UN issues alert on new wave of desert locusts in Somalia

“Immature and mature swarms are present in the northwest between Boroma and Hargeisa while mature adult groups and swarms are present and breeding in the northeast and in central areas of Mudug and Galgaduud,” said the UN food agency in an alert released on Monday evening. According to FAO, hatching and band formation have commenced in the past few days and
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Minister of Information Culture and Tourism holds introductory meeting with the staffs+pict

Mogadishu (SONNA)-The new Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism of the Federal Government of Somalia, H.E Osman Abokor Dubbe along with acting D.G and other directories of the ministry on today Wednesday held an introductory meeting with the staff of various departments of the Ministry, SONNA reported. The Director of Personnel and Training of the Ministry of Information,
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Security sector reform and economic recovery key priorities for post-COVID-19 Somalia

Security sector reform and economic recovery are key priorities for a post-COVID-19 Somalia, according to the latest World Bank economic analysis. The 5th edition of the Somalia Economic Update, Impact of COVID-19: Policies to Manage the Crisis and Strengthen Economic Recovery, says three decades of armed conflict have contributed to poor economic outcomes and the marked decline in quality of
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Somalia Ambassador to Sudan receives his Swedish counterpart

Khartoum(SONNA) The Ambassador of Somalia Federal Republic to Sudan H.E Mohamed Sheikh Isak has received the newly appointed Swedish Ambassador to Sudan Signe Burgstaller who paid a visit to Somalia Embassy in Khartoum. The meeting which took place at the office of Somalia Ambassador H.E Mohamed Sheikh Isak, was focused on bilateral relations and cooperation between Somalia and Sweden.
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Prime Minister Receives UN Special Representative for Somalia Ambassador James Swan.

Mogadishu (SONNA)-The Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E Mohamed Hussein Roble on Monday received in his office the United Nations Special Representative for Somalia, Ambassador James Swan, SONNA reported. Prime Minister Roble and Ambassador James Swan discussed electoral issues, security and co-operation between Somalia and the international community. “The United Nations will support the electoral
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The new minster of Information Culture and Tourism along with his deputy takes office+pict

Mogadishu(SONNA) The new Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism for the Federal Government of Somalia His Excellency Osman Abukar Dubbe, has today on Monday officially assumed his duties.( SONNA reported). This came on an occasion that took place at the Ministry of Information headquarters today, Monday, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Mehdi Muhammad Guled. The Deputy Prime
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Showing the Responsibility of Major Country and Building a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind

The world is undergoing complex changes,COVID-19 is spreading and human beings are facing unprecedented tests and challenges. At the time when the United Nations was founded 75 th anniversary, China’s president Xi Jinping delivered a series of important speeches at the 75 th anniversary meetings of the United Nations to clarify the Chinese government’s proposals, position and principles.
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Somalia Justice Minster to reform country’s judicial system

Mogadishu(SONNA) The newly appointed minster of Justice for the Federal government of Somalia H.E Abdukadir Mohamed Nor(Jama) has promised to rigorous reforms, after taking the oath of office as minister of Justice. “I hope to continue undertaken by my predecessor in justice sector particularly by completion judicial service committee, which is a key for the judicial reform Agenda and
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Somali Foreign Minister discusses with the Chinese ambassador on strengthening relations and cooperation

Mogadishu (SONNA) – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Amb. Ahmed Isse Awad, received on Sunday at his office in the Ministry in the capital Mogadishu, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Federal Republic of Somalia, His Excellency Mr. Qin Jian, and discussed with him bilateral relations and ways to enhance cooperation
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UN reaffirms World Body’s commitment to Somalia now and going forward

Mogadishu (SONNA) -On the occasion of United Nations Day, the UN envoy to Somalia today highlighted the long-running partnership between the world body and the country, and reaffirmed the organization’s support for Somalis now and into the future. “The United Nations, though we are focused on it today because it’s UN Day, is here in a supporting role. It’s
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UN to launch second round of polio vaccination drive in Somalia

Mogadishu (SONNA) -A second round of polio immunization campaign is set to begin in Somalia on Sunday, targeting 1.65 million children aged under five years, with oral polio vaccine in south and central regions, the UN said on Saturday. The four-day campaign will seek to end the currently ongoing outbreak of polio, which has already infected 23 children, the
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Somali Parliament approves the new cabinet

Mogadishu(SONNA)-Members of the Lower House of the Somali Federal Parliament on Saturday overwhelmingly approved the cabinet at a special session at the House of the People in the capital Mogadishu, SONNA reported. Parliament Speaker, Hon. Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman said that 188 members voted in favour of Prime Minister’s request to have his cabinet passed, noting that no one rejected or
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Health workers instrumental to immunization, Somalia commends on World Polio Day

Mogadishu (SONNA) -On World Polio Day today, Somalia is celebrating polio workers’ continued commitment to reach and immunize every child in the country to end all forms of polio, and the role they play in strengthening health systems and responding to health emergencies. Since the inception of Somalia’s polio eradication programme in 1997, hundreds of polio health workers have
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Somaliland: Budgeting for a Better Future for Children

2020 has not turned out as planned. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact populations around the world, governments have been forced to take a fresh look at their spending and how to meet additional costs of pandemic response as they expect a fall in revenue. Budget information has become even more critical. Joanne Bosworth is Chief of Public Finance
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Ahead of Elections ,UN urges that Somalia’s Political Space Remain open to all

Mogadishu (SONNA )- As Somalia prepares to hold elections, the United Nations today highlighted the need to ensure the country’s political space remains open, allowing for a diversity of voices and views to be expressed as part of the democratic process. To achieve this, freedom of expression, opinion, and assembly must be protected. “A vibrant political space is one
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The Newly appointed Minister of Justice Speaks with Turkish Officials on Phone

Mogadishu (SONNA)-The newly appointed Minister for Justice of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E Abdikadir Mohamed Nuur(Jama) spoke on the phone with Turkish officials,where they congratulated and welcomed the newly appointed cabinet formed by Prime Minister H.E Mohamed Hussein Rooble, SONNA reported. The Turkish Minister of Justice, Deputy Minister of information and Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister have
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AMISOM hosts Somali Public Agenda to discuss Somalia’s 2020/2021 elections

Mogadishu (SONNA) -The Head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Ambassador Francisco Madeira, has pledged the mission’s support to ensure that Somalia’s 2020/2021 Parliamentary and Presidential elections are secure and successful. Speaking during an online meeting on Thursday with officials of the Somali Public Agenda (SPA), a research and public policy non-governmental organisation based in Mogadishu, Ambassador
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Somalia: Germany Contributes €7.2 Million for the Delivery of Health Sevices Bolster the Covid-19 Emergency Response

[Dalsan Radio] The Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) has released US$9.26 million to scale up priority life-saving assistance to nearly 300,000 people affected by floods in Somalia. These critical funds, part of the SHF 2020 Reserve Allocation, will support national and international non-governmental partners operating in Banadir, Hiraan, Lower Juba, Middle Shabelle and Lower Shabelle regions through integrated and Cluster-specific interventions.
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Trump Plan to Withdraw US Troops from Somalia Worries Farmajo

UN resolution The Resolution 2520 adopted in May while noting that the situation in Somalia continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security, directed that Amisom should maintain the deployment of 19,626 uniformed personnel until February 28, 2021, when the force is supposed to start the process for full withdraw from Somalia since it entered the country in
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Somalia PM Re-names Former Ministers in New 70-member Cabinet

The new information minister, Dubbe Mehdi Gulaid, Assistant PM 2 . Abdulkadir Nur Jama , Justice 3. Omar Ali Rooble, Religious Affairs 4 . Khadija Mohamoud Derie , Relief & Disaster Management 5 . Gen. Mukhtar Hussein Afrah, Interior and Reconciliation 6 . Abdirahman Dualeh Beileh, Finance 7 . Hassan Hussein Haji , Defense 8 . Hassan Hundubei , Internal Security 9. Ahmed Isse
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Beijing Irked by burgeoning Ties Between Somaliland, Czech Republics

Czech officials have also paid a number of visits to Somaliland and have met President Muse Bihi Abdi and members of his cabinet including Hon. Saad Ali Shire who at the time was the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.When asked if the establishment of diplomatic ties between the Republic of Somaliland and the Czech Republic was one of
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Somalia: Somalia and Turkish Firm Sign Revised 14 Year Port Concession

[Dalsan Radio] The Minister of Ports and Marine Transport, Mariam Aweis Jama, signed a 14-year Concession Agreement with the Albayrak Group from Turkey for the Rehabilitation and Operation of the Port of Mogadishu on behalf of the Federal Government of Somalia. In part as a response to the Government's policy to review all government concession agreements which has now been
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Conflict, Illicit Trading Makes Cheetah Existence Uncertain in The Horn

One of the two cubs rescued near Erigavo, Somaliland on August 22, 2020. Image provided by Cheetah Conservation Fund and the Somaliland Ministry of Environment and Rural Development. ‘There’s a lot of hatred for predators’ Locals offering two captive cheetah cubs some goat milk near Erigavo, Somaliland. Image by Dr. Asma Bileh / Cheetah Conservation Fund ‘Tamer than your pet
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Somaliland LaunchesDemographic, Health Survey on Women, Children

The SLHDS report provides information on housing and household characteristics, health, education, marriage, fertility, birth spacing, employment, water and sanitation, health expenditure, chronic diseases, and children’s and women’s nutrition. It also offers information on married women’s knowledge of HIV/AIDS and attitudes towards people living with HIV, women’s empowerment, gender-based violence, FGM/C, and adult and maternal mortality. The report reveals that gains
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Sudan's peace partners pledge to work together for successful implementation

October 3, 2020 (JUBA) - Sudan's transitional authority and armed groups on Saturday signed the final peace agreement and vowed to work together for peace implementation and democratic reforms. The heads of states of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Chad were present at the ceremony while Uganda was represented by its prime minister. The Kenyan government dispatched its special envoy for
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America, Somaliland Learning from Evolution

The world sidelined Somaliland in more ways than one. It did not even plan a discernible role in the reconstruction and reconciliation the nation embarked on after it restored its sovereignty in 1991. The cold-shoulder treatment proved to be a blessing in disguise. Somaliland built a modern state on a bottom-up process which started from under the shade of a
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America, Somaliland and Learning from Evolution

The world sidelined Somaliland in more ways than one. It did not even plan a discernible role in the reconstruction and reconciliation the nation embarked on after it restored its sovereignty in 1991. The cold-shoulder treatment proved to be a blessing in disguise. Somaliland built a modern state on a bottom-up process which started from under the shade of a
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Somalia Regional Lords Allot 21% of Parliament MPs to Somaliland Mercenaries

Upper house MPs will be ‘elected’ (selected) from 1st to 10 December 2020 Lower House MPs will be ‘elected’ (selected) from 10 to 27 December 2020 House speakers and President – 1st January to 8th January 2021 That is the position of the people of Somaliland. The rest of the seat layout of the Somalia MPs
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Digital rights in Africa is still far from the internet freedom we desire

READ MORE: Taxed, throttled or thrown in jail: Africa’s new internet paradigm In short videos compiled by Faaris Adam (Somalia), eight contributors from six African countries expressed their views: Adéṣinà Ayeni (Nigeria), Adetomiwa Isiaka (Nigeria), Baraka Providence (Democratic Republic of Congo), Daniel Ekonde (Cameroon), James Propa (Uganda) Khattab Hamad (Sudan) Mark Neywon Mengonfia (Liberia) and Nwachukwu Egbunike (GV
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Digital rights in Africa is still far from the internet freedom we desire

READ MORE: Taxed, throttled or thrown in jail: Africa’s new internet paradigm In short videos compiled by Faaris Adam (Somalia), eight contributors from six African countries expressed their views: Adéṣinà Ayeni (Nigeria), Adetomiwa Isiaka (Nigeria), Baraka Providence (Democratic Republic of Congo), Daniel Ekonde (Cameroon), James Propa (Uganda) Khattab Hamad (Sudan) Mark Neywon Mengonfia (Liberia) and Nwachukwu Egbunike (GV
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Somalia: Why US Diplomatic Muscle Could Achieve More in Somalia Than Drone Strikes

[The Conversation Africa] The United States has used airstrikes against al-Shabaab forces in Somalia since January 2007, including armed drone strikes from June 2011. From early 2017, Donald J. Trump's administration loosened the targeting rules and significantly increased the number of strikes in Somalia, apparently with the consent of the Somali federal government.
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Al-Shabab negotiations eyed as path to end fighting in Somalia

The State Department stresses that “reconciliation” among all stakeholders in Somalia is key to peace in the historically dysfunctional country. Officials in the administration have routinely conceded that military action alone isn’t the answer. The administration’s approach, officials said, encourages cooperation between the federal government in Mogadishu and the country’s five member states, which wield considerable power and influence outside
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Somalia partners ‘regret’ failure to achieve universal suffrage in FGS-FMS deal

Somalia partners ‘regret’ failure to achieve universal suffrage in FGS-FMS deal Mogadishu – International partners take note of the agreement announced by the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) President and the five Federal Member State (FMS) Presidents regarding the 2020/21 electoral process. [Signed by] Belgium, Denmark, Ethiopia, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ireland, Italy, Japan,
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Who is Going to Tie the Knot with Israel Next in the Muslim World?

Israel could pursue closer ties to Somaliland, which declared independence from Somalia years ago Qatar has indicated it could move forward when the time was right – and after some Israeli concessions on the peace process. Among the other countries on the list in various Arabic media and elsewhere are Sudan and Saudi Arabia – by far the most important Gulf
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Somalia’s Education System Struggles to Attract Girls – VOA

The seventh-grader at Daynile Primary and Secondary School was just settling into her new school when classes were canceled in March to limit the coronavirus spread. Her family came back to Somalia in 2018 after living in Yemen as refugees for years. She was worried she might never fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor. SOURCE: VOICE OF AMERICA SOMALI SERVICE
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Is Africom looking for a New Home?

Given the large US military presence in Africa, could the continent benefit from having the command based locally? In July this year Africom commander General Stephen Townsend announced that: ‘US Africa Command has been told to plan to move.’ This would be part of the Pentagon’s plan to withdraw 12,000 troops from Germany after President Donald Trump decided to cut
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Former Somalia finance minister Halane joins presidential race

Halane was finance Minister from November 2010 to June 2011 when Farmaajo was relieved on his jobin a deal brokered in Uganda’s capital Kampala. On 17 January 2014, new Prime Minister Abdiweli Sh. Ahmed of president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud re-appointed Halane as Minister of Finance of Somalia Presidential elections are supposed to be held by February 2021 when the term of
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Somalia: Auctioning OIl Blocks Illegal

There are serious concerns about the legality of the current “Production Sharing Agreements”. Troubling questions also persist over how foreign companies managed to secure extraordinary concessions to the detriment of Somalia. The conclusions from the FGC, as presented in its annual reports, therefore reflect the collective views of FGC members. In addition to Somalia’s Finance Minister who chairs the FGC,
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Somaliland’s Second Coming: The Time is Right

The International community’s continued engagement with failed Somalia can be likened to trying fill a bottomless barrel Thomas Francis Meagher For Somaliland, however, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Some in the international community are warming up to the fact that the country’s commitment to freedom, democracy, justice and the rule of law requires
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East Africa: World Bank Appoints New Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda

[World Bank] Nairobi -- The World Bank has appointed Mr. Keith Hansen as the new Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, and Uganda effective September 8, 2020. Mr. Hansen, who has over 30 years of experience in development practice, will lead an active multi-country portfolio consisting of over 100 projects totaling more than US$13 billion.
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Taiwan Times Puts Somaliland Ministers, Officials Making Unnecessary Local Travels Under the Microscope

How To Govern Inefficiently: Necessary Travel Or Tourist Ministers? MINISTERS  OF TOURISM? Date Destination 26-Aug Berbera 24-Aug Baki 24-Aug Borama 15-Aug Borama 3-Aug Burao 19-Jul Burao 18-Jul Eil Afweyn 16-Jul Erigavo 14-Jul Eil Afweyn 12-Jul Ainaba 12-Jul Laasanod 11-Jul Adhi Adeeye 12-Jul Laasanod 9-Jul Burao 8-Jul Borama MINISTERS OR  TRADITIONAL ELDERS ? THE  TRUE  COST
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Ambassador Yamamoto Applies Frenetic Diplomacy to Keep Federal Somalia Patched

“Now is a time for leaders to show wisdom,” Yamamoto stated. The Dhuusamereeb 3 communique in which, with Farmajo, the regional Presidents of Galmudug, Hirshabelle and Southwest participated, along with a newly announced, controversial Benadir state, was – if anything – a welter skelter jumble of contardicting pronouncements. To cite but two, the communique supported a selective process kind of
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Somalia Renegotiates Mogadishu Port Concession with Turkish Al Bayrak (+Comments)

The FGS did not take further action until May 2019, when the FGS met with the Turkish government and representatives of the contractor in Turkey. During this meeting the parties committed to finding a way forward and reached a high-level agreement on revised commercial terms, enabling the renegotiation process to move forward. Negotiations resumed in August 2019, taking the high-level
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2020: So Far, A Year of Diplomatic Victories for Taiwan

Foreign Minisgters Joseph Wu (Taiwan) left and Yasin Hagi Mohamoud (Somaliland), Taipei Guest House (Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP) Taiwan and Somaliland sign an agreement for setting up representative offices. (Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP) Renewed Diplomatic Engagement U.S. Secretary of Health Alex Azar and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
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Somalia: Somalia At a Critical Juncture, As Federal, State Leaders, Meet to Break Election Impasse

[UN News] With elections slated for November delayed due to COVID-19, Somalia is at a critical juncture, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Thursday, pressing federal and state leaders to agree on voting modalities, and bolster the capacity of forces which are meant to assume full control of national security, next year.
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Somalia at a critical juncture, as federal, state leaders, meet to break election impasse

With elections slated for November delayed due to COVID-19, Somalia is at a critical juncture, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Thursday, pressing federal and state leaders to agree on voting modalities, and bolster the capacity of forces which are meant to assume full control of national security, next year.
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African nations reopening airspace despite rising COVID-19 cases

As COVID-19 cases surged in many parts of the world, the island nation of the Seychelles was looking good: 70-plus straight days without a single infection. Then the planes arrived. Two chartered Air Seychelles flights carrying more than 200 passengers also brought the coronavirus. A few tested positive. Then, between June 24 and 30, the country’s confirmed cases shot from
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UN: Land degradation affects some 3.2 billion people

while warning that land degradation affects some 3.2 billion people, said by restoring 100 million hectares of degraded land, food security is maintained, households kept afloat and jobs created. Guterres’ message which was released on the occasion of the International Day to Combat Desertification and Drought was sent to IRNA by the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Tehran. The full text
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