Mogadishu, 18th May 2014: The Political Unit of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) yesterday embarked on a ten-day Executive Leadership and Management Course for 80 senior civil servants in Mogadishu. The course brings together a cross-section of Director Generals and Heads of Departments and Sections of the Somali Federal Government.
The training, taking place at the General Kaahiye Police Academy was attended by H.E Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, Somalia’s Minister of Labour, Luqman Sheikh Ismail, Police Commissioner Brig. Gen. Abdihakin Dahir and representatives of AMISOM.
Somalia’s civil service has borne the brunt of more than two decades of statelessness that decimated the service’s ranks and technical capacity. The training is aimed at building the foundation of the country’s nascent civil service as the government turns around to public service delivery for the first time since 1991.
“This training lays the foundation for a new Somali civil service built on the principles of hard work, intellect and progress,” said Prime Minister Abdiweli while urging the participants to take up a culture of prudent management and accountability.
The training is in line with key objectives of of the Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility (SDRF) and the Somali Compact’s Peace and State-building Goals (PSGs).
Mr. Ssebirumbi Kisinziggo, AMISOM’s Senior Political Affairs Officer, says the training is aimed at equipping the civil service with the necessary skills to effectively discharge their duties. “The civil service is the nerve of any given state. They implement the policies created by governments and take them to the grassroot levels. Hence, it is crucial to extend knowledge to this group of people to act as a liberating tool for them to serve their country more efficiently,” said Mr. Kisinziggo.
The course will cover modules such as Public Finance Management, Project Planning and Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Strategic Planning, Policy Development and Human Resource Management.
This particular training is especially a milestone in Somalia’s recovery journey as it is the first of its kind to be conducted within the country. Previous sessions have taken place since 2010 in Uganda, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Rwanda.
As part of its mandate, AMISOM supports capacity building of Somalia’s federal institutions on key areas including security, governance and human rights.