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Activities in Somalia

Milestones for Somalia

Year 2013 was a milestone for JICA's assistance for Somalia, and there were several remarkable events on the Japanese bilateral assistance for Somalia.

On the occasion of TICAD V, a special session on Somalia took place on 31st May 2013, with attendance of Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of the Federal Government of Somalia, and Mr. Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister. In the special session, Mr. Abe announced resumption of Japanese bilateral assistance for Somalia.

Also, a new approach for the Japanese assistance for Somalia was announced, which consists of three pillars:

1) Reinstating delivery of basic social services,

2) Strengthening capacity in public security and

3) Revitalizing the economy.

Another historic event was the Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) Seminar in Japan, which was held in November 2013. Eighteen officials were invited to Japan to have discussions on reconstruction plans for Somalia and to deepen their understanding of reconstruction and development activities in Japan. In Miyagi-prefecture, which was severely damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, seminar participants visited some reconstruction sites and the City Hall of Ishinomaki-city.

During the visits, the participants appreciated the necessity of preparedness for disasters and collaboration between local municipalities and local residents. The participants also visited maritime security institution, the port authority and water purification plant in Yokohama-city.

In addition to these events, JICA continued to be engaged in capacity building activities. Labor-based Technology (LBT) training programme was provided to nine (9) Somali Engineers at the Appropriate Technology Training Institute (ATTI) in Mbeya, Tanzania from January to March 2013. Training participants expressed satisfaction with the classroom training as well as practical training. In their action plans, some of the participants also proposed the possibility of application of LBT to other reconstruction programmes in Somalia.

PhotoParticipants visit the Japan Coast Guard, Yokohama Base

PhotoParticipants tour the Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital

PhotoSomali Engineers undergo practical training as part of the LBT Training in Mbeya, Tanzania


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