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Kigali - Conference on the role of Somalia Civil Society in the implementation of Vision 2016

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STORY: KIGALI - CONFERENCE ON THE ROLE OF SOMALIA CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF VISION 2016 TRT: 02:52 SOURCE: AMISOM PUBLIC INFORMATION RESTRICTIONS: This media asset is free for editorial broadcast, print, online and radio use. It is not to be sold on and is restricted for other purposes. All enquiries to news@auunist.org CREDIT REQUIRED: AMISOM PUBLIC INFORMATION LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATS DATELINE: 18th-20th AUGUST 2014, KIGALI, RWANDA The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) have concluded a three-day conference intended to sensitize Somalia civil society on the role they can play in the implementation of Vision 2016. In Somalia, there has not been a functional civil society since the collapse of the central government. In recent past, due to improved security attributed to the Somali National Army (SNA) supported by AMISOM, there are functioning institutions. In light of these new and positive developments, there is a need for Somalia’s civil society to mobilize, sensitize, and work together with the government to garner local support for the implementation of Vision 2016. Speaking at the event, Ambassador Rodney Kiwa, representing the African Union Commission’s Peace and Security Department called on the participants to take advantage of the recent positive developments and work together for a better Somalia. “From headquarters we see this as a manifestation of the reality that there is that engagement at all levels starting from the grassroots which are the civil society organizations working together hand in hand with AMISOM as well as the government. That is a testament to the inclusivity of the process that we are all working for in Somalia in line with the expectation of vision 2016 ” added AMB. Kiwa The objective of the conference was to identify the role of Civil society in supporting inclusive political dialogue and initiation of processes of social reconciliation to restore trust between communities through review, to identify the role of civil society towards the finalization and adaptation of federal Constitution by December 2015 and to identify how civil society can participate in the preparation of democratic processes leading to holding of credible elections by 2016. The conference was presided over by Honorable Eng. Luqman Mohamed, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs and was attended by 58 participants including, six members FGS parliament, several Director Generals, ministers from Galmudug Puntland and partners. During his remarks, Hon. Luqman Mohamed emphasized the importance of civil society in political and socio-economic development of any country. For this reason, he urged Somalia’s civil society to work with the FGS to achieve the objectives laid out in Vision 2016. “We are here today in a meeting organized by civil society in order to look after the civilian’s interest in the future. This meeting was convened for the Civil Society because we hold the leaders of Federal Government accountable in the future. There is civil society and there is civil commission and others, and everything must be civil that means it must not be a central government or regional states or federal government, they must build government themselves not others to build for them,” said Hon Luqman The conference formulated key recommendations that will inform both the government and civil society’s decisions when working together. “Civil society organizations will play a major role number one it’s collaborating with the government well as monitoring what they have done through the achievements that they have set for the vision 2016. So it a kind of collaboration and monitoring of what’s going on” added Halima Hassan Mohamed who was representing the Somalia Civil Society END