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STORY: Somalia’s government seeks ways to integrate

diaspora and local Somali professionals


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LANGUAGE: SOMALI/ENGLISH NATURAL SOUND
DATELINE: 9/APRIL/2019, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

SHOT LIST:

1. Wide shot, participants at the forum


2. Med shot, Simon Mulongo, Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of
the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia at the meeting
3. Close up shot, Mr. Simon Mulongo and Ahmed Isse Awad, Federal Minister of
Foreign Affairs, at the meeting
4. Med shot, an islamic scholar speaking at the meeting
5. Close up shot, participants
6. Wide shot, an islamic scholar speaking at the meeting
7. Close up shot, Mahdi Ahmed Guled Khadar, the Deputy Prime Minister, at the
meeting
8. Med shot, DSRCC Simon Mulongo
9. Close up shot, a participant at the meeting
10. Med shot, participants at the meeting
11. Wide shot, Mahdi Ahmed Guled Khadar, Deputy Prime Minister speaking at the
meeting
12. SOUNDBITE: (Somali) Mahdi Ahmed Guled Khadar, Deputy Prime Minister of
the Federal Republic of Somalia
“It is imperative that we put our differences aside and unite for the sake of the
country. The diaspora should come back and participate in the rebuilding process;
everyone should stand up for the country through voluntary initiatives. We shouldn’t
wait for others to unite us and bring us together.”

13. Close up shot, a participant at the meeting


14. Med shot, Ahmed Isse Awad, Minister of Foreign Affairs speaking at the meeting
15. Close up shot, participants listening
16. Med shot, participants listening
17. Wide shot, participants at the meeting
18. SOUNDBITE: (Somali) Ahmed Isse Awad, Minister of Foreign Affairs
“It is the intention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enhance the engagement and
conversation between locals and the diaspora to rule out misunderstanding, attract
the diaspora back to the country and inculcate a culture of sharing of ideas, and how
to take advantage of existing opportunities to rebuild the country,”

19. Wide shot, Simon Mulongo, Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of
the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia speaking at the meeting
20. Med shot, Ahmed Isse Awad, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mahdi Ahmed
Guled Khadar, Deputy Prime Minister listening
21. Wide shot, DSRCC Simon Mulongo speaking
22. SOUNDBITE: (English) Simon Mulongo, Deputy Special Representative of the
Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia
“The diaspora and the people of people of Somalia need to come together and be
able to hold anything they want to lay their hands on, to able to succeed even much
better.”

23. Wide shot, participants at the meeting


24. Med shot, participants leaving after the meeting
25. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Saadia Siyad, Hano Academy Chancellor
“I believe it’s a great platform to actually start to have a dialogue and to come
together as Somalis and discuss what we can do as a community for our country to
make a difference. There are so many people who really would like to come back
and invest in the country, not only financially, but also through sharing the
knowledge and the skills that they have.”

26. SOUNDBITE: (Somali) Hafsa Haji Elmi, Somali from the Diaspora
“The aim of this conference was to highlight how the diaspora can integrate with the
local communities and the contributions of the diaspora to the country. I think it is
important for each one of us to know that we are all Somalis, we only have one
country in this continent and it is called Somalia. Everyone has a duty to give back to
the country and integrate with local communities,”

27. SOUNDBITE: (Somali) Mohamed Abdi Ali, Director of Diaspora Affairs, Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
“This is an important platform to enhance integration between diaspora and local
professionals, exchange ideas, knowledge and enhance interaction and
understanding. It was a successful event.”
STORY

Somalia’s government seeks ways to integrate diaspora and local Somali


professionals

Mogadishu, 10 April 2019 – The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International
Cooperation is making concerted efforts to enhance coordination between local
professionals and their counterparts from the diaspora.

The ministry held a one-day forum in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, aimed at
assimilating the two groups and encouraging them to inculcate a culture of sharing
ideas and experiences.

The well attended meeting graced by several government ministers, was supported
by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

“It is imperative that we put our differences side, unite for the sake of the country,”
Deputy Prime Minister, Mahdi Ahmed Guled Khadar said in his address to the forum.

Mr. Mahdi acknowledged significant contributions made to Somalia by local Somali


professionals and their counterparts in the diaspora. “Everyone should stand up for
the country through voluntary initiatives. We shouldn’t wait for others to unite us
and bring us together,” he said.

The Somali diaspora makes a huge contribution to the country’s economy through
remittances and in various sectors. Available statistics also show that professionals
from diaspora occupy at least 80-percent of positions in the government. The forum
by the government is part of efforts being made by the government to ensure equal
opportunities in the public sector to local professionals.

“It is the intention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enhance the engagement and
conversation between locals and the diaspora to rule out misunderstanding, attract
the diaspora back to the country and inculcate a culture of sharing of ideas, and how
to take advantage of existing opportunities to rebuild the country,” Ahmed Isse
Awad, the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs noted.
Speaking at the same event, the Deputy AU Special Representative for Somalia,
Simon Mulongo, urged the forum to contribute skills and resources to rebuild the
country.

“The diaspora and the people of Somalia need to come together and be able to hold
anything they want to lay their hands on, to be able to succeed even much better,”
Mr. Mulongo advised.

The annual forum serves as a platform where Somalis in the diaspora and local
professionals can share ideas and experiences.

Dr. Sadia Siyad, the Chancellor of Hano Academy - a vocational training school in
Mogadishu noted that while the Somali diaspora plays a significant role in the
country’s reconstruction process, dialogue with all stakeholders to elevate the level
of contributions and support to the country needs strengthening.

“I think it’s a great platform to start to have a dialogue, to actually come together as
Somalis and discuss what we can do as a community for our country to make a
difference,” Dr. Sadia said.

“I think it’s very important for each one of us to know that we are all Somalis, we
only have one country called Somalia. Everyone has citizenship duties which involves
giving back to the community,” said Hafsa Haji Elmi, a diaspora Somali.

The Director of Diaspora Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International
Cooperation, Mohamed Abdi Ali, expressed optimism at the high level of discussions
at the forum.

“This was an important platform to enhance integration between the Somali


diaspora and their counterparts who grew up here. A lot of ideas and knowledge was
exchanged,” he said.

The Diaspora Affairs department is a unit in the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Cooperation; established to promote cohesion among diaspora
Somalis and enhance diaspora activities.

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