Gabiley:

 

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Transparency and Good governance: The dichotomous dogma to our development pessimists. http://www.somalilandpress.com/transparency-good-governance-dichotomous-dogma-development-pessimists/ http://www.somalilandpress.com/transparency-good-governance-dichotomous-dogma-development-pessimists/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:43:48 +0000 http://www.somalilandpress.com/?p=56724 Somaliland has surprised the international community at the speed it has transformed itself politically and economically from a country devastated by the war waged against them by the last internationally recognised Somali government. Today it is a vibrant country and seems to have indulged in the finest democracy in the developing world. Previous governments had […]

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Veterans monument in Hargeisa

Somaliland has surprised the international community at the speed it has transformed itself politically and economically from a country devastated by the war waged against them by the last internationally recognised Somali government. Today it is a vibrant country and seems to have indulged in the finest democracy in the developing world. Previous governments had envisioned their priority to foster lasting peace and stability in the country. To that end, the paucity of resource of the country was channelled into security priority needs. In contrast, the current government beset its priority on economic growth and developmental projects to tackle the pervasive poverty and unemployment among people of working age, particularly among the youth who make up more than two thirds of the population. This article looks into the extent the current government has owned managing the economy and development programmes.

As the previous successive governments tenaciously averted Somaliland disposed into a chaotic and instability, the marginal resource was instilled to maintain stability, this left them with no economic and developmental policies. That led deluge of international Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) converged into Somaliland to run developmental projects, as the state was not seen to have got the capacity to deliver them. The INGOs that came to Somaliland had all carried out dubious duplicate work at the narrative of empowerment and capacity building with no measured economic impact on the country. Last administrations were left no choice but had to capitulate the INGOs, as the country was entrenched in extreme poverty and acquiesced their assistance. The INGOs assistance was vital to Somaliland but until recently they were stubborn to listen to government requests to have a say on how the aid funds are spent.

The empowerment and capacity building was a development paradigm favoured in the mid-1980s by the World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) during the peak of the developing world debt crisis. African countries were depicted at the time with endemic corruption and have had no capacity to deliver large projects. Good examples were the cases of Zaire and Nigeria in which their regimes at the time diverted billions of dollars’ worth of aid funds into their Swiss personal bank account that would have been instead gone into pro-poor developmental projects aimed at lifting their people out of extreme poverty by improving their livelihood. Conversely, in the intuition of alleviating poverty condition in Somaliland, the INGOs were craving their work in Somaliland and Somalia around their interests and evidently spent millions of donor funding wastefully.

To fulfil its election pledges to induce economic growth and employment opportunities, the current administration pragmatically propped anti-corruption policies across departmental governments, and INGOs were made no exception to. Within a year into power $100 million was saved for the country aggrandising the annual budgetary from as little as $45 million to $150 million. Furthermore, the anti-corruption policies sphere discernibly got into INGOs to account how millions of dollars of donor funds to Somaliland channelled to them are administered. This led to the introduction of the Somaliland fund in which all the funding donated to Somaliland by international donors are paid into. The government has not now got only the insinuation of how the aid fund is spent but in fact it chooses, which development priority need projects the fund are allocated. In the past, the INGOs will spend the aid money donor funds to Somaliland in any way they would have felt in to fit in their objectives. Seemingly, that anti-corruption policy coerced INGOs into losing out their dispensation of aid fund. For example, years ago an INGO had flown into Hargeisa Airport as little as few kilos of medicine with leased privately owned Kenya airplane.

Today the Somaliland Development fund has hugely contributed to the development of Somaliland and every penny has been used in the most productive way. Incorporating local knowledge, the international aid fund measurably impacted on the local economy by creating employment opportunities and contributed to human development index of Somaliland, including health, knowledge and standard of living. Aid money is being diverted from empowerment and capacity building project to essential public services, road works, government buildings and schools. With this regard, Somaliland seems to have hugely benefited from the dual government and the INGOs working hand in hand to deliver services.

Conversely, the anticorruption policies, which has saved millions dollars was believed to have detrimental effects to the Somaliland stability. It was said money that had been spent by previous governments to please clan elders ceased provoking them into undermining government on the misconception that their clan has not been represented in every level of government, including ministerial, directors, and armed forces and so on. Albeit, clan elders should be insouciance to ensure development projects are not excluded but fully participated, however, it seems many clan leaders to be obsessed to deciphering public workforce into their descending clan. It was felt imperative to elaborate on our developmental projects empowering and capacity building of clan elders to emancipate them being in delusion of clan issues that underpin national issues by holding the country into random.

In conclusion, Somaliland is a role model for African countries, as it has produced the finest democracy in Africa. The last three governments fostered security and stability of Somaliland in a region with endemic conflict. The current government promulgated good governance that not only saved millions of dollars but its capacity to efficiently run the economy divulged donor countries diverging funds from INGOS and entrusted in the hands of the current government. However, good governance is facing a challenge from clandestine clan leaders who are holding their country a ransom as previous government would buy their loyalty and as well as unethical politicians. In succinct, good governance and transparency impinges upon critics of its achievements, as evidence purportedly support Somaliland to be economically and politically a towering country in Africa.

Ahmed Abdi Isse
An Academic
What is your thought on this article; please email me your comments directly to: isseahmed@hotmail.com

Somaliland has surprised the international community at the speed it has transformed itself politically and economically from a country devastated by the war waged against them by the last internationally recognised Somali government. Today it is a vibrant country and seems to have indulged in the finest democracy in the developing world. Previous governments had envisioned their priority to foster lasting peace and stability in the country. To that end, the paucity of resource of the country was channelled into security priority needs. In contrast, the current government beset its priority on economic growth and developmental projects to tackle the pervasive poverty and unemployment among people of working age, particularly among the youth who make up more than two thirds of the population. This article looks into the extent the current government has owned managing the economy and development programmes.

 

As the previous successive governments tenaciously averted Somaliland disposed into a chaotic and instability, the marginal resource was instilled to maintain stability, this left them with no economic and developmental policies. That led deluge of international Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) converged into Somaliland to run developmental projects, as the state was not seen to have got the capacity to deliver them. The INGOs that came to Somaliland had all carried out dubious duplicate work at the narrative of empowerment and capacity building with no measured economic impact on the country. Last administrations were left no choice but had to capitulate the INGOs, as the country was entrenched in extreme poverty and acquiesced their assistance. The INGOs assistance was vital to Somaliland but until recently they were stubborn to listen to government requests to have a say on how the aid funds are spent.

 

The empowerment and capacity building was a development paradigm favoured in the mid-1980s by the World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) during the peak of the developing world debt crisis. African countries were depicted at the time with endemic corruption and have had no capacity to deliver large projects. Good examples were the cases of Zaire and Nigeria in which their regimes at the time diverted billions of dollars’ worth of aid funds into their Swiss personal bank account that would have been instead gone into pro-poor developmental projects aimed at lifting their people out of extreme poverty by improving their livelihood. Conversely, in the intuition of alleviating poverty condition in Somaliland, the INGOs were craving their work in Somaliland and Somalia around their interests and evidently spent millions of donor funding wastefully.

 

To fulfil its election pledges to induce economic growth and employment opportunities, the current administration pragmatically propped anti-corruption policies across departmental governments,   and INGOs were made no exception to. Within a year into power   $100 million was saved for the country aggrandising the annual budgetary from as little as $45 million to $150 million. Furthermore, the anti-corruption policies sphere discernibly got into INGOs to account how millions of dollars of donor funds to Somaliland channelled to them are administered. This led to the introduction of the Somaliland fund in which all the funding donated to Somaliland by international donors are paid into. The government has not now got only the insinuation of how the aid fund is spent but in fact it chooses, which development priority need projects the fund are allocated. In the past, the INGOs will spend the aid money donor funds to Somaliland in any way they would have felt in to fit in their objectives. Seemingly, that anti-corruption policy coerced INGOs into losing out their dispensation of aid fund. For example, years ago an INGO had flown into Hargeisa Airport as little as few kilos of medicine with leased privately owned Kenya airplane.

 

Today the Somaliland Development fund has hugely contributed to the development of Somaliland and every penny has been used in the most productive way. Incorporating local knowledge, the international aid fund measurably impacted on the local economy by creating employment opportunities and contributed to human development index of Somaliland, including health, knowledge and standard of living. Aid money is being diverted from empowerment and capacity building project to essential public services, road works, government buildings and schools. With this regard, Somaliland seems to have hugely benefited from the dual government and the INGOs working hand in hand to deliver services.

 

Conversely, the anticorruption policies, which has saved millions dollars was believed to have detrimental effects to the Somaliland stability. It was said money that had been spent by previous governments to please clan elders ceased provoking them into undermining government on the misconception that their clan   has not been represented in every level of government, including ministerial, directors, and armed forces and so on. Albeit, clan elders should be insouciance to ensure development projects are not excluded but fully participated, however, it seems many clan leaders to be obsessed to deciphering public workforce into their descending clan. It was felt imperative to elaborate on our developmental projects empowering and capacity building of clan elders to emancipate them being in delusion of clan issues that underpin national issues by holding the country into random.

 

In conclusion, Somaliland is a role model for African countries, as it has produced the finest democracy in Africa. The last three governments fostered security and stability of Somaliland in a region with endemic conflict. The current government promulgated good governance that not only saved millions of dollars but its capacity to efficiently run the economy divulged donor countries diverging funds from INGOS and entrusted in the hands of the current government. However, good governance is facing a challenge from clandestine clan leaders who are holding their country a ransom as previous government would buy their loyalty and as well as unethical politicians. In succinct, good governance and transparency impinges upon critics of its achievements, as evidence purportedly support Somaliland to be economically and politically a towering country in Africa.

 

Ahmed Abdi Isse

An Academic

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