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766533 20-04-2021 11:28 am ilo Somalia recognizes decent work for women and men as the foundation of peace and resilience Somalia has become the second country in Africa to ratify international labour standards seeking to end violence and harassment in the world of work. The Somali Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Duran Farah, presented the instrument of ratification of the Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190) to ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder. He also presented the ratification instruments of the Tripartite Consultation (International Labour Standards) Convention, 1976 (No. 144) ; the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No. 155) ; the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187 ); the Migration for Employment (Revised) Convention, 1949 (No. 97) ; the Migrant Workers (Supplementary Provisions) Convention, 1975 (No. 143) ; and the Private Employment Agencies Convention, 1997 (No. 181) . The seven Conventions are the first ratifications by Somalia since 2014 and bring to 26 the total number of Conventions Somalia has ratified. “I welcome the deposit of these seven key ILO instruments. They mark the desire of the Somali people for peace, stability and good governance and their resilience in insisting democracy delivers on its promise” said Guy Ryder. He highlighted the importance of continuous dialogue, patience, compromise and strong legal, political and civic institutions to nurture peace and guide democracy, as illustrated by Somalia’s ratification of Convention No. 144. Published Click Here 20-04-2021 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete
766532 20-04-2021 11:28 am sonna NGOs call for urgent aid as millions on brink of starvation More than 250 NGOs have urgently called on international governments to increase aid and save more than 34 million people on the brink of starvation this year. In an open letter (PDF) addressed to world leaders on Tuesday, groups working to fight against inequality said up to 270 million people are acutely food insecure with millions “teetering on the very edge of famine”. “The combined impacts of conflict, climate change and inequality, coupled with the COVID-19 crisis, have led to an acute food insecurity situation around the world,” the letter, whose key signatories include Oxfam, Save the Children, and the International Rescue Committee, read. “Needs already cannot be met, and we are increasingly likely to face multiple famines if we do not respond now,” the letter, which came in conjunction with the UN’s call for action to avert famine, added. In a joint statement, the aid groups noted that a year on since the UN warned of “famine of biblical propotion”, donors have only funded five percent of this year’s $7.8bn food security appeal. The statement said that the amount of additional funding called for by the UN’s World Food Programme amounts to $5.5bn, which is equivalent to less than 26 hours of the $1.9 trillion that countries spend per year on the military. “The richest countries are slashing their food aid even as millions of people go hungry; this is an extraordinary political failure,” Oxfam’s executive director, Gabriela Bucher, said. Published Click Here 20-04-2021 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete
766531 20-04-2021 11:26 am halbeeg Somalia condoles with Egypt gov’t over train mishap The Somali government has condoled with Egypt following the deaths of more than 10 people in a train tragedy. Four train wagons on Sunday ran off the railway track by the city of Banha in Qalyubia province, just outside Cairo. Videos on social media showed wagons overturned and passengers escaping to safety along the railway. The train was travelling to the Nile delta city of Mansoura from the Egyptian capital. In a statement to newsrooms, Somali Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Monday extended its condolences to Egyptian government and the families of people who perished in the train. “The Federal Republic of Somalia expresses its heartfelt condolences to the Government and the friendly people of Egypt following the passenger train accident,” the statement reads in part. Sunday’s train accident came three weeks after two passenger trains collided in the province of Sohag, killing at least 18 people and injuring 200 others, including children. Train wrecks and mishaps are common in Egypt, where the railway system has a history of badly maintained equipment and mismanagement. Published Click Here 20-04-2021 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete
766530 20-04-2021 11:25 am hiiraan Farmajo: African Solutions to African Problems Somalia's President has asked the African Union to facilitate talks with political stakeholders. The announcement came on Sunday from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They emphasized that it would be a Somali-led and owned process. "With regards to # Somalia's efforts to hold peaceful, inclusive, and timely elections, (Farmaajo's) government would welcome the role of the AU in facilitating a Somali-led and Somali-owned engagement process that would lead to dialogue," The Ministry said on Twitter. Farmajo travelled to the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo late Saturday evening for a one-day meeting with President Felix Tshisekedi, who is also the 2021 African Union Chairperson. Mohamed Abdirizak, Somalia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, travelled with Farmajo to Kinshasa for the meeting and said that Farmajo advocated for "African solutions to African problems." "Two presidents discussed bilateral issues as well as African issues, continental issues. In their discussions, President Farmajo talked about the need to encourage African Solutions to African Problems, and as such, indicated his government's willingness to see the AU take a leadership role in the facilitation of an engagement process that would lead to dialogue amongst Somali stakeholders." Published Click Here 20-04-2021 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete
766529 20-04-2021 11:22 am reliefweb Recommendations for addressing drought displacement in Somalia Somalia is one of the countries most heavily affected by internal displacement, with more than 2.6 million internally displaced people (IDPs) at the end of 2019.1 Many of these IDPs were displaced as a result of conflict and violence, but many more were displaced during disasters, including floods and drought. In addition to human suffering and insecurity, internal displacement was estimated to have cost the country 21.5 per cent of its GDP, or $1 billion in 2019.2 It is not only a humanitarian priority but also a challenge for socioeconomic development. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) embarked on a research programme in December 2018 to investigate internal displacement associated with slowonset disasters and environmental change.3 As part of that programme, Somali-speaking local enumerators collected quantitative and qualitative data in October 2019 in the cities of Burco in Togdheer region, Galkayo in Mudug and Qardho in Bari to examine displacement associated with drought.4 The objectives of the study were to investigate the interplay between different drivers and drought in triggering displacement from rural to urban areas, as well as to provide a better understanding of conditions and priorities for local integration and returns. The overall goal was to support policy and programming for durable solutions. Published Click Here 20-04-2021 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete
766528 20-04-2021 11:21 am gfmag Pandemic Spurs Demand For Trade Finance Capacity In Africa The Covid-19 pandemic has pressured African central banks and market regulators to deepen their engagement with industry, asset managers, and private equity to expand international trade financing capacity including South-South and African trade, concludes a recent report published by the African Export Import Bank, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and Making Finance Work for Africa. The report's authors recommended greater coordination and alignment regarding pandemic response across the continent. Africa’s trade finance contracted by 10% in 2020 as the continent entered its first recession in 25 years said President of Afreximbank Benedict Oramah during a virtual event for the report’s April 15 release. Africa's trade finance needs are quite significant and are expected to increase as the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement came into effect beginning in 2021, according to the report’s authors. African development finance institutions have an important role to play by increasing their support to commercial banks, enabling them to engage in trade finance, the authors argued. Although the responses by African central banks to Covid-19 did not constitute impediments to trade finance, there were inconsistencies at some levels. For instance, while some regulatory agencies took necessary measures to facilitate the clearance of goods, others were less able to apply the same flexibility in the face of major disruptions in international courier services, wrote the authors. The survey, which covered the first four months of 2020, was designed to provide an understanding of the dynamics and impact on trade finance in Africa in the wake of the pandemic. Therefore, it will inform ongoing efforts by Afreximbank and African Development Bank to further enhance their trade finance efforts to banks to fashion other measures as part of the continental response to the challenge, Oramah said. Published Click Here 20-04-2021 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete
766527 20-04-2021 6:47 am halbeeg President Farmajo call for AU mediated talks with stakeholders Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo has called on African Union (AU) to lead efforts to mediate Somalia’s stakeholders to end political crisis. In a statement, Farmajo said Somalia welcomes the AU to facilitate the talks to iron out the deadlock “I welcome @_AfricanUnion to take a leading role in facilitating an election process in which every citizen elects their representatives through free and fair elections. All Somali stakeholders will actively participate in the dialogue on the future of our democracy,” Farmajo said in a Twitter post. President Farmajo who Monday paid a one-day unannounced visit DRC has held two-hour talks with DRC president, Félix Tshisekedi who is also chairperson of African Union (AU). A statement by DRC government said that the president of Congo welcomed Farmaajo’s initiative to resolve horn of Africa nation’s current stalemate. Somalia’s was to hold elections early year but disagreement between the country’s stakeholders had led the country to fail to hold elections on time. President Farmajo and leaders of federal member states had held several rounds of talks and later agreed on a framework for indirect elections on 17 September 2020 but later the leaders have repeatedly failed to work out the voting system. Early this month, the leaders finally convened at Mogadishu’s international airport, which is guarded by AU troops, negotiations collapsed after four days. Published Click Here 20-04-2021 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete
766526 20-04-2021 6:45 am radiodalsan AU troops awarded medals for contribution to peace and stability in Somalia The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has awarded medals and certificates to Ugandan soldiers for their contribution in the ongoing peacebuilding process in Somalia. The soldiers, from Battle Group 29, were awarded medals at a ceremony presided over by the AMISOM Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Diomede Ndegeya and attended by senior AMISOM military officers and the Contingent Commander of Ugandan troops in Somalia, Brig. Gen. Don William Nabasa. The soldiers who deployed to the mission in December 2019 under the command of Col. Edward Kaddu, are due to rotate out of the mission, having completed their tour of duty and will be replaced by Battle Group 32, commanded by Col. Jonathan Ojok Ochom. Lt. Gen. Ndegeya praised the soldiers, who were tasked with securing the coastal town of Barawe and the surrounding areas, for their steadfastness in the implementation of the mission’s mandate. “UPDF Battle Group 29 secured the airfield of Barawe, protected key population centres especially Embresso and Barawe towns, mentored Somali National Army through joint operations and training, and secured main supply routes,” said Lt. Gen. Diomede Ndegeya. Present at the function was the AMISOM Deputy Force Commander in charge Operations and Plans, Maj. Gen. William Kitsao Shume. Published Click Here 19-04-2021 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete
766525 20-04-2021 6:43 am managingip A welcome return to the world of trademarks in Somalia For many years it was not possible to register trademarks in Somalia, an east African state with a population of roughly 16 million. This was a consequence of a brutal civil war that started in 1991 and continued for many years. The best that international brand owners could do was publish cautionary notices in Somalian newspapers. Things have, however, been changing for some time. In December 2019, it was announced that the Registry, the Somali Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), had re-opened. The pre-1991 legislation is again recognised, although we understand that new IP legislation (with transitional provisions that will recognise existing rights) is in the pipeline. The pre-1991 legislation is the Trade Mark Law No. 3 of January 22 1955, amended by Law No. 33 of January 18 1975 and Law No. 3 of December 8 1987. The situation regarding the pre-1991 registrations is unclear. Some believe that these registrations are no longer recognised. Others claim that these registrations can be revalidated on payment of an official fee of $1,000 for each renewal term. This is a grey area and you should speak to a professional specialising in African IP if you wish to explore this issue further. Published Click Here 20-04-2021 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete
766524 20-04-2021 6:40 am modernghana FESOJ Conducts Virtual Training on Safety Procedure on COVID-19 prevention The Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ) organized the online training with the support of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), which was aiming to improve the safety of journalists, an advocacy campaign for COVAX vaccine rollout for Covid-19 and the pandemic reporting coverage. Ahmed Mohamed Ali, Mohamud Mohamed Adde and Farah Omar Nur, veteran and qualified long-serving media trainers have facilitated the two- day online training sessions. Dr Hanan Hassan, a qualified health doctor detailed the public has comprehended the background and origins of the pandemic and the values of the vaccine. Furthermore, she explained that most of the public has accepted the vaccine inoculation, despite dissemination of fake news saying the vaccine is carrying the virus and could cause blood clotting. She added the frontline health workers and vulnerable people will give priority to be immunized. During the sessions, the participating journalists from radio, TV, and online channels were taken through the thematic areas on:- the significance of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and Sinopharma Covid vaccine in preventing the spread of the pandemic, the misconception on the vaccine, the need for community awareness-raising in the media, the ethical for reporting Covid-19 and the related principles. In addition, the participants have been exposed to a session on what is fake news and particularly on the Covid – 19, and the need to have an accurate and reliable source of information when reporting issues related to the pandemic. Published Click Here 20-04-2021 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete
766523 20-04-2021 6:39 am XINHUANET Somali, AU forces arrest Al Shabaab fighters in joint operation Somali National Army (SNA) and African Union Mission (AMISOM) forces arrested several Al Shabaab fighters in a joint operation in southern Somalia on Sunday, the AU mission said on Monday. AMISOM said its Burundian contingent based at Gololey joined the operation, flushing out militants hiding in the Sayga forest. "A number of Al-Shabaab fighters were captured and handed over to the Somali police for further investigations," AMISOM said in a statement. The operation was aimed at ensuring free movement of Somali people on the main supply route of Mogadishu-Jowhar, the statement said. Al-Shabaab, which has been seeking to topple the government, has continued to restrict the movement of people and control supply routes to most of the recovered areas, according to Somali authorities and humanitarian partners. AU troops have been conducting regular patrols and escorting vehicles carrying humanitarian relief aid and participated in combat operations against Al-Shabaab to secure main supply routes. There have been clashes in southern and central Somalia between government forces and Al-Shabaab since the militants were chased out of the capital Mogadishu in August 2011 by allied forces. Published Click Here 20-04-2021 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete
766522 20-04-2021 6:36 am reliefweb How one pediatrician is trying to reduce neonatal deaths  in Somalia For Dr Ubah Farah Ahmed, returning to Somalia was not an easy decision to make, but she knew it was the right thing to do. “I have two children who are now in their mid-twenties still in Rome, but they understand why I had to return,” she says. With an elderly father living in Mogadishu, the 48-year-old pediatrician had always known she would be back one day “to do my part to help.” She left Somalia in 1991 due to the civil war and lived in Italy for the last 29 years, where she also studied medicine. In the wake of the central government’s collapse in 1991, Somalia continued to face conflict across many parts of the country. A lack of livelihood opportunities also forced thousands of people, including skilled professionals,  to flee and settle in many parts of the world.  Almost three decades later, many Somalis are returning to fill the gap created by the war. Among them are experts like Dr Ubah. “As diasporas, we've had the privilege of studying in very good institutions around the world and it is vital that we advance the development of Somalia by applying our experience and skills to the new generation who do not have the opportunity,” Dr Ubah says. She is fully aware that pockets of instability remain. “Some areas can be dangerous, but we realized that the country needs its best people to return," says Dr Ubah, who is working in the women and pediatric department of Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu. Her return to Somalia was facilitated by the Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) FINNSOM programme, implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). IOM mobilizes donor resources which make it possible to recruit specialists from the diaspora. They are then deployed to state institutions where their skills contribute to the strengthening of capacity while also transferring their knowledge to young local professionals through a mentorship programme. Published Click Here 20-04-2021 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete