Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) through its Special Mission to Somalia is training senior Somali officials on strategic planning and policy formulation.
The one-week training workshop in Nairobi, is being conducted by a group of consultants, with 40 participants drawn from the Ministry of Planning of the Federal Government, as well as the Regional Administrations of Juba land, South West, Galmudug and Hirshabelle.
Speaking on Monday during the official opening of the training, Deputy Director in the Economic and Trade Directorate of Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Joshua Mugodo said Kenya commends Somalia for joining the world trade organisation (WTO), saying this will enable the country to reap great benefits.
The Somalia government, having joined the international community, will see them benefit from the trade negotiations just like other African governments, Mugodo said.
He added Your membership to the WTO will immensely contribute to and accelerate regional cooperation and integration. It will ease our regional and continental negotiations, including the ongoing negotiation on the Continental Free Trade Area.
According to the IGAD executive secretary, Ambassador (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim, the training is part of the interventions that they are doing in collaboration with their development partners for Somalia, and that they will be done alongside other capacity building activities.
The training workshop with the financial support from the European Union will strengthen the knowledge of the government officials and boost their capacity for strategic planning and policy formulation.
Mugodo noted that the sustainable development of Somalia and all countries in the horn of Africa is good for the entire region and the African continent at large and emphasised on the need for the Somali eminent to join the East African Community.
Source: Kenya News Agency